Process-Based Living Blog

4 Surprising Keys to Career Transition

As with most professions, I learn as much from my career transition clients as they learn from working with me.  Looking back over 2016, I decided to compile a list of the more surprising lessons my clients have taught me about career transition.  If you're...

Networking Your Way to a New Career

In 2008, I hired a coach to help me change careers and market my new coaching business.  "Don't I need a website?" I asked him.  "Shouldn't I start blogging?"  I couldn't imagine networking without having some kind of online presence. My coach had been in the...

Career-Changers: What Kind Are You?

(Originally published in the September 2016 edition of the Talk/Touch/Move newsletter, republished with permission.) In my work as a career and life coach, I hear from a lot of people who think about changing careers. It’s been my great privilege to work with many of...

Shortcuts to Mindfulness

Whenever I ask people what gets in their way of practising mindful meditation, the answer is most often: "time."  There's no time to sit on a chair or cushion and simply notice your breath.  There's no time in a busy, stressful day to pause and check in with yourself....

Can’t sleep? Try the Anti-Ruminator

If there's something to ruminate about, you can bet I'll be ruminating about it - often long into the night when I'd rather be fast asleep.  Recently, however, I decided I'd had enough of ruminating (endlessly re-playing the past in my mind).  I put on my coach's hat...

Why Adults Need Field Trips

On Friday I took a field trip to the Toronto Science Centre.  It's been over thirty years since I last visited and I asked the same person to accompany me: my mother.  This time she didn't have to carry my lunchbox around while I ran through all the exhibits (although...

The Courage to Lead

Everything I know about leadership started with square-dancing.  I learned the quick-step and do-si-do while attending Bark Lake Leadership Centre at 16 years old, an organization that helps campers transition into camp counselors.  While I'm sure the Centre imparted...

Under(water) Pressure

The situation: A couple of years ago, I took up swimming for exercise.  I'd struggled with a bad back for a number of years and when a chiropractor suggested I strengthen my core with front crawl and backstroke, I decided to give it a try.  Little did I know how much...

It’s Okay to be Scrooge

As December approached, my usual dread of Christmas began seeping in like the ominous fog in a scary movie.  It has a skin-crawling sensation to it and I've imagined myself holding onto November by the fingernails, trying to evade December's pull. Usually I keep quiet...

Now That’s What I Call Mindfulness

I'm always looking for ways to talk about mindfulness that suit my understanding of it - and that's been surprisingly harder than expected.  This week, I found the following description of mindfulness in an article called "Of the Soul and Suffering: Mindfulness-Based...