Timely Words

The Joy Thief

You want to be happy at home, right? You want to be happy at work, right? Chances are there is something getting in your way. This morning while I was out riding my bike, I noticed that it was an amazing morning. Beautiful. All the fields I rode past were lush green, and the road…

The A, B, Cs of Coaching

Coaching. What is it? Why are there so many people calling themselves coaches? What are coaching skills anyway? These are all really important questions to ask if you’ve ever thought about hiring a coach. Since moving to Red Deer, I’ve encountered MANY people who attach the word COACH to their profession: from people who sell…

Thoughts about Leadership – Inspired by a (Dead) Red-winged Blackbird

When I was a teenager, I spent a lot of time riding my bike along the bike paths of Regina, Saskatchewan. The paths are a little known treasure in the Queen City that weave from one end of the city to the other and along the marshes of Wascana Creek. One of my favourite memories…

The Tensions of Leadership

For more than twenty years I occupied the ‘position’ of a ministry spouse otherwise known as a ‘pastor’s wife’. This can be a leadership position of great proportion. One of the greatest joys and challenges of being a ministry spouse is the constant tension inherent in any leadership position. So often I felt like Dr.…

What do you want?

What do you want? Coaching moments and opportunities show up in the most amazing places. Last year I was teaching a grade 12 Social Studies class. In this class there is a group of students that typically fritters away their time and blames teachers for their abundance of homework.  They engage in inappropriate conversations. I have often felt frustrated and…

Choking on a Conversation

In my life I have typically avoided hard conversations.  Can you relate? I come from a Mennonite family background which often means that peace must be kept at all costs. That’s the way we roll. The problem is that problems aren’t solved.  We try to eat issues and the problems get stickier as they get lodged in…

Firsts

Firsts…. Your first kiss… Your first time behind the wheel… Your first job…. Firsts can be exhilarating and they can be incredibly frightening.  Sometimes firsts are so frightening that we refuse or neglect to do what needs to be done that first time…. For those of you who love the science behind things, this is…

Now’s The Time

My worth is not determined by the numbers on a scale, The size of my clothes Whether I can climb a mountain, swim a mountain lake, or even walk   My worth is not determined by the work I do The house I live in Or the car I drive   My worth is not…