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Strengthening Body, Mind And Spirit Through Dance

Photo credits: Debra Lee, Peter Paradise and Aria Michaels

"In dance you have to hold your own space, but you have to know what’s going on behind you, beside you, and be graceful about it."

Shirronda Almeida, Director of the Mel King Institute in Boston Massachusetts, came to belly dance through a desire to move her body. Her passion...

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Navigating The Uncertainty of Life: Faith in the Unknown Vs. Fear and Rigid Beliefs

When we hold too tightly to our beliefs, it’s often because we are afraid. We become defensive and resist opening our minds to new ideas or perceptions. Beliefs make a ‘known’ of the unknown. Beliefs make presumptions about what is yet to come, how it will be, what it will mean and how it will affect us. Beliefs are a way of...

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Turning The Scars Of Tragedy Into A Ripple Effect Of Possibility

"Anything can create a positive ripple if we let it."

Life changed for Laura Beauparlant when she was hit by an impaired driver at 18, but it didn’t stop. The head-on collision shattered Laura’s femur and required 18 pins and a metal plate in her leg, as well as nine surgeries to heal. She was told the effects of the accident on her...

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Accomplish Big Goals By Trusting Your Excited Heart

 

Gillian Chow: “I am strong. I am brave. I am free.”

This is a story about trust, learning to dance in the unknown, taking on really big goals and what’s possible with focus and determination.

“Hey Laurie! I have a favour to ask. I’m planning my Big Dance 56km run through the Bruce Trail on November 18 and...

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On Trying Something New: Trust Yourself, Find Community and Do It!

Former-Lieutenant Navy reflects on finding bravery and motivation through trusting herself and her team in taking on new challenges.  

Cher Dignan has taken on many exciting challenges in her life, not the least of which is a seven-year stint with the Royal Canadian Navy. Looking back on her varied and impressive experience,...

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One Simple Step For Getting Unstuck And Finding Possibility

What is the one simple step?

One step literally. One tiny tangible action. That’s it.

  • Simple? Yes.
  • Easy? Not aways.
  • Do-able? Absolutely.

Ideas on getting unstuck abound. Find your purpose. Define your vision. Sign up for something big. Believe in yourself. Change your habits. Identify your values. And so the list goes on. All good and...

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Sustaining Courage and Combatting Stress Through An Active Lifestyle

Canadian lieutenant colonel Soo Owens reflects on her tour in Afghanistan, the Secret Marathon for Women and how endurance sports fuel her mental and physical wellness.

Soo Owens is a lieutenant colonel in the Canadian Army. Her 25+ years of service include a tour in Afghanistan for nine months in 2012-2013, where she was a senior advisor in...

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Building Confidence Hiking Six Days On The West Coast Trail

Guest Post by Angela Herman sharing her experience hiking along the West Coast Trail in Canada.

When Angela posted the pictures of her journey along the trail in The More-In-Me Women’s MOVEment Group this summer, I asked her to share her experience in more detail. This is her story of discovering ‘more’ of herself...

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Marathon Woman: A Must Read History Book about Women, Running, and What it Takes to Achieve Equity

The original version of this blog post was published on Oct 11, 2017.

Today is International Women's Day 2021 and the theme is #choosetochallenge. Given the impact running has had in my life, this year I want to feature Kathrine Switzer. She tirelessly challenged a male dominated resistant system to support women's right to run. 

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How Childbirth Prepared Me For Dealing With Uncertainty And Finding My Inner Strength

Guest Post by Lyndsay Barrett sharing how she prepared for the unknown experience of giving birth and dealt with unexpected circumstances. 

It wasn’t until about six months into my pregnancy that a really obvious thought dawned on me: I was going to have to give birth. This baby I’d loved since it was the size of a...

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