DEAR DIARY: THE POWER OF JOURNALING

 

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I think most of us have been journaling in one form or another since we were kids. Back in the day it was a locked diary where we wrote out our most personal secrets. Now it often takes the form of blogging where people share their most intimate information with the world. However, what I want to talk about today is the form of personal journaling where you write (or type) your thoughts, emotions and what you’re physically feeling. We’ll also take a look at the “hows” and “whens” of journaling as well as the mental, emotional and even physical health benefits.1 Yes, research shows that in addition to our minds, our bodies can also reap the rewards of writing down what’s going on in our heads. Read more to find out how you can tap into the power of journaling, even if it’s only for 15 minutes a day! (more…)

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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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