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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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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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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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Finding Possibility in Uncertainty: Four Ways To Bypass Overload

Where your focus goes, energy flows. You’ve probably heard this phrase or something similar before. However, focusing your energy can be challenging when your attention is scattered in many directions. Your life can seem like one big blur. 

Factor in uncertainty and it’s even more difficult to find focus and feel in...

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Five Lessons That Helped Me Learn To Love Running My Business

I am an accidental entrepreneur. When I left my corporate job, I had no intention of running a business. I wanted to share my skills and provide value to others. Working in my business has been easy for me. Working on my business has been a challenge.

Despite having a business degree and spending twenty years in a corporate job —...

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Achieving The Inconceivable: Climbing 3600m During A 55km Mountain Race In Nepal

Five important life lessons from having the curiosity to get to the start line and courage to get to the finish. 

The starting line of this story is the moment I signed up for the 55km race in Nepal. It wasn’t a bucket list item. (I don’t believe in bucket lists…but that’s a different story!) I signed up for a...

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“What Am I Trying to Prove?” Reflections on the Annapurna 55k, the Boston Marathon and Finding More Than Good Enough In Me

“Are you trying to prove something?” This was the first question posed to me by Yogrishi Vishvketu (Vishva-ji) at the beginning of our first session together. I contacted Vishva-ji to help me prepare for the Annapurna 55k trail race that I will be running in October. While I do have a running coach to provide me with a...

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Mentoring May Feel Magical However Mentors Are Not Magicians. 12 Practices To Inspire The Magic

We have a tendency to hold mentors in high regard. And rightfully so. A mentor’s perception, ideas, knowledge, feedback or nudge at just the right moment can feel magical. Unfortunately there isn’t a magic formula to have this happen all the time. 

You can, however, influence the creation of magic by making the following twelve...

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The Best Decision Making Tools: Stillness, Values and Body Wisdom

I’ve had the wind knocked out of me this week. For 7 days I’ve been sick. So sick that I have not been moving at all. I did try a ‘jog’ with Zoey our dog one day and I lasted less than 5 minutes. I simply didn’t have the energy. My physical illness forced my body – and my mind – to become immobile. My...

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Values: Living Life From The Inside Out

Lasting motivation and focus are more easily accomplished when our intentions and actions are aligned to our values. To what matters. When we’re living our life and making choices aligned with our unique values, we feel fulfilled. Complete. As if everything is in sync. We’re content, energized and ready for what’s next. 

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