Grounded by Murray McEachern


‘You’re grounded!’

This was a common refrain when I was a teenager, each time I bent the rules so far they broke.

They being my parents.

And there they were, those same words, gracing my lips just a couple of weeks ago, as if a direct quote, despite my oft vow to myself that my ability to influence my kid would never deteriorate into something so base as a grounding.

So when my soon to be teen son heard those words directed at him for the first time, he quite innocently and quite matter of factly said, ‘Huh, I’ve never been grounded before, what does that mean?’

With the frustration that foreshadowed my strike of the gavel, still teeming within me, my inside voice on the very tip of becoming my outside voice, ripe and ready to pounce with something to the effect of, ‘Well, I’ll tell you what a grounding means!’.

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SPOTLIGHT – Tara Pilling by Tom Kernaghan


Tara Pilling leans into our conversation, fully present. As we chat, she listens and watches with the attention of a seasoned pro who values a person’s unique essence and talents so that she might help them maximize and realize their potential. The experience is engaging and heartfelt, for it is clear to me that Tara, a veteran lifestyle coach and “peak performance mindset consultant,” knows that we are a community of marvellous individuals seeking meaningful paths to well-being and abundance — and she wants each of us live the life we want. 

Tara also understands that our potential is often not met because of barriers, gaps, and blindspots, having surmounted many personal and professional challenges throughout her own life. We all have barriers, and her work is to help you see them, understand them, and then commit to overcoming them, so that you can create a new life based on updated beliefs about yourself. Tara has lots of tools in her kit for this, having travelled widely, studied extensively, and worked with a vast array of clients from around the world.

While Tara offers a variety of modalities — healing arts, yoga, Ayurveda, and the proven principles of human potential expert Bob Proctor — she builds her business on the fundamental truth that reaching our highest goals of success and self-leadership requires self-awareness, a clear mindset, positive focus, accountability, and a new system of daily habits and practices that work. I was thrilled to sit down with her and  learn more about what has worked for her and how it can work for you. 

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More Cowbell by Cherie Hanson


At this time of a pandemic spread of anxiety and a shared knawing of fear, we turn more and more to our own emergency kit. We turn inward to those things that we believe and hold on to no matter what.

I was led to go back and reread: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by the brothers Chip and Dan Heath.

They taught me a great deal about discipline fatigue when I came across their book several years ago.

Freud saw the battle between the Id which is the selfish manifestation of the individual and the Superego, which is the conscientious self, focused on the greater good.

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SPOTLIGHT – Crystal Jensen by Tom Kernaghan


How much can you know about yourself if you have never played in the dirt? For Crystal Jensen, this is more than a rhetorical question, it is a personal call to action. Crystal, an early childhood educator and the founder of Mindful Expressions, wants children to feel free to discover themselves and create possibilities through play and exploration in nature.

Having spent many moments of her own childhood playing outside and finding her truth, Crystal understands the freedom in knowing who you are and having the independence and confidence to share it with the world. She also understands the crucial importance of guiding children through their early years in a way the builds their sense of self, healthy boundaries, and a voice within a group. 

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Holistic Healer and Educator Turned Mortgage Broker??! by Kate Shivers


Here is a story you don’t hear every day! A full time high school teacher turns holistic practitioner turns mortgage broker…and sticks the landing!

I love being happy and making others happy. As a child loved playing house, school, and playing Monopoly. I was the careful one, the saver of money, the happy kid, the energetic one with frizzy hair, hand me down clothes, skipping rope, roller skating, wanting to learn EVERYTHING. I knew no bounds! I was the weird kid who wanted to be a Dentist when I grew up, because I wanted everyone to have a beautiful smile.

The year was 1984, and my absolute DREAM was to be an Olympic Gymnast, just like Mary Lou Retton. When I saw her on TV I was enchanted! Her smile lit up the stadium. Her  determination and sheer power captivated me as she flew through the air. I had never seen anything so beautiful! I cheered her on to that Gold Medal. Everyone was happy when she nailed her routine! She had all happy powers that I wanted too! She made it look easy.

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SPOTLIGHT – Donna Roth by Tom Kernaghan


Donna Roth is all about your taking action for your health. Donna has been on a mission of creating awareness and cultivating personal health empowerment for many years. For this herbal educator, holistic health coach, and author of the book Practical Solution to the Cancer Injury, one’s wellness is a profoundly personal journey of questioning conventional beliefs and opening oneself up to unexpected discoveries. 

It started in 1993 when Donna was shaken by the cancer deaths of her beloved mother, aunt, and mother-in-law. In the emotional aftermath of these losses, she embarked on a long quest to turn over stones and uncover different perspectives on cancer. Influenced by the work of Antoine Béchamp, Ron Gdanski, and Dr. Jerry McLaughlin (Paw Paw), Donna came to reject many commonly accepted explanations regarding the disease and the role of microbes in our lives.

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Hey, what happened to that list of dreams?


Have you put your dreams on hold and stopped dreaming completely?  Do you even have a list dreams … aka – bucket list?  If you need to bring those dreams back to life – there is an easy TWO step process to realizing ALL your dreams, even the biggest dream you have hidden inside you and are afraid to say it out loud!

  1. Journaling
  2. Affirmations

Write in your journal EVERY single day.

The first page of your journal is where you will create your dream list.  Don’t hold back as every single dream must be written down. Dream BIG and then dream even BIGGER (don’t hold back). Itemize the list in no particular order. Once your dream list is written out you will get more specific clearly outlining each dream in detail.

When you write ‘I’ in front of your dream it now becomes your affirmation – clever right?

I live at the ocean (Which ocean? For how long? All year long? With who? Do you want to work there too?)

I travel first class all over the world (What countries? Learn a language or how to cook? Hiking? Meditation?)

I am an actor and a movie star (Action or comedy? Drama or a musical? Do Voice overs for audio book?)

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The COVID Diet by Layton Park


Being in quarantine the first three months had a lot of people talking about how much weight they were gaining and setting goals to reduce it. It gave me extra time to set some new goals as well.

As an author, I always wanted to write a best-selling book, which is not easy, then it occurred to me that the best-selling books are diet books, cookbooks, and of course, sex sells everything. If I could include all three in one book, it would be a sure winner.

Cookbooks tell men how to make meals romantic enough to impress her so she will jump into the sack at the mere taste of your, flambé.

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Ghost Story by Layton Park


Ghost stories amuse me, but I didn’t believe in the occult, so I don’t write them either.

Then the following story happened, it is true, so l wanted to share the experience.

The wife and I planned to visit the East Coast on a business trip at the end of October. We added an extra week so we could explore Nova Scotia, staying at various bed and breakfasts.

I have always been intrigued by lighthouses, so when the wife found a B&B in one on a property, we booked it.  Arriving late in the day we explored the 150-year-old building then later, we spent the evening with the owners, Mr. and Mrs. Kent, who related the following story to us.

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The Coronavirus could test your relationship. Here’s how to keep it going (and even improve it!) by Annette Adkin


In the recent months some of us were working from home and not able to go out to restaurants, may have had kids at home, couldn’t get to the gym. People have been telling me that their partners are getting on their nerves or the things that they have been avoiding in their relationships can longer be side stepped. Of course other couples may have already been really distressed before the lockdown happened and now they are talking about separation. Our current circumstance can cause some distress and conflict as we have all been under more stress and not able to have our daily routines that help us all stay on track. Since we are in the same boat for a while longer, it might be a good idea to take steps that will keep your relationship on course and possibly make it stronger.

Avoid the 4 Horsemen which breakdown relationships!

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