I learned an interesting fact about werewolves today, and it sparked a debate in me. The duality of a werewolf’s physical existence got me thinking about the duality of personality that lives inside me, and I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that is inside of all of us; or at least those of us who present ourselves as nice people – or at least that we don’t judge.  But in reality, have internal judgmental thoughts more than we’d care to admit.  Are you like me and need some help taming your inner judge?

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WEREWOLVES – how did we get here?

You might be wondering how I actually got thinking about werewolves.  Well, we can thank my big brother for that.  We were chatting about something completely unrelated to werewolves (possibly vampires, but maybe it was chess), and he told me what I think is probably a little known fact: because February is a short month, some years there isn’t a full moon, and 2018 just happens to be one of those years.  Now, the really important part about this fact, isn’t the really the lack of moon, but what that lack of moon means.

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SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE – The Secrets to Keeping a Marriage Strong

What are the secrets to a successful marriage?  Why do some couples live in wedded “bliss” and others crash and burn?

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With Valentine’s Day only a few days away, for good or bad, it’s natural for our attention to start turning to love and our relationships.  And being a romantic at heart, I’m getting excited.   However, despite all the build-up and hype, I think it’s good to talk about the fact that, even though we shouldn’t need a special day to remind us to check in with our relationships, many of us find ourselves scrambling to find the perfect way to show our love on the day of love!

And if you’re married, especially if it’s been for a long time, it can be really challenging to come up with a unique and special way to express your love for your spouse.  How are you going to show your spouse how much they mean to you?

But is finding the perfect present on Valentine’s Day critical to having a successful marriage?

It certainly feels like it sometimes.

Like every other holiday, our society is amazing at pouring on the guilt.  Everywhere you turn there are messages about what you MUST do or more importantly buy to ensure that your marriage will be strong and stand the test of time.

But, I’ll let you in on a little secret: your gift doesn’t really matter.

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WHEN LIFE CHANGES – 10 Tips for Handling Big Life Change with Confidence

I recently had the honour of attending the military retirement of a very close friend (almost more of a sister really).  On the day of her retirement, she had served almost 21 years in the Royal Canadian Navy.  A very respectable achievement to say the least.  I was so pleased to be able to be there at the moment when she was celebrating the end of one chapter and readying herself to take the next step; because it’s at these moments, when we’re experiencing big life changes that truly magnificent things can happen.

It’s at these junctions in our life’s journey that we have the opportunity to explore who we really are.  If we can be brave enough to let it happen.

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POSITIVE THINKING: I’m positive I’m working on it. 5 Steps to Positive Thoughts.

Over the course of my life, I’ve been counselled numerous times, by friends, family and mental health professionals, that I need to change the way I think.  I need to be more positive.

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Whenever I get to thinking I’m doing amazing, I find someone doing it better: A LESSON IN PERSPECTIVE.

Recently, I got out biked by a guy who was riding a cargo bike with two kids on the back.  It turned out to be a lesson in perspective.

And it got me questioning my fitness, something I pride myself on, and it got me questioning the success of my crusade to be a minimal car use family.  I mean, I’ve been focusing a lot of energy lately on getting us back out on our bikes and out of our van.  And, I was feeling pretty proud of myself.  But this guy, he had me beat.

Not only was he faster than me, when I was solo and he definitely wasn’t, but there was also no way I would’ve biked up that hill with my kids in tow – I would’ve gone around the longer, flatter way.

Was I just fooling myself?  Was it time to throw in the towel and stop pretending that I was actually accomplishing anything or had any right to give advice?

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AN ACTIVE PARENT OF TWINS – It’s all about logistics

Having twins makes everything harder, especially when their young.  Does that mean you have to give everything up? Or can you be an active parent of twins?

When I first saw the two little bean-shaped beings on the ultra-sound and realized that we were having twins, I was elated.

My first thought was that this was one of the most amazing things that could’ve happened to us at this moment in time.  I mean every little girl that dreams about having a baby secretly dreams about how perfect it would be to have twins, right? And getting pregnant hadn’t been easy for us (thus seeing our two babies for the first time when they were only a few weeks old and looked like beans instead of humans).

Plus, let’s not forget that I wasn’t getting any younger; so, two at once was just right.

My second thought was do I have to give up the active lifestyle that I love because how on earth can I take two babies hiking let alone backpacking? And obviously, I can’t take them on my bike once they out grow the trailer…

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