This month, I am thrilled to announce that I will be speaking at the West Coast Women's show at the Trade and Exhibition Centre in Abbotsford on Saturday, October 26th and Sunday, October 27th.
My topic is: "Getting to Yes: Overcomng the barriers and limitations women set on themselves".
I really believe this is something that women struggle with all the time in their lives and I want to show how they can get to "yes" in their minds, and make their dreams a reality.
I'm going to be sharing my own life, and how I was able to accomplish my own dreams.
It's going to be a very inspiring and empowering weekend! I encourage you to come out!
I'm speaking at 2:15pm on October 26th and 3:45pm on October 27th.
For more details,check it out here: http://tinyurl.com/mqqa4ok
With the kids back in school this month, I've discovered that it has put everyone in our household back in to a good routine.
During the summer months, the kids were able to stay up later, eat a lot of sweet treats and have dinner at the "continental" time of 8pm.
Now that they have to get up at 7:00am every morning and go to school for the day, it has helped put their schedule back on track....
We had to prepare them for the harsh reality that they could no longer stay up until 10 or 10:30 but had to go to bed by 8:30 and asleep by 9:00. We gradually did this by 15 minute increments. ie- In bed at 10:00, then in bed at 9:45 the next night, etc. So by the time school rolled around, we were back to a nornmal time.
Plus I found that with the kids' schedule back to normal, my own went back to normal. I was able to enjoy some of the evening to myself with them in bed earlier (instead of all of us heading to bed at the same time).
I'm now able to get a run in each morning, walk the dog, and do some writing.
The children also seem more grounded, more purposeful when they get up. They like knowing what the day holds, and whether they will admit it or not - thrive off of routine.
September is a good month to pick up where we left off in June. Here's to a wonderful school year for children (and their parents too!)
And also fingers crossed that we can avert a strike by BC teachers this month, so that this new found routine, isn't all for naught!
I'll take respect, equal pay, and a supportive work environment that fosters balance for women over my right to take off my shirt any day of the week.
Women's Equality Day (August 26th) is a day proclaimed each year by the United States President to commemorate the granting of the vote to women throughout the country on an equal basis with men. Women in the United States were granted the right to vote in 1920. (Here in British Columbia, it was April 5, 1917).
On this day, I believe we should be looking at not only how far we have come....but also how far we have to go.
A perfect example of this is the recent media attention given to Lori Welbourne who thought it was a great idea to interview her hometown mayor, Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray, regarding a woman's right to bare her breasts.In this obvious shock tactic - she removes her shirt during her interview with the Mayor. He is quite disturbed by her action (as MANY of us would be) as it was under the guise of a serious interview.
This not only deminishes the value of journalistic integrity (she works for the Province as a blogger) but also for women trying desperately to be considered equals.
A woman taking her top off to protest her right to bare her breasts does nothing more than create a mild titillation for readers and viewers of the story. How many women said THANK YOU to Ms. Welbourne? I think many of the reactions would be of sheer and utter sadness.I know it was for me.
In addition, a march happend in Vancouver yesterday for International Go Topless Day. Great. More women willing to bare all for their cause.
Did any one ask them why they chose this cause over a more meaningful equality issues? Perhaps its diffcult to have a serious discussion with someone hell-bent on pushing the movement backwards.
All this does is put us right back to where we started - as sexual objects. If you think that women's breasts aren't sexual than I think you are gravely mistaken.
Strippers can attest to this, all over the world.
Could we as a sex, please decide what is more important to forward our movement? Is it our boobs or is it our ability?
Do we want to stand alongside men making the important decisions with equal pay, or do we want to be able to hang out with them at the pool with our chests bared?
It's time we understand what true equality means. And I don't think my boobs should be a topic of discussion to make it so.
So the inevitable happened to me a couple of months ago. I weighed myself on my scale and discovered to my horror that I had gained 20 pounds.
How did THAT happen?
For the past two years, I was at my thinnest. I was also in the best shape of my life. I was in better shape than when I was at 18 years old (and I'm 41 now).
Buf if I was really truthful with myself (and I mean REALLY truthful), I could see how the 20 pounds were gained........
You see, I used to exercise 5 days a week. I watched what I ate and indulged only a bit every now and then. I did this for 2 years, then gradually I would eat a bit more in portion size, skip a work out or 2, and indulge a bit more (and a bit more).
Then I discovered early this year that I had stopped exercising all together. I wasn't watching what I ate at all, and indulged frequently. And at my age, all those things added up to a very fast weight gain.
I've been doing bootcamp with Total Body Conditioning in White Rock for the past six weeks. This month I'm now hitting the gym 5 days per week to run, and lifting weights.
I'm also being helped by Total Body Conditioning (Shawna Nunes and Chris Anderson) with my meal planning through their on-line system that takes in to account my current measurements, my height and of course, my current weight.
If you are also thinking of losing weight, they are the best at what they do.
Every week I have to report my progress to them and I thought in order to also hold myself accountable, I would blog about my progrss here. It helps keep me honest and more than anything, on target.
I'm hoping that the summer months will also help to spur this on. (Nothing keeps you more focused than bikini season).
So my goal is to lose 20 pounds. Let's hope I reach this target by the end of August. I may be missing bikini season, but I will have reached my overall goal to shed the pounds. I'll also be posting pics of the before and after results. Yikes! Wish me luck! ;)
Please join me this month for a book signing and reading of my new book "Beautiful Noise."
Sunday, May 26th, 2013
3:00 - 4:30pm
Black Bond Books
South Surrey - #1-15562 24th Avenue
I received the great news that Black Bond Books will be carrying my book in all 12 of their locations here in BC.
The book, which is a compilation of my parenting column of six years, features the realities of life as a stay at home mom - and the lessons learned.
Can't make it? My book can be purchased online at Amazon.com
A perfect gift for Mother's Day!