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Trigger warning: as noted in the title, this blog post is about my daughter’s open heart surgery and the roller coaster of emotions that comes when your child is critically ill. Please do not read beyond this point if it could potentially upset you or trigger your own experiences in a negative way. When my […]

These two pictures were taken exactly eight years apart, to the day. What a #heartwarrior!

FAMILY

Eight Years Post-Open Heart Surgery: Our Story

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I know so many of you are travelers like me. As we headed into 2021, I was hoping that I could soon begin traveling again. But, knowing a lot of the countries I’d like to visit are still shut down, I am now looking ahead to 2022. That being said, what I’ve realized is that […]

TRAVEL

Wistfully Travel Planning: Japan

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If your town is anything like mine, you know just how hard the pandemic has hit small businesses. I’ve been trying my best to support local shops, restaurants and small business owners as much as possible; in fact, I was featured in this Thrive Global article back in April on how people are supporting their […]

LIFE

Shop Small Businesses

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If you read my previous post, you’ll recall my daughters and I did a mandatory 14-day quarantine when we went home to Canada to see my family. Overall, I did a pretty good job of preparing and packing (minus forgetting my older daughter’s laptop charger), but I thought I’d share a few things I wish […]

TRAVEL

What I Wish I Had Brought Into Quarantine

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If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that I was born and raised in Canada. I’ve lived all over the U.S., but settled in Michigan in 2005, so I could be within an hour’s drive of my family across the border. In normal times, we’d see my parents every week or every other […]

Quarantining with kids

TRAVEL

Prepping For Quarantine in a Different Country

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If you’re an email subscriber of mine, you hear this last week (and if you’re not subscribed, sign up here). You haven’t heard from me in a couple of months and there’s a good reason: I burned out. It’s actually somewhat ironic because I’ve spoken on international stages about organizational culture, employee engagement, well-being and, […]

The Holdsworth Family

LIFE

I Did It…I Burned Out

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We’ve all been at home now for the better part of two months, and probably, like many of you, my husband and I have been trying to squeeze in some sort of date night here and there. But after a few too many movie nights where we stuffed ourselves silly with popcorn and candy and […]

Best date night at home ideas

LIFE

The 15 Best Date Night (at Home) Ideas

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Honing in on your niche audience will bring you more traffic, more engagement and more sales, and it will also help you write faster and easier. Learn how.

Marketers and bloggers need to figure out which mom niche will be their target audience. Not all moms are the same.

WORK

Why Brands And Bloggers Need To Niche Down (And How To Do It)

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I’m not sure what led to my desire to see the world. Perhaps it was because I was fascinated with my paternal grandparents’ stories of where they grew up (Ukraine and Poland). Maybe it was because my hometown was very diverse with many of my friends being first- or second-generation Canadians. Regardless, although my family […]

WORK

How Studying Abroad Shaped My Career

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Learn how to hygge at home while slowing down your life.

LIFE

Hygge At Home During the Coronavirus Outbreak

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