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Mindfulness and the Law

June 28th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

Life works in 7 year cycles

August 06th, 2014 | Category: Uncategorized

Life works in 7 year cycles and therefore it’s no wonder that when people approach their 40’s they start making significant shifts in their lives… Shifts in relationships, personality and spirituality. Understanding that these shifts may be part of someone’s 7 year cycle may help us understand why a person makes certain choices and decisions. Sometimes it’s part of a bigger picture and it’s NOT personal.

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November 17th, 2011 | Category: Uncategorized


I will be presenting the HOW TO ACHIEVE A GOOD DIVORCE seminar on TUESDAY November 29, 2011. Topics include :

Understanding the difference between the emotional divorce and the legal divorce

Working with your lawyer and How to create a supportive professional network.

Separation is difficult , its  a’s about change and change is difficult. This workshop is designed to help people navigate the unchartered and murky waters of separation and divorce. It will give you guidance and objectivity and hopefully help you find your way to a healthier new beginning.

When people decide that the time to bring their marriage to an end has come, they may face numerous hurdles. From a bitter custody dispute to disagreements regarding the division of marital property, spousal support, or child support payments (For more information on this topic, visit conoscienti & ledbetter), divorce can be contentious for many reasons. Furthermore, these stressors can have an emotional impact on people that should not be overlooked. In fact, there is evidence to support that divorce can actually increase the likelihood of a motor vehicle accident, go to in the case of an accident.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information published a study which looked into the link between life events that are very stressful, such as divorce, and the likelihood of a motor vehicle collision. After analyzing data from thousands of participants, researchers were able to draw a link between divorce and car crashes and conclude that recently going through a divorce or separation increases one’s chances of being involved in a traffic collision. Other emotional challenges, such as one’s child moving out of the home, a partner becoming hospitalized, and even significant purchases were also shown to increase the likelihood of a car crash.

 Clearly, a link can be drawn between ending one’s marriage and a higher car accident risk. As a result, those who are in the process of divorcing their spouse or have recently split up should be especially vigilant when they are on the road. Sadly, a car crash can make life even more difficult for those who are already trying to move forward from a contentious or upsetting divorce.


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My interview with Phil Taylor, Goal Achievers Organisation

August 29th, 2011 | Category: Uncategorized

Listen here to hear my interview with the amazing Phil Taylor of the internationally renowned Goal Achievers Organisation.

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My interview with Hugh Reilly from THATCHANNEL

August 29th, 2011 | Category: Uncategorized

Watch my interview with Hugh Reilly from THATCHANNEL discussing Collaborative Law and the emotional divorce.

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My interview with Don McAvinchy of the Beyond Divorce Bootcamp

August 29th, 2011 | Category: Uncategorized

Listen here to hear my interview with Don McAvinchy of the BEYOND DIVORCE BOOTCAMP discussing collaborative law and tips for how to get beyond divorce.

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Creating Your Family: An Educational Seminar on Exploring Family Building Options

April 25th, 2011 | Category: Uncategorized



Where: Biagio Ristorante (55 King Street East, Toronto, 416.366.4040)

When: May 4th Exploring your Pathway to Parenthood

May 5th Alternative Family Building seminar

Cocktails begin at 6:00

Seated dinner and presentation at 6:30

Cost: $40 per person / $70 per couple includes cocktail & dinner

Presented by

Fertility Centers of Illinois (FCI) located in Chicago, Illinois, offers comprehensive medical and infertility services to patients seeking to build their families through egg donation, sperm donation and/or surrogacy. Patients experience superior medical care and excellent success rates, with world-renowned fertility doctors and scientists. FCI has 2 amazing IVF laboratories to provide superior science including FCI RN IVF Laboratory and aParent IVF Laboratory. Together, optimal fertility care includes options for blastocyst transfer, elective single embryo transfer, and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis.

Lotus Blossom Consulting (LBC) serves as patient advocate to guide patients through egg donation and surrogacy arrangements. Through exponentially expanded pools of available egg donors and surrogates LBC matches clients from all over the world in shortened time frame. LBC also pulls together teams of unbiased professionals, including attorneys, insurance agents, financial and estate planners to compliment the surrogacy arrangement. FCI and LBC have joined forces to promote options and opportunities for family building. This strategic alliance enables the intended parent(s) to streamline all the ancillary components of family building under one umbrella, helping you to successfully achieve your pathway to parenthood.


Angeline Beltsos, M.D. is double board-certified in OB/GYN (Loyola University) and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (Washington University). Dr. Beltsos is Medical Director and one of the Managing Partners of Fertility Centers of Illinois (FCI).

Mindy Berkson, B.A. is Founder of Lotus Blossom Consulting. Mindy’s mission is to arm patients with resources to make the best choices for surrogacy arrangements. As an advocate, Mindy helps navigate all the elements involved in third party reproduction.

Jan Silverman co-founded the first Canadian infertility support network, Infertility Facts & Feelings. She established the Infertility Support and Education Program at Women’s College Hospital and continues to counsel on infertility and reproductive issues.

Colleen Coughlin, MS is the Embryology Laboratory Director of aParent IVF, which works exclusively with FCI. She is nationally well recognized within the Embryology community. aParent IVF has received intensive training at several successful IVF laboratories in the United States.

ď‚· Explore motivations for egg donation and surrogacy abroad

ď‚· Provide high success rates for pregnancy and live birth at FCI

 Explore easy online application social security office in provo

ď‚· Coordinate diagnostic and medical IVF procedures between your Toronto fertility center and FCI

ď‚· Organize the timing, coordination and facilitation of your treatment cycle

ď‚· Provide opportunities for individuals and couples to explore egg donation and surrogacy

ď‚· Consider all components necessary to accomplish the journey

 Identify surrogates with like-minded attitudes for pregnancy and egg donors who meet patient’s specific criteria

ď‚· Understand the legal environments and how selection of candidates from various states will dictate parentage

ď‚· Understand the differences in health care systems

ď‚· Garner various insurance options to mitigate financial exposure

ď‚· Implement preparation for immigration, passport, birth certificate acquisition, social security relinquishment and or dual citizenship

ď‚· Offer readily available Attain Financing Program through FCI


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You have to be POSITIVE!

March 11th, 2011 | Category: Uncategorized
During the emotionally draining journey of separation and divorce, thinking positive can often seem easier said than done, but it really does help…because what you believe is usually what you create.

For instance, if you believe…


  • This separation is stretching my capacity for patience and understanding
  • This separation is just too stressful
  • This separation is just too draining
  • This separation is just too difficult
  • My spouse is deliberately sabatoging the negotiating
  • My spouse just wants me to suffer and be miserable
    Then guess what? It will be! All of the above mentioned situations can and will be true

    But what if you try a difference approach… what if you start believing with all your heart and soul and imagine that ….


  • This separation requires patience, but the more quiet time I take to nurture myself, even if it’s 5 minutes a day, the more patience I seem to have
  •  There is a lesson here and I need to learn from it
  • This separation is stressful, but I am learning to cope with my stress every day and I can conquer it
  • As I become more calm so I can respond to the separation rather than react to it
  • I am the boss of me and I can choose who I want to be and how I want to behave
  • I am a role model for  my children
  • I am a strong, decent and evolved human being
    Remember, the story you tell will become your reality.  If you believe that your separation is just too stressful and requires an impossible amount of patience and that there is just too much venom in the given situation, then you will attract a stressful, toxic situation requiring more patience than you can muster.

Imagine your separation being a smooth transition into a new chapter of your life.

Imagine your children having two loving parents living in two seperate homes

Imagine your life being complete where you can move forward and not be stuck in the past

We have a review mirror in our car so that we can check back on  occasion so see what we have left behind  but its the huge view in front of us that we have to focus on if we want to get there safely. 

Constantly dwelling on and in the past does not move you forward… imagine what you want your new life to look like and focus on that. 

You have the choice to create your own reality, imagine what you want it to look like, believe it will look like that and you would have created your own destiny.

 So what is a better feeling thought you can tell yourself today?


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Some Inspiring words…..

February 22nd, 2011 | Category: Uncategorized

There are no age limits on when you can transform your life.
Change is possible at any time.
It is essential if you want to grow.

You have control over your life.
Success or failure is up to you.
You control how lucky you are.
You create your wealth with your effort.

The doubts you’ll experience along the way are part of life.
Make a plan to attain your success and stick to it.
Your life is a marathon, not a short sprint.
Accept total responsibility for your actions
and remove “QUIT” from your vocabulary.

Decide you want success and it can be yours.
Success is always your choice.

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January 20th, 2011 | Category: Uncategorized


On Wednesday, I received a beautiful email from a special human being. I read it, I enjoyed it and I even forwarded it on to a couple of people who I thought might appreciate it but I never thanked the person who sent it to me…..Oh I meant to, but I thought I would get around to it later.

That evening I checked out my Facebook Account and that same special human being had taken the time to make a beautiful comment on my Home page. Her comment gave me joy, pleasure and made me feel so special. I meant to thank her for taking the time out of her day to think of me and validate me and make me feel good….but I would get round to it later.

That night or early the next morning, that special soul who had touched me so gently twice in one day, passed away in her sleep. Just hours before, I had had the opportunity to acknowledge her beautiful spirit, to thank her for making me feel so special and I let that opportunity silently slip away with her in the night. I never got to tell her how her two small acts of kindness had given me such joy. I should have…..but I didn’t.

That “I should have” thought has been sitting with me for a few hours now and it took me back to just last month when we bundled our family into the car and drove 12 hours in a snow storm to attend a family celebration.  Dawn (the name of this remarkable person) and her husband were celebrating their son’s bar mitzvah and they wanted as many friends and family to be with them to join and share in this joyous occasion. People from all over the world came together to help celebrate this auspicious day.  Those warm memories and happy times made me think to myself…”Man, I am so glad I did”.

 It’s those “I am so glad I did” thoughts that warm our heart, puff out our chest and put that pep in our step.

“I am so glad I did” doesn’t have to be a 12 hour drive in a snow storm, it can be that kiss on your 18 year olds head on your way to bed or putting that extra Tootsie Roll in your son’s lunch bag. It can be an email to a friend saying “hey, want to go for coffee” or an “I love you” to your spouse or partner as you pass him that dish to dry.

The only thing in life we ever regret are our regrets, the “I should haves” or “why didn’t I’s?”

We have to remember that it’s the little things in life that accumulate into the big things just like a million small molecules make up a heavenly body. If every day we had a whole bunch of “I am so glad I did” what an impact it would have on you, the people around you, the world, the universe.

Let’s remember to inspire, motivate, encourage and support someone every day by doing one small act of kindness, one sweet word, an encouraging thought or prayer. The action may be small but the magnitude immense.

Today, my friend, I wish you a whole bunch of “I am so glad I did”.

For those reading this today, always remember …You are powerful, you are important and you are an inspiration.



Dedicated in loving memory of Dawn Levin, you made the world a sweeter more compassionate place. Your spirit will be missed but you will live on with us forever.


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