Spotlights & Insights, Vol.5 – January 2018

Spotlights & Insights, Vol.5 – January 2018

Hi Friends! Welcome to the January edition of Spotlights & Insights, my monthly wrap-up of the best resources I’ve come across this month on performing and wellness. I’ve been playing around with the format of these post for the past few months, and while you may not notice anything different, I’ve been trying to make this space little more fun and casual – easier for me to get my thoughts out there and easier for you to find the resources you need. Much of this has grown out of a re-examination of what I value about this blog and also what materials, exercises and resources I hope are of value to you as a reader. For me, this has meant removing some of the pressure I felt from having to stick to a format that wasn’t working for me anymore. It was removing much of the joy I have in writing and blogging and replacing it with a lot of unnecessary stress –...
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Follow Your Values: Jewel on Performing & Mindfulness

Follow Your Values: Jewel on Performing & Mindfulness

  When I was young, I asked for a CD player for Christmas. I told my Dad that I wanted to listen to “real music” on it, meaning I was done with listening to the “kid” music I had grown up with – no offense to the likes of Fred Penner, Raffi and Sharon, Lois and Bram who I still have great love and respect for now as an adult. My Dad, the music aficionado he is and always loving a challenge, came back with three options for me – a Dance Mix album (remember those?), Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette and Pieces of You by Jewel. Way to go, Dad! 😊 And while all those albums ended up playing on repeat in my new player, a special place in my heart grew for Jewel. Even at a young age I was struck by the depth of her lyrics, the way they tugged at my heart. And while at the time I didn’t fully...
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Special Holiday Edition: Spotlights & Insights – December 2017

Special Holiday Edition: Spotlights & Insights – December 2017

Do you hear that? It’s the New Year approaching! While this monthly wrap-up post is usually filled with new ideas, updates and helpful links, I thought this month called for something different. As the dust settles on another holiday season, and we prepare to turn the calendar page to a new year in just a few days, it’s important to find some space to appreciate all you have and all the year has brought you. For some of us, the year may have been one of progress and growth, of discovering new opportunities or connecting with new people. But mixed in with all that, there were likely moments of sadness and struggle, where unexpected events brought challenges to your life that perhaps you’re still working through. It’s easy at this time of year, on the threshold of the New Year, to get stuck on those challenging memories. This is often what happens to us when we’re feeling drained and low on energy – usually...
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Holiday Happy – A Holiday Recovery Guide

Holiday Happy – A Holiday Recovery Guide

Happy Holidays! Whether your calendar is full of events, parties and family dinners, or a long “to-do” list of everything that needs to be accomplished before the end of the year - there’s no doubt that December is a busy month. It’s this busy-ness that also makes December a month all about performing – and not necessarily in the way you expect it. Sure, if you’re an artist you may have a couple extra gigs on the go, or if you’re a winter sport athlete a couple of tournaments coming up. Maybe you have a few speaking gigs, or a couple of last minute presentations to help seal up some new deals before the end of the year. All this in a regular month would be enough of a workout for our performing muscles. But in December, there’s more. For many of us, all these events and holiday parties are not just about getting into the festive spirit. They’re networking opportunities. They’re places we can sidle up...
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Spotlights & Insights, Vol. 3 – November 2017

Spotlights & Insights, Vol. 3 – November 2017

Spotlights & Insights, Vol. 3 – November 2017 The leaves are off the trees, Thanksgiving has come and gone, and the holiday season is upon us - even if the weather this week in southern Ontario was 15C! November has been a busy month of finding inspiration, searching out new ideas and stoking the creative fires. I’ve collected some amazing resources to help you keep your creative spark burning brightly in the winter months to come. And if you’re feeling the holiday jitters already starting to creep in – don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Find out more in my Updates & News section. Let’s dive in! 😊     My November “Aha!” – Shake It Up! Whether you’re an artist, athlete, teacher, speaker or entrepreneur creativity is essential to your success. Your ability to see things differently and to experiment with things that have never been done before is what makes you good at what you do. And keeping your creative spark alive and burning is an important part...
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Feeling stuck? – Walk it off!

Feeling stuck? – Walk it off!

This week, I've been feeling stuck!  I've had so many work items on my plate - many of which are things I have never done before and are pushing me way outside of my comfort zone - that I've been left feeling uninspired and unsure of how to get started on anything.  I know I'm not alone in this. I've heard from a lot of people this week, both in person and online, who are feeling the same - uninspired and stuck. Whether it's the news, the state of the world, or the change in weather and daylight, it seems many of us right now are struggling to find the motivation to do the work we need to do. I think it's natural to feel this way when approaching new things or feeling overwhelmed by choices. And it's especially difficult when we feel the pressures of time and responsibility weighing on us. We don't want to make a wrong decision, so our bodies and...
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Spotlights & Insights, Vol.2 – October 2017

Spotlights & Insights, Vol.2 – October 2017

Spotlights & Insights, Vol.2 – October 2017 October has flown by and I can’t believe we’re already here at the last Friday of the month. This month has been a doozy – from the news, to social media, to personal struggles, I know many of us have been left with our heads spinning; feeling anxious, sad and questioning ourselves and the world we live in. But through all this, there have also been great moments of solidarity, of encouragement, and of coming together to stand up for what’s right in the world. I have been a grateful witness to many deep acts of kindness and compassion this month and reflecting on those moments has also been important. So has you process and recover from all this and look to next month, here are some thoughts, insights and links for you on your journey – to help you stay strong, connected and resilient. Let’s dive in. 😊     My October “Aha!” – Resilience: Ongoing and Growing I have always...
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Me Too: Women & Performing

Me Too: Women & Performing

I opened Facebook yesterday morning and my breath caught in my throat and my stomach twisted. The more I scrolled through my feed the more breathless I became and the more nauseous I felt. Page after page, post after post they came; from friends, from family members, from peers, from women older than me, and women younger than me. All of their statuses saying, “Me too.” My feelings rolled in and out like the waves of the ocean, churning and turning over faster than I could process them. Shock. Anger. Outrage. Devastation. Despair. Heartbreak. Then I looked down at my keyboard and typed, “Me too.” Because, of course me too. The more I thought about it, the more moments from my life came to me. Incidents and situations that I had not thought of in years – involving family members, friends, partners, teachers, classmates and strangers. More than I chose to count. But what devistates me the most about this, my story and the stories of others, is...
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Staying Resilient

Staying Resilient

This was not the post I intended to write this week. But with everything that is going on in the world - from wildfires and hurricanes, to economic instability, to racial and cultural discrimination, and serious acts of misogyny and sexual harassment – I felt it was important to take the time to pause and reflect on all that is surrounding us right now. With all this chaos, change and destruction it natural for us to want to retreat from it, to go into ourselves and to disengage to find some sense of safety and security. Even if we want to stay connected, it’s hard to figure out the boundaries we need to have with all the news that’s coming at us. It’s a challenge to know when to take a step back, or even how to do so. It makes our heads spin and our minds race, and our hearts stagger to keep up with it all. And for us performers, this is...
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Spotlights & Insights, Vol. 1 – September 2017

Spotlights & Insights, Vol. 1 – September 2017

  Spotlights & Insights, Vol. 1 - September, 2017 Welcome to the first issue of Spotlights & Insights - a new monthly feature on the Five Winds blog! Here, I’ll share with you the best links, resources and stories I’ve come across this month on the topic of  Performance & Wellness. I’ve also included updates on Five Winds and my top insight this month from my work as a Performance & Wellness coach. It’ll be quick, fun and inspiring! So mark your calendar for the last Friday of the month, and subscribe to the blog below or in the sidebar to make sure you don’t miss an issues. Let’s dive in. 😊     My September “Aha!” – Truth: It’s who you are. “Telling the truth is not just what you say, it’s how you show up. It’s being the truth.” – India.Arie I posted this quote on Facebook a few days ago, and I think it sums up pretty well what I’ve been thinking about this month. I’ve been inspired lately by so...
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