Fear and the Bear


It was a clear warm evening that Summer Solstice of the bear visitation. A small group of friends and a watchful dog gathered outside around a campfire to connect and share conversation as life rolled through pandemic times. (What’s important about this so far is the gathering and connection.)

Part way through the evening an unusual scent drifted through the air, reminiscent of skunk – but not really. Mention of a bear sighting in the area in the past days stimulated a lively discussion as to the course of action in case there was more to come than scent. As a group it was decided there was no present danger. Then, bonded together in shared trust and focus they carried on with the evening, unhampered by the unknown Continue Reading

Healthy Conflict – Oxymoron or Essential Life Skill? by Barri Harris


I take great pride that others see me as someone who tries hard to find the “win-win” in most conversations, whether that is at work or with my family.  So I was shocked to realize that by trying to minimize or avoid situations that might involve conflict, I was making things much harder on myself and others!

How do you handle conflict?  Like me, do you try to limit your interactions with people that you find frustrating?  Conflict at home and at work is common, and in these uncommon times of working from home it is more important than ever to build your ability to handle conflict in a healthy way. Continue Reading

Dealing with Covid with a Sense of Humour – by Layton Park


This Covid thing has brought on several questions and old memories.

When I was growing up many families on our block, right in town, did not have indoor plumbing, instead they had an old fashioned out-house with a moon cut into the door for light, at the back of the lot.

In one of my humour books, I went to some length explaining that there was no toilet paper in most of these out houses, but rather old Sears and Eaton’s, newsprint catalogs. In the spring they were a little ratty after spending the winter as shin guards for young hockey players but then they went right back to the out houses.  This was recycling at its finest.

These catalogs were in most out houses until both companies went out of business and Canadian Tire took over but provided high gloss flyers, which was not a good replacement in the back house.

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Thank you BalAnce Well-Being Business Members



Dear BalAnce Well-Being Business Member I thank you so very much for choosing to be a part of the BalAnce Well-Being Community.  As you know I am passionate about supporting small businesses and helping them thrive and grow since I started working with them at TD in the early 90’s.  I know it is tough going on your own so I wanted to build a sense of belonging through community and create opportunities to promote all of you.  We are Featuring Members in various ways, holding many events for you to network and connect and we also promote you through various platforms.  If you are struggling with anything or would just like a sounding board, your not alone, please don’t hesitate to connect I LOVE helping people and businesses that’s my happy place.


Member SPOTLIGHT – Sherry Lukey


Are you stuck, stressed out, or frustrated by unhealthy behavioural patterns that are choking the life out of your relationships? Feel like giving up? For Sherry Lukey and the clients she has helped, this isn’t the time to tap out, but to “tap your crap” and move on. 

Sherry Lukey is an internationally accredited advanced EFT tapping practitioner with certification in matrix reimprinting. For years she has helped people improve their personal and professional relationships and transform their lives. It’s about identifying and overcoming our limiting subconscious beliefs programmed into us during early childhood. It’s about creating new, positive associations that are aligned with our desires to live well. If other modalities have not worked for you, maybe it’s time to try tapping. 

EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) tapping works by stimulating high concentrations of nerve endings (acupressure points), turning off the stress response, and sending calming signals to the brain and harnessing its full potential. Having developed a signature method called Tapping Infinite Potential, Sherry offers a selection of programs that can help you go deep and root out belief systems that no longer serve you. A speaker, self-described obsessive learner, and family woman who has worked through her own personal challenges, Sherry understands the courage required to make profound and meaningful changes in your life. 

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Be Prepared for too much FUN! by Odette Baumgartner


The sun is in the sky and summer activities are filling your calendar. Pack your bag, sport your best bling and rock summer in the Okanagan. “Yeah, shine on, like the moon and the stars and the sun.”

Tempting food and (up & coming?) scorching weather are bound to be responsible for some stomach aches and sun burns. I am sure there will be a few beverages and burgers consumed in the sun.

As I am trying to morph my family and teach our clients to stay away from over the counter solutions to our daily discomforts, I have discovered many natural resources. Here are a few natural tips and alternatives to keep you from going over the edge and a few more if you happen to forget that there is an edge, finding yourself wallowing in remorse.

Did you know?

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Following the Laws of Nature, Your Body Can Heal by Donna Roth BA BEd MH


A lump or a so-called tumor appears for a very good reason if you trust the Laws of Nature and recognize that your body has an amazing intelligence well beyond scientific knowledge. A tumor is your body’s way of walling off invasive toxic debris that is present in your blood stream. Your body creatively finds a very safe avenue to create a wall around these poisons so that they do not harm the rest of your body. How miraculous! If you decide to expose this lump to injury via a biopsy or a surgery to remove it imagine what starts to happen. Now that amazing disposal system has been removed. The body has no longer a system of depositing unwanted poisons and they continue to float freely in the blood harming other organs and glands. The toxins in the blood have nowhere to go until another wall is created or the poisons start irritating another organ until a cancer is formed.

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BalAnce Business Member Spotlight DeAnna Zein of Renew



pastedGraphic.pngDeAnna Zein helps save lives — ones lost to paralyzing anxiety, depression, or physical health issues. As a registered counsellor and certified fitness trainer who has faced her own personal struggles, DeAnna is uniquely equipped to meet her clients’ needs head-on and design counselling and coaching programs tailored to tackle their specific challenges. Compassionate, non-judgmental, and results-oriented, she guides them to clarity so they can overcome mental and physical health obstacles and begin enjoying life as they were meant to live it.

DeAnna also works with clients suffering from PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder), which can rob women of their well-being, hamper their careers, and destroy their relationships. Refusing to accept the hopelessness brought on by this severe form of PMS, and the belief that surgery is the only way out, she creates a 5-step plan of attack to help women take back their lives. She can help you reclaim yours. Continue Reading

Why Meditation by Tara Pilling



You can enjoy all these benefits and much more, with a regular meditation practice. Meditation offers innumerable benefits for your body, mind and spirit. To experience the benefits of meditation, regular practice is necessary.  Once imbibed into the daily routine, meditation becomes the best part of your day! Meditation is like a seed.  When you cultivate a seed with love and peace, the more it blossoms.

Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years. Meditation originally was meant to help deepen understanding of the sacred and mystical forces of life. These days, meditation is commonly used for relaxation and stress reduction. Meditation is considered a type of mind-body complementary medicine. Meditation produces a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind.


Can you Forgive? by Trent Janisch



Every person has moments in their life when they are being mistreated by others. All of us experience it. Some more than others. No, it isn’t fair. And no, it isn’t right. Mistreatment is cruel at any level.

I am inspired when people who have been so horrifically abused find the ability to forgive. These are people who have been so unjustly mistreated – innocent, yet still being harmed.

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