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I still remember going to the gym together at 5 o'clock in the morning. My alarm clock would go off at 4 o'clock in the morning, followed by a phone call from Anthony, making sure that I was awake and getting ready. I would sleep on the drive into the gym. But by the end of our workout and throughout the day, I appreciated that he had helped me to fit in my morning workout.

I could tell then that going to the gym was a way of life for Anthony and I knew this was something he would continue to do for the long-haul. I also thought that I was in for a lot of years of training from him (insert wink emoji).

When I tell people that my spouse is a personal trainer they automatically assume that I exercise regularly and eat healthy all of the time. This is so far from the truth. 

I received a text from a friend last week that we haven’t talked in a long time and that she will call me that evening. I had a conference call that evening and offered a few alternate dates for us to connect. She asked if I could call her when I’m driving home that day. Of course, why didn’t I think of that? I mean I do have Bluetooth. When we spoke, she told me that it was important to her to have our friendship in the new year. I told her that I wanted the same. We both realized that we have less time to connect but want to make it a goal to bring our priceless gift of friendship into the new year!

Mealtime is an essential part of daily living - along with other daily routines. We eat meals with our family in the comfort of our homes and with other people like our colleagues and friends at the workplace and in public eating areas. We eat meals that match our cultural backgrounds and expand our palates. Prepping and planning meals helps to keep wellness (healthier food choices) a focus for our busy family.

The holiday is a time when many indulge in treats that are loaded with sugar, sugar, and more sugar. From home baked to store-bought goodies - reining in that 'sweet tooth' can be a challenge for even the salty food lovers.

On the day of our wedding, I ensured that I had a second pair of shoes to change into for when we walked around the resort to have our wedding photos taken and to wear on the dance floor at the reception hall. Now with two children under five, I can't remember the last time I left my home with two pairs of shoes. Before having children, I used to wear shoes that really pinch - leaving my feet with blisters and unhappy. I used to be so unkind to myself. I am sure I am not the only one who has had a painful relationship with shoes. How much of our schedules are a bit like stylish shoes we used to or continue to wear leaving us feeling stressed and unwell?

The struggle for work-life balance for parents is often talked about in the context of not giving enough time to the family. How tragic it is when working hard (whether as an employee, employer, or entrepreneur) to not only make ends meet but to give your family an opportunity to define the kind of life you want for them impoverishes them. Studies show that the connection a child needs to feel with her or his parents' in order to open up and talk to them is cemented long before the teen years. It's no wonder why working parents are trying to find creative ways to earn a living and spend time with family.

Whether you sign your child/ren up for recreation/extracurricular programs or activities to help them to make friends, to keep them occupied, to get them more active, to give them exposure and build on their social skills, or to provide them with a safe stimulating place to be during the off-school seasons, selecting the right programs or activities is an important factor for most parents and caregivers. It sure is for us which is why we put a lot of attention into selecting the right ones.

This summer we planned several get-a-way trips in Ontario and one overseas trip. It's natural for me to attend to my wellness when I am away on vacation - especially if I am on an all-inclusive resort. However, being home during the summer break is a whole other kettle of fish. Like me, you are probably thinking that the summer break from school is approaching and unless you are away on vacation the thought of you being able to prioritize your wellness with the kiddos (big and small) home from school is daunting. Sure, they may have summer jobs, be enrolled in summer camps, spend time with relatives or friends, have play-dates - which all helps to keep them busy and developing, but what about the days when they are home with us - for hours on end?

Forty weeks gestation and no signs of labor. No contractions, no water breakage; just more sleepless nights and not because of a crying baby. After attending a routine prenatal medical appointment and my baby and I health were not of concern, given the risk associated with prolonged pregnancy, my obstetrician scheduled me to be induced within a week in the event that I had not gone into labor naturally.