Change is in the Air!

Change is in the Air!

  Spring is here! Or at least that’s what it says on the calendar… While it may not be feeling like spring outside in my neck of the woods, I’ve definitely been connecting with the energy of the season – of growth, of renewal and change. Over the past few months, there’s been a lot going on at Five Winds – Performance & Wellness Coaching. New projects have come my way and I’ve also been buckling down, working hard on finishing some current projects to get them out to you soon. All this activity is also bringing about a few changes to this blog space and how I communicate with you. Read on to catch all the details! ... Biggest News! The biggest project I’ve been working on is finishing my Post-Performance Recovery E-book, which will be available in Fall 2018! Yay! I’m so excited that the book will be out there soon! I started this project almost 2 years ago and it has been quite a journey to get...
Read More
Spotlights & Insights, Vol.6 – February 2018

Spotlights & Insights, Vol.6 – February 2018

Hi Friends! So we’ve come to the end of the month and with it, the end of the Olympics. As I slowly begin to return to my normal sleep schedule, I’ve found myself reflecting on the Games and the lessons they’ve left with me. Over the past two weeks of competition, I’ve watched both triumphs and misses – many athletes peaking at the right time to have the performance of their life, and others feeling off on what seems like exactly the wrong day. Elite level athletes know that both these outcomes are possible in an intense competition situation, but their ability to handle both the thrill of the win or the devastation of the loss comes from having a strong and dedicated team behind them. It’s about having people there who help them prepare – physically, mentally and emotionally – for the for all the ups and downs they may experience, and having people to help them rebalance and reset after a competition...
Read More
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 –...
Read More
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...
Read More
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...
Read More
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...
Read More
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...
Read More
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...
Read More
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...
Read More
Who’s a Performer? – You Are!

Who’s a Performer? – You Are!

Perform. Performer. I use these words a lot. I say them all the time. I write them over and again in this blog, on this website, in social media posts, in articles and even in books. I even call myself a “Performance & Wellness Coach” (and I’ve got business cards to prove it!). Most of us probably have our own definitions of these words. We likely have images in our minds of what a “performer” looks like, or what a performance is. Maybe you hear the word “performer” an automatically know that means you. Maybe you feel like your work is a “performance”, but are unsure if these terms apply to you. So let’s get clear on what these words mean at Five Winds. And it’ll give you an idea of the kinds of people I work with and what it is we do together. Read on! … Perform According to the dictionary (Oxford English, please), the (abridged) definition of “to perform” is: • To carry out...
Read More