• Personal Development

    Stress-busting tips you’ve probably never heard before: 4 experts weigh in

    The past several weeks have been stressful for me, to say the least. The relationships of many people I care about are falling apart. Kieran has been a cranky, whiny, teething mess. I’ve had two major publications reject my blog post submissions. It’s to the point that I’m having trouble sleeping at night. The resulting stress eating has been delicious, but after countless cookies, bowls of ice cream, bags of chips, and upset tummies, I’ve realized I need a more productive way to deal with my stress. It got me thinking — who could I ask who would have a unique perspective on how to deal with all this? Enter:…

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    How to stay motivated to reach your goals

    It’s Friday night of the long weekend. Better yet, it’s Reunion weekend in my rural Ontarian town — an event that only happens every 10 years. I’m sitting on my patio with a cold beer cracked, surrounded by my friends, playing Texas horseshoes, munching on snacks, and catching up on old times. Just kidding — I’m writing this blog post. This is a post about how to stay motivated and achieve greatness, not beer Olympics! For most of my life, I was the type of person who was self-motivated. I could light a fire under my own ass and relentlessly pursue any goal I chose. But after my divorce, I lost…

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    Why it’s better to be present than positive

    “Everything you need will come to you at the perfect time.” “You are the author of your life!” “Believe in yourself and you will be unstoppable.” “Live more, worry less.” Does anyone else ever get sick of these “inspirational quotes”, or is it just me? As humans, we are wired to automatically focus our attention on the negative. Don’t get me wrong, it’s obviously way better to approach life with a positive outlook. But sometimes, being positive is just plain exhausting. Research shows that optimistic people are healthier, live longer lives, and are happier overall. But there’s also something to be said for feeling really shitty when you need to, and then…

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    3 lessons I learned in 2016

    2016 was a year of struggle and massive growth for me. It was hands-down the most unstable I’ve ever felt, and yet the most adventurous and free. I visited three countries and a Canadian province, lived in FIVE different places in Ontario in a half year span, became a certified meditation teacher, learned to speak Spanish, gained 30 pounds, celebrated my 30th birthday, rekindled two of the most important friendships of my life, and spent 10 days in complete silence. Monumental. You don’t go through a year like that without learning a thing or two about yourself and about life in general. Here are some of the most important life lessons I…

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    3 smartphone apps for self development

    We all know what a huge distraction our smart phones can be. I confess I have wasted countless hours of my life scrolling through Instagram and Facebook. (OK, maybe it’s not a complete waste — I consider the meme below to be an excellent use of my time. You know what they say, laughter is the best medicine!) I’m betting for most people reading this, checking your phone is one of the first things you do after you wake up — am I right? I’m definitely guilty of it. Breaking the phone habit is extremely hard to do. So what if we used our phone to our advantage instead? There…

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    How I let go of my attachment to “stuff”

    How many times have you looked at your bank account and thought, where the hell did all my money go? Let me assure you, you are not alone. Living is expensive, yes. But if we really took a good look at our cash flow, most of us would find that a substantial chunk of our money is spent on stuff. Clothes, shoes, appliances, books, home furnishings, fancy coffee… we’re addicted. Allow me to preface this post by saying that there is nothing wrong with having stuff, or even wanting stuff. It’s just that our attachment to this stuff is what gets in the way of lasting happiness. Seriously, how many…