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My 3 words for 2020

I’ve participated in marketing guru, speaker, and author Chris Brogan’s #my3words a few times, but this year I’ll be doing so with more intention.

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Writing

Pushing through the blocks to blogging

Share…TwitterFacebookLinkedinCome on, you know you do. You know you want to start writing a blog…but you just don’t know how to get started…or even what to write, right? I have to admit I was a little stumped this month, too, as I’ve been wrapped up in putting together my entry for the CBC Short Story prize, which […]

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Arts Mental Health Wellness

Post-secondary peer support: Meeting students where they are at

Share…TwitterFacebookLinkedinThis post is in honour of Mental Illness Awareness Week, October 6 to 12, 2019, and World Mental Health Day, October 10, 2019. While I’ve been writing about mental health for a long time, my understanding of mental illness has deepened over the past few years, due to personal circumstances. This has included supporting loved ones through […]

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Mental Health

World Suicide Prevention Day

Share…TwitterFacebookLinkedin September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. Suicide touches so many lives when you consider both its victims and survivors. It can affect anyone. Those of us who have never felt the pain and hopelessness of being suicidal can’t truly understand what those who have are going through, but we can always act with […]

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Lessons Lifestyle People Wisdom

Teaching empathy and helping students see themselves in the world

Share…TwitterFacebookLinkedinI’m wrapping up my series on brilliant and brave young people with a feature on Nicole Taylor (Niki), a new teacher who is already wise beyond her years. Niki restores my faith that the future of our youth – and our world – is in good hands. When I decided to interview Niki, I knew […]

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Arts

A Tale of Two Acting Students

Stepheny Hunter and Peter Sarty, both Halifax based actors and recent graduates from the Fountain School of Performing Arts at Dalhousie University, exhibit bravery, brilliance and a heap of resilience as they pursue their acting careers,

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Arts Mental Health

A new look at an old story

Share…TwitterFacebookLinkedinThis summer, I’ll be featuring the work and unique journeys of some amazing young people who have inspired me with their grace and fearlessness, as much as with their talent. It’s likely not surprising to many of my friends and colleagues that I’m starting with my daughter, Angela Fournier, a student at the Nova Scotia […]

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Mental Health Wellness

Reclaiming our love of food and ourselves

Share…TwitterFacebookLinkedinJune 2, 2019 is World Eating Disorders Action Day#ShowUsYourPurple.  I want to recognize this day because I’ve personally seen the devastation caused by an eating disorder (ED) and have come to understand it as a complex mental illness and not something that is easily controlled. I will never forget a conversation I had with a […]

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Lessons Mental Health

Nursing students share stories of substance use disorders

Share…TwitterFacebookLinkedin“My addictions assignment” is a collection of short stories written by nursing students at Red River College (RRC). MightyWrite has a connection to the project on a few levels. We did the layout and design of the book and our daughter, a student at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, did the striking […]

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Mental Health Wellness

Knowing our strengths helps us show up in the best way possible

Share…TwitterFacebookLinkedin[cd_row][cd_column width=”span12″][cd_text] Susan Kuz is a Positive Psychology Practitioner who has facilitated workshops, created programs, and coached clients since 2009. Her long list of credentials includes a Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology from the Flourishing Centre in NYC, she is a Certified Coach, and a graduate of Mindfulness-based Strengths Practice level 1 and 2 with […]

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People Stories

Food has been on my mind a lot lately

Share…TwitterFacebookLinkedinThis is a light-hearted post to help warm the souls and awaken the memories for those of us who are emerging from the long dark days of winter… To heck with all those New Year’s resolutions to reclaim the svelte form of days gone by. I’m making tacos! In my defense, the craving for the […]

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Mental Health Wisdom

Dr. Joti Samra shares how less can definitely be more

Share…TwitterFacebookLinkedinDr. Joti Samra, R. Psych., first picked up Dr. Wayne Dyer’s book, The Power of Intention, 15 years ago, shortly after her father died suddenly at the age of 53. She has since considered Dyer one of the great influences in her life. The irony of meeting him, completely by chance – not once, but […]

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Stories Writing

It may be time to tell a different story

Share…TwitterFacebookLinkedinI recently attended a session on advertising, presented as part of Small Business Week. In it, Brian Hagel, Sales Manager at Mix 107.9 / FortSaskOnline.com, chatted about many things, including what he’d learned from The Wizard of Ads® matriarch Roy H. Williams. While I’d heard many of William’s “wisdoms” before, I perked up when Hagel […]

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People

Mary Ann Baynton on being open to whatever work and life throw our way

Share…TwitterFacebookLinkedinSome of us are lucky enough to have someone walk into our lives and suddenly, it’s changed for the better. Such has been my experience in the 10 years since I received a call from Mary Ann Baynton, an Ontario-based workplace mental health specialist, who was looking for some help to develop a website for […]

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Mental Health Stories

Finding and Giving Hope: World Suicide Prevention Day

Share…TwitterFacebookLinkedinToday is World Suicide Prevention Day. While the issue of suicide has always been important to me,  I had never been personally affected, although I knew of and had offered what support I could to others who had. Still, I knew nothing of the full measure of such loss. That was until last year when […]

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Lifestyle Stories

#eastcoastwearehere: Life’s a beach!

Share…TwitterFacebookLinkedinAugust 30 to September 3, Maritime Beaches — After the tourist explosion of Cavendish and the superfluous extravagance of the Chinese Junk Boat tour the night before, my travel partners and I decided we weren’t going to schedule anything more but rather, let Day 2 in PEI take us where it would.  I now know […]

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#eastcoastwearehere: A whale of a day

Share…TwitterFacebookLinkedinSeptember 2, Ingonish Beach, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia — There’s no doubt that the best things happened when we least expected them on our tour along the Cabot Trail. Such was the day we retraced our steps along the southeastern shore, without a plan or even a place to stay.  That’s not entirely true. […]

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Lifestyle Stories Writing

#eastcoastwearehere: Walking in some very big footsteps

Share…TwitterFacebookLinkedinAugust 27, Cavendish, PEI — This is the first post travel article in a series I’ll be sharing under the heading #[location]wearehere. My partner Michael and I caught up with our daughter, Angela, a student at the Nova School of Art and Design (NSCAD) in Halifax, early on day 1 after a late arrival and […]

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Mental Health Wisdom

Mental Health Week: What’s good for you?

Share…TwitterFacebookLinkedinThis view is one of the ways I protect both my physical and mental health. It’s Mental Health Week and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) has some great information and resources at mentalhealthweek.ca. In the article “How is mental health like physical health?” CMHA states: “In the same way that we all have a […]

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Writing

Good Enough: Is there a Catch?

Share…TwitterFacebookLinkedinAs a professional freelance writer, I know the way to continually improve is by doing lots of writing (meaning it’s my full-time gig) and ongoing learning (because it’s a gig that changes daily). This comes with a tough realization. Despite continually honing my craft, there are people out there who will still choose to work with a competitor of […]

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Nature Wisdom

Repurposing: Tips, trends and knowing your audience

Share…TwitterFacebookLinkedinI’m repurposing part of this post on the advice of an outstanding content marketer, Andy Crestodina, Co-founder and CMO, Orbit Media Studios (@crestodina). Andy was one of the presenters at Content Marketing Institute’s ContentTECH 2018 (#ContentTECH). His session, Higher Rankings in Less Time Through Data and Repurposing, sent me to my blog archives to see what I could dig […]

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Mental Health

Recognizing our own heroes on International Women’s Day #IWD 2019

Share…TwitterFacebookLinkedinAs I writer (and reader) I’ve always found it interesting how certain words on the page can resonate with you more deeply depending on where you’re “at” when you read them. This was the case for me when I came upon the following passage about mothers in Louise Erdrich’s brilliant book The Painted Drum: “It […]

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Mental Health

Shining a light on the need to talk about mental health

Share…TwitterFacebookLinkedinIt’s #BellLetsTalk Day and this year, I come to it with a greater understanding of the importance of the conversations around mental health. I’d like to share this story with you but just a note that it includes the topic of suicide, so please don’t read if that is a trigger for you. It is […]

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A change of scenery is good for the soul

Share…TwitterFacebookLinkedinThere’s been a change of scenery in the MightyWrite world. We’ve recently relocated to our camp, just outside Kenora, Ontario, where “neighbours” like these are close by for most of the year. This was earlier in the season. The view from my office today is in the photo below. Other than our new neighbours and […]