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Down But Not Out: 4 Steps To Overcoming

Lesson From The US Election The past week has been an interesting one. We have seen the person who was almost written off as “cannot possibly win” do exactly that – win. We saw the one thought to be a virtual shoo-in lose. What we also saw were lessons not being learned; a collective of people, known as a party, not understanding that large sections of society are tired of not being heard. However, the greatest theme by the end of the week for me was “how to be down

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Never Be So Desperate And Do These Things

When I Grow Up “This is one more piece of advice I have for you: don’t get impatient. Even if things are so tangled up you can’t do anything, don’t get desperate or blow a fuse and start yanking on one particular thread before it’s ready to come undone. You have to realize it’s going to be a long process and that you’ll work on things slowly, one at a time.” ― Haruki Murakami Many of us living in the Western Hemisphere aspired to certain things as children. White picket

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9 Things I’ve Learned So Far This Year

Life Classes Celebrating a milestone birthday, one would think that the particular year would be the most informative. Well, turns out that the year after is the one that I learned some new lessons. Truth be told, some of them were retakes, re-do’s or reinforcement ‘classes’. While I love [most] Millennials that have crossed my path, some are obnoxious in their belief that they know everything. In my late 20’s, I too thought there was nothing else to learn. Guess it is the idealism of youth that one thinks being

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What’s On Your Must Have Stuff List?

Skinniest Week: Yesterday while watching television, a report came on that this week in October is the “skinniest” all of us will be. The explanation for this by the “expert” is that come next Monday, in the case of us Canadians, we will start eating up a storm! This led me to think not only about my Thanksgiving dinner menu. All the stuff that will be purchased and ate until January 1, 2017 rushed into my consciousness. North Americans it seems are the leaders in consumerism. We buy just about

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A Thanksgiving Conversation For You

Turkey Day Approaches We here in Canada observe Thanksgiving almost a month earlier than our cousins in the United States.  Just this past week, as my daughter prepared for a vacation to my country of origin – Jamaica – we talked about a family gathering she will be attending. Thinking about the personalities and behind the scene stories, I remarked that she might be in for the uncomfortable Thanksgiving conversation you often hear about. October has been what you could call a turning point month in my life. Not only

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Life’s Biggest Question: Is This It?

Wrapping Up September is drawing to a close and so will our featured conversation – Life’s Big Questions. Since the start of the month, we shared our answers to some and gave tips how you might respond when those questions are posed in your experience. Today, as we end this conversation, at least for now, we turn to what is possibly the biggest question of all – “Is this it?” How many times have you asked this question? In my experience and through the conversations that I have had over

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Choices: They Are Yours To Make

Women Of Influence “You will never make it,” she declared to me. It was as if she threw down a gauntlet and I was no chicken. Too much had already happened in my life by age 18 for me to be otherwise. This was just one more challenge to prove that I was not worthless or destined to live a life riddled with abuse of all nature and types. It was another moment of choices to make. There were too many women of influence in my experience by then. Mrs. Portia Simpson-Miller, a

Money, Money, Money – Friend Or Foe?

Only Rich People For every time we talked and on any topic it always ended with her saying, “Only rich people… .” Whether we were talking about food, money, clothing, housing, having a pet, even sexual relationships for crying out loud, this woman always concluded that only rich people have it good. Before executing my plan not to engage her in any conversation beyond the weather, I asked her whether she thought her words had any impact on her finances. Sure she would not understand the metaphysics of my question,