Last week, we initiated this series called “Carol-Ann’s Top 10 Caregiver Lessons” with three strategies for how to survive eldercare craziness. Are you ready for one of the most common questions my coaching clients ask?Read More
Yes, this reflective title is still part of the Mid-Year Check-In to pause and take stock. The theme was catalyzed by noticing how many people in my extended circles are going through tough times. Admittedly, this may not feel like a summery topic. However, it’s important.Read More
On a driving trip from Toronto to Cape Cod years ago, my husband and I learned that the week where July ends and August begins is considered rather of a cross-over. Visitors there for July tend to head home and August vacationers arrive. A cool practice, I find!
Translated to our Mid-Year Check-In, how about we take stock of summer 2019 so far in a similar fashion?Read More
On the heels of last week’s invitation to press the “pause” button to reflect upon how your first half of 2019 went, let’s prepare for your summer vacation in a different way.
In 2018, I urged you to consider how much of your precious holidays you choose to devote to care-giving responsibilities out of obligation or long-standing unconscious family patterns. I still do. What we’re going to add today is a focus on three important sectors – your pleasure, self-care and personal growth.Read More
Perhaps I ought to more accurately ask: Where is your 2019 going? Incredibly, we’ve pretty much reached the mid-way point of the year. Wow. Long-standing coaching clients know to anticipate what’s coming next. Yes, it’s the often-dreaded Mid-Year Check-In. LOL.Read More
Yesterday would have been the birthday of my paternal grandfather. Undoubtedly, he spent many a Father’s Day acknowledging his arrival as well as the general occasion. Passed-away in 1964, Grandpa would be a very remote memory if not for my father’s and cousin’s stories.
Thankfully, I’ve gained some genuine perspectives about the man who gave me life leading up to and after his own transition in 2012. I offer them with integrity here.Read More
If you had one, what was your favorite high-school summer job? One of my two answers was working at the local Laura Secord Candy Shop. A Canadian tradition, they’re known for delectable chocolates and delicious ice cream. Allowed to ‘sample’ wares within reason between customers, my stomach turned at the mere sight of chocolate long before September. This never happened with ice cream. I am roaring!Read More
Before another second goes by, let’s address how you are going to deliberately craft your summer with (or without) aging family members. We need to ‘talk’ before your plans are set in concrete.Read More
Canadians recently enjoyed our first long-holiday of the ‘summer’ called Victoria Day. Americans are currently celebrating Memorial Day. My next blog will focus on deliberately crafting this season with (or without seeing) aging family members. For now, any of you who are already entertaining parents or visiting them, please bear in mind these peace-creating strategies.Read More
For many, Mother’s Day weekend in North America can be a very mixed occasion. After all, how does a son or daughter cope with their negative reality while surrounded by societal strictures in the form of bombarding restaurant ads, mushy greeting cards and lavish florists?Read More