Archive for ‘Things I Know and Things I Don't’

April 2nd, 2013

Yoga Teacher Training

It’s official: I am taking yoga teacher training, starting mid-April. My registration is in, application fee and deposit paid, acceptance received, contract signed. Hooray! I have wanted to do this for quite some time, and now I am in. Except…

You know the saying “Be careful what you wish for”? That about sums it up. Ever since I hit send on my application email I have been consumed with anxiety: I am too old, too out of shape, too conservative, too ‘not yoga-y enough’. I am not vegan. I don’t chant. I cannot stand on my head. Oy!

Maybe I am not ready for this. Case in point: Yesterday I received my first, pre-course assignment. In an effort to embrace the opportunity and to not let my fears get the best of me, I jumped right in, completed the assignment, and sent it off. Done, like a true keener. Except, once again, as soon as I hit the send button I was consumed with doubt. I am, at this moment, completely certain that I misread the question and did the entire assignment incorrectly. I am constructing my apology/correction email in my head as I write this. I think I’ll do it all again, the way it was probably supposed to have been done in the first place, and dread meeting the instructor for the next week-and-a-half. Who knew yoga could be so stressful?

Damn send button.

January 10th, 2013

The Know It All Yogini and Other Stuff

This is not much of a post folks, it’s really just a few quick updates. First of all, I am adding a new section to The Know It All Mom site called Just Breathe, chronicling my life as viewed from the yoga mat and my pending quest to complete yoga teacher training in the year 2013. Stay tuned. Yoga has a way of making me think differently…who knows what might come out! In the meantime, take a quick glance at and about some of my past yogic revelations.

Second, I am still accepting guest blog posts. If you have an article or an idea you’d like to publish, let’s chat. Contact me: I am nice. I want your stuff. I promise to be kind.

Finally, I would love your feedback. The Know It All Mom is being revamped, enhanced, updated, etc. Your suggestions are welcome. Let me know what you think. :)

February 28th, 2012

It’s been a while since I wrote about Little Miss…

LM's Eyes

It’s been a while since I sat down to write.

It’s been a while since I put pen to paper, fingers to keyboard, and created something meaningful.

It’s been a while since I allowed myself to explore my thoughts and emotions in a way that allows me to collect them, understand them, and send them out into the world, to share with anyone who cares to read.

Today is the day. read more »

February 15th, 2012

Valentine’s Day Recap

Happy Valentine's Day

I know: I am a day late. Valentine’s Day was yesterday. The champagne has been drunk, the chocolates consumed, cards exchanged, romantic evenings concluded.

In my defense, I waited until today to write this post deliberately. I wasn’t really sure what Valentine’s Day held in store for me this year, so I just didn’t know what to say. Here’s my recap:

My Darling Husband, my DH as I typically refer to him, is away on business most weeks from Monday through Friday, sometimes Sunday through Friday. With Valentine’s Day falling on a Tuesday, I was all but certain he would not be home. I envisioned our Valentine’s Day plans encompassing the ritualistic, long-distance, ‘Good morning‘ and ‘Good night‘ daily phone calls, a few “Miss you” texts throughout the day, followed by a be-lated glass of wine and exchange of ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’ wishes when he returned at the end of the week. I was wrong. read more »

January 23rd, 2012

SOS: WordPress for Dummies has Met it’s Match

SOS: Send WordPress help, stat!

I am not insecure about my level of intelligence. I am reasonably well-educated—more so than many, not as well as some. But I read. I write. I have articulate conversations with intelligent individuals about religion, politics, economics, the arts. I can contribute ideas and think creatively. I have studied logic. I am strategic. And I definitely do not suffer fools gladly: I have virtually zero tolerance for stupidity. Especially in myself. Which brings me to the point of this little tirade: There is one thing, and one thing alone, that reduces both the size and functionality of my brain to that of a pea: Technology. To be more precise: Code. I spent the better part of the morning trying to update my ‘other’ Web site. You know, my day-job, career-oriented, required-to-promote-my-company-and-maybe-earn-a-living Web site, the one that I should, in all honesty, devote far more attention too. And after several hours of hard work, research, writing and re-vamping, a simple download was all that was required to make it complete. One poorly navigated thematic update later, and this is what my site now says:

Fatal error read more »

January 5th, 2012

My Clean Slate

My 2012 clean slate

If you have been following my Tweets of late—and if you haven’t, Tsk!Tsk!, you can follow me on Twitter by clicking—you will know that I have been suffering from the January Doldrums. This is an affliction I fall victim to every year, after the family-and-friends-and-fun-filled extravaganza of the holidays comes to an anti-climatic end, and I am left to pack the twinkly lights and glitter-covered ornaments into their dusty, cardboard cases, stashing them away in a dingy basement corner, along-side other forgotten relics like tattered yearbooks and the figure skating medals I won when I was ten, until the hype and anticipation of the holidays returns next year and they re-emerge to assume their rightful glory. To quote myself, circa January 3, 2012:

The January doldrums are here. It only took 3 days. Missing Little Miss (school), Darling Husband (away on work), friends and family. Rainy day. Head cold. Blah.”

That pretty much sums up my mood. If I had had the space, I would have added a sad face, just for effect.

And yet, here I am, two days later, updating my blog, editing not one but two guest blogger submissions, writing again, and generally getting busy. Doldrums or not, a new year also brings a new set of goals, desires, obligations, and a renewed sense of zeal. I begin this year blissfully unemployed. The contract that pulled me away from my blog, that interrupted my yoga practice, that all but eliminated lunch dates with friends, that interfered with family time, and that generally invaded way, W-AAAY too much of my head-space, is now over. Done. Finito. Complete. I am free. I feel like I have been handed early parole for good behaviour, and I cannot take it for granted.

And so, my friends, with my head cold lingering and the Doldrums temporarily at bay, I wish you a very Happy New Year. I am raising my favourite old coffee mug, one quarter full with luke-warm coffee, to toast all of you, and to celebrate an up-coming year of many unknowns, ‘lots of opportunity, and a clean slate upon which I can create whatever I want. Cheers!

January 3rd, 2012

Get Published by The Know It All Mom

Recently, I have received many inquiries about guest posting on my site. The Universe is trying to tell me something. The message: Get back to the beginning. When I started this blog, my intention was to create a forum for parents everywhere to share their experiences, ideas, challenges, successes, frustrations, questions and concerns. But I am not good at delegating. I have tried to carry the blog myself, which has lead to months of fervent activity, followed by periods of complete inactivity. As I freely admit on my About Me page, I don’t actually know it all, but I’ve always believed that together we can figure it out, sharing a few laughs, and maybe even a few tears, along the way. So let’s share.

Beginning, in January, 2012—that means NOW folks, for all of you writers and wannabes out there!—I will be accepting submissions for publication. If you would like your creative non-fiction writing to be considered for publication on The Know It All Mom, here is what you need to do:

  1. Email your story ideas or completed pieces that have NOT been published elsewhere to
  2. Type the word SUBMISSION and your word count in the subject line of your email, please, otherwise your work might just get lost in the plethora of email that finds it’s way to me, and that would be sad. :( Submissions must be creative non-fiction. Although I love to read poetry, short stories, and most genres of fiction, the Know It All Mom is not the place for these children to find a home.
  3. Keep submissions under 500 words. Longer pieces may be considered, but only if the content cannot possibly be covered effectively without saying more.
  4. Expect to be edited. This is in no way an indication that you are not a talented, gifted individual with the literary genius of Jane Austen, but rather a simple fact that it’s my blog, I like what I like, and I reserve the right to post things only after I am 100% satisfied.
  5. Do not send attachments. Please copy and paste your submission into the body of your email. Attachments can be cumbersome. They don’t open, they lose formatting, and are generally a pain in the butt. Pasting text directly into your email simplifies everything. Attachments will not be opened. Thank you in advance.
  6. Make sure your work is thematically consistent with the Know It All Mom. To understand who I am and the mandate behind my blog, the About Me page is an excellent place to start. Note that I prefer anecdotal, personal stories of life as a mother/woman/wife/daughter/sister/friend/parent. Itemized How-To or Top-Ten-type lists are NOT my favourite. I’d rather read how you developed the list than the list itself. I like honesty. I like writing that comes from the heart with a straight-forward, no-nonsense approach. I do not like self-indulgence. This is a fine line to walk, I know, I tip-toe along it every time I sit down to compose something. Still, it must be done. I like people with opinions, even opinions I do not share. Disagreement is essential to dialogue, so take a stand and tell me what you think. If you can make me laugh, great! If you can make me cry, that’s good, too. To familiarize yourself with the type of stories I am interested in receiving, read some of my posts, e.g., Confession Time, Coming from a Place of Yes, or One Joint is One Too Many, or better yet, read some of my published pieces found here: Writing. If you are still in doubt, email anyway. The worst that can happen is that I say, “No.”
  7. Do not expect an immediate response. I will respond to you, I promise, but as we all know, “Life is what happens while we’re making other plans.” (John Lennon said that, I think…anyone know?) In other words, I plan to get back to everyone as quickly as I can, regardless of the outcome of your submission, but only after the realities of my day-to-day life as a wife, mother, chauffeur, chef, laundress, etc., have been managed.

Thanks for reading, and I hope to hear from you very soon. Happy writing!

November 4th, 2011

Goals and Gratitude – Day 13

Air Canada at YVR

November 4, 2011

Goal: Today, my focus is to maintain my schedule. I have a very tightly booked series of meetings, phone calls, places-to-be, etc., that includes getting LM to the seaplane terminal on time for her flight and me to YVR on time for mine (The reason for these flights? See Gratitude below). Today’s schedule is a house of cards, and with one false move the whole thing tumbles to ground.

Gratitude: First, let me apologize for missing yesterday’s post, and here’s my excuse – I plumb FORGOT! It was a Thursday. I don’t usually work outside the home on Thursdays, but yesterday I did. On top of that, I learned yesterday morning that my mom and I need to make an emergency trip to Alberta, TODAY, to visit my Uncle, who is badly injured and currently in the hospital, and the rest of my family who still reside there. In the commotion of trying to work, to book flights and a hotel and a car, to make arrangements for LM, to make sure my DH changed his plans, and to manage all of the usual things that happen in my world on Thursdays, blogging went out the window. I am very grateful that things are not worse – they easily could have been – and that I have the resources and support to make a last minute trip possible. I am grateful that I can be there with my mom. This will be very hard for her.

Update from Day 11:  The good news is that Wednesday was fantastic. LM: Suitably impressed, and what’s better, one of my students had a problem with her model, so LM volunteered to help the student out. Not only was she proud of me, I was ever-so proud of her!

November 2nd, 2011

Goals and Gratitude – Day 11

Thanks for the follows!

November 2, 2011

Goal: Today is Take you Child to Work Day for LM’s grade 9 class. Fortunately, today is a very interesting day where I work, especially if you are a 14 year-old girl interested in fashion. My soon-to-graduate students are styling models for a hair and make-up fashion shoot required as a component of their program, and the shoot is, coincidentally, at the school today. This is relevant to my daily goal for one reason only: I want her think what I do is cool. A while ago she said to me that when people ask her what I do, she tells them I’m a writer. Which I was, have been, hope to be again. But when I took the contract to be the Senior Administrator of the college, writing, as many of you know, fell by the wayside. Today, I want her to see that a) what I do at the school is challenging, at times exciting, and demands skill; b) that I am proud of the work I do there and hope she is, too; and c) that I can be both, an Administrator and a Writer, hence my need to stay true to yesterday’s goal. I guess, in a nut shell, my goal today is to impress the heck outta’ my kid!

Gratitude: I just want to say thanks to all of the new people following me on Twitter (@theknowitallmom). For some reason, a lot of new folks are finding me and following, and that is very nice of them. So, “Thank-you”.

November 1st, 2011

Goals and Gratitude – Day 10

November 1, 2011

Goal: I have been very happy to return to blogging on a regular basis, and my thirty day Goals and Gratitude gig is keeping me on track. But daily blogging does not mean writing, and by writing I am referring to something more than mini-updates on my life which may or may not have significance to anyone else but me. So the goal I am setting for myself today is to write something meaningful over the next week and post it by Day 17. So much has happened over the past year, I have A LOT of food for fodder, I just need to sort through it all and decide where to begin. Pen on paper, fingers on keyboard – usually that’s the best starting point. read more »