Friday, December 16, 2011

What I Learned in 2011

Yep I know it's a couple of weeks away but I thought since I have clarity of thought right at THIS moment, I would get it all down :)
  1. Giving up alcohol through choice has been an easy 9 months thus far.
  2. Throwing something out to the Universe is hopeful but releasing something to the Universe results in nothing short of spectacular.
  3. My Kids are 2 of the most spectacular young people that I know - independent, smart, brainy and are totally rocking this planet.
  4. Working with Children is THE MOST fulfilling, fantastic, empowering work one can ever do and I am honoured to be part of it.
  5. Letting go of ego-based living results in happiness.
  6. I am the happiest I have ever been.
  7. I L-O-V-E myself exactly the way I am at this exact moment in time.
  8. There is no past, present and future - there is only now.
  9. The only limitations in life are those I place on myself.
  10. There are SO many amazing Lovelies that I have met this past year that I am honoured to know.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Vivre Sans Alcohol

On a spring day in March of 2011 I was sitting at my desk when a thought simply popped into my head - it is time - time to give up alcohol - for a year. Now for most people when a thought arrives in the inbox of their mind, they are inclined to ignore it. For me, this year is all about paying attention to the messages and go with my intuition or gut feelings.

When I announced my plans on Twitter I had several DM's (direct messages) from people asking if I had a drinking problem, some people thought I was so brave and others implied I had lost my marbles ;) and for others, I have inspired them to do the same.

So here are my reasons for giving up alcohol for one year:
  1. I received a message to do so
  2. It is UBER important to have a completely sober mind now that I am working with Children who are the epitome of sobriety
  3. It has propelled my Life Coaching in new directions where I am now getting messages for them (which is why there is often crying during one of my sessions - we have tapped into the core of who they are)
And then something incredible happened! I picked up a book on Mother's Day this year by Deepak Chopra and bought it (must admit it was because of the book jacket design) titled "The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire - Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence". I read a passage that expressed exactly my purpose, my intention for leaving alcohol behind.

"Mature spirituality requires sobriety of awareness. If you are sober, you are responsive to feedback but at the same time immune to criticism and flattery. You learn to let go and you do not worry about the result. You have confidence in the outcome, and you start to see the synchronicity that is always organized around you. Intention provides opportunities that you have to be alert to. Good luck is opportunity and preparedness coming together. Intention will provide you with opportunities, but you need to act when the opportunity is provided."

I do hope you enjoyed this post!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

48 Years - Ode To My Life

Remembering My Life

Age 1 - Being held in my Mother's arms - Kennedy's death November 1963
Age 2 - My pink bedroom - crib with a toy box underneath
Age 3 - Chatting with my 2 Soldier Friends - "Bumper Jack" (John) and "Gingerale" (Will)
Age 4 - Playing airplanes with my super cute IRL Friend - John and moving to Burlington
Age 5 - Meeting my BFF Jessica and KINDERGARTEN!
Age 6 - Grade 1 and reading so much and so well attended a special program for gifted readers
Age 7 - My first kiss - not MY idea - Joey Durst kissed me at indoor recess - mortified!
Age 8 - Teacher yelled at our class - I believed it was ALL my fault
Age 9 - Separated from my BFF for the first time - HATED it!
Age 10 - Met my FAVE teacher Ms. Schwenger - split class - independent learning - YES!
Age 11 - Same FAVE teacher - went to her house for the day with 3 of my BFF's
Age 12 - Stepped onto a stage for the first time - I WAS HOME!! Played Huckleberry Finn
Age 13 - Blechhh - new school, felt ugly, small
Age 14 - Blechh - same school, felt ugly, small and pimply, but THEATRE saved me!
Age 15 - Grade 9 - felt, shy and insignificant
Age 16 - Decided to open my mouth and speak through the blushing - haven't stopped since
Age 17 - Met my now husband at a party - he drove me home in his brand new, black 1980 Camaro - he was CUTE!!!
Age 18 - Final year of high school - I wanted to become a pre-school teacher - told I HAD to go to University
Age 19 - LEGAL to partay!! Off to Brock for my Child Studies Degree. Got engaged to BF Dave - eek my poor parents!
Age 20 - LOVED socializing at Brock - the education part - not so much :)
Age 21 - Final year at school - had to makeup up a lost credit - Teacher's College here I come!
Age 22 - No Teacher's College - depressed and anxious - all I wanted was to work with Children - grades not good enough = me not good enough to work with kids
Age 23 - Split with first major Boyfriend (now hubby) :(
Age 24 - New punk rocker boyfriend - went out to clubs - he was ALWAYS late! grrr
Age 25 - Worked in a "million" different jobs - didn't stay long
Age 26 - Split with punker boyfriend - bored with him
Age 27 - Worked for parents moving company - made oodles of cash - REALLY good at it! New boyfriend - BFF's cousin-in-law
Age 28 - Revving my engines in the driveway - what the hell is life really about?!?!?!
Age 29 - Ta Da!! In walked my BF from age 17 - "needed" to talk to me! Ended creepy relationship with boyfriend - verbally abusive to me - lost ALL my confidence!
Age 30 - Married my BF Davey - had the SAME engagement ring from when I was 19!
Age 31 - Discovered Adult Education as a field never pursued - LOVED IT!!
Age 32 - Baby Girl was born - ROCKED my world in so many ways - we were both super sick - not sure I was ever going to have any more children.
Age 33 - Went back to work as an Adult Educator working on contract for Aboriginal JobsOntario - learned about Mind, Body, Spirit and the connectivity between. Started working for Sheridan College as a part-time Continuing Education Instructor
Age 34 - Started my own Business Crossley-Byers & Associates - Coaching clients on their job search
Age 35 - Watched an episode of Arthur with my Baby Girl and knew I had to have another......
Age 36 - Had Baby Boy - he was fast and furious - we moved lock, stock and barrel back to Burlington from Milton when he was 3 weeks old - felt SO isolated there
Age 37 - Hubby struggled to find work doing something he loved so I went back to work when Baby Boy was under a year
Age 38 - SO sick with Hypothyroidism - Doctor lectured me on taking care of me!
Age 39 - Lost, frustrated, alone as hubby back to working in film and television - all alone with two kids as a single parent. Went back to school to get my Adult Teaching Certificate through Sheridan
Age 40 - Decided to hell with it and took 6 months to re-create my body - got back down to a size 6 through eating properly, working out with weights and running - felt AMAZING!!
Age 41 - Fell off the health wagon as I tried to balance working and completing my Adult Education Certificate
Age 42 - Started Opti-Mom while battling severe Mastitis (and not because I was breastfeeding) - had to have surgery and home care for 8 weeks post surgery. Bed ridden for most of the year due to pain - fell completely off track with my health
Age 43 - Started a walking program with my buddy Starr who originally started with me (we are still walking every day to date!)
Age 44 - Life beginning to ramp up with Speaking via Opti-Mom - so FEW supports for Moms - welcomed everywhere.
Age 45 - My Mentor, Friend and Coach, Sandi passed away suddenly due to Cancer - she instructed me to continue supporting Women Mind, Body and Spirit in honour of her not being aware of her own health and to live each day as if it were your last
Age 46 - Life crashed around me as I tried to figure out my Path - not sure what everything meant any longer
Age 47 - Quit my long-time job at Sheridan College - it no longer fuelled my teaching. Had a reading that corroborated my "ghostly" soldier visits affirming who they were and what they said to me, confirmed that which was inside of me - the NEED to work with children which was such an integral part of my core self
Age 48 - Realized that I had allowed external forces to dictate how my Life should go - let go of that to begin working with children (especially those that are deemed different - see things, feel things, shy, anxious, feeling disconnected).

So there you go..... 48 years in a nutshell!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Grown Up

Easter weekend. I am reminded once again that I no longer have "babies".
I remember them squealing with delight searching for eggs filled with "treasure" and our delight at watching them.
Now the only squeals we hear are when they achieve a new level in their video games or accomplish a new skateboard trick.
It is such a bittersweet journey that of parenting - we want them to grow, flourish and leave the nest confident young people.
But there is still that yearning for those sleepless nights, squeals of delight and daily requirement of hugs.
They are all grown up.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Everyone Needs An Angel

There are times in our lives
When we feel incomplete
Or we don't understand
And we long and we ache
When life is too much
Full of sadness and pain
And it's just at this moment
When an Angel appears
Everyone Needs An Angel

Saturday, March 26, 2011

First Love

It's a love so simple.
Honest, truthful, and clear.
Passionate yet painful.
Heartbreaking and angst filled.
And yet, the love that defines all others.

Monday, March 21, 2011

In the Stillness

In the stillness we hear so much
In the stillness we think much more
In the stillness our presence is reality
In the stillness our reflection bears truth
For in the stillness we are who we are - just you and I

Monday, March 14, 2011


It came on so suddenly (or so she thought)
Slowly, day by day it became very clear
the disconnection from self
from soul
from body
from spirit
to the empty vessel, with empty eyes, alone and unknown.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Life Without Labels

Would a life without labels lead to a life without limits?
You'd buy clothes that fit YOU not based on size
You'd make purchases based on YOUR needs
People would be themselves and not squeezed into someone else's mould
Art would be about the Artist
Music would be about the Musician
Food would be about the Chef
Home would be about what's right for those that live there
Education would be about fuelling OUR passions
Healing would come from within
And we would be free to be who WE are, living life the way WE want
Life without labels = Life without Limits

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Punished for Love

Imagine for a moment falling deeply in love.
Imagine for a moment giving up everything for this love.
Imagine for a moment others pressuring you to give up this love.
Imagine for a moment others forbidding you to allow this love.
Imagine for a moment harming yourself because others are telling you how to love.
Imagine for a moment having others whom you love not support this love and demand you give it up.
Imagine being punished for Love

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Private thought time

Some days I just don't feel like engaging with well, anyone.

There is something comforting about the anonymity of having thoughts that are just your own.

Why all the emphasis on analytics, blog posts, tweets, friends and followers.

Sometimes I just sit back and hide in the thoughts that are exclusively mine until I am darn well good and ready!

I am off to have some private thought time - giggle and snort!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Meditation in the Classroom

One of the MOST powerful tools I have used in my Coaching Practice is Meditation - it helps people visualize those things that are of the utmost importance to their health and well-being mind, body and spirit.

So it got me thinking that a few years ago, I did an entire series of Visualizing for my Daughter's grade 4 classroom that was struggling with behavioural, communication and cohesion. Today, I found a very interesting article on this subject and knowing the power it has in my adult clients wanted to look at this to support the important kiddos in my life!

Have a read and let me know what your thoughts are! _mindful_meditation_in_elementary_schools-cool_2.pdf

Saturday, January 22, 2011



The Great Wall of China, the Berlin Wall


keeping people out, hiding and protecting what's on the other side, the inside

i seem to be a wall

just like the other Great Walls of the World

Monday, January 10, 2011

Gob Smacked!

One of my FAVOURITE phrases that I have been inclined to use on a daily basis is gob smacked. Definition? According to is "being totally speachless.unable to think of anything to say".

2010 has been one of THE most gob smacking years and as I travel along life's path, I am sure to have many more gob smacking situations. I met and connected with famous people (IRL), got hired to do t.v. work, developed, wrote and produced my own t.v. series, and began to see "visions" of my clients. Pretty gob smacking in my estimation! ;)

Now I have given you the definition, use it in a sentence: "I felt particularly gob smacked when I ..... (fill in the blank).

giggles and snorts
p.s. one of the famous people I met - the FABULOUS Mr. Chip Coffey

Sunday, January 9, 2011

You Know I Kid Around A LOT.....

You know I kid around a lot....but there are some things I think should be taken seriously as a Mother Unit!
  1. ALWAYS have libations handy for those days when you have just about had it and if you don't have libations always ensure your neighbours have a fully stocked liquor cabinet!
  2. ALWAYS insist on having a room that has a lock on the INSIDE for those days when you need that Mom timeout!
  3. When the going gets rough - find something to whack, burn or destroy. Go to your local Monster Truck Dealership and see if they'll take you for a test drive and run over a few things...!
  4. Change your name and don't tell the children - can't take the credit for this - my BFF found this to be highly effective when she changed her name from Mom to Sukkey.
  5. And when push comes to shove, invite yourself to the house with ample food, a swimming pool and libations - works GREAT for another friend of mine and she's honest about it.
  6. Write yourself a prescription for your Alone Time - give it to your family members and record their faces as you do for a source of amusement in those trying times
p.s. I am giggling and snorting while I write this and thanks to @thedeMentedmom for the inspiration

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Oh Black Spot, Keep On Rollin....

You know I am one that professes to never be fearful nor a worrier.....wellllll....... yesterday when I was in the shower I noticed this really bizarre and kind of painful black spot on my hand. I must admit I got a little freaked out by said spot (yes you are all probably thinking something like "Out damned spot" or "See Spot Spot run" - so ha, ha, ha, ha). So I did what I do best, did some research, Twittered a few peeps that all results indicated it was probably a broken blood vessel brought on by weight training.
I told you this was going to be a bit of a weird Blog....giggle, snort and weirdness!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

How Shall I Blog

Now you know.... I am starting to blog and holy cow there are so many things I don't know about the whacky world of blogging.

So here goes.....basically it will come from my heart, promote my thoughts and thinking and shift as I shift through life. The older I get the less I know and the more I question. Sometimes it will be words, sometimes it will be poetry and sometimes it will be video. Yes you read correct - I was a poet and writer before I learned to speak so there could be some of that.

So sit back, let out a few giggles and snorts along the way and enjoy this ride called "Life"!

Monday, January 3, 2011

What I Learned In 2010

It's the start of a brand new year and so I was inspired to generate a list of the top 10 things I learned this year - some silly, some not-so silly and some serious. So, here goes:
  1. I am allergic to hair dye - natural colour now unknown and soon to be revealed...
  2. Reaffirmed - cancer stinks.
  3. Hugging and kissing loved ones every single day is truly important (see #2) and mandatory in my house.
  4. I am surrounded by phenomenal people - thank Twitter and my IRL peeps for that.
  5. All we need is Love - the rest is a bonus.
  6. Ask and Holy Hannah you shall receive.
  7. Listen to your intuition - it is rarely wrong.
  8. I am good on T.V. (knew I could do theatre but not t.v.)
  9. Keep it simple and keep it focused.
  10. Reaffirmed - who cares; do what's right for you and your loved ones.
So that's it - now go and kiss and hug your fave peeps!