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Ode to the Neighbourhood Empty Nest

Choosing the right neighbourhood to raise your family in is super important. I was pregnant with my first when we bought our first house. My husband pushed to move into this weird little dated community in the north end of the City of Toronto called “Bathurst Manor.” I hadn’t grown up in Toronto, so I…

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Tennis and Exercise: 3 Steps to Love More and Resist Less

I have always loved tennis. I never had lessons when I was a kid though. I just used to goof around and play with friends every now and again. Tennis wasn’t part of my childhood in any big way. Well…there was this guy in high school that I used to flirt with while we played…

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Are you hiding from change?

You’ve been thinking about making a change. So much so that the change itself has become noisy chatter in your mind. It comes and goes, but it’s there. You hear it even though you’re hiding. It’s not constant, but you hear it. You try to ignore it when you notice it. Sometimes you can. But…

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Top 4 ways retired friends can be good for your health

I’m only 53 and am surrounded by retired friends. I love having friends of all ages. Lately, I find myself going to retirement parties just as frequently as 50th birthday parties and baby showers! It’s a phase of life that I know less about and I’m fascinated to learn more. Just fascinated. Not because I’m…

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Working Moms: Do You Need Regret Proofing 101?

Are you starting to have regrets about what you haven’t done yet in your life? Working moms tend to think they can do it all. Does this sound like you?  I felt this way for sure. As a group, we are accomplished in so many areas. We do a lot, that’s for sure. I feel…

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How to leave food on your plate

People who know me well are quite aware of my love of seafood. I really love eating at seafood restaurants. I guess the bottom line is that I love when someone else makes food for me. Don’t we all? My aunt and uncle from Palm Springs share this love and took me to a wonderful…

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3 Lessons I Learned from Being Laid Off

My three year anniversary after being laid off from a long-term job is this month. It’s hard to believe that so much time has gone by. I held five positions in the field of health promotion, addiction and mental health for 25 years. I had the last job for 19 of those 25 years. This…

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What are you too old to do?

What do you think you shouldn’t do, wear or be now that you’re older? I bet you want to think that you’re never too old to do whatever you want, no matter your age. But I’m curious if that’s really honest. There’s a lot of talk in the news right now about an outfit Madonna…

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How to navigate college and midlife transitions better

Life transitions can be hard. I find myself frequently surrounded by handsome young men at the brink of making some pretty stressful college and university choices. Unfortunately, it’s not because of my charming personality. It’s simply because of the age and stage of my high school and college-aged sons and all of their friends. We…

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Big dogs and little owners: How I avoided a midlife crisis

Dogs were always part of my life. Big dogs, little dogs, slobbery dogs, messy dogs. The works. My family bred St. Bernards when I was a young child. We did the dog show thing too and I showed in the puppy class. My dad even became a dog show judge. Having five St. Bernards in…

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