Self Care

What depression looks like

What Mental Illness Looks Like


Over the years, I’ve heard a lot of interesting comments from people when they learn that I live with mental illness. Advice is probably the most common theme, as in – have you tried focusing on the positive? Do you…

BRCA mutation testing

Mom Genes


As a grade 7 high school student, I was asked to write an English essay about my “hopes, dreams, and aspirations for the future”. Most teens in my class described ambitious academic and career goals and philanthropic intentions. I chose…

Type 1 Diabetes

My Type 1 Truth


As I pass the 20 year mark on my diabetic journey, I have come to a place of reflection on the reality of what I have been through. Before I begin with the personal side, I should shed some light…

This is how to make yourself a priority


In the five years since we’ve launched Wise Women Canada, we’ve learned so much. The experiences we’ve had, including television appearances, public speaking opportunities, our own radio show and a column in a national magazine (among countless others), have been…

starting over at 55



It’s not you – it’s me”!  A line made famous by George Costanza on Seinfeld – is one I can’t wait to repeat – not to my boyfriend, husband or partner – but to my employer. After almost thirty years of participating in…

Tired of Looking Tired


“You look so tired….” is a comment that I’ve been getting from people on a pretty consistent basis. It’s a comment that has always bugged me, cause, seriously, what good can come from telling someone they look tired? Perhaps I’m…

Happy birthday to us!


  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…

Creating a Sisterhood


Lisa and I have always been there for each other. We support and encourage each other’s successes, pick each other up when we fall and send one another texts comprised entirely of strings of emojis that somehow capture exactly what…

Girlfriends supporting each other: Wise Women Canada

Measuring Time in Love and Friendship


Looking back at 2007, I remember a year fraught with physical and emotional pain. My agenda was replete with doctors’ appointments and visits to acupuncturists and nutritionists. I spent most days immobilized on my sofa, willing the excruciating burning in…

parental abuse

Unconditional Love


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…

Post Concussion Syndrome: The Invisible Injury


While there is more media attention and awareness about concussion, particularly in sport, there is little focus on the non athlete who becomes concussed. There is even less widespread knowledge about the 15% who experience post concussion syndrome, symptoms that…

The Sandwich Generation


Meet Maria Licoudis; RN and Care Manager at Home Care Assistance. Her story is all too familiar; too much to get done and not enough hours in a day. Maria leads a very busy life. She is mom to her…



Last weekend, Lisa and I had the opportunity to speak at, and participate in, the Maddy K Inspires Retreat in St. Sauveur, Québec. As big believers in communication and authenticity, we were excited to let it all out; to share…