Supporters of First Responders: We See You

Are you someone who loves, holds, or supports a first responder? Hello, Hero.   That’s right, I think you’re a god-damned hero, just like the first responder that you know and love. It’s not always easy holding your partner when they’re operating under a lot of pressure, with long shifts and unpredictable schedules. Emergencies can be tough to plan family life around; your partner can’t exactly dip out from an incident for Christmas dinner, kids’ birthdays, or wedding anniversaries. To do this noble…

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We Were Never Meant to Do This Alone

In all my years, I have never experienced this much emotion. I constantly remind myself, “Drop your shoulders, breathe.” At the hockey rink, in grocery stores, in the waiting room of our clinic. This season has brought on changes and challenges we never could have anticipated, and the tension? It’s the palpable kind. When emotion gets really big, or when…

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Joy In Our Communities

My sweet muffins, your challenge if you choose to accept it, is to spread some JOY.  October is right around the corner and we’ve got a plan to guide you through the month and keep us all connected - the #jodyjoy challenge.  The focus of this challenge is centered around community and gratitude with the intent to make everyone’s days…

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September 30th: The Ongoing Conversation

On September 10th I published content on my platforms about honouring the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's (TRC) call for everyone in Canada to recognise September 30th as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Those posts (social and blog) were inspired by an incredibly wise Indigenous educator, Megan Tipler, who can be found on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook (@tiplerteaches). Megan…

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July Outfits of the Month

Another month has passed us my friends!! From filming RELIT, to launching the Teachers These Days book, mama has been busy - but still manages to look good while doing it! Below are some of my favourite outfits I have worn this month. Dress - Saltwater Luxe in BellaMaas Boutique Shoes - Browns Earrings - Small Icon Hoops Jenny Bird …

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Don’t Miss August in Preparation for September

Educators, my sweet educators. How many of you are taking the time to chill out this summer? I mean, seriously chill out. The complete opposite of your September to June modus operandi. No alarm and lots of sleep, limited schedule and commitments, some indulgence and downtime to feed your mind and body the things they need to feel full.  We…

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We’re All Teachers

Teaching is so much more than literacy and numeracy. Teachers show up in different forms and in many chapters of a child’s life, and often, the biggest teachable moments happen in the quiet moments in classrooms. And on the school bus. And at the ball diamond. You see, the heart of teaching is relationships. It’s showing up with your whole…

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Great Canadian Authors To Read This Month

Oh, Canada! As I continue to listen, learn and reflect this month, I thought it fitting to showcase some of my favourite Canadian authors. These incredible souls have all taught me so much, and I’d love to share some of their wisdom and insights with you.  Jesse Thistle  If you’ve been on this journey with me for a while now,…

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Things I’m Looking Forward to this Month

As we enter into “summer mode”, this whole idea of slowing down to reflect and learn rings true for me. I finally feel like I can take a deep breath, listen, learn and reflect on all that has happened in the last few months. And friends, I am beyond excited for what is to come. This beautiful month of July…

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June Outfits of the Month

I am so excited to give you another look into my wardrobe this month my friends! Below are a few items in my closet that I have been loving this month: Jacket - Anthropologie Pants - RW & Co Sandals - Reef Shoes - Dorking Shirt and Pants - RW&Co Earrings & Bracelet - Jenny Bird Dress - Mexx Necklace…

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Burnout, Baby: Five Ways to Fill Your Tank

Friends, we are fighting a virus, not each other. Am I starting to sound like a broken record? Well, crank it up, because it’s a song for the ages. As restrictions loosen, we cautiously peek out of our caves and wait, in anticipatory anxiety, to see what happens next. Some of us feel tense about the reopening, the variants, and…

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5 Books To Help Cope with Post-Pandemic Anxiety

Oh, June. A month full of change everywhere you look. It’s a chaotic, yet wonderful time. Wouldn’t you say? The transition from spring to summer, the overwhelm of kids no longer in school AND this high and low pandemic roller coaster we continue to ride - can all undoubtedly lead to anxiety and stress. It’s been well over a year…

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RELIT 2021 – A Virtual Event For Educators

As a mama and an author, there is a group of people who have stolen my heart. These souls do holy work and are some of the most important people on the planet. We call them educators. They continue to show up for our babies no matter how many obstacles are thrown their way, and what I know to be…

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Gratitude: Acknowledging the Good

Gratitude is powerful, it’s one of the most underestimated features of our complex little brains. Simply acknowledging the things we already have, instead of the things we do not, can help us feel more fulfillment in our lives. I want to shift, just for a moment, into all the things that are going right. Acknowledge the good, and try to…

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May Outfits of the Month

Oh friends! I always get so many questions about where I buy my clothes, so what better way to show you than make this a monthly blog! Below are some of my most favourite outfits I wore this month. Romper - Smash & Tess Earrings - Jenny Bird Shoes - Cole Haan Glasses - Calvin Klein Earrings - Jenny Bird…

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5 Books on Motherhood

Can you believe we’re already halfway through May?! This month we talk all things Mother’s Day and the importance of playing the motherly role. We all have a mother. Whether it is your biological mama, your foster mama, your kookum, your auntie or maybe even your father who played both roles. When we hear that word, we often think of…

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We Are #BraverTogether

We’ve never been more disconnected than we are right now, making it harder than ever to determine if we really, truly matter in this world. The key to staying in the game? Bravely connecting to others, of course. It is my privilege to share five more stories from our amazing community of finding strength through connection. Thank you for reminding…

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Allow Us To Hold Your Hearts

We’ve had a hitch in our giddy-up, friends. We are T minus THREE DAYS away from Together 2021, our virtual reconnection event that is all about being #BraverTogether.  After a new round of restrictions were announced in Alberta last night, our team had some challenging moments of wondering how best to proceed. Under consultation with Alberta Health Services, it appears…

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Embracing Our Feminine Energy

We’ve got a challenge on our hands, sweet ones. We’ve never been more disconnected than we are right now, making it harder than ever to determine if we really, truly matter in this world. And the complexities of this disconnect don’t come with a set of instructions, a map, or even a funny YouTube video. The key to staying in…

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We Are #BraverTogether

I am honoured today to share five more stories from our amazing community of finding strength through connection. We were never meant to do any of this alone. Our goal is to incite courage in others and raise the voices that aren’t being heard.  Reconnection is never an end game, and we must acknowledge all that we’ve been through first.…

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We Are #BraverTogether

I am honoured today to share five stories from our amazing community of finding strength through connection. Our goal is to incite courage in others, raise the voices that aren’t being heard, and most importantly, spread the message that you are not alone.  Thank you for reminding others that we’re #BraverTogether and for being the light at the end of…

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5 Black Authors to read *this month

*And every month! Black history continues to be under-acknowledged and under-recognized in Canada. Few Canadians are aware that Black people were once enslaved in the territory that is now Canada or how those who fought enslavement helped to lay the foundation of Canadian society. February is Black History Month. It's meant to celebrate resilience, innovation, and determination, and place a…

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