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A Slice of My Life

Last weekend I was in Vancouver to see my daughter speak at the She Talks YVR conference. She Talks was created as a platform for real women to tell their raw, authentic stories. Sixteen women told their stories at this event.

A slice of my life in Vancouver at the She Talks Conference

Listening to these women speak, reminded me that women all have unique stories.

When you see a woman whose actions you don’t understand, cut her slack and reach deep for compassion. We can’t walk in another woman’s shoes, nor do we know how she got where she is. Many midlife women are struggling with raw, reinvention challenges. They deserve our encouragement and support. In the last few weeks I’ve witnessed snottiness in the blogging world that reminds me of high school behaviour. Let’s “woman-up” ladies. We are not at odds, we are all on the same team.


Women empowering women


The following day we spent time hiking in the hills above West Vancouver. The tree starved, tree hugger in me, was in heaven! It reminded me how much I miss our home on Vancouver Island and how important it is for me to get out in nature, when possible.


Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver, BC


The path you walk may be challenging, but the lessons learned along the way have the power to make you a better, more compassionate woman.

xo Jennifer




  1. Congratulations to your daughter. Where can we red or hear her speech? I’m sure she is as beautiful inside as she is outside. I would love to listen to your Blabs. Where can I find them or do I need to listen to them at the time they are recorded?

  2. Jennifer, I can imagine how proud you are of your daughter…I felt that way last fall when my daughter and her husband both graduated from the Sheriff’s academy. I never would have thought she would pursue something so challenging. This is the same girl that years ago wanted a career in the fashion industry!

    Your daughter is very beautiful, she looks so much like you!

    Linda in S.D.

  3. You have such a pretty daughter, I guess the apple doesn’t fall far. You are right about not knowing what each of us endured or are enduring. Someone said to me once, Be kind, you don’t know what burdens she is carrying. I have never forgotten that. Thank you for the inspiring words Jennifer.


    1. Thanks so much Cherie! Women supporting and encouraging other women is so powerful! Kindness never goes out of style. xo

  4. Jennifer, this is so moving, and your relationship with your daughter is amazing, you must be so proud!

    The Arts by Karena

  5. Love this post and the positive thoughts. Coming to Vancouver Island later this year – any tips for great restaurants in Victoria or Vancouver gratefully received. So so excited to visit this part of the world.

    1. Victoria is one of my favorite cities. Rebar is a wonderful vegan restaurant. It’s hard to go wrong anywhere there. There are also some fabulous tea houses. And of course high-tea at the Empress is not to be missed!! I’m jealous. Enjoy!!

    2. Vancouver has some of the best restaurants too. Do try Vij’s! They don’t take reservations but our 2 hour wait was well worth it!

  6. Jenn! You and your daughter are beautiful on the inside and the outside.

    I am so happy you were able to travel home again. Saturday did bring us a wealth of sunshine. I worked in our front yard flower beds.

    Vancouver and Vancouver Island are two of the most beautiful locations in the world. I am still blown away by the sea to sky ride to Whistler, after making the journey a little over a dozen times.

    Thank you for your support and friendship! You are a gift to blogland!

    1. You’re a treasure Lynne! When the sun shines in BC it is like the heavens open! I adore it and miss it. Whistler is other worldly in its beauty. Spring gardening feels so full of hope. What a great feeling!!

  7. How proud, nervous and excited you must have been, watching your daughter onstage. That’s something I wish I could have shared with my mother. …and hiking! I used to do that a lot, but haven’t do that in a couple of years. Must work on that!! Thanks for the reminder!

    Women being supportive of other women… I was hoping we’d left bad behavior behind us decades ago. Women friends are more important now than ever.

    1. I’m always surprised to run across bad behavior among women at our age! Life’s too short to be childish!

  8. First, I’d like to say ” Welcome home!”, if only for a short visit. Your daughter has your beautiful smile.
    You’re right, some women have not lost that high school attitude. It’s really too bad, as they are truly not enjoying a happy, serene life full of great friends and loving family. Your last comment sums it up nicely.

  9. I LOVE every word of this. Women need to support and be compassionate toward each other. Glad you had such a rich mother/daughter experience. These are the jewels in our life.

    1. You’re so right! These are the jewels we remember forever. I’m so blessed. We could all use and give more compassion!!

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