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The Three Blessings Exercise

 The three blessings exercise is about changing your mindset.  Let's not sugar coat it.  This year has been horrible in many ways; it's been stressful and hard to navigate. We've all wanted a reset button for 2020. People have wanted to get to the end of the year just to be done with it. People are looking forward to getting back to ...
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I'm Still Filled With Child-Like Wonder

Do you ever stop while doing something to take a minute to appreciate what is going on around you? Have you ever found yourself looking at a sunrise or sunset with a beautiful sense of completeness? Do you look at things like Niagara Falls or The Grand Canyon with awe and wonder?I do!I find myself stopping to appreciate those remarkable things that...
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Your Weight Is Not Equal To Your Worth

I have never been what you would call a 'normal' sized adult. My weight started to go up when I was nine and kept going up as I went through puberty. I have never been what the world calls a 'thin' adult. For my whole adult life, I've been what society has seen as overweight or obese. I've had people call me names, give me dirty looks when I get on...
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Disney's Inaugural Cruise Out Of New Orleans

This week on the blog I thought I would share with you all the fun, photos, and excitement from my Disney Cruise in February.  This trip would not have been possible without the help of my friend Amanda so a HUGE thank you to her for being my roomie and helping me enjoy this trip. Also a HUGE thank you to Lou Mongello of WDW Radio for having t...
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Too Much In A Short Time?

We have had so many changes that happen in our world in such a short time over the last five months. The world is not the same place it once was. We are not the same people we once were.Have you thought about how you have changed?  I hear a lot of people talking about how they can't wait for the world to go back to "normal" but I think what "n...
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Our Collective Zoom Burn Out

We all feel it, now that we are three months into the Covid-19 epidemic. In the beginning, it was fun to have so many places to stay connected with friends. To work from home and have after-hours social get-togethers with our friends. Now it all feels overwhelming, and like there are so many commitments, we can't keep up.Being on video calls where ...
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Multiple Sclerosis On The Rise In Canada

 Multiple Sclerosis (or MS as most people call it) is on the rise here in Canada, and scientists are not entirely sure why. MS has no cure and not one specific cause we can point to and say, "this is why you get it." Yet, there are approximately 77,000 Canadians currently living with the disease. Most Canadians get diagnosed with MS betwe...
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60 Days - Really?

 It's been 60 days. 60 days of self-isolation in this new crazy world we live in. I don't even know how to process that. I'm not sure how I feel, how I'm supposed to feel about that?  Actually, as of today, it's been 66 days for me. 66 days worry, 63 days of learning, 66 days of stress and joy mixed into...
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What Is Your Reason For Getting Out Of Bed In The Morning

We're now 11 days into 2019 and I've talked to a lot of people so far this year who are hoping that 2019 will be a better year than 2018 was. It's made me wonder how many people have no reason to get out of bed in the morning? For those of you who have been a part of this blog for a while, you know that in June of 2015 I felt the same way and I cou...
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You Are What You Eat

It's something we heard all the time when we were kids. "You are what you eat". We also heard a lot of "eat more meat" and "eat more grains". There wasn't much of a mixed message when I was a kid. It was pretty simple. Follow the Canada food guide and you will be healthy. Of course, this wasn't true but I had no way of knowing that as a kid. Back t...
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It is okay to do nothing

 We live in this filtered, staged, photo-shopped to perfection world now and I sometimes have a hard time processing that. I've talked before in this blog about how I feel this has created an unrealistic expectation of what life should be. I made a promise to this community that I would not just whitewash life on this blog. I said we would tal...
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The Art of Doing Nothing

I've recorded a podcast about this but it seems that Apple Podcasts and I are having some issues right now so my web team is working on hosting the Podcasts on this site for you while we work with Apple to get this all sorted out. In the meantime, I am going to fill you in on the podcast here on the blog and hopefully, in the next few days, we can ...
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Adulting Is Hard, You Need To Take Care Of Your Mental Health

Let's face it we all have days where we think "I wish I could go back to being a kid and have nothing to worry about" right? The truth is there are some days where we as adults think 'Why is this so hard?' I've spent the last week trying to fix problems with my Podcasts and Website so they work together and I don't seem to be making progress. I am ...
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Let's Talk Podcasts

I don't know how many of you actually subscribe to podcasts but since I started the Chasing Happiness Podcast last year, I now have a list of about 30 podcasts I subscribe to. This may sound like a lot but in the world of podcasting, it really is a small number. I know people who subscribe to hundreds of different Podcasts. So today I thought we sh...
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Judgment and Children

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"You're more of a mother than most women with children. People use this 'mother' title to feel value within themselves not realizing it's the capacity to love that makes you a true woman."   Wise words from a very wise soul who I am blessed to know and love. These words came to me in response to a short article I had posted on my personal...
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You can be happy and have the life you want

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The last few months or so I have watched as a number of people express to me "How lucky I am that I don't have kids, or a husband or a house to worry about. You can travel and work when you choose to do so." Frankly, I know I have a sense of freedom that not everyone has, however, I'm sick of people telling me that they can't do what I do beca...
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Change

 The last few months, hell the last six months even, have been so hard to classify for me. I don't even know where to start with trying to describe all of what has gone on. I've moved back across the country, I've lived with some amazing friends of mine. People who I can never thank enough for taking me into their lives. People who gave me mor...
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Me Too

When I woke up today I saw a Facebook post from my sister in law (she has been away for a couple of weeks and I didn't realize she was now back at home and online again), I posted a short comment to welcome her home without understanding what the "Me Too" that she had posted actually meant.As I scrolled through my Facebook I saw more and more women...
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Thankful

This past weekend was Canadian Thanksgiving. I haven't put much thought into holidays over the last couple of years because I was living across the country. This year, I'm home, back in Ontario and although I didn't spend this Thanksgiving with my family this year, I'm grateful to be home. I'm grateful to be close enough to everyone that I'm within...
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Six Years

Today is October 3rd. For most people, today is just a normal day. A day like any other. People go to work, go shopping, do normal things. Today is not a normal day for me. Today is a reminder of a loss that even now, six years later, I'm still not recovered from. Six years ago today Nikita passed away in my arms. Yeah for most people the loss of a...
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