Encouraging the Practice of Self-Love in Adults, Teens and Children.

Posted on: December 11th, 2011 by • Sticky
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002Are you a parent, feeling lost or hopeless in your role?
Are you a child feeling misunderstood or un-seen by adults?
Are you a teen or young adult struggling to clarify your direction?
Is anyone in your family in crisis or transition and in need of some compassionate guidance?
I can help. I am a certified coach practitioner with a particular interest in supporting the wellness of families, but I welcome anyone who might benefit from some encouragement and a safe place to share. My work is based on my long-held belief that the practice of self-love is the foundation for all healing, growth and forward movement.

Whether you are at a time of deep despair and need someone to hear your story, or you are at a point in your life where you are ready to take action and would like help sorting out the details, I offer a listening ear and practical strategies as I companion you through your temporary life challenges. My approach is open, non-judgmental, loving and joyful.

Appointments can happen in person, on the phone or through email correspondence. For more information please:
Email: goodmamasue@gmail.com or
Call: 647-287-4575

 


SPREAD THE KINDNESS !

Posted on: April 2nd, 2014 by
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This year I have become involved in a new avenue of working with children   – Kindness Coaching in the schools – and I am so excited about it!

I have been privileged to be included in a program started by Steffi Black and Ivy Sims.

Inspired by Random Acts of Kindness , “Spread the Kindness” goes directly into classrooms and presents children with an interactive workshop designed to encourage kindness in their schools, in their homes and in the the world at large. Teachers are then left with a month long curriculum as a guide to continuing the Kindness conversation.

Below is a link to Steffi Black’s article about a follow up visit we made to a school last week. The kindness had certainly spread among the students in the month or two since we had seen them. Enjoy the read!

http://www.steffiblackcoaching.com/news.php?id=76

If you have any interest in Kindness Coaching, Please contact me:

Susan Anderson at goodmamasue@gmail.com   647-287-4575

OR

Steffi Black at steffiblack@gcylaw.com 416-780-0010


 


WORLD AUTISM AWARENSS DAY!

Posted on: April 2nd, 2013 by
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PLEASE TAKE A LOOK at this BEAUTIFUL VIDEO, written and directed BY  ROSE ELLEN CAMPBELL  (a friend of a friend) in support of WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chtqZYnSG1U


Miracles happen every day!

Posted on: March 24th, 2013 by
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Here in Toronto, Spring keeps teasing us, and yet we love her just the same. She represents new possibilities, a chance to start fresh – miracles really.

Now, what I call miracles – those unexpected joys that were not on the radar, surprises, or even wishes fulfilled – are not exclusive to spring. But somehow, I notice them more at this time of year. After a long winter, I feel poised for a little “light” magic.

I have been visited by several miracles this week: one medical, one financial, and some in my roles as friend and parent. Maybe because of my age and stage in life, I really don’t take these things for granted anymore. In fact, I look for them, and celebrate even the smallest of small. Like a crocus in the snow. It will be there whether or not we see it, but I think, it’s doing it’s best to get our attention. And life is more fun if we enjoy our miracles along the way. Happy Spring!


Go, Gogo!

Posted on: February 26th, 2013 by
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On Sunday February 25, I took time out of my dizzy life to take in a wonderful afternoon concert called Salute to Hollywood,  performed by the incomparable songstress Marie Gogo, and her orchestra, Bath Tub Gin. Marie’s public appearances are a rare treat, as she mostly performs for private parties, but I have had several occasions to see her over the years and the feeling I leave with is always the same. JOY JOY JOY. She reminds me what we are all here for, to connect with our passion and to share it with others. Thank you Marie and thanks to your team. You made my day!

If you’d like to learn more about Marie or book her for your next theme party, visit mariegogo.com


Light-hearted Kites

Posted on: November 19th, 2012 by
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As I am wont to do, I wandered down to the beach yesterday. True, it is November, and I did not wear my swimming togs, but it has been an unusually challenging fall for me, and there have been remarkably sunny skies in Toronto the past couple of weeks. Both of these things pushed me towards the water.

I have spent a great deal of time with my feet in the sands of Woodbine Beach and the beaches east of her, but I have never until yesterday had the pleasure of meeting Steve Polansky.

I had barely stepped onto the boardwalk and was assessing a way to get to the shoreline (the winter fence has gone up, and without my glasses I was not easily seeing an opening) when I noticed a host of dark-blue, anchored kites flying above me like a chorus of sky fish swimming in unison, up-stream, against a confident easterly wind.

Their beauty against the light-blue, cloud-feathered sky, was “awe”some. It stopped me in my tracks, and I wasn’t the only one. Many folks had halted their journeys to stare at the kites or snap a shot on their phone cameras. One man, however, seemed to be more engaged than the others. He was standing on the sand near the kites with a proper camera in hand, taking shots from many angles. Only then did it occurred to me that these kites had probably not found their way to this spot of sky on their own, and that perhaps this smiling soul was their guardian.

I approached the man and posed this supposition. He affirmed my curiosity. I muttered something about how meditative these lovely creatures were and he said, “Yes, you should try seeing them from the other end.”

Upon that invitation I walked to the rear of the kites and stood for several minutes under their wafting tails. They danced and fluttered in fascinating rhythms, and before long I found myself lying on the sand beneath them, entranced by the delight of these ribbons of fabric beating their dark wings under the pale beyond.

As I lay there, I thought about the man who had brought such a wonder to our beach, and how many mundane steps there are (no doubt) in such an endeavor. I mused over how passionate he must be about these kites, having decided to spend his time transporting them here and setting them up on this chilly, late-Autumn day.

So after basking for some time, I got up and walked across the stretch of sand to the boardwalk where he now sat resting on a bench. We chatted for a few moments and  I heard the enthusiasm in his voice as he spoke about his kites. I told him I would love to bring my daughters down to see the kites some day and as I stood up to continue my walk, he reached in his pocket to and handed me a card – directions to his website which I am now so happy to share with you. http://lightheartedkites.com/

And here is a You Tube video of Steve flying his kites. Absolutely inspirational!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCNfQ_HOlDc

I hope some of you will get down to the beach with your children before the snow flies. Maybe you will meet Steve.

Please feel free to leave a comment or send me an email: goodmamasue@gmail.com  and look for new posts weekly.

 

 


First Day of School

Posted on: September 4th, 2012 by
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I awoke this morning to the sound of high pitched giggling voices filtering through my open window. “I wonder why the neighbour girls are up and out so early,” I thought to myself; and then it came to me – first day of school.

I let my mind return my many first days and those of my children,  who are now grown, and thought – with neither sorrow nor joy -“That is over for me”.

Still, I am facing a first. In two short weeks I will send one of my children out into the world knowing I will not see her for months. My “baby” is about to embark on a huge travel/work adventure half way across the world. She will not be here for her birthday or Christmas. She will be meeting people I will never know and doing things I may never do, and I couldn’t be happier for her.

People keep saying, “Oh, you will miss her so much.” and I WILL. But she is ready, she is clear, and I will not hold her back with my love of the past. A past in which I watched over her and guided her exploration of life and always had her in my sight.

It’s all new lessons for us now. She’ll be fine…more than fine, and so will I. And so will you…whatever firsts you are facing.

Give yourself a treat and listen to a beautiful song by my dear friend, Lynn. Just click the link below and then find the “First Day of School” title on the right hand side of the page. ENJOY! http://music.cbc.ca/#/artists/LYNN-HARRISON

Also for those of you whose children really are in there very first days of school, Jamie Lee Curtis has written a new children’s book called. My Brave Year of Firsts. It looks lovely.

 

 

 

 


Earth Hour

Posted on: April 2nd, 2012 by
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For an hour on March 31st (from 8:30 – 9:30 pm) the lights went off in our house; the computers were powered down and the candles were lit. The four people in our little family sat together in the flickering warmth playing guitars and singing; nothing fancy; not much of a statement in the whole big scheme of things but a tradition that we have grown to love and look forward to each year.

And every year, when we gather to share songs that we’ve written and those of other songwriters – meshing harmonies with laughter and (truth be told) sometimes tears – I think to myself two things: Great tradition, and Why don’t we do this more often? Why not once a week we abandon our distractions and make a circle of love and music.

Whatever the traditions in your family…hold on to them. Treasure the little moments. Your children will carry them in their hearts for life.

Happy Earth Hour ! (a couple of days late)

 


Just a thought…

Posted on: March 13th, 2012 by
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The more I want to do exactly what the universe puts before me, the more the universe puts before me exactly what I want to do.

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Put Your Mind To It

Posted on: March 13th, 2012 by
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Recently, I was chatting with one of my daughters about her future and the conversation wound it’s way around to parental expectations. She said, “You know mom, I think a lot of parents tell their kids that they can do anything they put their mind to, but I think what most people don’t understand is that putting your mind to something does not necessarily mean working super hard, or struggling to make something perfect, or even having everything all  planned out. It means, first, putting your mind to it: imagining, dreaming, seeing ahead of time what it is you want, before you even start planning how to get there.”

Good idea; less struggling more imagining!

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ADHD …or is it?

Posted on: March 6th, 2012 by
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Please read this fascinating article (and any other related articles that you can find) based on a study done at the University of British Columbia. Let’s be informed for the sake of our children.

http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/03/05/youngest-kids-in-classroom-more-likely-to-be-diagnosed-with-adhd-ubc-study/

Please feel free to leave a comment or send me an email: goodmamasue@gmail.com and look for new posts weekly.