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How I Changed a Habit Without Even Realizing it   1 comment

decisions_universe‘Tis the Season for Resolutions…

by Kandis Twa

738 days; that is how long it has been since my last drink. I know this number-not because I am a recovering alcoholic-but because my ‘last drink’ was a particularly memorable occasion. It was News Years Eve 2011, I was in Paris and the drink was a glass of champagne offered to me by a stranger on the Champs-Élysées. I feel proud that my drinking days ended on such a high note. As a number of my friends embark on a “Sober January”, I thought I would share with you my story of how one month of sobriety turned into many.

I used to really like drinking, I would even tell you I was pretty good at it, so when I decided to stop, it was an unexpected decision for myself and those that know me. I would probably classify my drinking days as fairly average. Average as measured by a relative scale to those around me and my circumstances. Fittingly, university was certainly a peak consumption period in my life, followed of course, by a serious decline rate upon entering the working wold. So after years of being a fairly typical drinker, why did I suddenly make an unusual decision to stop? Honestly, I just didn’t feel like doing it anymore. That’s it. It wasn’t about my health, or the cost, or because I liked it too much-this was not a fear or shame motivated choice. Not at all, I was just finished. Read the rest of this entry »


Confident Decisions   Leave a comment

Deciphering Truth Within Yourself

by Kandis Twa

Have you ever been faced with a big opportunity and not sure if the apprehension you are feeling is normal or if somehow your intuition is trying to tell you something?

This was a big question for me about a year ago when I was given the opportunity to travel to a new country to do some really interesting work. Initially I was excited about all the new experiences I was going to have, the fascinating people I would have the chance to work with and suddenly I was really nervous; restless sleeping kind of nervous. So naturally I wondered is this nervousness coming from a forewarning kind of place or is this just the butterflies that naturally signal the start of a new adventure?

In order to feel really good about your decisions it is important to be able to distinguish between fear and guidance from your higher self; here are some suggestions.

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Dissolving the Past   Leave a comment

Lessons I am Learning-Kandis Twa

I used to look back on some of the decisions I have made in my life and wonder what was I thinking! I was reflecting on one such decision after I ran into a girlfriend that I used to work with. My first career was in health care and my tenure there was admittedly very short. I used to be ashamed that I had spent so much time in school only to actually work in the field for a fraction of that time. Well, looking back on it now I can get of those experiences because I can see that what happened was exactly perfect to bring to where I am now in my life. I’ve dug the gold out of career number one. Here’s how I did it.

I came across a piece by Bernie Siegel called “Why We Become Doctors”. After reading this I was inspired to reflect on my own motivations about what drove me into health care. Basically, I believed that the world was full of suffering and it was up to me to fix it (not what I put on my school application forms but that was the gist of it). So, here I was feeling like I was doing a good thing by helping all of these people when really, they were helping me. Helping me to learn why it is important not to be rescuing people all the time, and highlighting the idea that if I don’t put myself first no one else will.

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Posted February 3, 2011 by Kandis Twa in Kandis Twa

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