Lessons Learned in 2015

It’s that time of year again when I like to think back on the months past, reflect, and hopefully extract meaning from my experiences. To quote Confucius, as I often like to do, “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is the noblest; second, by imitation, which is the easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest.” — Read More —

Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

Over the last 12-18 months I’ve been full-on SOOMCZ – stepping out of my comfort zone. Why do this, you ask? To paraphrase one of my favourite quotes, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. You want something different? Do something different. — Read More —

Waste Not Want Not This Thanksgiving

As some readers already know, Thanksgiving is my favourite holiday of the year. It's all about the food, drink and fun and without the stress of gift-giving. Plus it's a shorter season than Christmas, since we've got to move on to the Halloween season. (Which is the other most excellent day of the year.) — Read More —

Your Fall “Reading” List

My love for my dog Lola knows no bounds. The more time I spend with her, the deeper my loves grows. I even let her sleep on my bed.  I would walk across burning coals for Lola and the thought of her getting old and dying makes me want to vomit. That said, she requires a whole lot of walking and I must admit to getting bored once in awhile. — Read More —

My Lucky Underpants

I was in the changing room at Zara trying to squeeze into clothes made for women half my age when a potentially embarrassing situation nearly took me down. — Read More —

Lessons In Empathy

When something significant happens in my life, I go to any one of my three sisters to share, ask for advice or vent. The nature of the subject matter determines who I reach out to; like if I score a designer sweater on sale or I need to talk for hours (maybe days) about that person who wronged me, I go to the ever-patient fashion-loving Amy.  Then when I need a behavioural analysis that holds nothing back, its straight to the psycho analyst Lisa. — Read More —
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Skin, Hair, Dogs and other blog updates

I've had a few emails and questions via social media about a number of blog posts and the status of various products I was testing out. Here are some answers to your most FAQs. — Read More —

She’s Leaving Home (Bye Bye)

Parents everywhere are counting the days until school resumes. I know many in this situation: Summer camp is over and kids are hanging around looking for things to do; needing to be fed, driven places and entertained. For some, the dog days of summer mean everyone might be a bit sick of each other. Don't feel guilty if you're in this boat. You're in good company and wanting your time back doesn't necessarily make you bad at your parental job. — Read More —

The Meaning of Silence

Did I get the job? Does he want to see me again? Whether it’s a contract, an audition or a prospective date, waiting to hear back about something can be excruciating. — Read More —

When A Kiss Is Not A Kiss

The other day I kissed someone's earlobe by mistake.  It was an oddly intimate moment and I fear both I as the kisser and the receiving kiss-ee felt a moment of awkwardness. I almost wanted to say sorry. And maybe I should have. — Read More —

The Art of Small Talk

Networking events are a necessary part of working in any professional field. Sooner or later you're going to have to stand around with a bunch of people you don't know and think of something to say. These experiences are often boring and can be downright paralyzing, especially if there is someone in the room you want to impress. — Read More —