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 those stories. On these virtual pages, you will find my blogs on three categories: Work, Wisdom and Wealth. You can scroll through all of them below or click on the categories to take you directly to topics in that area. 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 frank 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.
Oh and if you’re keen to guest blog, please let me know. I’m willing to share quality content from experienced writers if it fits with Lighthouse’s messaging and our target audience. Just send me your bio and a sample of your blog and we can connect from there.
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 is about the combination of many things. Our love for what we do each day. The quality of our relationships. The security of our finances. The vibrancy of our physical health, and the pride we take in what we have contributed to our communities. All those factors provide a holistic road map to living a
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 using a technique to tap into my inner child. 🤸♀️ 🤸♀️ 🤸♀️ Wait, what? Stay with me because it’s really quite simple and not nearly as ‘woo-woo’ as it sounds. In fact, I’ve developed variations of this practice over the years, infusing them into both my coaching practice and in Lighthouse’s mentor program with
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. Okay, insert chuckle here. Because, without implementing strategies to create some buoyancy in life, the results are commonplace. That is to say, women often live their lives feeling scattered and exhausted. You may feel that there is constant chaos between work and personal realms. Or you may want to figure out how to let go
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 good thing we didn’t know what faced us around the corner. But, here’s the thing. Certainly, one of the challenges is the sense that our lives are on hold. That we are lingering in ‘neutral’ and the uncertainty makes it difficult to plan ahead. Yet, setting goals and planning for the future helps combat 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 is right for you? Moreover, what kind of value do people actually get from working with a coach? What exactly do coaches do? Specifically, where do you start to scope out the right fit in a saturated coaching industry? Truly, all good questions. The Saturated Coaching Industry To better understand the exploding coaching industry, Harvard
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, I worry that people still don’t get it. That they aren’t doing what is necessary to keep themselves safe, to keep others safe and to get us on the other side of this pandemic. Then there is worry about my personality changing. That I’m too judgmental, losing my willingness to trust, dimming my light. I