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Three Often Hidden Pillars Behind Persistence

Photo: Carol Ward with her partner David and her daughters Nicole and Kayla (graduating) 

Everyone has moments when they want to stop moving forward. On a run, at work, hitting a learning curve with a new skill, after a discouraging turn of events. Sometimes we take these challenges in stride. Other times we feel our resolve drain away...

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From The FBI to Entrepreneur: Finding Career Fulfillment Through Calculated Risk & Quality Mentoring

Stacy Eldridge worked in cybersecurity for the FBI for many years, scouring devices for evidence of criminal activity. The job was a great fit for a long time but it was an opportunity she hadn't considered pursuing until a moment of uncertainty shook her out of her comfort zone. 

You Just Need The Next Step 

 While working on her...

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Turning A Dream Into Reality By Challenging Old Stories

Photo: Rachel (left) and Mandy enjoying a happy moment during class. 

"I wanted to be an RMT forever...I thought I wasn't smart enough." 

Interview and writing by Lyndsay Barrett

When Rachel McLelland enrolled in the Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) program at a college in British Columbia, she knew she was taking a huge step in...

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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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