This episode is about the feeling of bittersweet – sadness and happiness mixed up together. The stuff of life.

For me, bittersweet is a signal I’m fully experiencing life. I’m putting myself out there. I’m vulnerably connecting. I’m allowing all of life to be there and I’m allowing myself to experience all of it.

There are cracks in all our lives. We can pretend those cracks aren’t there. That our lives will always be smooth. But when we do that, we suffer in our resistance because we’re quieting an important part of us that wants to be heard.

An incredible beauty is revealed when we decide to open ourselves to all of life, including the cracks. When we commit to accepting our own troubled messiness. When we stop insisting that only our shiny parts be seen. As Leonard Cohen wrote in his song, Anthem:

Ring the bells that still can ring.

Forget your perfect offering.

There’s a crack, a crack in everything.

That’s how the light gets in.


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I’m a former international tax lawyer and senior partner of Ernst & Young in Toronto, where I serviced banks and other large multinationals and led a large group of professionals.

My life expanded when I left the law in 2014 to learn how to paint, something I’d always dreamt of doing, but had no reason to believe was possible for me. After a couple years of painting and selling my work, I became passionate about helping other people who yearn to feel more personally fulfilled, invigorated and soul connected in their lives every day, and I became certified as a life coach.

I now spend my time painting, coaching, and creating live events at GRACE Studio (more formally, the “George Russell Academy of Creative Expansion”) in beautiful Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. And, of course, producing this podcast for you.