Monthly Archives: November 2014

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Day 42 – Winning and Losing

WinningIf you have young kids, then you are probably still at that great stage where everyone gets a ribbon for participating. Where score wasn’t kept, all the kids played and the only crying was over hurt feelings.

Now that my boys play at a competitive level of sport the game plan has changed. And boy it is a tough adjustment, but really interesting too.

Being a parent of an athlete can be so tough. I find that knowing what to say is the hardest part. Especially when things don’t go quite the way they were hoping. Your heart breaks for them. And your mama bear instincts go up.

But they do have to learn on their own. And we do have to really take a look at our reactions. Because as much as it hurts sometimes, it is not about us. And while they are an extension of us, they are their own person.

The real world has winning situations and losing situations. And our kids will experience both. The trick is for us to be the even keel between those situations so that they know that you are a safe harbour and they will come out of either situation having learned something new about themselves.

And that we let our own hurt, our own feelings and our own ego take a back seat and remind ourselves what we are really there for. Cause sometimes that isn’t easy. But so much better when we let our kids be kids and make the decisions that work best for them.

The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do. Kobe Bryant

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“Water For Elephants” by Sara Gruen

Water for ElephantsGrowing up, there were always the stories of people running off to join the circus. Now with Cirque de Soleil and other similar circus acts, it doesn’t have the same mystique about it. But in Water for Elephants author Sara Gruen really gives you an idea of what it was like back in 1913. It follows the sotry of Jacob Jankowski who joins the circus after his parents are killed in a car accident. Really well told story.

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Mad Men

Mad menI just finished off season 6 of Mad Men today and am in withdrawal as I now have to wait for season 7 to come on Netflix. If you haven’t watched this show yet, you should. Interesting seeing how times have changed!

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Journey “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)”

Journey Separate WaysThis wasn’t Journey’s biggest hit, but it is was one of my favourites. And this video is so awesome. Hockey hair, high waisted pants (on the guys), and cutoff shirts. Perfection! Released 1983.

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