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.
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
This blog was updated in November 2020 as we continue to come together to cowork online. Our weekly coworking sessions combat isolation and 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 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, quarantine, social distancing,
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
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 several weeks of staying home, the uncertainty of it all remains. How long will
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
We all know what it’s like to be busy in today’s fast-paced world but unfortunately, that often means feeling out of control. To exacerbate the issue, people use being busy as a badge of honor. We all know those people, right? In fact, we have probably all been that person. You know the scenario: You ask someone, “How are you?” The response: “I’m sooo busy.” When did the word busy become an adjective to describe how you’re doing in life?
Are you one of those people that chooses a word or theme to set your intentions for the new year? I am! However, setting a word or theme has become a craze over the last few years. And it can be tough. So, here are 3 questions to reset your 2019 theme. First, I usually balk at the mainstream. However, this tradition has been part of my goal setting process for many years and is the main way I reflect
FEATURE STORY – Pique Newsmagazine, May 30, 2019 People are re-visiting their relationship with alcohol in a trend that sees lifestyle choices reimagined By Cathy Goddard Jules Taggart started questioning how much she was drinking after she had two children and starting to work from her San Diego home-office. Because it was more difficult to get out, the 38-year-old digital marketing expert fell into a pattern of having wine at the end of her workday. “Every morning I would wake
FEATURE STORY – Pique Newsmagazine, May 31, 2018 Perhaps you’ve heard the adage that the way to fulfil your purpose is by following your passion. Find your bliss. Do what you love and you’ll never work another day in your life. Unfortunately, people are often left disappointed when they fail to secure a job that lights them up. But let’s face it: dream jobs don’t always pay the bills. That’s why a growing trend in the business landscape has emerged: