Rise Strong


THAT was a busy weekend – and some motivation to boot! YAY!

Lots of networking/learning at 2 breakfast/brunch meetings. A VIP evening at the new local pub where my oldest daughter now works. Up early to watch the swim start at the Calgary 70.3 Ironman. Super cool. Then off to Banff to catch Canadian singer Sarah Harmer at the Amphitheatre to be followed by rescuing the oldest daughter from a mental hiccup while rafting the Bow River with her friends…  Did I mention my 14 year old got her learners license today and wants me to take her driving…. ? #itistrue #iwantwine

I have decided I do not like the term BossBabe. I understand the idea that as women we can be independent, resourceful, intelligent AND look good doing it…

But COME. ON. …. aren’t we beyond that…? Maybe it’s my age……

Different blog post, perhaps, but I would love to hear comments about that term.. YAY? NAY?

VIP nite – I LOVE watching my kids grow up. I mean, they are truly my most favourite humans and as a very aware adult and mom, I am literally watching them spread their wings and fly. Amazing!! From this top floor patio you can see the Rocky Mountains (left) as well as downtown Calgary (right) – but not quite in this iPhone photo 😀 #trustmeIMG_7335


Triathlon – are you kidding me…? I danced with triathlon 9 years ago. SO much fun. There is a lot of work that goes into a race and the mental preparation is easily the fourth (or fifth) event behind transition. Watching athletes of all shapes and sizes and AGES get out there early and give it their all put me in a state of awe and admiration.

This guy – Josh Amberger – finished his race in 3:35.07. First out of the water (in this photo) and took first overall!



Sarah Harmer. If you have not listened to her please take a moment to do so. She has such a light and free and powerful energy about her. What a beautiful musician, songwriter and singer.. and human. I’m sure. Though we only got as close to her as walking behind her in the parking lot.. It was as close to non chalant and humble as we needed to be to remind ourselves that..

..there are MUCH more important things in life than the daily grind. Than money. Than selfies. Than impressing other people. And worrying WTF other people think about you.

Today there was spirit and effort. There was FREEDOM and presence. And PERSONALITY.

Rise Strong came to mind as I envisioned all that we tend to keep ourselves down with. All the busy, all the lack of confidence or shame, all the fear..

Seeing my daughter, those athletes, Sarah Harmer (and all of her fans) was an excellent reminder that we CAN rise. And that we should. 

When you rise, you step into the freedom of your life.




‘Our job is not to deny the story but to defy the ending – to rise strong, recognize our story and rumble with the truth until we get to a place where we think, Yes. This is what happened. This is my truth. And I will choose how the story ends.’ – Brene Brown.



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