Quote: Let’s talk about mental health

Today is Bell Let’s Talk Day, an annual Canadian campaign aimed at raising awareness about – and raising money for – issues surrounding mental health.

I know people – strong, smart, funny, resilient, wonderful people – who are at times nearly paralyzed by depression and anxiety. This is something that affects us all.

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Read: When the Moon is Low

I’m drawn to the stories of women, of mothers.

But let’s backtrack for a minute.

When I was a kid, I read all the time. Judy Bloom, Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High. Anybody else still remember Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield from SVH? My surrogate sisters. A little later came Harlequin novels, full of heaving bosoms and shuddering sighs. Then mysteries. Eventually I just settled into novels, and I devoured them.

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Blog: When your kids grow out of needing you

I woke up just after 7 a.m. this morning to the sound of my kids dumping a box of Lego onto the living room floor.

Two or three years ago that noise would have catapulted me out of bed in a semi-conscious attempt at damage control that would have probably ended with me stepping on a handful of pieces of Lego – which, as we all know, were put on this earth to inflict parental puncture wounds – and then swearing as I collapsed on the couch in pain.

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Find: Live in the sunshine

I have quotes scattered around my house – stuck to the fridge door, framed on bookshelves, tucked between the pages of books. If words make me feel something, I want to remember them.

This quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of my favourites. I’m happiest by the sea, with salty air against my cheeks and sand beneath my feet. This quote brings that feeling alive.

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Quote: 5 important questions

I was flat on my back at the end of a yoga class – the very best part of any yoga class, I think we can all agree – when I first heard these questions. Such a simple concept – the kind of thing I’m always telling my kids. Speak nicely! Clean that up! Put some damn clothes on! Like so much of the great advice I dole out to my kids, though, I don’t always follow it myself.

I love this quote because it reminds me to be kind, to be helpful, to be positive. At least most of the time.

xo

 

Read: The Shock of the Fall

This book broke my heart.

I didn’t really know what I was in for when I picked up a copy of The Shock of the Fall. I liked the cover – shallow, sure, but a book jacket makes a big impression on me – and I’m always drawn to stories about family dynamics, about the moments that stitch us together and the ones that tear us apart.

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Find: Up, up and away…

I absolutely love the stick-on kids’ wall decals from The Land of Nod.

My oldest daughter has a decal of a heart-shaped hot air balloon above her bed, while her little sister has a sweet one of a woodland parade. The fox is carrying a banner that says “YAY,” so when I tuck her into bed each evening she says, “Goodnight, Yay Parade!”

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Blog: “I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.'”

Way back when my oldest was just little, one of the very few things guaranteed to make her stop crying – and you guys, she was always crying – was to take her outside. A blast of fresh air and she was suddenly content.

I think she gets it from me.
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Blog: All I want is to find every beautiful thing

When my children were babies, I’d hear the same thing over and over again: “Enjoy this time! It goes so fast.”

And I’d look at these well-meaning people through bloodshot eyes and think, Are you completely insane?
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