A tree, bare of leaves in mid autumn, takes on a mystical sheen in the late afternoon light - Photo by David Innes

What to do when Mother’s Day feels hard

Wherever you go around this time of year, Mother’s Day is front and centre – on Facebook everyone is posting about Mother’s Day and the ads, on Facebook, TV, or at the mall, are all reminding you to get your mom something special. Try as we may, it’s hard to escape all the feelings Mother’s Day […]

Clear blue sky is reflected in the deeper blue still water of Lake Helen McKenzie,in Strathcona Provincial Park, Vancouver Island BC Canada at dusk. A backlit rolling black treeline is silhouetted in the upper half of the image, with the blue of the sky above and the deeper blue hue of the lake below. - Photo by David Innes

10 surprising ways you can reduce your stress right now

May 1-7 is Mental Health Week in Canada and all of May is Mental Health Month in the US so I thought I’d focus this week’s post on stress reduction. I can’t think of anything more crucial to the good life than our mental health – it influences our perspective on everything. Here are ten stress management […]

If it’s not going to matter in 5 years, don’t spend more than 5 minutes being upset by it.

Want less stress in your life? Try this:

If you have a job or children or aging parents or health challenges or a relationship or bills to pay, I’m guessing you’ve got some stress in your life. I have two children under the age of five, a husband who travels frequently, and I work as a consultant juggling multiple clients and deadlines so […]

Wooden walkway in Paradise Meadows, Strathcona Park Vancouver Island BC - Photo by David Innes

How to ask for help

One of the favourite leadership classes I teach is about discovering your own strengths and challenges as a leader. In a class discussion last week, one of the students shared how difficult it is for her to ask for help, at work and at home. I have many friends and clients who are in a similar […]

Barrel rider races her horse in practice, Indian Head Saskatchewan Canada - Photo by David Innes

How to start following your passion

Writing has been a passion of mine since I was a child, but it seems that I had a long list of things to do before I could get around to making it a priority. There’s always been something more pressing or someone else’s needs that were more important than my hunger to put words […]

Snow covers Trafalgar Lookout on Wascana Lake Regina, with Legislative building in background - Photo by David Innes

Striving for festive feelings

True confessions here – the festive season doesn’t make me feel very festive. For the most part, it makes me feel stressed, adding a whole pile of things I need to do to my already-very-long list. While my kids are delighted with Santa, candy canes and stockings full of goodies, I am overwhelmed. And I […]

Two Canoes at dusk, Cypress Hills Park, Saskatchewan - Photo by David Innes

Why you should always choose the girl

Expanding on the 6 Essentials For a Good Life, I want to share my thoughts on putting in the time and effort required to build strong relationships. Research coming out of Harvard’s recent 75 year-long study on what makes a good life has shown that good relationships lead to a long and fulfilling life. It […]

Fall leaves on Wascana - Photo by David Innes

Living well: Six Essentials for a Good Life

Welcome to my first blog post. I’m pretty excited to finally be here online after thinking about it for many months. I decided to start blogging to combine my three passions –  learning, teaching, and writing. Most of my blog posts are related to the content I teach in my leadership courses: Ways we can […]

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