ICEBREAKER: WHAT’S ONE BOOK YOU RECOMMEND AND WHY?
THE GIFTS OF IMPERFECTION by Dr. Brené Brown was life-altering for me. It came at a time I needed validation that my thoughts and feelings were real and I was allowed to have them. I was in the middle of severe undiagnosed Hashimoto’s disease and being gaslit daily. The bottom line, I struggled to find myself as I was getting more and more lost every day. I needed to change my life, then I needed to change the story of my life. This book literally saved my life (that and Synthroid). I give a copy to everyone I know.
My most favourite fiction series is by Jan Karon who writes about the comings and goings of the colourful characters of Mitford, North Carolina.
GOING DEEPER: WHAT HAVE YOU READ, SEEN, OR LISTENED TO THAT HAS SHAPED YOUR LIFE?
I believe that everything you experience shapes your life, negative or positive. In whatever way media or exposure to stories arrive, they have an impact whether you recognize it as such at the time or not.
For me, I have surrounded myself with smart and diverse teachers who have each provided me with a piece of how I look at the world: Brené Brown, Colette Baron-Reid, Cathy Zielske, Marie Forleo, Suzannah Conway, Danielle LaPorte, Ali Edwards, Brian Henry, Jackie Giella, Christine Mason Miller, Martha Beck, UofT (Creative Writing) School of Continuing Studies (Amy, David, Diana, Barbara, Corey), and Ontario Real Estate Courses.
That, combined with a great group of close friends who offer their own perspectives and life experiences; a well-read and intellectually challenging partner who forces me (with love and humour) to see things in different ways; four children (well, really eight) who have their own priorities and ideas on things; and, other family members who have even more ideas about things – all of it has shaped me. I am not the same person I once was and won’t be the person I am today tomorrow.
Evolution is a beautiful thing. I love the process of learning and growing.