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.
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 become a rock star. But here’s the thing. You know the woman that is smart and insightful? She oozes confidence and capability. She’s got it together. She can tackle anything. She’s trustworthy and reliable. Well, the way you look at that woman? Someone looks at you that way. In fact, many people do. THE TRUE
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 your successes, ponder what didn’t work so well and then set the stage to move forward. It doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, here are three questions to kickstart that reflection process for you. What did you accomplish in 2019? What didn’t work so well and why? Bonus tip: this isn’t negative but rather, a sign
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 that University of Scranton research suggests just eight per cent of people achieve their New Year’s goals. One problem is that people succumb to pressure to kick off lofty goals on January 1 and therefore, those objectives are often not grounded in reality. We are a society compelled to achieve more and more but it’s
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? But words hold power and when we constantly insert ‘busy’ into our language, it essentially puts us into a spin cycle. And we inevitably put the other person in a spin cycle too. Top that off with making yourself a martyr and it creates a toxic environment – both internally and externally. How are you
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 on the past, recap where I’m at and set a foundation for my future. Yet, as with New Year’s resolutions – if you don’t check in with yourself, it will likely vaporize as the year goes on. My theme becomes my mantra and always takes me back to the intention. If I’m veering away from
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 up with a foggy head and say to myself that I wasn’t going to drink that day,” Jules says. “And then five in the afternoon would roll around and I’d pour a glass of wine and keep going until it wasn’t unusual to drink an entire bottle of wine in an evening.” She shared her