Mental Wellness

This is my life

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This is my life; one I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. But it’s different from most. I have what most people strive for; a beautiful family, a nice home (ok, so I’d change half a dozen things about…

How I learned to breathe in the hot room

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If you look up Type A personality in the dictionary, there’s a good chance you’ll find my picture. I’m a perfectionist, a catastrophist and an overachiever. I generally sleep like shit because the wheels in my head are always turning….

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…

Our New Normal

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August 2007, we were like so many other families. Happily married, 1 little boy whose 2nd birthday we had just celebrated and another baby on the way. Many nights were spent talking about how things would change once the new…

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….

How I Survived a Juice Cleanse

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I have a really bad stomach. Years ago, I saw a gastroenterologist who told me I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome, which is also commonly known as the diagnosis doctors provide when they can’t figure out what exactly is wrong with you….

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…

The Need for Normal

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In our current society, there is huge emphasis placed on diversity, equality, and respect for differences. I wholeheartedly believe in all of it. In fact, I have built a career where I coach leaders on how to embrace this value…

Devouring Cannabis

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I’m a very curious person and have been since I was a little kid. And one thing I’ve been more curious about than anything else has been cannabis. To be clear, I love all sorts of stuff, like my family,…

My Royal 40-something Hotness

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The other night, for the first time in almost a decade and half, we watched our wedding video. Aside from the novelty of seeing what a videotape was, my kids were fascinated by seeing their mom as a real-life Cinderella….

I Am So Not A Hockey Mom

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When I was pregnant with my first child I was terrified. Once I got over the shock and the excitement began to settle in, I knew I wanted to find out the sex of my new baby. As much as…

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…

THE LIZ EFFECT

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Like the FATHER, SON AND HOLY GHOST, we do not refer to them as the THREE WISE MEN because they talk about male only issues like jock itch and Deflategate, I have been reading WISE WOMEN CANADA for almost two…

Fed to the Wolves

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I thought I had a wonderful childhood. It was filled with smells of warm soup, big family gatherings at every occasion and Star Trek adventures with neighborhood kids. My family was pretty “Leave it to Beaver”. I felt privileged to…

Hanging onto to someone for dear life

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One of the privileges of being a high-profile athlete is that I have the opportunity to meet a lot of people, and more often than not, they want to talk about what it’s like training for, and competing in extreme…

The Worst Anniversary Gift Ever

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I happen to be married to a pretty amazing guy. He’s not perfect, but he’s pretty friggin close.  He is the epitome of patience, has the kindest eyes I’ve ever seen and exudes this sort of considerate, warm, aura that…

Edith Freeman Linetsky

The Sky’s the Limit

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I bat my eyelids and suddenly my daughter turned 7 months old. The rate at which time is marching is really quite mind-boggling, and when people tell me, “enjoy, it goes so fast”, they weren’t kidding! As I despondently packed…

YOU ALWAYS HAVE A CHOICE

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“Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it.” – Lou Holtz When I think about my life, I think of it as chapters of a book. Some chapters I want to read…