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More than 60 animals found in Abbotsford, BC home

(by Vivian Luk, The Globe and Mail)

 

A putrid stench, rust-like stuff running down the front stairs and swarming flies alerted neighbours that something was wrong in a house where a 65-year-old woman lived. Some had an inkling about what was going on inside, but no one called the police.

 

It wasn’t until Abbotsford police and the SPCA arrived at the home on Baldwin Road earlier this week that they realized the owner – who was not home at the time – was keeping 57 cats, four dogs and several birds.

 

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I just got fired. Can I start over at 39?

The question:


I have been a career woman for over two decades, but I’ve recently been fired (I deserved it, and the industry knows it – no one will hire me now.) I’ve had thoughts of picking up and moving across the world – I’ve got no roots in Canada – but is that just a flighty response? Should I start over at 39?

 

The answer:


You are engaging in very black-and-white, catastrophic mindset – a normal way to a view a situation when emotions are high – but I wonder how realistic and accurate your thoughts that “the industry knows it” and “no one will hire me now” are.

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OWN eyes Aldergrove

OWN eyes Aldergrove (by Elaine O'Connor, The Province, July 22, 2011)   Who wants to be a millionaire?   A group of Aldergrove families will have a chance to build their net worth on the Oprah Winfrey Network in Canada.…

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Is my boyfriend committed? How do I know?

The question:


I am a 30-year-old successful female, dating a guy who doesn’t seem to be too serious about us. I don’t want to waste more time on casual relationships, but I don’t want to come off sounding like I am desperate or crazy. My question is how do you assess whether a guy is interested in the traditional marriage, kids, moving in together routine without scaring the heck out of him and send him running for the hills?

 

The answer:


Asking him directly is much better than trying to somehow assess what he is thinking! The very simple answer to your question is to talk to him: ask, matter-of-factly what he pictures in terms of a relationship right now. If he is at a place in his life where he knows what he wants, he will directly answer questions about marriage and kids without getting scared away in the least.

 

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