What a year it has been! It has been a roller coaster ride, horror movie, and a walk in the jungle – all at the same time. As I write this, the province is a multitude of colour markers depending on the county/region that you live in with the number of total Canadian Covid-19 cases still going up on a daily basis.

A recent article in the Globe and Mail highlighted a study that showed 45% of employees would still like to have the flexibility to work from home and office while 48% of Canadian employers do not intend to continue the flexible working policies once the pandemic is over. This begs the question what are you taking away from 2020? As uncomfortable, strange, frustrating, and bizarre as this year was, it provided an opportunity to do things differently. What have you learned about yourself? What do you want to continue doing and what do you want to start/stop doing? I often utilize the stop/start/continue question as a year-end reflective space for my coaching clients and it seems even more poignant this year.

For me, I made a conscious choice to block off time in my calendar to go outside for my mental and physical health. This commitment allowed me perspective and space to embrace nature in a deeper and richer way and gave me a much-needed break and outlet from the daily grind of always being in my home office. As an outdoorsy type of person, I needed nature more this year than ever before to help restore my mental clarity and balance which I will gladly commit to continuing.

As for what I want and need to start and stop doing, I am going to take more time to reflect and define what served me and what did not. What about you? What has been your biggest takeaway from 2020? What have you been surprised about during this unprecedented year?

Identify what you need and start, get rid of what is not serving you and stop, embrace what feels good and continue. Why? Because you are SO worth the effort.

Resiliency & The Lasting Impact


As the leaves start to turn and temperatures start to fall, I am reflecting on the last 6 months of being in Covid-19 lockdown and what I know now. Covid has certainly brought ups and downs for the entire world; some businesses and industries are booming and other businesses have had to close their doors, organizations have had to shift how they deliver their products and services while others sank because of the inability to manoeuvre, while other companies have had to let their people go because there just isn’t any foreseeable end to the pandemic.

What has become abundantly clear is the dancing needed around the prospect of resiliency as people try to create some sort of normalcy for themselves and their families. We can all become complacent and set in our ways and we as humans, try to resort back to our comfortable ‘status quo’ as soon as possible to quell the interruption and ensure a safe conclusion. What Covid has highlighted is the depth and degree that resiliency is needed to outlast and out manoeuvre something beyond our control and at times, our comprehension.

So, as we turn another corner in the Covid19 pandemic (with numbers back on the rise) and flowing into a new season, how have you surprised yourself in your resiliency? What lens/perspective have you been able to look at differently? What do you know about yourself now that you didn’t before?

For me, I am able to see now through a wider lens of how I can better serve my clients, teams, and organizations in their time of need. I am able to see now that resiliency is measured in not how fast you get back up but rather, what you learned and how you use that knowledge. There are many hard lessons to be learned during this time and yet, there are also many great gifts and little nuggets of gold, if you only take the time to look at them in a different light.


With so much going on in the world, there is much to learn during a pandemic.

We can and will debrief, unpack, analyze, create policies, and resolve to put better measures in place to be better prepared for future pandemics and emergencies. In the meantime, what are you learning about yourself and your family and what did you realize that you can/not live without? What is this crisis teaching you?

For me, the pandemic has increased my awareness/compassion for people as you never know how people are being impacted and what kind of day they are having. From the little old lady that scolded me for keeping ‘too much distance in the grocery line’ to the person who made a point of crossing the road so we didn’t come within 30 feet of each other. Compassion requires you to think of more than yourself and more than what is presently in front of you. Easy to say, harder to do.

The pandemic also reaffirmed that less is more and that in the grand scheme of things, life is about the people you chose to surround yourself with and the people you chose to spend time with. It also reminded me that a crisis brings out the best in some and the worst in others.

What was it about an abundance of toilet paper (TP) that made people run out and buy bales of it? What was the TP symbolic of? A sense of security? A knowledge of abundance? A feeling of control? Whatever they were looking for, I hope they found it in their bathroom while admiring their TP.

Moving forward – what did you learn about yourself that you want to continue to do? Dinner with the family? More time spent playing board games? Giving yourself permission to laugh more? Learn a new skill that you didn’t know you had?

Moving forward – what did you learn that no longer serves you and you can leave behind? Letting go of the need to have everything perfect? Realizing that some relationships aren’t meant to last forever? Your definition of happiness? Definition of success?

As we struggle to make sense of the pandemic, remember as Winston Churchill noted, “never let a good crisis go to waste”. Even during a world-wide pandemic, there are lessons to be learned. What’s yours?


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