Mental Wellness

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…

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….

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…

Turning my mastectomy into art

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I have always loved tattoos. Shortly after my 18th birthday, I walked into a tattoo shop filled with courage and a bit of cockiness. After studying the wall of images, I confidently pointed to a small cartoon devil named “Hot…

So Happy

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I am so happy. So, so, so, so stupidly happy with my life right now, and changes that I’ve made. I think, as humans, we generally have pretty strong feelings about change: hate, love, fear, excitement, to name a few….

In the Name of Spirit

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My daughter is my first-born, and as with all mothers of firstborns, I didn’t know any differently. I knew she was a hard baby, that was evident– she was the type of baby to make a fool out of sleep…

Kicking September in the Ass

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I hate September. I hate the tinge of cool in the air that reminds us fall is almost here. I hate the change of routine; from the easy, schedule-free, long summer days to the frantic return to morning alarms, carpool,…

A Tale of Two Rookies

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A couple of weeks ago my husband and I bid farewell to our night nurse (I’ll call her “Mrs. Doubtfire”) and I have been intermittently teary-eyed since. She had been with us since April and helped us tremendously with our…

The Time I May Have Scarred My Kid For Life

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With the new school year fast approaching, don’t make the same mistake I did. Consider yourselves warned… Hi everyone from Toronto (*waving*)! I’m Emily Block, one of Liz’s oldest, GOOFIEST, filterless-est (is that a word?) friends. I was asked by…

How I Learned to Hug my Kids

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Recently I was asked by an old friend who I haven’t seen since my wedding, seven years ago, if I hug my children. Most would find this to be a strange question, but to me it was extremely on point…