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 | 2017-09-16T17:23:23+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 [...]

Stop the silence. Being open about depression is the only way to conquer it.

By | 2017-09-16T17:31:39+00:00 August 19th, 2017|

It has been a rough week. Someone very dear to me, somebody I have known for more than a decade and love deeply, has just acknowledged to herself, and to me, that she is suffering from depression. She has been living with sadness in her heart for a while now, but was too ashamed to admit [...]

2017 Liebster Award — I’m delighted to be a two-time nominee!

By | 2017-08-16T08:17:34+00:00 August 15th, 2017|

In May 2017, I launched The Wordy Mom. Three months in, I'm flattered to be averaging about 1200 page views a month. While I know I have a long way to go before quitting my day job, I wouldn't have made it this far if it weren't for the inspiration and support provided by my fellow [...]

Positive affirmations — repeat after me

By | 2017-08-18T22:20:10+00:00 August 11th, 2017|

I can chant OM with the best of them. SHANTI SHANTI SHANTI? Not a problem. Repeating positive affirmations out loud  — do we really have to do this? Earlier this week, I attended a yoga class in a pretty little greenhouse nestled behind Reesor's Farm in Markham. Kind Yoga by Heart isn't my regular studio. This week, my [...]

My quit smoking journal — monthly check-in #1

By | 2017-09-05T17:52:57+00:00 August 6th, 2017|

In my July 22 post, I shared my intention to give up cigarettes on July 6 and promised to provide monthly updates on my quit smoking attempt. Today is August 6, so here I go. On the morning of my quit smoking date, I headed to Shanti Resort on Wolfe Island in Kington, Ontario, for a [...]

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