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I share the art and practice of seeing the lighter side of life. The art is believing in our ability to overcome adversity and knowing that there is always more than one way to see things. The practice is being deliberate with how we respond to the changes and challenges that come our way.

As stress and negativity continue to prevent us from thriving personally and professionally, I share ways to meet life with humour and a positive outlook. I also reveal how seeing the lighter side of life helps us fulfill our potential and improves our odds for success.

Professionally speaking, I’ve taken a winding road. After earning a Theatre Arts degree from the University of Waterloo, I moved to Toronto and began performing stand-up comedy. Five years into my budding comedy career, fear, self-doubt, and negative self-talk manifested into depression and anxiety which led me to hang up my microphone not knowing if I would be able to perform on stage again.

After leaving comedy, I landed a Human Resources position with the Ontario Government – long story and feel free to laugh. During my career as an Organizational Learning and Development Consultant, I was asked to present a comical presentation about wellness at a staff meeting. My presentation was a smash-hit and since that day I have been using my comedic powers for good, rather than evil. A humourist/inspirational speaker was born.

After I found my way back on stage, I began a personal journey of healing and improving my mental health by exploring spirituality, mindfulness, yoga, and Buddhism.

After all of my research, sun salutations, meditating, chanting, praying, and Oprah, I have learned that the reason we humans are so stressed is that we think too much. And by that, I mean we get caught up in those negative narratives in our head and allow them to tip us into that downward spiral.

Let’s see what happens when your group doesn’t take life and more importantly, their thoughts about life too seriously.

Give me a shout or drop me a line…

So far, I have written “Reaching The Laugh Resort: Why The Journey To Being Who You Really Are Is Worth The Jet Lag” and “Your New Lenses Are Ready For Pick Up: A Guide To Seeing The Lighter Side Of Life”. I have also co-authored “From The Stage To The Page – Life Lessons From Four Funny Ladies”.