‘Dialed In’ with Dr. Dana Sinclair

‘Dialed In’ with Dr. Dana Sinclair

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'Dialed In' with Dr. Dana Sinclair
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This week a conversation with Dr. Dana Sinclair, Performance Psychologist and author of Dialed In: Do Your Best When It Matters Most. From Olympic champions to a teenager performing in a school play, we all perform, it’s part of who we are. Does confidence in ourselves mean that we’re going to perform well? As Dana explains, confidence is overrated, it’s a feeling, but performance is about what we do. Performance means focusing, being there in the moment. ‘Talent will not ensure success without focusing; being there in the pressure moments.’ Positive self-talk is a key component to successful performance. And courage is a great word.

Dr. Dana Sinclair is a registered psychologist. She holds doctorates from the University of Cambridge and the University of Ottawa. Dana is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, and a member of the American Psychological Association.

Children Survival and Hope

Children Survival and Hope

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Children Survival and Hope
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What happens after we survive and experience something life-changing and traumatic? Award-winning young adult author Veera Hiranandi’s new historical fiction Amil and The After addresses this question. Written during the COVID-19 pandemic, Veera also asked herself how can we heal as individuals and as a society? Written in part through the drawings of young Amil, the story follows the aftermath of the partition of India and Pakistan. It’s a journey like the one members of her family had made. ‘We as humans keep finding ways to divide ourselves and attack marginalized communities.’ Although her books are called ‘young adult’, adults need to read them. Veera’s novels gives us an understanding of a child’s perspective. And a boy’s longing for stability and hope during a tumultuous time.

Grit Cheerleading Style

Grit Cheerleading Style

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Grit Cheerleading Style
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Mix grit, resilience, cheerleading, persistence, passion, compassion and style and you get Risa Kostis. From a very young age a stage and cheerleading was in her future. That is until a car accident at 17 had her navigating a different course. One that would take all of her ingredients and push her to a place she could never have imagined.  The accident had left her with a traumatic brain injury and reconstructive facial surgeries. Self-taught, and determined, Risa is no longer the underdog. She is a celebrity stylist, stylist, and personal shopper. Risa helps women tell their story through what they wear, giving them confidence and letting them shine. She is also the CEO and Co-Founder of The Rescue Kit Company, a fashion emergency kit company.

A Manifesto Against Ageism

A Manifesto Against Ageism

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A Manifesto Against Ageism
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Ashton Applewhite is a pro-aging advocate and author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. She began blogging about ageism in 2007, speaking about it in 2012 and hasn’t stopped. Aging is not a problem to be fixed or a disease to be cured. We live in a world that encourages us not to think about aging. It’s time for a radical aging movement against ageism. And we need to start by confronting our own bias. Let’s ask ourselves how do we feel about age and aging? It’s difficult to go a day without seeing an ad for an anti-aging product or a new lifestyle to keep us young. We can’t stop getting older, but we sure can embrace it. As Ashton says, we’re all ‘Old People In-Training’.

American Ex-Wife Reframing Divorce

American Ex-Wife Reframing Divorce

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American Ex-Wife Reframing Divorce
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New York Times Bestselling author Lyz Lenz is ‘reframing’ divorce and getting rid of the stigma. Her latest book, This American Ex-Wife: How I Ended My Marriage – and – Started My Life is a memoir/manifesto. Lyz debunks the myth of the ‘happily ever’ marriage scenario and gives us the straight talk about divorce. ‘The stigma exists because everybody is afraid of a liberated woman’.