Quotes – Our Inner Selves

For the longest time - actually most of my life, I've felt lost, living in someone else's skin. It's about time I've shed the stuff other people have tried to envelop me with: "The greatest hazard of all -  losing one’s self - can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing... Continue Reading →

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7 Books About Writing

I love to read about writing, to the point that it becomes an easy-to-justify avoidance technique: "I just need to see how _____________ approaches writer's block/plot/ideas/ structure/ description/dialogue. Then I'll  know what to do." Have you been there too? Nevertheless, books on writing also inspire, encourage and nudge us along. Here are some books that... Continue Reading →

Emotional Abuse – How to Heal the Bruises

Emotional and verbal abuse leave us depleted, orphaned from who we really are. To move on, we need to care for ourselves physically, emotionally, creatively. When we live a life determined by others, dancing around the needs and whims of a manipulator, our own talents, interests and gifts end up buried in the garbage the... Continue Reading →

Do You Hate Yoga?

"It helps you get more in touch with your body.” My osteopath acupressured my hip, ankle and lower back, then stated the above about yoga. I'm learning to listen to my body and tune in to my gut instincts, particularly when dealing with others, and especially when I get a weird vibe about something or someone. I've attempted yoga... Continue Reading →

How To Trust Your Gut Instincts

Sixth sense, intuition, a gut feeling. I've heard and often repeated "trust your gut". But I didn't do it until the manipulative, narcissistic interactions with my (ex-)brother had me looking for a way out. I was co-dependent (and still working on that). I learned how to appease and give in, rather than listen to the... Continue Reading →

My Reading List

Since I love reading other people's lists of favourite books, here are a few of mine. I'm not sure how much time I'll dedicate to this post but for now I'll start small: Healing and Self-Empowerment One book I absolutely love is: In Sheep's Clothing, by Dr. George Simon. This is the book that explained in... Continue Reading →

Resources for Healing and Empowerment

Below are the most important websites, books, videos where I discovered what I was dealing with and how to work through the issues I need: Where my eyes were really opened, was through the website of Dr. George Simon, as well as his books In Sheep's Clothing and Character Disturbance When I read the list of characteristics displayed... Continue Reading →

Dealing With Verbal Abuse

It saps your energy and self-esteem. It can be shouting or angry tirades, but it can also be: passive-aggressive put-downs outright insults (whether said quietly or with deliberate anger) insinuations that you are somehow not good enough or don't live up to someone's else's expectations sneers constant disagreements being made fun of sarcasm blaming shaming... Continue Reading →

Hugged A Tarantula Lately? A Trek to Nicaragua

As the plane flew over the sub-tropical forests on our approach to Managua, Nicaragua seems to be a thousand shades of green with a sprinkling of blue lakes and smoky grey volcanoes thrown in for good measure. I would soon be introduced to another commonplace aspect of nature in this spectacularly scenic country, involving tarantulas dropping by... Continue Reading →

El Chocoyero Nature Reserve, Nicaragua

“Shh.”  Manuel, Nicaragua’s own Dr. Doolittle, motions up and ahead of us on the forest trail. I hear what I think are vehicles on the highway, then I realize we’re too far away for any traffic sounds to penetrate the dense sub-tropical forest we’re exploring. “Los monos.” Monkeys. Howler monkeys. Nicaragua's Semi-Tropical Forest A few... Continue Reading →

Hugged A Tarantula lately? Part 2

“El subjuntivo: presente, pretérito imperfecto, pretérito perfecto y el pluscuamperfecto.” Bergman valiantly tries to recapture our attention to the importance of Spanish subjunctive verbs as we watch hummingbirds flock to a tree just beyond the open window of our classroom. A rooster saunters into the classroom, a hen following along behind. They stop at a basket left in a... Continue Reading →

Dance on an Empty Highway – Cuba 1991

“In case anyone asks, tell them you’re our cousins visiting from Canada,” Raul instructs us in Varadero as we drive off in a massive 1953 Oldsmobile, our transportation for the week. I wonder how Claudia (a young Latin American friend who’s come with me on this trip), born of Bolivian parents and 8 shades darker... Continue Reading →

Dance on an Empty Highway: Part 3

The transport truck drops us off beside a path that cuts through a field at the foot of the mountains. We skirt around a hefty bull grazing near the woods, and in about 20 minutes we arrive at a small, wood-framed house, half hidden amongst the trees. As we're introduced to everyone, we sip some coffee... Continue Reading →

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