My Own Mind Alienated Me

I was recently invited to guest post on A Holistic Journey, a beautiful blog that covers topics ranging from parenting to humanity. An immense honour, as it is one of my favourite blogs.

The following post is the first in a series of guest posts from writers who have struggled with the feeling of belonging.

I hope you enjoy my contribution to The Holistic Journey.

Much Love,


A Holistic Journey

Change is the only constant in life.” ~ Heraclitus

Change.  It happens every day to each and every one of us.  People we know change, situations change, life changes.  But what happens when, without warning, you are the one who changes?

In the fall of 2008, I was diagnosed with a chronic medical condition called Meniere’s Disease.  I could no longer perform at the job I loved, drive a vehicle, or make plans without planning to cancel them.  The diagnosis not only changed my life, it changed who I was.  It took a long time before I could accept the changes I needed to make in my life.  But it took longer to accept the changes that were happening inside of me.

My memory was something I had always prided myself in.  I could remember dates, phone numbers, names, places.  Imagine my horror in returning to work after…

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45 Ways To Rock Your Summer!


For those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere, summer is upon us. Bring on the hot days, warm nights and having fun with our friends and family.

Many of us have a summer full of plans and endless possibilities. What to do though, when you’re bored, short on cash, or simply want to hang out by yourself for some quality *you* time.

Here is a list of 45 ways to rock out your summer that won’t break your bank account:





  1. Slap on some sunscreen!;
  2. Have a water fight;
  3. Float on an air matress;
  4. Build a sandcastle;
  5. Bask in the sun;
  6. Play beach volleyball;
  7. Eat lots of watermelon;
  8. Photobomb a stranger!;
  9. Build a bonfire and make some smores;
  10. Go skinny dipping (preferably at night, with no kids around!).





  1. Have a picnic;
  2. Swing on a swing;
  3. Play frisbee;
  4. Play tag;
  5. Splash your feet in a fountain;
  6. Fly a kite;
  7. Blow soap bubbles and count the seconds before they pop;
  8. Leave a kind note on someone’s vehicle;
  9. Release some balloons with positive affirmations inside;
  10. Lay back and watch the clouds.




  1. Pitch a tent in the backyard and camp out;
  2. Have a BBQ;
  3. Plant some flowers;
  4. Eat breakfast outside;
  5. Practice yoga or meditate outside;
  6. Make scrumptious sundaes with lots of fun toppings;
  7. Make your own popsicles;
  8. Do a neighbourhood scavenger hunt;
  9. Bring out the sidewalk chalk and get creative;
  10. Have a candle light dinner outside.




  1. Play some board games;
  2. Play flashlight tag;
  3. Build an indoor fort;
  4. Have a movie marathon;
  5. Read one of the top 100 novels of all time;
  6. Recite some poetry;
  7. Finger paint on a canvas and then frame it;
  8. Send a letter by snail mail to someone special;
  9. Build an epic playlist of music;
  10. Have a dance marathon.




  1. Watch a sunrise;
  2. Watch a sunset;
  3. Spend a night watching the stars;
  4. Take in the beauty of the Perseid meteor shower (August 10 – 13, 2014);
  5. Take a photo every day!


There is my list for 45 things to do for the Summer of 2014. My goal is to see how many of these I can cross off my list. I invite you to make your own list, or use mine! I’ll be checking back frequently through July/August to see how Summer 2014 is rockin’!

Leave a comment below, or take the discussion to social media. I’ll be using the hashtag #RockSummer. Or, you can pop on over to Google Plus and share your thoughts on my 45 Ways To Rock Your Summer! post.

Much Love,


Do I Really Want To Hit Publish?

With tomorrow being the first Wednesday of the month, it’s time for my monthly Insecure Writer’s Support Group post. Also, I was asked by Corinne Rodrigues, of Everyday Gyaan, to participate in a one time blog hop on sharing my writing process. So because these two topics are very similar, I am going to kill two birds with one stone and compile the two hops into one blog post. Let’s get writing, shall we?


How often do you come up with an idea for a blog post, go to research it, only to find out there are dozens of posts on the same topic? Worse yet, many of the posts are from big blogs or websites. In kicks that feeling of, “Well, so much for that unique idea!”. (more…)

Are You A Bubble Burster?

Are You A Bubble Burster? via @thatdizzychick
Earlier yesterday, my fiance came home from work and was very excited about working the statutory holiday today. I reminded him that while the extra hours would be good, he won’t make double time because of how his employer walks that thin line with the government so their employees don’t get dinged with extra taxes coming off their pay cheques. My fiance replied, “I know that. But did you have to burst my bubble?” That stopped me in my tracks and I really thought about his question. Am I a bubble burster?

What is a Bubble Burster?

Burst Your Bubble”, is an idiom that basically means saying something to another person that will cause them disappointment or ruin their expectations/dreams.

Think of a child that has a balloon. What happens when it is popped? The child is usually upset. Another example is when children blow bubbles with dish soap and a wand. The awe of the bubbles floating through the air and suddenly…POP! The bubble is gone, and in comes a sense of disappointment.

In both of these examples, the bursting of the bubble/balloon is usually accidental. But sometimes they aren’t. Sometimes, other people “burst your bubble”.

Bubble Bursters

There are two types of Bubble Bursters.


#FF Feature Friday - #WW Wrapup Blog Hop

Self Care, Life Choices, and Babies on Roller Skates?? It’s #FF – Weekly Wrap Up!

Changing things up a bit on #FF – Feature Friday. This weekly post will now encompass the whole weekend! So for those wanting to participate there is lots of time to sign up! And, I encourage you to do so. Lots of great connections to be made in this blog hop!

As usual, I have for you some posts I read that I hope you will enjoy as much as I did, a shout out to some of my favourite Twitter people, and a video with babies on roller skates….not kidding!

#FF Feature Friday # WW Weekly Wrap Up @thatdizzychick


#insecure #writer #support #group @thatdizzychick

Little Fish – Big Sea Syndrome

As a writer, designer, social media enthusiast, or what ever applies to you, have you ever visited another blog, or website, and left feeling intimidated? Or have feelings of insecurities?

I recently participated in the April A to Z Blogging Challenge. It was exhausting. Visiting hundreds of blogs, reading, commenting, replying to comments. There are some really great blogs out there. I mean really, really great. Like, ‘How can I compete with that???’ great.

I also did a Social Media Bootcamp during April. It was phenomenal and I highly recommend it to any one who wants to boost their social media presence. It involved visiting big blogs. Like powerhouse bloggers. Those websites where they have tens of thousands of followers. Yep, there’s that feeling of intimidation again.

So as a blogger with just over 1000 followers, where does that leave me? Well, it’s the little fish – big sea syndrome.

Little Fish - Big Sea Syndrome @thatdizzychick

Every blogger wants followers. Most bloggers want to have comments on their posts. Shares to social media. We want to be heard. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t have a public blog, right? Of course, the big reason why most of us write, is because we love it. And that, my friends, is the gist of it.

Sure, it can be intimidating to see these power bloggers. The ones who can push out a post with only a title and get 30 comments. (It does happen, I’ve seen it) They love what they do and how they do it. It works for them. It’s how they want to blog.

I’ve decided that is not my style. I want to put out good content (or what I hope is good content). Stuff that the people I write for will be eager to read. My followers will anxiously await my next blog post, because I’ve connected with them. That is what I want to do with my blog. I want to improve people’s lives, even if it is in a small way.

The A to Z Challenge taught me a few things:

  1. I don’t want to put out a post a day. Or every other day; and

  2. I don’t want to spend copious amounts of time commenting on other people’s blogs when I could be spending that time engaging those people on social media.

The Social Media Bootcamp taught me a few things:

  1. The direction I want my blog to take; and

  2. What I need to do to get there.

April was a month of revelation for me. The two challenges helped me to pin point the direction I want to take my blog and social media presence.

Remember my post on “What The Hell Are You Thinking?” I can happily say that I have found my niche.

My goals over the next few months will be to resume my life coach training , promote positive living through my blog and social media, and get my blog switched over to self hosted.

I believe I will be able to accomplish this, and, as always, I hope you stick around for the ride.

Leave a comment below, or take the discussion to social media. I’ll be using the hashtag #IWSG. Or, you can pop on over to Google Plus and share your thoughts on my Little Fish – Big Sea Syndrome post.

Much Love,


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7 Ways To Kick Start Your Day #KickStartYourDay via @thatdizzychick

7 Ways To Kick Start Your Day

Do you feel rushed in the morning? No time to take a moment for yourself?

That damn alarm clock goes off, you’re jarred awake, and you pull yourself out of bed. You grab a quick shower and then scramble around looking for the clothes you’re going to wear for the day. Perhaps you also have children to wake up, clothe, feed and pack their lunch. Oh wait. You have to pack your lunch too!

From the moment you get out of bed, shower, dress, get the kids ready to go, to the moment you leave the house, perhaps it has been an hour. Maybe an hour and a half? You’re nerves are a bit frazzled, the kids are somewhat cranky, and you still have a long day ahead of you.

How Often Do You Feel This Way in The Morning? @thatdizzychick #KickStartYourDay

How Often Do You Feel This Way in The Morning?

Does this sound familiar? You’re not alone. Imagine, for a moment, what your day would look like if you had an extra 30 minutes of YOU time first thing in the morning. It can happen!


Z is for Zig Ziglar

A to Z Blogging Challenge – 2014

If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. - Zig Ziglar, #inspiration, #quotes, @thatdizzychick

If you can dream it, then you can achieve it.
Zig Ziglar

Y is for William Butler Yeats

A to Z Blogging Challenge – 2014

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. - William Butler Yeats, #inspiration, #quotes, @thatdizzychick

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
William Butler Yeats

X is for Gao Xingjian

A to Z Blogging Challenge – 2014

If you want to do anything, do it now, without compromise or concession, because you have only one life. - Gao Xingjian, #inspiration, #quotes, @thatdizzychick

If you want to do anything, do it now, without compromise or concession, because you have only one life.
Gao Xingjian