In Cathy’s Words: Putting the Spotlight on the OMP Partners!

One would not necessarily expect so much laughter and comfort when visiting the dentist. Well, at Dr. Andrea Stevens Dentistry, that is EXACTLY what happens. I’ve never been much of a napper, but Dr. Stevens’ team takes such great care of me, I’m all but dozing off in the chair! So many people stay away from the dentist because they don’t want THE DREADED NEEDLE!! Well, in Dr. Stevens’ practice, it is a high-tech system that is virtually painless. Trust me, I’ve had a lifelong heart-pounding fear of needles, but not when I’m in this dental chair!

Financial planning may seem like a daunting task, UNLESS you’re fortunate enough to work with the wonderful Colleen O’Connell-Campbell, a senior wealth advisor at Scotia Wealth. Frankly, I have little money or assets, but with Colleen’s expert guidance, I am confident that a great foundation for long-term wealth will be in place. Part of the tool kit Colleen is providing is an iPad which is going to be put good use as I take my businesses forward! And, the happy bonus in meeting with Colleen is they are so comfortable even when discussing my financial challenges. Every meeting ends with a hug and that speaks volumes of the connection we have.

Eating Well Ottawa has been delivering an amazing array of fresh, organic produce and pantry items to my door 2 weeks. Saving the time and effort of shopping! That’s a big WIN right there for me. Having a great variety of ingredients for quick salads or slow-simmered soups or even fresh fruit to grab for snacking at work has made eating healthy so much easier!

Frankly, showing up at Executive Fitness Leaders the day after I won was a big step for me. But, from the moment I arrive, Kyle (my trainer) was ready to get me on the path to better fitness. I will be doing a blog post specifically about this experience because it has been and continues to be pretty powerful. A personal trainer is A HUGE MOTIVATOR to go beyond what you think; it is like having a cheerleader who is not afraid to have you mildly annoyed for having you do MORE than you felt like or thought you could. Lots of great changes happening for me!

EFL has also included 6 hours of massage therapy, so I’ve set-up bi-weekly massages with Jenny Wolfgram and it is 30 minutes of stress-relieving bliss! What a difference this makes. I foresee booking a few one-hour massages over the months ahead and will plan on keeping massage as part of my life beyond the Makeover!

Langevin Morris Smith’s Russ Molot is the legal eagle on this journey and WOWZA x 100, I am so delighted to have his services. For obvious reasons, I won’t share details here, but the first thing I asked when we met was would I be allowed to get my divorce done. He said, “Yes, we can do that.”. Rebecca and I looked at one another and did a very happy high five. Being free of my EX after so many years of him ignoring my efforts to get this done will be CELEBRATION WORTHY!!! Russ is a laid back and humorous fellow – we got along famously and I’m looking forward to having a number of matters handled by him!

Live Well Family Health Centre brought the delightful Dr. Sabrina & Dr. Jason Bercovitch into my world and it is truly a wondrous thing. As a project partner, they’re providing me their LIVE WELL FOR LIFE Program and it is jam-packed with useful information. Dr. Sabrina and I are together weekly for about an hour as we work through the 5 components – EAT, THINK, SLEEP, MOVE, and BRAIN & BODY CONNECTION. I look forward to every single meeting as the Drs. Bercovitch and team are always so warm & welcoming to me. My time with Dr. Sabrina literally flies by (and we do get a little side-tracked at times) but I know that this part of the Makeover will give me a solid education on lifestyle adaptations which are so beautifully in sync with other project partners’ offerings!

Pierrette Raymond has already changed my life! If you are living with clutter, ALL types of clutter – mental, emotional and/or physical, this amazing woman can help. My biggest stumbling block for the past 20+ years of raising my kids has been OVERWHELM on all levels. It is a sneaky companion that takes up residence and slowly puts blinders on you so you don’t NOTICE YOUR STUFF so much. And you adapt to the messy house, the too much stuff, the “I don’t know where to start” and every other block that keeps you stuck!!! When Pierrette and her team came through my house 2 weeks ago, it was a transformation.

Pierrette is also a life coach and I have turned some bright light onto some dark stuff in my world which has truly been a great amount of AHA MOMENTS that have set me on fire to make changes, big and small, in how I live my life and interact with those in my world, personally and professionally! I feel very safe and supported with Pierrette. Certainly makes it easier to be totally honest when I don’t feel or fear I will be judged. That alone is phenomenal!

I will be looking at getting in for a manicure and pedicure to Rinaldo at Carlingwood, in the next week while I’m on vacation. And, Fiorella at Rinaldo on George Street will be given the HOLY MOLEY task of my new and dramatic change in hair style. You will want to see THAT picture for sure. When my divorce is finalized, I will be visiting BOTH locations for pampering before a NIGHT ON THE TOWN!!! A severance that’s been 22 years in the making calls for a party!

Supperworks is one of the coolest concepts I’ve ever seen. I’ve posted a great deal online about my experience with the Kanata store (Susanna, Jason & their team) and most recently the Orleans store (Sonia, Nikki, and their team). Their process is brilliant, the ingredients are fresh and great quality. The time it saves to have a restaurant-calibre work station with everything you need ready for assembly, is one of the best innovations in meal prep I’ve ever seen. As a caterer, I can truly appreciate the value of the TIME SAVINGS of having all the prep work done. I am thoroughly enjoying the meals and the teams at each location have been a genuine delight to work when I visit. One of the most fun parts of the Makeover for sure!

Though I haven’t yet met the Twiss & Weber team in person, they reached out virtually immediately after I won and I will be going to see them at their store in February for a meet and greet. They graciously set-up a PINTEREST page for me to pin looks I like as relates to my wardrobe and what inspires me. I don’t know much about Pinterest, but my darling daughter Rebecca can show me. One of their gifts as a project partner is my REVEAL OUTFIT and the idea of having a custom-made ensemble is pretty exciting. I’m seriously considering asking them to make something for me to wear to Rebecca’s wedding, but need to think about that as I am thinking I would like to keep my outfit for that day under wraps. In any event, this will be a blast because my look is so basic; I wear bright colours and simple lines. However, CATHY WHITNEY 2.0 will mean some bolder choices and changes! I look forward to learning from these amazing women!

Myers Kanata has provided me with a sweet, sweet ride that is mine for the duration of this adventure! Over 30 years of driving and have NEVER EVER EVER had a brand-new car! OMG! 2016 Chevy Equinox – holy moley! It is incredible! Handles so well; floats along and even has WI-FI, so that is a bonus. I practically hug it every day when I come outside and see it. The wrap and logos are so tastefully done, but I keep the car clean and shiny so the Ottawa Makeover Project is always well represented. We always name our cars, so the Equinox is called Selina, as in Selina Kyle aka Catwoman – sleek, sassy, stylish and spunky!

TRUEdotDESIGN is a great project partner. I had a few challenges initially with my blogging and other web-related stuff, but Lianne was quick to respond and direct. Shelley True contacted me immediately and they have done a fabulous job of keeping the website updated. I will be getting more blogging done, video and written so there are more regular updates from my perspective.

I met with Stayci Keach of Eyes on Ottawa a few weeks ago – she knows so much about video/media production, it is boggling to me! She has already provided me with training on using my iPad for shooting video updates. Before that, she captured video of my DECLUTTERING day, where I cried while I spoke and then again on December 22nd at my workout, again, I cried. To me, the tears illustrate that a) I’m really a mushball and b) that Stayci has a presence that invites trust and being real. That’s what her message is to me – keep it real, be myself, that’s why I was chosen!