Author: Sara Westbrook

‘There’s been many times in my life Where I have doubted myself But I will achieve great things Because I refuse to give up.’ Lyric from ‘Push Through’ Sara Westbrook Everyone experiences fear, especially when it comes to achieving dreams. Often dreams come with taking risks,...

Who do you smile at? Do you only smile at friends or people you know? Or do you smile at strangers too? Smiling is such a little thing, but it has a big impact. A smile can brighten someone’s day. If they are feeling low, a...

Recently I arranged for a family Christmas photo shoot for myself, my husband George and my son Kai. I wanted it to be perfect - you know - the colour coordinated family photo with all of us dressed in our ‘Sunday best’. Thirty minutes before our...

I recently spoke with a recruiter for a local university who shared a common (and alarming) trend that many young people are applying without the ability to advocate for themselves as they are used to their parents advocating for them. Without the life skill of self-advocacy,...

Here's 6 steps you can take to bounce back from challenges, setbacks, mistakes and failures:⠀ 1. Accept that challenging circumstances/mistakes will happen. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from you will face challenges and make mistakes.⠀ 2. Acknowledge that each day you will...

Communities thrive when people work together for the greater good of the whole. Children learn skills such as responsibility, teamwork and collaboration through the opportunities they have to interact within their community. While it takes a community to educate a child, the role the parent plays...

I recently received this comment from a student: “I look around at others and they seem to have it all. Things would be easier if I could be them. I just want to fit in.” It’s OK to admire someone. The danger occurs when you believe your...

I often share stories with young people about two big dreams I had. The first was my dream of singing the national anthem at a Blue Jays game. Despite being told no multiple times, my persistence helped turn that dream into a reality. The second was my...

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