Lifestyle

Be the Author of your own (Great) Story

“All I need is a really great story” I remember exactly where I was when I uttered these words. It was 1999 and I was pursuing my Ph.D. in sport & exercise psychology at the University of Saskatchewan. I was with my colleague Pat and we were attending a speaking event associated with the Canadian Women’s Curling Championship, The Tournament of Hearts. The speaking event was held in the hockey arena, that at the time could seat about 4000 people, and it was a packed house. Daniel Eugene ‘Rudy’ Ruettiger, was the speaker we had come to hear.

"With a Little Help From My Friends"

In thinking about what to post tonight, the Beatles tune "With a Little Help From My Friends" has been in my head all day.  This post is dedicated to you -- the people who are in my life. It's May 31st.  I have been pursuing a goal to exercise everyday for the month of May to raise money and support for those who are living with Cancer (including their family members).  This goal was important to me to achieve, because my father, George Hoar, passed away 5 years after living with the disease (off and on) for 14 years.  In honor of him and the values that he and my mother helped to instill in me (and my siblings), I've attempted to raise $500 for this cause.  The challenge was called Workout to Conquer Cancer.

Workout to Conquer Cancer

It has been 5 years since my Father passed away from cancer.  To mark the occasion, I am doing something that is deeply important to me -- SERVICE.  I am raising money for Cancer research in British Columbia through participation in the Workout to Conquer Cancer.  I am doing this in service of others who suffer from, who live with, cancer.

My goal is to reach $500.00 ($100 for each year that I have lived without my father).  The task is to workout each day for the month of May. Today is May 10th and I am 25% to where I want to be: I have 21 days to go and $350 dollars to raise. Can you help me?

Introductions

I believe that excellence is learned.  It is not a destination, but rather, a journey.  It is simply, a way of being.  I strive to be the best version of myself in my personal and professional lives through the practice of excellence. My goal in my postings is to provide you with inspiration and to empower you in your own journey of excellence.  It occurred to me, that I haven't really introduced myself to you.  So as we continue down this path together, here are 10 fun facts about me.

In Search of Balance

In today's rush we all think too much - seek too much - want too much - and forget about the joy of just being.   Eckhart Tolle Accepting that I can’t do everything that I want to do, at the moment that I think about doing it, is really hard for me.  Recently, a picture appeared on my facebook newspage with a caption that read “Keep Calm, and remember that you are Superwoman”.  I laughed out loud reading the caption because it was so relatable. I can’t remember directly calling myself a superwoman, but I’m pretty sure that I do expect myself to behave like one.

My image of superwoman is the female version of the superman character played by the late actor Christopher Reeve in the 1978 movie of Superman.  Superwoman is a leader, she serves others, and she saves the day of mortal human beings. 

Setting Priorities during Busy Times

If you have been following this blog (oh no!) you have notice that I've been absent again. This wasn't intentional. I really love writing this blog. Like so many of the other bloggers out there this is a personal space for me to express myself to my world. This blog is my creative outlet. Brene Brown Brene Brown says that taking time to creatively express oneself is critical to living authentically.