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Throwback Post: Gratitude

Two different times today the idea of positive psychology cropped up in my life. The first was during a conversation I had with Lorraine Widmer, who is running Grapes + Gratitude, about writing gratitude letters. The second was while listening to a What’s Your Grief‘s podcast episode titled Positive Psychology, Grief and PERMA, which talksContinue reading “Throwback Post: Gratitude”

World Mental Health Day

October 10th is World Mental Health Day. We need to talk openly about suicide. We need to share stories and educate our communities. We need to ensure that every single person knows how to access the resources available. If you or anyone you know is feeling suicidal know there are people who care and canContinue reading “World Mental Health Day”

Personal Project: Corona Stories

We’ve been physical distancing for a month and a half now. Some days feel routine. Some days make my skin crawl. Some days my eyes are open to the details around me. Some days I’m just struggling to find things to be grateful for. But this is where I am at right now and IContinue reading “Personal Project: Corona Stories”

Personal Projects: Finding Meaning

“Perspective is a function of experience. Kids can feel like their worlds are ending because their worlds are smaller than ours…So, what we can do, is let them feel. Give them permission to feel. And more importantly, be super brave, and let them see us feel. Let them watch us navigate our feelings in awkward,Continue reading “Personal Projects: Finding Meaning”

Personal Project: March Madness

Join me on a little visual journey of our new normal… Kane’s spring concert was the last group event we attended. It was way back on March 11th. Our home has begun to look a little different as we have tried to create some consistency and routines following Alberta school closures on March 16th. AndContinue reading “Personal Project: March Madness”

Brain and Body Breaks

There is often wrestling going on in our house. But even better than wrestling at our house is when we head over to the Canmore Recreation Centre’s drop-in gymnastics program. We go to burn off energy, but also as a way to take care of our mental health. Our boys have a LOT of energy!Continue reading “Brain and Body Breaks”

Let’s Talk

It has been five Let’s Talk Days since my dad died by suicide. For people just learning about Bell Let’s Talk Day, that means my dad has been gone for five years. Below is the first of many blogs I have written about his death. It is the first post I wrote really addressing myContinue reading “Let’s Talk”

#ChildHealthCan2019

I’m still in the process of organizing all of my thoughts after attending the Children’s Healthcare Canada Conference in Ottawa earlier this week, but I wanted to begin to share what I have been thinking about. A few weeks ago, I was invited to attend this conference by the Stollery Children’s Hospital Family Centred Care Network.Continue reading “#ChildHealthCan2019”

Hello, Alberta Children’s Hospital

Last week was Kane’s first cardiology appointment at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary. We have been regular attendees at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton for the last 7 years, but with our move to Canmore comes a new hospital and a lot of new learning. So we brought our cameras and headed overContinue reading “Hello, Alberta Children’s Hospital”

Child Life…a gratitude letter

On September 23rd, 2019 my six year old son, Kane, underwent his second open heart surgery at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta. In the months leading up to Kane’s surgery, I kept struggling with two challenging thoughts… I was really concerned with how different this surgery would be than Kane’s first heart surgery when he wasContinue reading “Child Life…a gratitude letter”