Finding Myself

I've spent years looking for myself. Who am I? What does it mean to be authentic? It's a trap. One that will have you trying to conform to this so-called authenticity. Because the mind will want a snapshot. To capture an image and perpetuate it: the authentic self. And round and round we go. It's … Continue reading Finding Myself

Child’s pose

There's a hum in my head compelling surging me forward zzzt   zzzt   zzzt like the neon sign of an all-night diner. It's become my rhythm fraying my nerves false beat. This is not rhythm. This is noise.   Feeling for my rhythm beyond the hum perhaps beneath it. It has to be there flow not … Continue reading Child’s pose

#MoreTreesPlease

Plant a tree this June. In honour of National Environment Week in Canada and World Environment Day on June 5th, let's join our efforts and plant an unprecedented number of trees. Plant one yourself or have one planted through one of these many tree-planting stewards. A society grows great when old men (and women) plant … Continue reading #MoreTreesPlease

Tree-planting Challenge

When I published my first Anna book last year, I committed to having a tree planted for every print copy sold — to offset all of the trees that have filled our homes, schools and libraries with beloved books over the last century. My mission: to plant a million trees in my lifetime. After spending … Continue reading Tree-planting Challenge

Mind the Garden

Years ago, one of my personal training clients told me about ANT. We were discussing the insects when she said, "Ant stands for A Negative Thought." Well that stuck. Every time I see an ant I remind myself to check my thinking. With the snow finally gone, I've begun planning my garden. As I toured … Continue reading Mind the Garden

Life lessons from the 10 year-old

It was her first bike ride of the season to school. We'd already stopped twice to rest. It's an uphill climb. We'd just rounded the corner where the ride levels off. Me: You can gear up here. Her: Nope, I'm good. Me: If you gear up a couple you'll go faster with less effort. Her: … Continue reading Life lessons from the 10 year-old

What you don’t need

I'm knee-deep in the process of manuscript revision. At first, it seemed impossible to remove 30,000 words from my 120,000-word story. 30,000 words. That's a small book. But I did it. And there's a tipping point. Just like cleaning your closet. The mountain looms large and you trudge hard. But at some point, you reach … Continue reading What you don’t need

Clean up your mess

It's funny how life and writing intersect. I'm in the process of trimming the 110,000 word yoga memoir manuscript down to 80,000 words. It's hard at first... cutting down your writing. It seems like such a monster. Where to start? So you do a few words here and there. Then you leave it. Then a … Continue reading Clean up your mess

Anna and the Food Forest

Our champion of nature is back! This time she's on a mission to level the playing field ... literally ... and turn it into a food forest. In this third book in the series, Anna takes on the issue of food security after a visit to a sister school opens her eyes to the inequalities … Continue reading Anna and the Food Forest

The Wisdom of Spring

"It's funny to have the sun shining and the snow falling." My words to my husband on a recent family trip to Radium, BC. It's not unheard of. In fact, it's a regular Canadian spring. It's still funny. Not funny haha. Funny interesting. Curious. Fascinating. While away, I plunged into Dr. John Sarno's book, Healing Back … Continue reading The Wisdom of Spring