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Event: Come Ignite Your Mind with Lisa!

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I am so excited to be part of the  ‘IGNITE’ Your Mind Conference as a panelist. If you ready to be educated and inspired by a dynamic, group of Canadian women then this conference for you? http://www.distinctivewomenmagazine.com/…/national-CA-IGNI…/ Tickets: Regular –…

What do your dreams mean?

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I’ve been studying dreams for forty-five years. My interest in dream analysis began in my early twenties. At twenty-one, I gave birth to my eldest daughter Tina, who was born with Down Syndrome. Not too long after, I became depressed…

The Evolution of Grief

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Nine years ago last night, I was in my father’s hospital room with my mother, my sister and brother waiting for my dad to die. We’d been with him all day in the hospital and I’d gone home to get…

Happy birthday to us!

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  Four years ago this week we launched Wise Women Canada after months of researching, planning, developing and smashing our heads against a few walls. We never imagined that so much blood sweat and tears could go into the launch…

Igniting Possibilities on May 3rd

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Igniting Possibilities : ​JOIN US ON MAY 3, 2017 for an evening of inspiring speakers highlighting the power and potential of women and what they bring to the world.   This event will provide motivating insights into the world of the…

Montreal Women’s Empowerment Conference

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Women’s Growth & Wellness Conference On April 7th, 2017, get ready to feel inspired, empowered, and armed with the tools to rock your life. Combining their passion and dedication to empowering women, Erica Diamond (WomenOnTheFence.com), Lisa Brookman and Liz Wiener…

Toxic Friendships

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Friendships……they are an integral part of our social and emotional existence. They can be supportive, nurturing, balanced and fulfilling. They can be effortless. They can get us through our darkest moments and even bring out our best attributes. But sometimes…

Walking With My Father

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When my parents would go out on Saturday nights, I’d always anxiously await their return home because it meant my dad and I could go on one of our “night walks”. This is what we called our Saturday night ritual. Just…

Dear Teenage Self

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Dear teenage self- Here’s some friendly advice from an older, wiser 44 year old you. Being popular is very, very overrated. Friends are the family you get to choose, so choose them wisely. Having a handful of good, solid, trustworthy…

Happy Birthday Empathy Effect!

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Empathy is the true capacity to understand or feel what another being is experiencing from within. What started out as a yearlong social media experiment to inspire and galvanize empathy has ballooned into a widespread campaign to engage people to perform one act of…

The place where nothing grows

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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about what it’s like to live with generalized anxiety. As one friend put it after my blog went live, “Now you’re really out of the closet.” It’s true. I’ve spilled my mental health…

Unplug and Reboot

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 What does this really look like? Simply living. Each moment, one day at a time (even if it’s only for a few days). No personal trainer or yoga coach required. No guru. Just the sand and the sea. Perhaps mountain…

Strength in vulnerability

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Growing up, I didn’t always get a lot of positive reinforcement. When I was young, I longed to be acknowledged; to be praised and told that I was great or smart or funny. Despite this lack of affirmation, I still…

An anxious mind

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Mental illness seems to be getting a lot of airplay these days. While we’re still far from a place where it is accepted and legitimized as a genuine health issue, at the very least we’re hearing more about it. Just…

FROM PROTECTED TO CONNECTED

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It appears that most of us are reluctant to reveal our full selves – in social settings, in professional settings, or in new situations. As we delved deeper to understand why, here is what emerged: fear of rejection, fear of…

Fighting Depression

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When I was a kid, I couldn’t go to sleep unless I completed a very specific set of nightly routines. I was inexplicably terrified of water dripping from the bathroom tap, so I worked at tightening the faucet until I…

What Happens When Mama’s Unhappy

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Dear Kate,  I am a single lady in my mid-thirties, no children but lots of experience working with kids in different capacities. My older sister, whom I’m pretty close with, has a 3 year old that’s giving her a real…

F&%*K Resolutions

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One year ago, I was exactly where I am today. It was the Monday after the winter holidays and I’d just come back from a vacation in Mexico, feeling under the weather and blue. Last year, I chalked it up…

What a Difference a Year Makes

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I want to share what December 15 means to me. December 15, 2014 my beloved father whom I affectionately referred to as “Daddy-o” died of cancer. However, December 15, 2015 has me feeling happier than I have in long time….

Lost in Loss

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Dear Kate, With Christmas coming I find myself feeling really sad. A few weeks ago I was pregnant, and now I’m not. I don’t know if you have any advice on how to get through it, but I’m finding this…

Raise your hand

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A few days ago, I had an incredible opportunity to talk to a class of McGill University social work students about living with anxiety and depression. I’ve been upfront about my struggles here on the blog, but writing about it…