An Open Letter on Domestic Violence in Edmonton


Letter to the Editor – public and media, Chief of Police, and Mayor Iveson

As we are sure you are well aware, Edmonton police responded to over 7,000 calls related to domestic violence in 2014. That’s over 19 calls a day, every day. Across Canada, we lose on average 2 women a week to domestic murder. We write to you today as attendees of a support group for wornen who have faced abuse and control in intimate relationships offered through the city of Edmonton. We write to you to as mothers, wives, daughters and sisters as neighbours, colleagues, and friends and not as the mere numbers that represent these statistics.

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The Girl Who Went 21 Days Without Wine and Coffee and Lived

Me after a 21 day liver cleanse

I can’t believe I just went 21 days without alcohol, coffee, or gluten, and CHOSE to do this to myself.

Yes, you read that right. I made a conscious decision to go on a liver cleanse that would take me away from the things I love the most—wine, coffee, pasta, and pizza. I made a conscious decision to test my willpower in order to test what I’m eating, how I’m eating it, and to really pay attention to my body.

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My Trip to Mexico


A month ago, I was leaving on a trip to Mexico to watch my dear friend Bill marry his best friend—Zoie. I’d been planning the trip since their engagement and there was no way I was going to miss it!

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Interview- How to Leave an Abusive Relationship

Last week, I was on Breakfast Television talking about my latest blog post—How to Leave an Abusive Relationship.


TV interview on how to leave an abusive relationship

Click on the image to go to the interview

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How to Leave an Abusive Relationship

Leaving an abusive relationship

Today, December 20th, 2014 is a day I’ll never forget. Today is the day that I found finalized divorce papers in my mailbox. Some would find this heartbreaking, but I feel relieved, happy, and finally in control of my life. For the first time in 16 years, I feel free.

I never thought I would get here. I tried many times to get out of my abusive marriage, but always took him back. He constantly told me I couldn’t do it on my own. I couldn’t look after two very young children and myself. I wasn’t strong enough or smart enough and I needed him. He threatened me by saying that he would take my kids away and that no court would let me keep them because I didn’t have financial backing from family members. He was wrong on all accounts. I was strong enough, I was smart enough, and I didn’t need financial backing. I just needed a plan.

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My Priceless Trip to New York

Quote at the MasterCard tech hub.

A couple of weeks ago, I was approached by a Canadian PR company asking me if I would be interested in checking out MasterCard’s new Tech Hub in Manhattan. As soon as I read the email, my eyes got crazy big and my heart started to flutter. Could you image? Two of my favourite things – technology and New York City together, could anything be more exciting?

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Finding Clarity in Flood Waters


My normal routine is: get up, put robe on, let dog out, make breakfasts/lunches and then go downstairs to shower.  On this Monday morning, I walked down the stairs and stepped into a giant puddle of water a couple of inches deep. There was water EVERYWHERE.

My basement was flooded.

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I don’t have the energy to be my worst enemy anymore.


A couple of weeks after I asked my husband to leave, I had an Akashic reading with my friend Tara.

As she entered my home, she said I needed to slow down. She had been in-tune with my energy for hours and my anxiety was forcing her to clean. That’s the fun thing about my anxiety, I clean until I can’t clean any more and then clean again. It’s easier for me to move my hands than listen to my thoughts.

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My Birthday Present To Myself

Scar Tissue

Birthdays have a huge significance to me. It’s how I see the start to a new year. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll drink Prosecco and hang out with my kids or chill with my friends on New Year’s Eve, but it just doesn’t feel like a big shift for me. Not like my birthday does.

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Let’s End Domestic Violence


I used to think that women in abusive relationships were covered in bruises, scratches, and welts. They were weak, scared, and shook a lot. At least that’s what my mom looked like to me when I was a child.

I always told myself I would NEVER end up in an abusive relationship like my mother. I’m too strong, too independent, and too wise beyond my years. I’d never let a man treat me like that.

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