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Larkyn Austman – Hard Work Pays Off

By on Jun 11, 2018 in @SkatingPj, Catching up with, Olympics, Skating, Sports, Uncategorized

  I think that keeping your eye on the prize is a good strategy. If you’re not able to identify your target, it’s pretty tough to stay motivated.                 I find myself thinking of Canada’s 2018 Olympic figure skating team – maybe the best that ever represented this country. The countless days, no years, that went into preparation for PyeongChang last...

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Andi Petrillo?!? I know – Exciting – Right?

By on Jun 4, 2018 in @SkatingPj, Olympics, Skating, Sports, Uncategorized

What happens on the Field of Play changes everything around it. This is the importance of sport. For athletes in pursuit of medals, their sport provides the backdrop. For the rest of us, it’s a chance to connect with like-minded people and share, discuss, debate and experience the ‘thrill of victory and the agony of defeat’ from the comfortable and secure position...

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Forget the Realistic Life – I want more!

By on May 28, 2018 in @SkatingPj, Skating, Sports, Uncategorized

I have been reading a business book in the hopes of expanding my knowledge beyond the boards. It’s called the 10X Rule by Grant Cardone and it was recommended to me by a genius business friend. I wasn’t sure that I was going to plop down the 30 bucks to buy it, so I went to the book store to have a look. I am one of those people who likes the feel of books and the...

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Getting it Right – A Conversation with Jackie Wong

By on May 21, 2018 in @SkatingPj, Olympics, Skating, Sports, Uncategorized

Getting it right. I am assuming that, like many of you, waking up early on Saturday morning to watch the Royal Wedding was a great way to start the weekend. I know. You’re thinking I am off on another non-skating related tangent. Ha! The truth is, watching the Royal Wedding inspired this blog for a couple of reasons. One: the ‘you only have one chance to get this...

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Patrick Chan and books for children :)

By on Feb 28, 2017 in Books, Catching up with, Olympics, Personal, Skating, Sports, The Power of One, Uncategorized

Two of my favourite worlds collided on Thursday evening: books and figure skating. First Book Canada, on behalf of Patrick Chan, donated over 3,000 books to Ronald McDonald House Charities across Canada. The books have been divided amongst the 15 locations coast-to-coast. In January, Patrick appeared on CBC’s kids show, Bookaboo – promoting literacy for kids. For...

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My Own Long Lost Family Story – A Love Letter for my Grandmothers

By on Apr 19, 2016 in Personal, The Power of One, Uncategorized

This is a true story – from my perspective and from my understanding of the family lore that has been shared with me. In the 1930s – my three grandmothers each faced dramatic and life-altering challenges. My father’s mother prayed that she would one day hold a baby as she was facing difficulties with fertility and carrying a baby to term. My...

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