Jennie K Ormson

Stronger Relationships, Stronger Legacy

Back to School Part I– Support for Kids

It creeps up on us slowly; almost imperceptibly… the sun sets earlier and rises later. Nights are cooling off and shadows are lengthening. Farmers’ markets are overflowing with abundant corn crops. It’s time for the annual Perseid meteor shower (next year I vow I’ll watch it far away from Toronto’s light pollution!). Summer here in Canada is over halfway over & the last few weeks will disappear in a blink.

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Celebrating Real Heros

“I said some really awful things, and I feel horrible about it.” “I told her the truth and I know it’s going to take a long time to regain her trust.” “It was a brutal week, we both became nasty. But the past few days have been better.” These are typical phrases that couples share at The Nook. These are the couples who make me want to simultaneously do the

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How to Destroy Your Marriage

  Liar? Cheat? Sneak? These are not terms that most of us would care to use to describe who we are, or how we behave. Yet, as it turns out over 37 MILLION people signed up for Ashley Madison, “the online personals & dating destination for casual encounters, married dating, discreet encounters and extramarital affairs”. Signing up to actively seek out these encounters, is making the choice to lie, to

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Teachings from the Pan Am Games

Imagine being able to do a handstand. Imagine being able to do a handstand and hold it… steady. Imagine being able to do a handstand, and hold it steady in front of hundreds of spectators. Imagine being able to do a handstand, hold it steady in front of hundreds of spectators while hovering 10 meters above a pool. Then giving a flick of your legs followed by a dive like

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Time for Self-Care, I Insist.

Me time. Self Care. Down time. We hear this all the time, but what does it actually mean? How do we do it? Let’s look at the what, the why, and the how. Self-care is intentionally carving out time free of commitments and responsibilities to others. It is spending time fully engaged an activity or practice that will recharge your battery. It is not laundry and chores, catching up on

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It’s OK not to be OK

It’s OK to not be OK I was puzzling how to articulate the value of experiencing a range of emotions when Disney handed me the answer. This answer came via the new animated feature Inside Out. My kids have been referring to it as “The Emotions Movie”. In a fun and playful way, this film tackles the task of explaining the confusing, complex, sticky wonder of our emotions. How memories

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Friends: Tricky Territory?

The time came when Grace asked herself “what am I doing?” She was getting ready for a night out with friends and realized she would rather be at home reading. Grace did go out that night and quickly became bored and her focus drifted. “What’s wrong with me?” she thought “I’ve had these friends for twenty years.” That led to a light bulb moment for Grace – she was not

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The Secret Loss of Miscarriage.

I’m not pregnant anymore. I have heard these words repeatedly at The Nook. And from women friends. And family. There is a beautiful, wise woman whom I have had the pleasure of meeting this year and she described it this way… “It is like a secret society basically, and you don’t really know how many people are a part of that secret society of miscarriage and pregnancy loss until you

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Trapped by Guilt?

We’ve all felt it at some stage or another. It’s unpleasant. It’s uncomfortable. It has no redeeming factors. It’s the one emotion that I refer to as useless. Guilt keeps us stuck and it doesn’t help anyone. In fact it’s a pretty self-centered activity. As long as you’re focused on guilt, you’re prevented from seeing solutions and making amends.   Let’s try an exercise. Fill in the blank:   I

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Saved by the Book

“It happens that I am going through a period of great unhappiness and loss just now. All my life I’ve heard people speak of finding themselves in pain, bankrupt in spirit and in body, but I’ve never understood what they meant.” “When I was little I would think of ways to kill my daddy. I would figure it out this or that way and run it down through my head

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