Posts in Self-Care
Join the Leading Presence Vancouver Sun Run 2019 Team!

About a year ago at this time, I met with some old friends for dimsum.  It was a very lovely and relaxed catch-up session.  And at some point, my friend Mitch said one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard in my life. He smiled and said, “Ger, let’s do the Sun Run.”  Our table of friends laughed, but for some blessed reason, I said sure! 

Read More
Start Where You Are

A good friend of mine recently revealed that her new year’s resolution is to listen to complete music albums rather than continuing to repeat the playlists and albums she has on repeat. Each year, she chooses an entertainment-focused resolution.  I was inspired by her intention to enjoy something she loves and expand her knowledge and appreciation of music this way.

Read More
Thank you 2018, let's move onwards and upwards!

None of us have built careers alone; we are all standing (teetering at times) on the shoulders of giants. This was my first year truly focused on providing the services I had intended through Leading Presence. If it wasn't for colleagues and supportive friends I wouldn't n have had the gumption to set the goals I have intended for the new year. I'm grateful every day for the hope that thoughtful people have given me.

Read More
Explore Patricia Piccinini's Curious Imaginings

In case this winter day finds you in Vancouver BC, set your expectations aside and explore Patricia Piccinini’s Curious Imaginings art installation at the Patricia Hotel – today is the last day! 

Thoughtfully displayed in an East Vancouver hotel with a footprint of more than 100 years on the city’s landscape, this captivating art exhibit challenges your perception of animal form, visual space and human emotion.

Read More
Roles, Career Options & Sense and Sensibility

Last night I sought shelter from the hideous Vancouver rain with a friend and watched the Capilano University production of Sense and Sensibility …

On the way home, my female friend and I discussed how expectations for women in the workplace have changed; we also discussed how they haven’t changed altogether.  She asked if I would have been happier in Austen’s lifetime where roles were defined and accepted. 

Read More
Listen to Learn: My Week in Silence

I had a fascinating experience which resulted from a terrible cold, and completely lost my voice for a week.  It was a surprisingly unsettling experience.  I wasn’t able to participate in discussions at work, or defend any recent decisions vocally, and I was grateful that I had no immediate needs to shout for help.

As luck would have it, I had chosen the month of October to begin a mindfulness practice of setting a daily intention each morning.  The day before I lost my voice, I chose “listen to learn” as my intention.  Well universe, you got me!  Did I ever listen that week.

This is what I learned, and strive to carry with me:

Read More
Impactful Workplace Moments (in memory of Laura Eng)

Never underestimate the impact of your presence in the workplace. The way you look up at people, or refuse to share your gaze; your stature and focus as you roam the halls are moments which knit the fabric of another person's overall experience. Look someone in the eyes and say hello. Stop and stand with them, awaiting their response … Share an appropriate bit of information about your life, and see how workplace culture builds.

Read More