Lifestyle

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…

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…

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5 Great Back to School Tips for Teens

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The first day of high school can be a flurry of emotions for your kids. New school. New experiences. And new freedom to gain. It’s both exciting and frightening. If you have a teen with first-day jitters at home, here…

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Celebrating Father’s Day Without Fathers

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When I am not cursing the harsh cold winter days, or the excruciatingly humid summer nights, I am grateful for seasons in Montreal. Changing seasons make me reflect that there is movement in life, nothing is permanent. Like nature’s dog-eared…

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Unconditional Love

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I am a 38-year old woman, married with two beautiful daughters, and a house in the suburbs. I am certain that we share some common interests and hobbies. I might be your neighbour, best friend, acquaintance, relative, or a complete…

Messages from the other side

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Last week, at the end of a yoga class, the teacher announced that one of the class members was expecting a new grand-baby that day. She asked us to join her in an Om to welcome the new addition to…

The Blessing of Family Vacations

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There is definitely something wrong when we find ourselves falling into the cantankerous trap; “but we don’t agree on venues and we don’t agree on menus”. Planning a family vacation can sometimes provoke angst amongst the members of the group….

Life Takes Guts

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For many people living with Crohn’s disease, life can involve urgent trips to the bathroom as well as pain. For some, Crohn’s can even be deadly. Living with a chronic disease like this can be difficult and isolating. In severe…

Fit Vs. Fiction

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“Alone I lived inside my head, never wanting to leave my bed On the outside so strong and tough, but inside never good enough I spent each moment wrapped in fear, afraid of looking in the mirror What power it…

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…

Back to school blessings

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Now that the new school year is upon us, my Facebook newsfeed is full of first day of school pictures.  Many of them are with adorable kids holding signs that let us know what grade they are going into or…

How to deal with infertility

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We Don’t See Things As They Are, We See Them As We Are.” Anais Nin Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of pregnant bellies. I think they are absolutely beautiful. I didn’t always feel this way. Seven years ago, when…

Motherless Daughters

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Several years ago I was sitting in a psychologist’s office when my personal narrative was unexpectedly uprooted, violently rearranged, and permanently altered as if hit by a tornado. As soon as I heard the words, “What she did was selfless…