How to forgive yourself when you hurt someone you love

By | 2017-11-06T21:26:17+00:00 October 13th, 2017|

When you hurt someone you love and you’re seeking forgiveness, be sure to look in the right places. When I hit send I knew I was going to ruffle some serious feathers but I definitely wasn't ready for the storm that followed. "F.U. and F.U. again," she wrote. My cheeks began to burn. I felt as [...]

Love of vaping vs. love of smoking – journal entry #3

By | 2017-10-15T18:34:11+00:00 October 6th, 2017|

As my quit smoking journey continues, my love of vaping grows stronger by the day. What to do, if anything at all? Three months, 92 days, 2,208 hours. Yay me! I’ve been cigarette free since July 6 (with the exception of a four-day blip that I keep mentioning in my updates but the more time that [...]

Friendship advice – 8 ways to be a true friend

By | 2017-10-01T18:38:58+00:00 October 1st, 2017|

What does it take to be a true friend? Last week, I reflected on the challenges of asking for help. This week, I find myself reflecting on the challenges of giving it. I have this friend who is simply awesome at lending support. Of course, I've given her plenty of opportunity to practice; we've known each other for [...]

How to overcome your fear of asking for help

By | 2017-10-17T11:52:55+00:00 September 25th, 2017|

So I have this awesome idea but in order to get it up and moving, I need some help from my friends and family. The problem is, I'm afraid to ask for their support. Sound familiar? Let's try and overcome this fear together. A few weeks ago, I went for a walk with a friend of [...]

The importance of putting inner peace before weight loss

By | 2017-09-16T17:13:17+00:00 September 16th, 2017|

Google 'How to find inner peace' and you'll get 20,900,000 search results. Frankly I'm surprised there aren't more. After all, the answer is different for each and every one of us. One thing I'm pretty sure of, though, is that you won't find it on the bathroom scale. I should be chilling out at my cousin's [...]

An easy how to for imposters in pursuit of authenticity (yes, I’m a fraud)

By | 2017-09-15T11:08:04+00:00 September 14th, 2017|

Hello. My name is Viv and I'm a fraud. I've been procrastinating. Again. Although I did write about my quit smoking efforts on September 6, I haven't published a truly straight-from-the heart blog post since August 24. In other words, it's been three weeks –  THREE WEEKS – since I last wore my heart on my [...]

Crying in public – valuable insight from an unapologetic cryer

By | 2017-09-16T17:24:59+00:00 September 10th, 2017|

Have you ever felt embarrassed, remorseful or ridiculous for crying in public? If so, this post written by an unapologetic cryer is for you. Guest post by Cathy Tubb Not long ago I was watching the morning news. A woman was recounting the story of what had clearly been a traumatic event in her life. It [...]

How to quit smoking: The second entry in my smoking cessation journal

By | 2017-10-06T22:21:39+00:00 September 6th, 2017|

Cigarettes be gone! I’m pleased to report that I haven’t smoked a single cigarette since my last monthly check-in. Not. A. Puff. With the exception of an unfortunate four-day blip at the start of my smoking cessation journey, today marks two smoke-free months and I’m feeling pretty awesome. That’s the good news. Now, onto the bad [...]

How to control stress: this insanely easy tip works 95% of the time

By | 2017-09-14T14:15:36+00:00 August 31st, 2017|

This post has been a long-time coming and by 'long-time' I mean about four days. I know that might not seem like much to you but I had set a goal to write this several days ago and failed. With failure comes stress. But guess what? My failure to achieve this particular goal has actually given [...]

Maintaining a sunny disposition, whatever the weather!

By | 2017-08-24T15:06:00+00:00 August 24th, 2017|

Yesterday evening, as I let my dog out for her bedtime pee, I could feel the distinct chill of fall in the air. Summer will soon be drawing to a close, no sooner than it began it seems. Especially here in Toronto where unseasonal rain and cool temperatures left us waiting with baited breath for it [...]

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