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The Gifts of Feedback

I have recently devised a model that helps me understand the multitude of gifts that feedback can provide for us.  On one axis is a variable of content – from empty or fluffy to specific and useful.  On the other axis is the “packaging” – from tactful and kind to awkward and insensitive. Specific and

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What a difference a year makes

November, 2014 I had just completed a course of radiation and chemotherapy treatments.  I was being fed through a nasal gastric tube.  The skin on my neck was blistered and peeling from the radiation treatments and required daily bandage changes.  I could not eat, drink or swallow.  I was nearly bald on the sides and

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Law of Circulation

For me, the law of circulation means that as I give myself to the world, the world replenishes me so that I have more to give. Generosity is so much more than just financial – the willingness to give of myself and my emotions has been acknowledged and appreciated in such a way that I

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Farewell to a Furkid

I lost a piece of my heart this morning. Monty wasn’t “just a dog”. He was special. He came to me at 13 months of age through Calgary Lab Rescue. He was the last of several dogs being rehomed from a breeder who was going out of business. Several people had gone to look at

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I’ll keep you safe, you keep me wild

I read this on Facebook this morning andreposted it because it struck a chord with me.  As I drank my coffee, I began to ponder this.  As usual, my thoughts turned to the horses. We have a sacred contract, the horses and I.  I provide feed, water, and medical care when necessary.  When I work

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It’s Cancer

I couldn’t deny what was happening within my body any longer. The two excruciating words had been spoken. The lump under my right jaw had been there for a long time.  I hadn’t had it checked because it was painless and hadn’t changed.  Any symptoms I was experiencing were easily explained by my age (hot

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The Ups and Downs

Last evening was the best of times and the worst of times.  I attended an event at the Calgary Stampede celebrating the opening of the new Agrium Western Event Centre.  This has been in the works for many years, and all of us who display our horses at the Stampede have looked forward to it.

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Cancer warrior

I have spent the last few days informing people what is happening with me.  I have discovered I hate the term “cancer patient” and “cancer victim” even more.  These terms simply do not resonate with who I am.  I don’t kid myself into thinking this is going to be a piece of cake.  The road

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I have cancer, it doesn’t have me.

For the next few months, this will be my motto.  My world got jostled when my doc told me that the results of the needle biopsy on the lump in my neck showed cells indicative of skin cancer.  She sent me to the next specialist, an ear/nose/throat guy.  I thought they just did tonsils and

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Vulnerability and the Fear of Joy

I began listening to an audiobook on the drive home from Saskatoon last weekend after delivering two of my horses to an amazing new home.  It is Brené Brown’s The Power of Vulnerability.  In it, she says that the biggest fear of most people is related to joy.  That we “beat vulnerability to the punch”

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Letting go, and walking through the grief and guilt

This has been a difficult week for me.  I have had my truth tested.  I have always believed that part of loving someone (both two or four legged) is to know when it is best for either or both of you to part ways.  This is proving to be a challenging time. On Tuesday, I

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Methods of Transformation

I have been giving a lot of thought to the things that allow us to transform.  Three methods in particular stood out for me. The first is the phoenix that undergoes a major trauma and rises from the ashes.  Some of my friends that have had grievous losses appear to me to be phoenixes. The

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Appreciating Criticism

Many years ago, shortly after I discovered my passion for horses,  I had the benefit of having regular access to an outstanding horseman named Carl Reihl.   Like most outstanding horsemen, he had lessons to teach me far beyond the work with horses – universal truths that would change my world for the better if only

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Living up to expectations

I am blessed to watch the magic the horses do by holding space for people to face their emotions.  Last night, I had an amazing experience – the impact of which is starting to seep through my conciousness. I have a cranky old mare here who came to me following some pretty horrendous circumstances including

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Strides Towards Authenticity (and silver hair)…

I continue to travel down the road on the never-ending journey to my authentic self – forever peeling the layers of the onion towards my core nature. Most of you know me with somewhat wild shoulder-length auburn curls. Last week, I made the decision to cut it short. I made a bigger decision the week

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Nature Deficit Disorder

Recent studies have shown that as population density increases and society becomes more technology based, levels of mental illness increase. Richard Louv published several books on this phenomenon and stated, “By tapping into the restorative powers of nature, we can boost mental acuity and creativity; promote health and wellness; build smarter and more sustainable businesses,

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Uncovering courage

This weekend, I spent some time with one of those friends that I only see a few times a year, but each time, it feels like we’ve never been apart.  We both have crazy busy lives.   She is an elite athlete, a former Olympian, who has only recently decided that her body and brain can

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Scarcity, sufficiency and abundance

I have been thinking a lot lately about what I see as the fundamental beliefs about life – scarcity, sufficiency or abundance. When we operate from scarcity, we are worried that we won’t have “enough” – enough money, love, beauty, friends, whatever it is that matters to us. We are concerned about consumption and work

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New Year’s Resolutions

I have given up on waiting until the New Year to make changes that I know will improve my quality of life.  Instead, some of my past resolutions have been: wear lipstick or lip gloss every day (2009) order the special at a restaurant unless I really don’t like it (2010) learn to ice skate

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Becoming Unbridled.ca

As far back as I can remember, I loved horses. I remember wishing for a pony and a little sister as a child, but never got either one. I watched horses from afar, but other than horses that pulled carriages in parks, never had much opportunity to be around them. I married a rancher’s son

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