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What learning a second language taught me about perseverance

What learning a second language taught me about perseverance

During my second summer in Canada I lived with my only friend in a new town. She was a very busy woman and my partner worked out of town. I was alone most of the time. Phone calls to my family in Austria were too expensive. Because my English wasn’t very good, I felt...

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The gentle Strength of Highly Sensitive People

The gentle Strength of Highly Sensitive People

It was a pleasure talking with “Chatting with Wisdom” Hostess Rollie Allaire about the gentle Strength of Highly Sensitive People.

Discover some simple strategies to help you reduce feelings of overwhelm and stress.

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The gentle strengths of Highly Sensitive People

The gentle strengths of Highly Sensitive People

Many Highly Sensitive People HSP consider their sensitivity as a weakness, often because of comments from parents and teachers. In order to fit in we push our strong emotions down and try not to overreact due to over stimulation. This works for a period of time until...

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How to turn feelings of overwhelm to overjoyed

How to turn feelings of overwhelm to overjoyed

Highly Sensitive People, who make up about twenty percent of the population, are born with an innate trait called Sensory Processing Sensitivity. This trait allows us to notice everything and I mean everything in our environment all the time. This constant stream of...

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Work First, Pleasure After; The Effect of Beliefs on Work

Work First, Pleasure After; The Effect of Beliefs on Work

  Even though I know and talk about the importance of self care for Highly Sensitive People I still have a hard time with it on occasion.  Yesterday, I was in conflict, between my urge to just keep on working until all  items were crossed off my to-do list and my...

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How to better ask for and provide help

How to better ask for and provide help

As Highly Sensitive people it’s so easy to pick up on other people’s feelings. Our strong perception and awareness of the smallest detail in behaviours, facial expression or tone of voice and then deeply thinking and analyzing it has given us the impression that we...

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Do you worry what other people think of you?

Do you worry what other people think of you?

Ever since I can remember I worried what others thought or said about me. I would lie in bed and recall every part of a conversation, wondering how I had been perceived. When I mentioned that I felt hurt or attacked by someone's comments I often heard:” Don’t take it...

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Direct communication is very important

Direct communication is very important

I’ve never had as much time alone with my Dad as in the last two weeks. My Mom is in the hospital. Somehow most communication between my Dad and I, always went through my Mom, because she was always there. It seemed normal. That’s just the way it was. Unless one looks...

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The good old days are now

The good old days are now

Even though I am enjoying stronger winds, breathtaking fall colours and crisper air, I have noticed that I don’t want to accept that summer has ended. To make things worse, people are already worrying about another long, ice cold winter. This greedy yearning for the...

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Creating space to breathe

Creating space to breathe

When was the last time you have evaluated the progress you have made as a person? When something in our relationship is tough and painful all our attention is on it. We focus on making it better. When the situation is improved, it’s the new norm and we don’t see it...

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Rekindling a dream

Rekindling a dream

Like a tsunami betrayal washes over me, taking everything I have believed in, hoped for, and trusted in with it. Destroying everything. My parents won’t allow me to become a visual artist. I was certain that they would support me. I was wrong. A deep hopelessness...

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Things I have remembered since I’ve started to run

Things I have remembered since I’ve started to run

1. If I want different results I need to do things differently For years I have unsuccessfully used willpower to get myself to run consistently. I like running yet it took me some time to see that I didn’t like running alone. When I used EFT Emotional Freedom...

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What you think about yourself matters

What you think about yourself matters

Even though I am at a family gathering, I feel alone. I listen in to the conversations. I find them shallow. I hate it when people talk about other people. It’s not even just talking harshly about others. It’s the comparisons, the comments about other’s choices and...

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I went MiA Missing in Austria for ten weeks

I went MiA Missing in Austria for ten weeks

I left Canada in the beginning of May on hiatus and I went missing in action. I had plans to review the course that I had taken, read books for work, get new customers, walk every day, bike every day, write every day, draw every day,eat well, lose weight, write tons...

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Life goes on. With or without you

Life goes on. With or without you

It’s so much easier to disconnect from a partner in advance, because of fear of rejection. We step back, scared, worried and expect to be hurt. We assume that they will reject us, because sometimes they did say no to spending time with us or making love. Somehow it’s...

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How our assumptions about ourselves shape our future

How our assumptions about ourselves shape our future

Very early in our lives we make assumptions about ourselves. Either on our own or somebody makes a comment about us and we believe what they say. I learned very early on in my life that strangers are helpful and benevolent. I also was able to feel at home away from...

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You know you

You know you

I might as well give up. What am I doing here? I don't know what I am doing. Totally shocked I realized that a strong comment of disagreement by a stranger had almost made me quit my business. My earliest memory of trusting someone's opinion more than mine is when I...

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