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It's Eating Disorders Awareness Week in Canada (Feb.1-7, 2017). It has taken me about 15 years to ADMIT that I had an eating disorder (anorexia nervosa) as a child and teenager. If you know someone with an eating disorder, here are a few things to be aware of.
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It was 1991 and my first Christmas in my new home after my emotionally draining divorce. We lived in a depressed area. My family was 400 km away. I was struggling financially with a small business, helping in the community where I could, while nurturing my four-year-old who had some health challenges.
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I have spent over 14 years hiding this "tiny" part of my life, and it is now, only after writing my memoir, that I've realized that by hiding, I've been chipping away at my heart. I decided that I didn't want to hide anymore. I realized in that moment that I should have SHARED my pain instead of hiding.
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I desperately tried to HIDE my story. After my stroke, I hated the attention I received. I was lucky to have had a successful recovery but I did not understand why it was such a big deal, why newspapers wanted to write about it and why every single person I saw would make it the focus of a conversation.
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With the average price of a detached home out of most first-time buyers' reach, those with less than $1 million to spend have a few options. A lot of people are becoming creative with their buying power and choosing to utilize more unusual or unconventional options to solve the issue of affordability.
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Women's hockey is evolving and the divide between female and male athletes is blurring. Canadians are viewing female athletes as just that, athletes. We're not satisfied with the notion of "they play well for a girls team." Female competitors play well, period.
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Salaries are getting lower; people are malcontent with three weeks of vacation and mediocre benefits; and there is a rise in people earning, saving, jumping off, freelancing, downsizing and living the life they want. The #dreamjob doesn't exist. On the other hand, the happily balanced life can, but only if we give it a chance and start to operate differently.
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Great ideas have the potential to change everything. However, these ideas need to be shared, discussed and acted upon or they will dissolve and simply not make the impact they were intended to. Crossing a threshold -- whether a breaking point or a boundary, frequently results in a transformation.
Sharing was the backbone of humanity for much of history. Now, when we have occasional need for products or services that we value, we can access it when we need it. They're less expensive, less wasteful, environmentally sound and increasingly available.
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Today more than ever it's important to be judicious with what you click on in the fast streams of information and people that pass through your computer. For healthy endorsement and effective peaceful posting, consider the following.
With a reported record cost of $4.5 million rate for a 30-second spot in the U.S. and up to $200,000 in Canada, many companies don't have the budget to get their brand into the big game. That doesn't mean businesses won't get creative and try to intercept the spotlight during the mecca of the advertising calendar. Companies can attempt a field goal with the following three points to get noticed.
Well, it's that time of the year again, when the media -- new, old and everything in between, including this blog -- fixates on compiling its Year-End List. While the act of "Listification" seems to...
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I'm feeling a little sentimental this morning, as I think about my dad (as I often do), so I decided to share some of my thoughts with you all. How lucky was I to have had an early role model and ment...
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I was meant to give that ice cream to those people. To have all the people in the airport help me out on my odd quest and it would not possibly have been as sweet, if the ice cream had survived.
So what did I learn? If I had kept it all for myself I would have had nothing.
Build it and if it's WORTH IT, they will come. In fact, more than that, if it's REALLY worth it, they will seek you out and hunt you down. WHERE you are isn't as important as WHAT you are.
These days, given the overwhelming tsunami of social media, the conventional wisdom of who we are has shifted away from us and onto others, to become "You Are What You Share"...whether you choose to share your feelings about food, clothing, French lawyers/politicians, or the act of sharing itself.
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Imagine being a street kid for a second. You can't always just go home. Every day is a survival. Finding food and shelter is your job. Everything is an obstacle. Every time you beg for change, every time you go to the bathroom, every time you want to sleep, eat or drink -- nothing comes easy.
While older folks may not have started society's social media obsession, we may, surprisingly, be the ones who are unwittingly facilitating our kids' dependence on it through our own actions and examples. To this end, we should take a long hard look at our social media behaviour.
During a brief vacation away with my Greek immigrant parents in sunny Florida, I had the serenity to engage them in several wonderful lengthy chats about their past (always a favourite topic of mine) and to quietly observe them. These are the additional gems that I have gained from my parents' experiences.