Why What I Think Matters Less Than How I Think

Today I began my first intentional step on the road to becoming a more organized thinker. In November of 2020, when I enrolled in my coaching course, I was hoping that it would provide me with unprecedented (relative to my experiences with formal education) levels of intellectual challenge. It turns out that the methodology of…

Setbacks and Disappointments

Setbacks and disappointment – What do we do when faced with these unavoidable circumstances? We could whine, complain, self-flagellate, blame others or ourselves. Or we could choose to lean into the understanding that this is life. The Stoic approach to life appeals to me on so many levels. Before I began to actively learn about…

My Great Brain

Do you remember the moment when you first became aware of an aspect of yourself that you continued to appreciate throughout the course of your life? Did you notice something in another that you were then able to see in yourself? Did you discover that you were exceptional in one area? Did you discover something…

We Must Have Order

The language is shifting again.Inhuman behaviours get normalized.Science stands in for god.One signals their virtue by way of conformity,A cute swatch of fabric covering a petrified face. Blend in.Disappear.Masks make right.Amplify the rhetoric.It is dangerous to oppose.Do not allow your individuality to emerge.You might get sick.They might come for you instead. Goosestepping off the sidewalk,Two…

There is Life After Facebook

Almost a year ago I did the unthinkable and pulled the plug on Facebook. The momentous event was not without just cause – I ran my mouth off through my fingers for the final time, brought brimstone and hellfire down upon myself, hurt my company, and created a situation for my business partner that she…

What Happened When I Stopped Complaining and Started Listening

This weekend marked a full two calendar months since I left Facebook, for good. I remember a day when not checking it for a day felt like a massive test of will. Now, the idea of entering back into that particular drama-ridden fray leaves me dyspeptic. My friend looked at me the other week and…

It’s Been 3.5 Weeks Since I Quit Facebook

Hello, I’m Ilana, and I’m a social media addict. Let me assure you that a) I’m not making light of addiction, and b) I have not been in denial of my own addiction over the course of years. I have fully owned it but because I was still a high functioning multi-hat wearer, I had…

May Whole30 with Ilana Grostern

Hello, Internet! You’re ready to GO! You’ve decided that you’re ready to do a Whole30! Whether it’s your first or your 4th, you still feel you could use a little hand-holding and someone to talk to when those cravings threaten to get the better of you. Also, you want to connect with other people in…

Montreal Group Coaching Session for March

Hello, Montreal! You’re ready to GO! You’ve decided that you’re ready to do a Whole30! Whether it’s your first or your 4th, you still feel you could use a little hand-holding and someone to talk to when those cravings threaten to get the better of you. Also, you want to connect with other people in…

The Makings of a Wellness Coach – A Facebook post from one year ago

It’s rare, because my circles tend to be rather insular, but occasionally I come up against an individual who writes off the connection between disease and nutrition as “an idea”, and I’m completely astonished by this mindset. It’s not a “concept”, the connection between how you eat and your health. We accept that stress and…

The Origins of a Green Witch – Herbs for Fertility

I first dabbled in herbalism some 16 years ago, when my desire to become a mother intersected with my intention to earn a diploma in holistic nutrition. I was so successful at the first endeavour that the second took a back seat and I never completed my studies. But knowledge acquired through active living is…