How do you play this game?

(Dear Reader, this blog is a bit different from some of the others, because the topic is specific for my fellow child care leaders in Ontario. I wrestled with whether or not to express my thoughts publically, however it’s weighed heavy on my mind and heart as my colleagues and I  have expressed being overwhelmed & feeling…

The Human Connection

I was interviewed by our local newspaper and after she asked a few questions announced, “I know what you are, you’re a connector”. On many occasions since, I realized she’s right—I am a connector. It’s one of truly satisfying & rewarding facets of my professional & personal life. Yesterday my son and I went out…

It’s better today.

“It’s going to get better” I think I’ve said over 20xs in the last year.  News flash…it’s not getting better.  My light bulb moment was standing in the auto repair shop at 8:45 am watching the front desk mechanic man the phone like he was Lily Tomlin (sorry if you’re too old for that reference……

It’s Certainly Stress

This weekend in a small Montreal café I watched people pass in their puffy, fur lined hooded coats. As I sipped my creamy latte, swirled caramel bananas on my crepe, I realized I was completely relaxed.Back to work today it should have been chalked up to a stressful day; most administration out ill, a adult…

Kind of a Movement

Do you have your New Year’s resolution yet? This year I have two. Advance my dreams by taking advantage of opportunities that energize me. Make it a practice to cultivate kindness more deeply into our child care centres. At a TedX conference in my home town I was moved by a talk on the power…

I belong to you, you belong to me.

September 28, 2015 as I sat with my son leaning against my knees staring at the night sky,  I was amazed at how many people known & unknown were sharing in the lunar eclipse (Blood moon).   This past week it seemed that all of Ontario held their breath & then cheered as Jose Bautista pulled…

Tell Me Your Story

I’m still fighting jet lag from a two week European cruise & tour. The 60+ travel companions from the TORBSA buying group – a group formed around working partnerships between Canadian suppliers, and which my husband’s building supply company belongs to, had a farewell gathering of about a dozen people two nights ago. The question was…

My Happy Place

I was in awe that a weedy, lily pad filled stretch of water beside a dock could be so enchanting and magical; it looked like an underwater fairy world. It was one of my last weeks’ vacation moments that brought me to my “happy place”.   Life’s too short keeps ringing in my ears from attending…

Surprisingly Wonderful

I love surprise parties, gifts, events really anything that makes my heart swell, mind race & happily catches me off guard.  I like that feeling of spontaneity & liberty to curiously explore a new avenue of experience. I’ve perceived many “surprises” recently. Such as the child care toddlers who after only a few weeks of me…

Quite the Pair

What’s my favourite flavour of ice cream? I pondered the question, and concluded I like any kind as long as it’s paired with cake, brownie or wrapped in a waffle cone.  I really do like things paired I thought as I munched on a salad mixed with fruit & spinach, like my pair of twin…

3 Ingredient Recipe for delicious School age program

As your seven year old self pops out of the hustle & bustle of the school hallway into a light filled space you are greeted by a smiling, familiar adult who gives you a hug while asking how your day at school was, listens to your response and invites you to a table laid out…

Taking Care of Things…

I had a dream that I was giving one of our child care staff her annual performance review.  I gave her a mirror and asked her to tell me what she saw.  She looked away, tried putting it down, she looked at me but would not look into her own eyes.  I told her what…