Positivity

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Published on June 2, 2024

The Smile Project

The Smile Project

I ventured out to test my “Smile Project”. I got into my running gear and went for a run. My first subject was a mail carrier. As I ran by her I said, “Good Job Emilie!” and gave her a big thumbs up. She gave me a big smile and hollered, “Thanks, Sue!”

I continued along my run. While on a canopied tree-lined street I noticed an older woman, bent over, and trying to walk using a walker. It looked as though she was using the walker to help her cope with a recent injury. I slowed down a bit. As I approached her I said, “You’re doing a great job! Keep it going!” She raised her head, looked at me with the BIGGEST SMILE ever! By the way, she won biggest smile of that day!

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Published on June 1, 2024
Published on June 1, 2024
Published on August 26, 2019

A Beautiful Difference

A Beautiful Difference
Many, many, many moons ago, I went to West Hill High School. My years were 1976 to 1980. The school was not a good fit for me. It was way too big. And…
The halls had a horrible sweaty human, bio-clinical iodine odor to it. I think the pool water was used to wash the halls. The only thing which kept me going back each day, were my friends. Actually, there was an excellent geography and art teacher, who inspired me.
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Published on December 27, 2022

Focused and Centred

Focused and Centred
As a young girl, I danced classical ballet. I loved everything about ballet. I loved the discipline, the music, the control of my body, and especially the performances.
However, as I got older, my ballet teachers demanded more focus and control from me and stressed to be centered. In my mind, I wanted to be a teacher. In my heart, I wanted to be a ballet dancer. In my best friend’s car, I wanted a Mama Burger at A&W with fries and a root beer.  So… In High School, I slowed down my ballet dancing to the point of no return.
But, the best part of ballet was the training to be Focused and Centred.
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Published on March 6, 2022

The Power of the Word NO!

The Power of the Word NO!
As long as I can remember, I’ve done things I didn’t want to do until…..
I found my NO voice.
For me, it took a certain level of strength and maturity to find my NO voice. Now that I have it, I’m empowered when using it. I feel great saying NO when I mean NO… and I stick to my convictions.
“No, I’m not going out because I’m tired. No, thank you as I’m not interested. No, I won’t because I simply don’t want to, so there!”
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Published on February 20, 2022

Humour Me

Humour Me
At 20 something, I hung out with friends in bars, talking loud over the music, dancing, and not having many concerns about the world.  At that time, I wasn’t paying serious attention to life, I was just living it.
I remembered when all my parts moved only when I moved. That’s not the case anymore.  Now, my body moves like Newton’s Cradle!!!
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Published on January 5, 2022
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Published on December 26, 2021

The 2021 Spring Series – Pumping Up Positivity – Part Five – Fabulous Final Four

The 2021 Spring Series – Pumping Up Positivity – Part Five – Fabulous Final Four

Welcome to the final segment of The 2021 Spring Series – Pumping Up Positivity.
In Part Five, I introduce you to four women who will finish our positive series on a very POSITIVE NOTE!
Maureen Burnett – Curious, creative & generally happy person, Suzie Shaffer – Realtor, proud mom, aspiring writer and closet painter, Marcy Kastner – Director of Day Camps & Early Childhood, and Heidi Tucker Puritt – Marketing and amateur food guru, people pleaser hostess. Enjoy!

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Published on July 11, 2021

Pumping Up Positivity – Part Four – Les Soul Sistas

Pumping Up Positivity – Part Four – Les Soul Sistas

In Part Four I introduce to you three women who don’t know each other, but I feel they have intertwining, soulful budding new life directions, also known as Les Soul Sistas. Fatima Rizzo – Translator, aspiring writer and lover of everything ocean, Lucy Verebes Shapiro – Real Estate Professional Extraordinaire, athlete, mom, and very busy person, Lynn Cantin – Artist of incredible talent and beauty, strong, and soulful.

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Published on June 27, 2021

The 2021 Spring Series: Pumping Up Positivity – Part Three – These Two Youts!

The 2021 Spring Series:  Pumping Up Positivity – Part Three – These Two Youts!

Welcome to The 2021 Spring Series – Pumping Up Positivity – Part Three – These Two Youts!

In Part Three I introduce: Sophy Agelopoulos, The Deli Queen, laughter is life, joking around with our customers is my favourite part of the job
& Lea Beddia, Teacher Extraordinaire, Mother, Beautiful Writer and aspiring speller with a green thumb in-training.

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Published on May 30, 2021

Done or Undone? That’s the Question

Done or Undone? That’s the Question

When I reached to use some toilet paper, I noticed there was only 1 square left on the roll. That’s right…one square of toilet paper!!! What’s that all about? Who would do such a thing? I felt like I was in a trap. Someone before me set the “One Square Left on the Roll Trap!“ Being the fact this washroom was well stocked with extra toilet paper rolls, I gladly changed it for my use and for the next person. Why wouldn’t I? I would never set a trap like this, unless it was specifically a joke.

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Published on May 28, 2021
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The 2021 Spring Series – Pumping Up Positivity – Part Two – So Talented!

The 2021 Spring Series – Pumping Up Positivity – Part Two – So Talented!

Welcome to The 2021 Spring Series – Pumping Up Positivity – Part Two – So Talented!
In Part Two I introduce: Meredith Fine, Talent Agent helping make dreams come true for 34 years, who’s funny, outgoing and loyal … and the keeper of many secrets & Sy Prevost, Mount Royal based POP ART painter and sculptor, also creative producer and artistic director in television, cinema and stage for the past 30 years.

Everyone is living a very different life, especially now. Everyone has a different perspective and interesting tools for living in the positive. I asked an eclectic group of people to answer a questionnaire based on their “Positive Perspectives”.
Their responses are about living through challenging times with an encouraging positive perspective.
Enjoy, Living in the Now!

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Published on May 16, 2021

The 2021 Spring Series – Pumping Up Positivity – Part One – Do It!

The 2021 Spring Series – Pumping Up Positivity – Part One – Do It!

Welcome to The 2021 Spring Series – Pumping Up Positivity!
This is the most encouraging series you will ever read. What’s it about? It’s about living through challenging times with an encouraging positive perspective.
Everyone is living a very different life, especially now. Everyone has a different perspective and interesting tools for living in the positive. I asked an eclectic group of people to answer a questionnaire based on their “Positive Perspectives”.
In this series, I share with you their very generous and thought provoking responses.
Part One, I introduce: Andrea Bassel, Dragon Boater & Emet Davis, Fitness Maven.
Enjoy, Living in the Now!

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Published on May 2, 2021

A Sense of Accomplishment

A Sense of Accomplishment

I need to mention how good accomplishment feels. It’s sort of like a pat on the back someone gives you, but even better. This feeling comes from within yourself. You did it! It’s your rodeo! You moved the mountain! You did yourself good! Truly the only person you need to please is yourself and you did. Big bravo to you!

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Published on April 1, 2021
Published on June 17, 2019
Published on April 8, 2018

Participate in Something

Participate in Something

Talk about excitement, when I heard we were doing the fitness test in gym class, I nearly lost my mind. I’m not a competitive person with anyone else except for myself. Every year I tried my best to earn the Award of Excellence. I wanted it so badly. I wanted to be the fittest I could be. Problem was I just couldn’t get through the Flexed Arm Hangs test.

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Published on December 27, 2020

You Are Fabulous!

You Are Fabulous!

You are fabulous! You are amazing! You are fantastic! You are wonderful! You are all
these things at something you do. Everyone is fabulously talented at something.
Everyone has the ability to be really good at doing something. Think about it. What are
you fabulous at? Oh…By the way, only you need to think you are fabulous at that
thing you do. Only you need to please yourself.

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Published on December 3, 2020
Published on December 23, 2019

Just Try Your Best

Just Try Your Best

The best we can do is simply do our very best. Not perfection, just our best.
I might never be a good cook. As long as I try my best, I can accept this reality. I can assure you the table will be set really nicely with candles, matching napkins in napkin rings, beautiful glassware and gorgeous plates. Perhaps with a stunning floral center piece. The meal… that’s a different story. You will know that I tried my best!

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Published on November 15, 2020

Ur so Annoying!

Ur so Annoying!

I’m not perfect! You’re not perfect! Everyone and everybody is annoying to someone at some point. Live with it.
If you realize that nothing is perfect, you will appreciate the imperfections of everyone and everything and get over being annoyed.
However…
Nothing could be more annoying than completing a 1000 piece jig saw puzzle and realize one piece is missing. Ask my friend Lisa, as she just completed a huge puzzle and it was missing one darn piece. UGH! That’s so annoying!

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Published on October 25, 2020

Passion is Happiness

Passion is Happiness

As a passionate fisherman, he sat waiting for his catch. Always pulling slightly on the line to create some interest. He sat patiently with his rod firmly in the ground, until the top sharply bent towards the water.
“OH YA!” he screamed. We watched him slowly pull in, pull back, pull in, pull back his catch. He kept on saying, “It’s a big one!” We were excited to see what he caught. Under her breath Noonie said, “I feel bad for the fish.”
A battle royal ensued as the bass fish was brought it. It was big. The fisherman was proud of his catch. He took the fish off the hook and asked me to take a picture of him with his catch of the day. I did.
Then he did a surprising thing…

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Published on September 6, 2020

Zest for Life – More Lessons from the Canoe

Zest for Life – More Lessons from the Canoe

We made it! We are in the canoe.
Noonie is at the stern and I am in the bow. There is a slight breeze. The sky is evenly mixed with clouds and blue. The sun is in and out. It’s a perfect day to be on the water. Not too many bugs to bother us also. Off we go into the middle of the Lac Monroe.
A half hour later, “Sue, Do you want to dock and eat?”

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Published on July 26, 2020