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Walk A-Way for Good – Group walking meetup that provides release from the negative and makes space for the positive in your life.  Takes place the third Saturday of the month Rain or Shine, but not sleet.  Reserve your spot Here!

EX- JW – Kindle Your Own Spark Meetup – Group for individuals wanting to move forward from their experience with the WatchTower Society.  Happens the Second Saturday of the month in Belwood.  Reserve your spot Here!.


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Just Loneliness

Everyone has had the experience of feeling alone and isolated at some point in their lives.

Whether you are living by yourself for the first time or even feeling isolated in a crowd of people, the feeling of loneliness can be present.

For over 20 years I have been the empathetic voice on the other end of a distress line; loneliness and isolation have been the reason behind most of the calls.

I have also been that lonely person who has not reached out because I was afraid of being judged for being “just lonely.”

Very few people reach out for support when they are lonely even if that is the root concern for them, because it has not been taken seriously.

Loneliness is real. Loneliness is damaging. And we can do something about it. A recent major research study on loneliness in Britain led to the appointment of a Minister of Loneliness, based on the known serious health impacts of loneliness.

It got me thinking and prompted me to look deeper. The study showed that persistent isolation has a higher impact on both physical and mental health than obesity or excessive drinking.

The effects run across the generations from children to the elderly. Isolation should be taken seriously. How often do we eat alone in front of the TV, with computers or other devices? How many opportunities could we take to reduce our own social isolation and that of others?

What can we do? I do most of my work from home and over the internet. It is easy to be days or weeks before I get together with others in person, which is a different interaction for me than the one I have electronically.

Connecting with others in person, sharing time, food and ideas with people who share similar values, culture, and passions is so important.

As an introvert, I am very aware about how I choose to connect with others so that I don’t feel like an island in a river of people, keeping in mind the gap between the expectation of what I am looking for in interactions with others and what the reality of the experience actually is. Choosing to have connections with others and arranging to be with others who share things in common with me is something that is meaningful.

When I was a child living in rural Dufferin County, we would go to community dinners, quilting sessions and local fairs.

We would check in regularly with our neighbours who lived alone and invite them to join us when we went to town.

I plan to bring many of these practices back into my life, as well as volunteer and to get involved with other local events. Perhaps I’ll invite a new neighbour over to have coffee with me.

What are some things you can do that will help alleviate loneliness for yourself and others?

This article was written by Libby Pease ACC, Certified Life Coach, Listening Tree Studio and Coaching. The “Open Mind” column is sponsored by community partners who are committed to raising awareness about mental health, reducing stigma and providing information about resources that can help. Published in Wellington Advertiser April 12, 2018.

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Vulnerable Post

Over the last 20 years, I have helped thousands of people in crisis as a crisis responder.  Now as a Certified Life Coach and experienced facilitator, I support people in creating the lives they want, so they don’t find themselves in that same level of crisis.

I have been in the same shoes as more than half of my clients.  I was a Jehovah’s Witness for 10 years.  When I decided to leave my marriage, I also left the Watchtower Society.  This decision was not easy.  For months I agonized over the decision, can I leave all my supports behind, including a husband I still loved?  The emotional and psychological abuse became too much, and I remember breaking my favourite dish on the counter when I finally said, “I am DONE!”  That day I lost my husband, my home, my family & friends and my job. It took me many years to pick up the pieces and with the help of a few amazing mentors and coaches, I finished my Honours Psychology Degree and Life Coaching Certification education, built my coaching practice and supported my daughter to grow into a strong independent woman!

Why do I care so much? Because I know the value Ex Jehovah’s Witnesses have, to change the world once they have had the chance to heal the pain, build new purpose and find happiness and joy.  The WHOLE WORLD will benefit from the gifts that these amazing individuals have to offer.

But the problem is that there are SO many Ex Jehovah’s Witnesses who often suffer from anger, pain and betrayal that can immobilize them.  Many find themselves in isolation for many years like I did.

That’s why I feel vulnerable sharing about the goal I’ve set for the next 90 days. It’s a big goal My goal is to have 20 Ex Jehovah’s Witnesses register for a Free Rebuild Your Life Discovery Session!  During this confidential time together, I will help you get crystal clear about where you are now regarding your emotional pain and loss, where you want to be and that vision you want for yourself.  I will give you some powerful information to get you closer to the life with happiness and joy.

I want to help. That’s why I am offering the gift of Free Rebuild Your Life Discovery Session.

So… Will you hold this vision for 20 Ex Jehovah’s Witnesses sharing in these gifts?

And, if you know any Ex Jehovah’s Witnesses struggling to build the life they want, will you share this post with them?

I would LOVE to offer them the gift of a Free Rebuild Your Life Discovery Session.

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5 Positive Things to Add to Your Life That Support Balance

When you find yourself in burnout and never really disconnecting from the stress of your life, it’s a signal that something is out of balance. To get to a place of balance or a positive life rhythm, you can either remove negative triggers in your life or focus on adding positive things. Adding positive things is our focus today, because “all work and no play” can lead to personal damage.

How to Find a Healthy Balance / Life Rhythm

1.     Reconnect with Your Hobbies

Can you remember when the things you loved doing came first? If you have hobbies, how often are you engaging in those hobbies on your time off? Are these hobbies being set aside because you got a work email, text or a phone call? When we set aside the things that light us up and give us energy, our life rhythm and balance starts to tip and we slide closer to burnout.   When you are off from work be present with your personal life! Even if things go off the rails at work, be confident in the people you have covering to take care of it.

2.     Look Back to the Excitement from Childhood

What were the things that you were excited about as a child or youth? What was the activity you really enjoyed? The activity that you wanted to go out and do with authentic enthusiasm?  Something that you felt was yours and fit so well with who you were. This is the place to start to rekindle the passion and build on your authentic self.  It is OK if the activity has shifted and changed because you have grown and changed too over the years.

An example is an individual who reminisced, ” I used to play guitar in elementary school and high school. Then when I went to university there just didn’t seem to be time. I set the guitar aside to work on my grades. Then I started working and I just never got back to it.  I really miss playing and jamming with other musicians.” The things that you loved when you were younger and had leisure time, those are the things that usually support us and help us recharge. Even if you are not able to connect to a passion from your childhood for whatever reason, ask yourself;

What are other things you’ve always wanted to do and never had the courage to try?

Do I want to try them now?

This may help to create balance in your life.

3.     Set Boundaries with your Personal Time

How often is it that you don’t go to the gym or walk in the woods because someone from work has said, “Well, I may need you between this time and this time,” so you just don’t go?

When you are off, you are off. When you are on, you are on. It is being present for your personal life as well as for your work life. Balance or a healthy rhythm in life is a challenge especially with all the technology that connects us to the world.

Make time for You so you can recharge your batteries for yourself, the people you love and those you serve with your career!

4.     Real Recharge VS Time Suckers

There are so many things that suck time out of your day; TV, games on our phones or computers, scrolling through social media. Do you feel recharged and rejuvenated after engaging in these activities?

Pay attention to how you feel and you will know if these activities help to recharge or if they are time suckers. Many individuals will combine a hobby with these activities or make them into social events. For example, knitting or colouring while watching a TV series or networking with other people who game and play together.

5.     Get Support

Finding balance or life rhythm can be difficult! You may need support to find balance. Connecting with a Life Coach that you trust can support you to find the balance that you are seeking. Creating real strategies that honour your life and allow you to be fully present in all elements of your life. It is a present for you and in turn a blessing to everyone you are linked to in life!

Article was written by Libby Pease, owner of Listening Tree Studio & Coaching, in conjunction with Rachel Schroath, owner of Repurpose with Rachel.

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“The last several years I was suffocating with overwhelming procrastination in a few areas of my life. Coaching sessions with Libby’s gentle guiding approach, have brought me to a new levels of awareness that have liberated me from immobilization!   I’m on FIRE! The sessions have brought a refreshing new perspective on how I manage my life.  Libby–where have you been all my life!?!  ”

Tonya B, Cambridge ON


I worked with Libby a while back at a crisis line, and she has been an enduring positive influence on my life. She is everything she claims to be and more: endlessly kind and hard working, creative, intelligent, and deeply insightful. She is one of the world’s truly compassionate people. She’s spent her adult life working in not -for – profit and working away tirelessly for the benefit of others. Libby is a beautiful person and she will undoubtedly change your life for the better.

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“Unplugging” – Necessary for Self-Care

Have you ever gone away for vacation and ended up doing more work for your job than relaxing for yourself?  Technology is constantly advancing and allowing us to do more on smaller and more accessible devises, consequently we have the ability to connect to the office computer from our computer at home.  This is great during office hours because it allows us to be away from the office but still be “connected”.  The downfall of this convenience is that you are ALWAYS “connected”.  Your coworkers, clients and industry partners become used to relying on you to receive their call or email and come to expect you to respond at any time of day even if you are on vacation.

In my personal life as well as in my career I enjoy staying connected.  My phone has internet access and at one time, both my personal and work email came directly to it.  I always knew what was going on, even when travelling out east on vacation, or as I left civilization for a canoe trip.  But the cost of staying connected can become a burden for your emotional and mental health.

I remember a particular instance where I was due to go on a week-long canoe trip with my teenage daughter.  I was anxious about going out of cell phone range “just in case”.  “What if there is an emergency at the office?” “What if the volunteers don’t show up?”  Of course I had back up people covering all of this, but letting go and trusting that everything will be covered was difficult.

It turned out that there was an emergency, but I had been out of cell phone range for over 24 hours.  Once I was in range my cell phone had bells and whistle go off with emails and voice mails set to high priority.  I instantly went into work mode in the middle of Smoke Lake – Algonquin Park.  My daughter looked at me like I was an alien as I made phone calls and tried to follow up.  I became more and more anxious since I could not reach anyone.  It dawned on me that I was at least an hour paddle from the shore and another 45 minutes from my car then a six hour drive to the office.  We were only half way through our vacation week and just coming out to pick up another member of the trip.  When we got to shore my daughter took my phone removed the battery and locked both in separate cars.

She said, “This is our time. Enjoy your vacation in the bush.  The office will still be there next week”.  And you know what?  She was right.  Now when I am not at work or on-call I avoid checking my work email and when I am on vacation I focus on my friends and family rather than obsessing over what is happening at the office.  It is always “there” when I get back – after I have had a chance to really unwind, relax and take care of myself.

This article was written by Elizabeth Pease, former Volunteer & Community Coordinator for Community Torchlight – Distress Centre for Wellington and Dufferin Counties for the Open Mind column.  She has been a part of the Distress Line movement since 1996. Originally written in January 2012.

The “Open Mind” column is sponsored by individuals and organizations concerned with mental health issues in rural Wellington and Dufferin counties.

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