Silencing the Critic

Everyone has their own moments of doubt and self-criticism.  For some people, the voice is hard to tune out, or to turn off.  Even the most successful and well-grounded people have that little voice that creeps up from time to time and makes them question themselves and their abilities. 

Over recent months, that little voice of mine has been resurfacing more regularly, more insistently.  It’s definitely caused me more than a few moments of mental downward spiraling.  I get caught up in the negative self-talk, which causes even more negative self-talk, which leads to moments of crushing panic and despair. 

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Sanctuary retrouvée

Au cours de la dernière semaine, j’ai eu l’honneur et le privilège d’assister Ă  une semaine de ressourcement menĂ©e par Karine Drouin.  Un beau petit groupe de 12 individus se sont dirigĂ©s vers la RĂ©publique Dominicaine, pour y passer une semaine ensemble au Sanctuary Cap Cana dans la ville de Punta Cana.

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Christmas Cheer

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”

– Buddy the Elf

Those holiday ear-worms start assaulting us as early as November 1st.  You’ll be out looking for half-price Halloween candy, when you suddenly notice yourself humming along to a familiar tune, but  you’re not sure what it is immediately.  Then…it hits you – they’re playing Christmas music! Continue reading “Christmas Cheer”

Visions of Sugarplums


“If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet I wouldn’t be more surprised than I am now.” 
— Clark W. Griswold (Chevy Chase) in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

It’s that time of year again!  Time to hop on that holiday road and get into the spirit of Christmas.  Now last year, I documented the ups-and-downs of my holiday cheer in this blog.  (You can read all about that starting here.)  It definitely helped put my moods into perspective, and, I feel, helped keep my spirit up. 

This year, I’ll not be doing the same.  I’ve already made an effort to get into the spirit more readily by watching some holiday-themed movies and TV shows, as well as listening to that ever-present Christmas music.  For this month’s posts, I wanted to talk about some of my favourite Christmas movies, TV shows and songs.

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The Gift of a Burnout

*As a disclaimer, I need to emphasize that I am not a mental health expert. I am not trained to identify, treat, or support mental health challenges.  If you feel that you are in, or heading into a burnout, please see a professional for help.

Over the past 12-18 months (maybe more, it’s really hard for me to know), I’ve been in a slump.  I’m not motivated.  I’m not overly engaged.  I have no drive or ambition.  I’ve come to recognize that I’d essentially hit a burnout. Continue reading “The Gift of a Burnout”

Positive Songs for Positive People

Earlier this year, my wife and I took a trip as part of an early 40th birthday present for me.  Isabelle surprised me with tickets to the Festival d’Ă©tĂ© de QuĂ©bec.  The 10-day festival had a wide variety of acts playing, but the point of our trip was to see Foo Fighters.  (You can read about the trip in this blog.)  As much as I loved finally getting to see the Foo Fighters live in concert, one of the highlights of the night was one of the opening acts; namely Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls. Continue reading “Positive Songs for Positive People”