BACK TO SCHOOL ZEN

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No, that’s not a typo, I said Zen. How is that possible, you ask? What with all the “Back to School Sales” popping up just as you’re getting your summertime groove on?  Whether you have kids who are going back to school, you’re going back to school, or even if you don’t fall into either of these categories, the Back to School stress is palpable. I see it in my practice every year immediately after Labour Day Weekend – sometimes even in the last week of August.  Everyone gets super busy and their stress levels go way up!  However, it doesn’t have to be this way. You actually can enjoy the rest of the summer AND be ready for the Back to School rush. That’s right – you can still enjoy your backyard BBQ bliss AND create Back to School Zen. Here’s how. (more…)

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BUSINESS SHOULD BE PERSONAL

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I think we’re all familiar with the old saying, “It’s not personal, it’s business.” In the 1998 rom-com You’ve Got Mail with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, Hanks’ character, Joe Fox, owns a huge faceless chain of mega-bookstores. Ryan’s character, Kathleen Kelly, owns a small independent bookstore that she took over when her mother, the original owner, passed away. As we’ve seen happen so many times in the past 20 years, the big mega-chain store sets up beside the independent bookstore which eventually goes out of business. Joe, once he comes to know Kathleen, begins to feel some remorse.

“Joe Fox: It wasn’t… personal.

Kathleen Kelly: What is that supposed to mean? I am so sick of that! All that means is that it wasn’t personal to you. But it was personal to me. It’s personal to a lot of people. And what’s so wrong with being personal, anyway?

Joe Fox: Uh, nothing.

Kathleen Kelly: Whatever else anything is, it ought to begin by being personal.”

She hit the nail right on the head! Whether you’re working in a big company, running a small one or you are a customer/client of both, it needs to begin by being personal. In this article I’m going to outline how you can have meaningful business relationships while still maintaining professional boundaries. Not only is this beneficial to everyone involved, it’s essential for our economy, our communities and even our health! (more…)

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TO BBQ OR NOT TO BBQ, THAT IS THE QUESTION

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Summer time and BBQs just naturally go together. However, did you know that barbecuing can be extremely unsafe? Research has revealed the dangers of barbecuing ranging from the carcinogens that are created from charring when meat is cooked at high temperatures (HCAs – heterocylic amines), to the toxins in the smoke created from burning fat drippings that have fallen through the grill (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons – PAH’s) to broken wire bristles from the grill cleaning brush getting into the barbecued food. And don’t forget about food poisoning related to improper food handling. As if that isn’t bad enough, in 2014, 16,600 people in the US ended up in the emergency room because of injuries involving grills.1 According to the US National Fire Protection Association, July is the peak month for grill fires. In the UK, one in 30 backyard BBQ fires are caused by grillers who are drunk.2 The good news is that there are ways to enjoy your favourite barbecued foods and protect your health and home. Let’s take a look. (more…)

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IT’S NOT ABOUT THE MONEY, IT’S ABOUT YOU

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It seems like every media report these days is focused on the gloom and doom of the world economy. (Interestingly, I wrote this article a day before the Brexit vote results came in.) Markets are up one day and then down the next. Low interest rates are great if you want to purchase a new home but lousy if you’re trying to grow your retirement nest egg. It’s easy to blame the government, the banks, large corporations and even OPEC for our money woes. As much as we all like to play the blame game, when it comes right down to it, we are often our own worst enemies when it comes to money. Yes, that’s right. In this article I’m going to share how your money blueprint, which for most people is ingrained in the subconscious mind in childhood, is affecting your spending and saving habits. I’m also going to look at how your nutrition and health lifestyle choices may be making you poor. Believe it or not, it’s not about the money, it’s about you! (more…)

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HI, MOTHER NATURE, I’M BACK!

What prompted me to focus on nature this month is that I have been spending way too much time indoors, especially over the winter. Between working at the clinic and then spending computer time writing, doing social media, preparing for speaking engagements and even going to movies with friends, I have definitely been spending a disproportionate amount of time inside. Even though I love spending time in nature, I still don’t get outside enough! And, I know I’m not alone in this. Research shows that between being in buildings and vehicles, people spend about 93% of their time indoors! So, I decided to start a 365 Day #HiMotherNatureI’mBack Challenge! Join us on Facebook and Twitter and share what outdoor nature activities you’ve been doing. Check out the video to see what amazing health benefits await you, your family and friends. (more…)

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DRIVEN OR INSPIRED: WHICH ONE ARE YOU?

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Have you ever been working out at the gym and you notice two people each using a treadmill? They’re both running at a moderate pace, earbuds in place listening to, presumably, their favourite tunes. From the outside looking in, they both look almost identical. However, do you ever wonder what’s going on in their minds while they work out? One person may be totally focused on losing weight so that they look good for their job in sales or maybe they’re worried that if they let a few pounds creep on their spouse won’t find them attractive anymore. The other person may be feeling grateful and pleased that they are staying committed to their health and happiness goals, of which working out regularly is a key part. While they look similar on the outside, what’s going on inside may be totally different. The first person is clearly driven while the second person is inspired. What difference does that make, you ask? It makes all the difference in the world! In this article I’m going to further outline the difference between being driven versus being inspired and I will help you to identify this within yourself. I will also go over the bodymind health risks of always being driven and the health benefits of coming from a place of inspiration. Finally, I will show you the action steps to take so that you can consciously create an inspired life. (more…)

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