How to find the delicate balance between holding on and letting go

Jan 02, 2024

Happy New Year!

I hope you’ve been having as much fun with year-end and new beginnings as we have over here.

Our Courageous Self-Care Conscious New Year’s Celebration was so sacred and special. Thank you to all who attended. 

On the home front, our family has been enjoying the mild winter weather during our daily walks and we’ve been taking as much downtime as possible.

We’ve been enjoying meals out (Indian and Thai are our favourites), movies and even a couple of rounds of bowling to ring in 2024. (Bowling is not my preferred way to spend time, but Oakley absolutely loves it and requested that we do that on New Year's Day. Zoe was in a benevolent mood and agreed that we should do some 10-pin and so it was.)

One movie that Oakley and I enjoyed was Christmas As Usual on Netflix. It’s a story about cultures colliding when a newly engaged couple tries to navigate the delicate balance between tradition (on the Norwegian side) and trying new things...

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The ONLY Reason Tough Things Ever Happen

Dec 26, 2023

We just finished up our Year End Retrospective and wowee - it was amazing. An important part of reducing overwhelm is to pause and reflect on a regular basis.

If you weren’t able to join us, you can still get your hot little hands on the replay by registering for the event. Or maybe you’re doing your own kind of review. I highly recommend - for your sanity and satisfaction - to take stock of 2023 in some way before charging forward into the new year. 

As you reflect, here’s a concept that has helped me more deeply understand life and how it works. 

Challenges and growth opportunities, only ever happen for one reason and one reason only. 

Although it may not feel like it as you’re going through the challenge, tuck this little nugget in your snazzy back pocket: The challenges are happening for you. 

“Yes, Christina, I’ve already heard that before,” you might think. Stay with me, though, because there’s more to it than...

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This advice was not so good

Dec 19, 2023

The other day, my daughter, Zoe, told me that she had seen a post on Instagram that she wanted to share with me. 

She said, “The lady who wrote the post said that people who are celebrating the holidays this year should be ashamed of themselves. With so much going on in the world, especially the wars, celebrating is a terrible thing to do.”

Of course, I immediately wanted to vehemently tell Zoe why that post was so wrong but I stopped myself short to get curious about her thoughts first.

“What do you think about that?” I asked (with tremendous restraint - *giving myself a little pat on the back right now).

Zoe said, “I don’t think that’s true. There’s always something to celebrate. That’s how people get through challenging times.”

“Exactly!” I cried enthusiastically (with a little inner cheer that Zoe already knew what I was going to tell her). 

“During the First and Second World Wars, people...

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The Power of Suggestion - what are you allowing in?

Dec 12, 2023

Before we dive into this week’s message, a friendly reminder that we have 2 amazing and transcendent events happening at the end of December; The Year End Retrospective (or Review - apparently it has two distinct titles) and the Conscious New Year’s Celebration.

If you would like to be filled with wonder, awe, self-appreciation and the energy of celebration, please join us. You can just attend one event (for $47) or you can email [email protected] to get the special discount coupon code and come to both for a mere $67 (all in Canadian $ - which makes it even more mere for some of you).

And now… the Power of Suggestion.

A few weeks ago, I went for one of my favourite experiences; a cosmic facial which has not only the facial but also energy work, crystal bowls, crystals and sacred geometry incorporated into the mix. (Plus a foot massage! It’s just the best.)

At the end, the practitioner shared what came through in the energy healing component. As...

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How are you completing 2023?

Dec 05, 2023

I was chatting with a client the other day who I’ve been working with since January and we were reviewing her year. 

She had written down her significant accomplishments, both in her internal and external worlds so that we could celebrate them together. 

She had never done that process before and she commented on how it was so valuable to reflect in this way because she tends to just look forward to the next thing rather than taking time for reflection.

“When I have looked back,” she said, “it’s usually been with a really critical lens… this time feels different.”

Over our year together, she has learned to be far more kind, compassionate, gentle and even loving toward herself. Not only that, she lost a significant amount of weight (like a whole person’s worth!), she took two bucket list trips, she got a raise and two bonuses, and perhaps most importantly, she went from having only 3 days of work that she loved in the...

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4 Helpful Clues to Uncovering Your Purpose

Nov 28, 2023

Many years ago, toward the beginning of my personal development/spiritual journey, I heard a speaker that impacted me enough to buy his teachings on a relatively newfangled device called a thumbdrive. 

That thumbdrive somehow found its way onto my Apple Music and the other day, one of the teachings popped up amidst my eclectic playlist. 

(My kids always say it’s an adventure to put my music on shuffle - you never know what you’re going to get… could be a meditation, a chapter from the Secret, U2, a Celtic ballad, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a recording from my podcast - the possibilities are really endless.)

Anyways, back to the teaching. I really loved what the speaker had to say and although I would love to credit him, he only shows up on my phone as Greg M - so thank you almost anonymous Greg for the following juicy tidbits.

When it comes to knowing and living your purpose, there are two things to be on the lookout for.

Clue to Your Purpose #1


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Lessons from My New Driver

Nov 21, 2023

Hello and Happy mid-November,

This is not a Black Friday message

Instead, I would love to share with you a lovely moment that happened a few days ago with my 18-year-old daughter, Zoe, who just got her driver’s license.

She was driving along with me in the passenger seat and after she changed lanes, she said, “That was an excellent lane change!”

To which I replied, “If you do say so yourself!”

Zoe said, “Well, I figure if I criticize myself for making mistakes out loud when I’m driving, then I should also compliment myself out loud to even it out.”

My heart was so happy in that moment. It’s always a great day when you see (or hear) evidence that what you’ve been saying to your kids for years is sinking in. 

Persistence pays off - whether it’s with yourself or someone else in your life. And so I ask you (and myself) where can we be persistent this week? Where can we lean in and keep going because we know...

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Birthday Flash Sale

Nov 14, 2023

It was my 47th birthday this Sunday, November 12th. I don’t know about you, but I find it quite challenging to keep track of my age, especially since my beloved is a year older than me. I’m rarely sure if I’m his age or mine but it seems to work out to my benefit because I’m always pleasantly surprised to be younger than I thought. 

I have two gifts to give you in honour of the celebration this week. 

Gift #1 is an idea I love and Gift #2 is a birthday flash sale (take a peek a little further down for the details).

Gift #1: The Idea

At a recent talk by Dewitt Jones, a celebrated National Geographic photographer now in his 80s but with the pep of a 47-year-old, he shared an idea that I wrote down because it was so powerful and on point.

He said that we don’t need to try to fix things about ourselves. If we have the focus of fixing anything like health issues, relationship issues, emotional issues, etc, we’re giving more energy to the...

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My unexpected favourite Disney moment

Nov 07, 2023

It’s been a couple of weeks since we returned from the Happiest Place on Earth and I had one more thing I wanted to share with you about our trip. Last time, I told you about how Heavenly Helpers made our trip magical. 

This week, I would love to share with you how we took what could have been some annoying/frustrating moments and turned them around. 

On our first full day there, our group had 8 people - me and my two teens, my mom, my sister and brother-in-law, along with my niece and nephew. Our ages ranged from 7-74. On our very first ride, the Indiana Jones adventure, we waited in line for a decent amount of time. When it was our turn we clambered into the 4-rowed vehicle, taking up the first 3 rows. 

Off we went, into the dark unknown. At the dramatic entrance, the snake-festooned grand doors parted slowly. The excitement grew and then… the ride stopped with the doors partway open. The music ceased, the lights flickered and then we were plunged into...

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Heavenly Helpers at Disney

Oct 31, 2023

We just got back from an incredibly fun week at Disneyland. I’ve never screamed so much in my life (in the best way possible). See below for a visual of the screaming. 

Front left: Me Front right: my mom Back left: my brother-in-law Back right: my sister. As you can see, this ride was very speedy.

Part of what made our trip so amazing is that I hired heavenly helpers for many different aspects of the adventure. 

If you’re unfamiliar with heavenly helpers, here’s the synopsis. In the book Hiring the Heavens, I learned that there are celestial beings who are ready and waiting to help you with anything you can dream up - all you have to do is ask.

Once you’ve determined what you could use support with, you hire the appropriate heavenly helper to do the task. I’ll give you some examples of how to do that in a moment. 

What I love about the hiring aspect is that it’s very different from just asking. When you hire someone, you expect...

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