Welcome to my blog.
I’ve always found comfort in words. As a child, I was a voracious reader and had an intuitive inkling that I would always put pen to paper. That passion only grew. During my entrepreneurial journey, I had a 14-year stint writing a business column for the Whistler Question newspaper. After that, I’ve written feature stories for the Pique Newsmagazine. My blogs are also on YOU Inc, Small Business BC and Women’s Enterprise Centre.
Through my writing, I can share my experience as an entrepreneur having built two successful businesses. Starting, growing and selling my first business was a definite career highlight. After that, as a coach and mentor at Lighthouse, I can blend my stories with those of my clients (confidentially, of course) – the challenges, the hurdles, the victories and everything in between. What works. What doesn’t work.
So, please enjoy these stories. On these virtual pages, you will find my blogs on three categories: Work, Wisdom and Wealth. You’ll find subjects that cover everything from strategic planning, working from a home office to grief, financial wellness and being sober curious. My approach to writing is filled with facts, but also wrapped in whimsical theories and authentic honesty.
But, writing is not a solo act because it should inspire ideas and conversation. It’s not lost on me that I often see things differently than others. So, tell me what you think. Share in the comments or reach out anytime.
Even the most productive, capable people can hit a horrific snag in their lives —- it’s called procrastination. I am that ‘get it done’ type of person that loves productivity! However, sometimes I hit a concrete wall where I can’t make my way through some task or project. And, I don’t take it at all well. So, let me share 4 ways to stop procrastination. What is Procrastination? Procrastination is defined as ‘putting off intentionally the doing of something that
Chances are good that you’ve experienced toxic positivity – either delivered to you by a well-meaning person or, you unintentionally doling it out to others. And while it can be easily misconstrued, it’s important to understand what toxic positivity actually is. Toxic positivity involves dismissing negative emotions and responding to distress with false reassurances rather than empathy. It’s the belief that no matter how difficult a situation is, people should maintain a positive mindset. But, while having a positive mindset is important,
“The Importance of Networking” Featured in The Squamish Chief newspaper, March 2022. Author: Jennifer Thuncher Like the repetition of “location, location, location” as a central tenet of the real estate market, networking is often heralded as the key to success as an entrepreneur. But what does it truly mean to network, and why is it essential for fledgling female Sea to Sky Corridor entrepreneurs? Whistler’s Cathy Goddard of Lighthouse Visionary Strategies, a coaching and mentoring firm primarily geared at women
As we celebrate International Women’s Day 2022 on March 8th, we are reminded that the campaign isn’t for just one day. It runs all year long and we can must continually pledge to move from talk to action within our own spheres of influence. Collectively, we can make change happen. Collectively, we can each help to create a gender equal world. THE THEME FOR 2022 The 2022 theme for International Women’s Day is #BreakTheBias. Therefore, this theme is about collective individualism. We
This pandemic may not have offered a lot of bright spots but one highlight is how many people recognized the importance of shopping at local businesses. But, why shop local? When you spend your dollars in local stores, it connects and supports communities, as well as enhances wealth and employment by circulating dollars many times between businesses. How Important is Small Business in British Columbia? Small business is defined as a company with less than fifty employees. For 25 years,
My theme for 2022 is Joy Trigger. For me, my theme is a constant source of inspiration that carries me through the year. It gives me clarity on what I want to achieve, how I want to live and provides a beacon for easy decision making. But, words are just words unless we give them context and purpose. I do that by creating a short and sweet manifesto to add depth. To help, here are 4 steps to create your
Well, 2021 was one for the books. Am I right? Who knew that we would still be living with this pandemic and all the challenges that come with it? And, although we still face challenges in the coming year I’m always excited to make plans. This blog is my favourite to write every year because I get to share my hopes for the future. Here, I share my theme for 2022 (and how to choose your own)! I love the
The last couple years have been real crackerjacks, haven’t they? And while we sometimes want to bury our heads in the sand, it is always helpful to look at 2021 in review. And yes, to consider what we want in 2022. To Set Goals or Not There are a lot of theories about goal setting. In some cases, setting goals is a hot trend. And not setting goals is a hot trend. This doesn’t even cover resolutions! After all, New
September 30, 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This new national day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process. Over the last three years, I’ve been on a journey of learning about Indigenous issues and what is meant by Truth and Reconciliation. Learning and listening but not knowing
Since being a part of my sister’s final journey, I’ve wanted to share what I’ve learned about dying with dignity. It’s a tough and raw topic. Medical Assistance in Dying I’ve always supported MAID, Medical Assistance In Dying although I know it is a complex issue. My viewpoint has focused on respecting that someone has the right to die with dignity. It seems that Canada has finally found a way to acknowledge personal autonomy for those seeking access to MAID,
Written by Cathy Goddard, Lighthouse’s Founder: Tips to Improve Your Financial Well-Being Does money buy happiness? Are you happy with your income? Do you believe getting a raise would make your future brighter? You’ve probably heard the old adage, “money can’t buy happiness” but many sure would like to find out. A recent analysis conducted by Advisor Perspectives shows more money can equal more happiness at certain income levels. Apparently as people earn more money, their day-to-day happiness rises. Until
Written by Lighthouse’s Founder, Cathy Goddard: Financial Wellness for Your Future How would you describe your comfort level with money? Are you a wizard with finances? Or do you avoid the issue like the plague? Women & Money Like many women, money is not a topic that I embrace and before you lash out at me for that statement… the statistics don’t lie. According to a Wells Fargo Financial Health Study from a few years back, “45% of women grade
Written by Cathy Goddard – International Women’s Day: Choose to Challenge I remember the moment I first saw this picture. My cousin and her daughter are on the picket lines in Toronto during the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020. It all boiled down to one word for me – BUT. Witnessing that brave young woman wave a sign that challenged us all – “BLACK PEOPLE SAY ‘STOP KILLING US’ AND PEOPLE ARE SAYING ‘BUT’……” BUT….. That small word shifted
Do you recall the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020? How everyone rallied to support this cause? Social media feeds were lit up with allyship about the injustice and white priviledge? On the surface, it seemed that we had crossed a bridge and then – hard stop. Many forms of allyship were recognized as something else – and here is why it’s important to define and move beyond performative allyship. What is Performative Allyship? First, let’s look at what real
Well, are you as ready as I am for the new year? Let’s face it, 2020 was a cracker jack. And, although we still face challenges in the coming year I’m always excited to make plans. This blog is my favourite to write every year because I get to share my hopes for the future. Here, I share my theme for 2021 (and how to choose your own)! Because, I love the feel of January. After all, it’s like starting
The year 2020 will be remembered for many things. A pandemic, hand sanitizer and masks, zoom, homeschooling, the frenzy to stockpile toilet paper, social distancing, lockdowns, working from home. So many things! And then there is 2020 in review: the year of unachieved goals. What we set out to achieve wasn’t always achievable – or even that meaningful all things considered. To Set Goals or Not Nonetheless, setting goals is a hot trend. And not setting goals is a hot
This year has been unusual, right? As we continue to navigate through this pandemic, many are struggling to keep momentum, be productive and achieve results. But it’s time to put 2020 in the rear-view mirror. Here’s 7 tips to kickstart 2021 with renewal. But wait! Before we jump into these tips be warned – these are gentle, baby steps to nudge you forward. It’s okay not to go after huge results. Instead, let’s just focus on clearing the clutter, and
So, I want to start this blog by letting you know that I have some pretty strong thoughts about the next life. Having had a front row seat to dying more than once, I can tell you it’s hard. And beautiful. And heartbreaking. And a priviledge. One guide that has helped me navigate the messages of the dying is ‘Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs and Communications of the Dying.’ It was given to me back in 2003 when
The Gift of Life takes on unique meaning for people. For my family, we received it as a Christmas miracle on December 23rd, 2011. My sister, Peggy received a kidney and pancreas transplant and thus, a chance at a healthy life. A chance for normalcy in her daily routine, or perhaps even spontaneity. We, as healthy people, take such things for granted. My Sister’s Story Peggy had been a Type 1 diabetic since she was twenty-five years old facing insulin
After a year of hosting these co-working sessions, I’ve hit pause for now. But I wanted to leave this blog online to explain the importance of connection! You are not alone so should you need support, please reach out to me anytime. Original Blog Post in March 2020. Yes, we must come together to cowork online and combat isolation. It’s the only way. By now, we hopefully all know the rules and yet, it is new and tricky territory. Self-isolate,
Lighthouse’s mentor program has always highlighted a holistic approach to wellbeing. That starts with self-reflection. And, it often means nudging participants to uncover what they want to achieve or what needs to shift in their lives. But, no matter what stage these women are at in their lives – it all comes back to their wellbeing. So, how would you rate your wellbeing? What is Wellbeing? Merriam-Webster defines wellbeing as ‘the state of being happy, healthy or successful’. Specifically, wellbeing
September is my favorite month. Here in Whistler, it’s often an extension of summer but without the crowds. But, nothing is predictable this year, is it? As we head into fall, uncertainty still looms. When will this pandemic end? How do I manage the times when it feels so heavy? When I am full of worry? It’s not too late though. Here is how to salvage the rest of 2020. A Kick-Ass Strategy to Make Fall 2020 Count In June, I started
Just like that, September rolls in and the fall routine is here. And, let’s start by saying that these 10 tips for Mom Entrepreneurs (and really, any high functioning woman) are not ‘one size fits all’ solutions. But, they may help break through the overwhelm of managing the competing priorities. The trendy moniker ‘mompreneur’ came into vogue a few years back to describe women that blend business ownership and parenthood with the hope of greater flexibility to juggle their priorities.
Life goes on and as we adjust to a new way of being, you can use these 4 steps to reset your 2020 goals. Of course, it’s been an intense year so far but we are now over halfway through. Remember back to January when we were all making plans for 2020? In fact, the year started with clever and hopeful idioms that 2020 would be a time of perfect vision. 20/20 vision – get it? In hindsight, it’s a
This is all about how to find the right coach for YOU. If you’re reading this, it is because you are curious and perhaps even committed to investing in your future. And, that is always a good thing! So, what you’ll find here is a process that will guide you through choosing the best coach for your unique needs, personality and situation. Firstly, let’s dive into questions that will get you started. How do you know if hiring a coach
I am full of worry. Aren’t we all? After all, we are experiencing what will be one of the most significant periods in our lives – the COVID-19 pandemic. But, I needed to get that under control and here is what I discovered about how to stop worrying. WHAT I WORRY ABOUT First, let me share just some of the things I worry about. I worry about people getting sick. Both those I know and those I don’t know. And,
We aren’t even half way through the year and yet, I think we all know what 2020 will be remembered for. Most certainly, this year will be memorialized as the one where we were all challenged with the immense responsibility to avoid spreading a particularly dangerous virus. I’m sharing 8 essential strategies for your pandemic survival because we all need a dose of inspiration at this point. For some, the demand to stop everything has been a welcome respite from
Written by Lighthouse’s Founder, Cathy Goddard: How to Choose a Slow Living Lifestyle We all have choices to make. However, our current state of slow living wasn’t one of those choices. And yet, it resonates in so many ways. It feels that things are moving in slow motion. Certainly, many are struggling to get some momentum. Others are grateful for the respite to rest. Moving forward, perhaps we need to learn how to choose a slow living lifestyle. After
In my earlier years, the allure of poetry was always strong. So, when asked to write essays in high school English classes, I would sometimes submit poems to tell the story. However, some teachers welcomed my creative approach with praise, whilst others didn’t appreciate rule-breaking behavior. I continued to write poetry well into my 30s. Then, I stopped. Reinspired to Write Again Recently, I’ve been re-inspired by the founder of a facilitation course I’ve been taking. Tara Mohr has shared
The discomfort you’re feeling is grief. That was the title of a recent Harvard Business Review (HBR) article. And it is a new reality because many of us are actually grieving the loss of normalcy during this pandemic. Not to mention the loss of so many others things: financial, emotional, mental and physical. David Kessler, a leading expert on grief is interviewed in the HBR article. Kessler co-wrote with Elisabeth Kubler-Ross a legendary book on the topic: On Grief and
With the coronavirus pandemic pushing everyone to work remotely, I’m sharing my 12 best tips for working from home. I’ve been working remotely for years. And I do like it for the most part. However, I’ve had to develop good habits to ensure I am happy, healthy and productive. There is tons of information on this topic right now but you might just find some ideas that others haven’t shared. Be sure to check the BONUS TIPs too. 12
This blog was updated in November 2020 as we continue to connect online for weekly coworking sessions. Let’s come together to combat isolation and to support each other with some productive work time. Everyone is welcome to join our free sessions. Original Blog Post in March 2020. Yes, we must come together to combat isolation. It’s the only way. By now, we hopefully all know the rules and yet, it is new and tricky territory. Self-isolate, quarantine, social distancing,
The Eisenhower Matrix shows you how to decide between urgent and important priorities. In other words, this concept helps you to fight stress and procrastination so you can work on what’s important. I’ll start by telling you what the Eisenhower Matrix is. After that, I’ll share how it will be useful with our changing work environments right now. Many businesses and individuals are rightly adjusting to the coronavirus pandemic by working from home. And, people are realizing that it isn’t
What do you need to be a good leader? The best leaders are full-time learners. What that means is that the most effective leaders possess intellectual curiosity and a willingness to soak up knowledge from any number of sources: reading, education or the people around them. I’m that oddity that has always loved learning. I liked school. And I even liked homework. That exuberance to learning new things has continued throughout my career. And of course, we learn from others.
As we celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th, we are reminded that the campaign isn’t for just one day. It runs all year long and we can must continually pledge to move from talk to action within our own spheres of influence. Collectively, we can make change happen. Collectively, we can each help to create a gender equal world. THE THEME FOR 2020 The 2020 theme for International Women’s Day is #EachforEqual. Therefore, this theme is about collective individualism. We are
That’s right – reclaim your time and reduce overwhelm. Tell me this – are you happy with how you spend your time? Or does a sense of overwhelm regularly dominate your week? Maybe you often feel one step behind because there aren’t enough hours in a day? How often does the word ‘busy’ seep into your conversations and mindset? You can read about the perils of falling into the trap of ‘busy, busy, busy’ right here. Overwhelmed Schedule = Underwhelmed Soul
So what’s your charitable giving strategy? After all, we all have the opportunity to create impact in life. And giving back is a big part of how we show kindness and create community. And since kindness and community are two of my core values, I’ve built giving back into what I do at Lighthouse. Because, together we can create change and make an impact. But, there are so many worthwhile causes that pull on both our wallets and our heartstrings.
People (okay women mostly) cringe when you offer up an ultimate guide to saying no. And reaction to the coaching course I’m taking has been interesting too. People are intrigued by my belief that the tools taught in this course are transformational, but hesitation creeps in when I divulge the name of the course – Playing Big. I get it! In fact, I wavered at first because at this stage in my career, I’m not keen to reinvent myself and
The new year hits hard and fast, doesn’t it? Even so, I love the feel of January. It’s like starting a new book with endless plot possibilities. The reality is that life gets faster all the time. We always want to be moving forward. Never stagnant. But one of the most valuable planning tools to determine what you want to create and where you want to put your energy is to hit pause and reflect. In looking back, you can celebrate
Setting goals is a hot trend. And not setting goals is a hot trend. No matter whether you follow the mainstream adages or not, there is no denying that it’s a good feeling to start the new year with a clean slate and some direction of what you want to achieve. But for all the good intentions, New Year’s resolutions often fall flat with very few people actually achieving goals set at this time of year. In fact, a Forbes article claimed