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 | 2017-10-06T21:13:04+00:00 August 6th, 2017|

In my June 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 [...]

Being accountable — the importance of owning your shit

By | 2017-08-13T20:02:44+00:00 August 4th, 2017|

Yesterday I overheard my husband having a conversation with his assistant at work. Here's the general gist. Max asks assistant to complete task. Assistant fails. Max calls assistant on failure. Assistant lies. Max calls assistant on lie. Assistant lies again and shortly thereafter gets busted, causing him great embarrassment. And that's what got me thinking about [...]

When to stop parenting — that is the question

By | 2017-08-22T09:22:00+00:00 July 29th, 2017|

When they turn 18. When they get married. When they have kids of their own. When, if ever, is it time to stop parenting our children? I have a 16-year-old daughter who flips between needing me furiously and furiously needing her independence. Knowing when to step in and when to pull back is a constant struggle. [...]

Overcoming writer’s block in 556 words

By | 2017-09-14T14:15:49+00:00 July 26th, 2017|

For the last few days, I've been in a funk. Like a seriously funky funk. And if I'm to be perfectly honest, it has everything to do with this blog. I've been thinking about taking it in a new direction and it's been causing me a lot of stress. Over the course of a few days, [...]

Bonding with your stepchild – 5 lessons I’ve learned

By | 2017-08-13T20:07:54+00:00 July 21st, 2017|

I was recently invited by a fellow mom blogger to write and share a post about 10 things that make me happy. When I finished writing the piece, I proudly read it to my husband. When I was done reading, his face dropped. While he and my daughter had made it onto my list, I hadn’t [...]

10 things that make me happy

By | 2017-08-09T11:45:20+00:00 July 12th, 2017|

I truly believe that happiness is a state of mind. That said, I'm fortunate to have many concrete reasons (beyond my state of mind) for which to be thankful. After joyfully reading about 10 things that bring happiness to blogger Kristal Schirmer of Lattes & Hugs, I thought to myself, "hold on a sec — if Kristal's [...]

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