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 a new book with endless plot possibilities. So, how do you turn the page for a fresh start? Do you choose a word or theme that sets the tone for your new year? It’s mainstream to do so now and in fact, you may be tired of how many people are on that bandwagon. But
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 trend. This doesn’t even cover resolutions! After all, New Year’s resolutions often fall flat with very few people actually achieving goals set at this time of year. In fact, studies have shown that less that 25% of people actually stay committed to their resolutions after just 30 days, and only 8% accomplish them. No matter
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 starting anew with a clean slate for when January rolls around. Here we go! 7 Tips to Kickstart 2021 Reflect on 2020. Certainly, many people are excited to move on from this year of uncertainty. Having said that, it’s important to spend time in reflection as well. Set aside space to look back and celebrate
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 my mother was dying. I’ve read it several times over the years and most recently, for my sister’s last journey that ended on November 22nd. I am forever grateful for the knowledge that I’ve gained through the co-author’s experiences as hospice nurses. My Sister’s End of Life Plan My sister was an incredible human being.
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 shots, poking fingers to test her blood and restricted diets for the rest of her life. She was also diagnosed as a brittle diabetic because of the inability for insulin treatment to actually stabilize her condition. The impact is dangerous swings in blood sugar, potential for comas and so much more. Since 2005, kidney failure
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