#Inspiration

I View My Blindness As A Gift

Shawn Marsolais | Posted 04.26.2016 | Canada Living
Shawn Marsolais

Throughout my childhood my family sat down to dinner together every night. One particular dinner stands out in my memory as the day my life changed. "You have an eye disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa," my mom said. "Bet you can't say that three times fast!" my dad added, trying to lighten the mood. "Your vision will continue to get worse."

Accepting Unfinished Business Is One Of The Hardest Lessons In Life

Linda Simpson | Posted 04.22.2016 | Canada Living
Linda Simpson

I need to talk to these people but I can't. Unfinished business. That's what it is when people in your life leave unexpectedly. You may feel that tug at the moment of change or feel it years later. For me, it threads in and out of my thoughts -- those questions. Some practical, some philosophical.

It Is Time To Spring Clean Your Life

Linda Simpson | Posted 04.15.2016 | Canada Living
Linda Simpson

This year consider giving your whole life a thorough clean. Out with the old and in with the new. Think carefully about what you like and don't like about your life. Take some time and challenge yourself... What is working? What is not working?

Taking A Run Outside My Comfort Zone Saved My Life

Mark McDonald | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada Living
Mark McDonald

It was the spring of 2005, I was an overweight smoker and on the fast track to an early grave. I was 23-years-old, weighed 260 pounds and smoked a pack a day. My eating habits were poor with little to no exercise. Changes had to be made.

Women Can And Should Experience The Freedom Of Travelling Alone

Kirsten Powley | Posted 03.23.2016 | Canada Travel
Kirsten Powley

As women, we're taught that the world is dangerous and we should have a man by our side to protect us. Obviously, there are places which are genuinely unsafe for both genders, but the majority of the world should not leave you cowering in fear just because you're female.

Action Flicks Can Inspire You To Kick Your Fitness Up A Notch

Brent Bishop | Posted 03.21.2016 | Canada Living
Brent Bishop

As it pertains to fitness, I've always found action and superhero movies to be very inspiring. The transformations that these actors go through to successfully play their roles is absolutely amazing. There is nothing more inspiring than the super-human abilities of our favourite superheroes.

Limits Are Nothing To This Senior Attempting The CN Tower Climb

WWF-Canada | Posted 03.15.2016 | Canada Living
WWF-Canada

When Julian Backhouse ascends the CN Tower in April, he'll send his wheelchair up the elevator and climb the 1,776 steps to the top. The 63-year-old grandfather of four from Mississauga, Ont., has Wilson's disease, a rare genetic disorder that affects his physical strength and coordination.

Leaders Ditch Jargon For Words That Influence And Inspire

Bart Egnal | Posted 03.14.2016 | Canada Business
Bart Egnal

Today virtually every workplace and every profession is awash in jargon. And like never before, people are fed up. Yet even those who condemn and loathe jargon are quick to say in the same breath that they couldn't possibly get away without using it.

15 Videos Of Laughing Babies ('Nuff Said)

Posted 03.14.2016 | Canada Parents

Baby Videos: There are literally thousands of them online and all of them brighten our days. After much deliberation (and chuckling), we’ve gathered...

A Language Learner's Manifesto

Steve Kaufmann | Posted 03.10.2016 | Canada Living
Steve Kaufmann

Have you been studying a language for a while? Are you still afraid to speak? Follow the Language Learner's Manifesto and become confident and fluent in your chosen language. Repeat the following mantra daily: "My goal is to be fluent. I can be fluent. My goal is not to be perfect. My goal is to be fluent. I can be fluent and still make mistakes."

How Empowerment Leads To Equality

Natasha Koifman | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

This year, the Canadian theme for International Women's Day is: Women's Empowerment Leads to Equality. So, what is empowerment? For me, it means supporting all the women in my life and helping them achieve their highest potential.

Nicki Minaj Is Teaching Me Where My Lady Balls Are

Hannah Jack | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Living
Hannah Jack

This isn't who I am. How did I get so skittish that I flinch at the sound of my own voice? How did I lose sight of goals that were so clear to me just a few months ago? How did I let fear and anxiety run my shit? Well, that's a dark rhetorical rabbit hole that I'm really bored of falling in to. There's always one person I can turn to to boss me up: Nicki Minaj.

Telling Your Story Can Change The World

Jagneet Singh | Posted 03.01.2016 | Canada Living
Jagneet Singh

A few years ago I decided to embark on a backpacking trip across Europe for two months. Towards the end of my travels, I found myself at the Sisteen Chapel in Rome, Italy. As I was standing there, enchanted by this insanely crazy masterpiece, I felt a soft whisper perk the tiny hairs on the back of my neck.

Helping Others Helped Me Admit To My Own Eating Disorder

Alicia Raimundo | Posted 02.26.2016 | Canada Living
Alicia Raimundo

As a mental health advocate, I was addicted to appearing to be recovered. I was afraid to admit that I am living with an eating disorder. Afraid that it meant the messages I was telling people about recovery being possible wasn't true. That living with an eating disorder, while being highlighted as recovered, meant I was a fraud.

10 Tips For Surviving Valentine's Day While Single

Jen Lawrence | Posted 02.08.2016 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

Being single on Valentine's Day can be rough stuff. Since this is the time of year when the world conspires to tell you that there is something wrong with you if you are not happily paired, it may be tough to keep your spirits high. If you find yourself less-than-happily single, here are ten ways you can make Valentine's Day a little better this year, from someone who knows what she's talking about.

11 Ways To Give Yourself A Mid-Winter Boost

Jen Lawrence | Posted 01.29.2016 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

Even if you started off the year with a heart full of good intentions, it can be hard to maintain your enthusiasm. To celebrate the fact that there are still 11 months left to make this your best year ever, here are 11 ways to give yourself a mid-winter boost.

Hard Work Still Has Value In Our Culture Of Instant Gratification

Meghan Telpner | Posted 01.26.2016 | Canada Living
Meghan Telpner

What we see all around us flashing in media headlines and on our Facebook feeds is dramatic fame and achievement with seemingly minimum effort. It's infiltrated our approach to just about everything -- from quick-fix diets to overnight success businesses.

Celebrate Your New Year By Acknowledging Your Past Success

Silken Laumann | Posted 01.04.2016 | Canada Living
Silken Laumann

I used to think of a New Years' Resolution as one big promise that you made for yourself. The problem was, it never worked for me. I never kept that one big promise. I find by writing lists of my past and future accomplishments, I put myself in the mindset that is more realistic in my life.

12 Ways To Enjoy The Holidays (When You Are Feeling More Like The Grinch)

Jen Lawrence | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

It's the most wonderful time of the year... for everybody else. At least that's how it can seem if this season you are dealing with less-than-perfect ...

What Successful People Do That Most Don't

Amanda Sparks | Posted 12.18.2015 | Canada Living
Amanda Sparks

Successful people don't live in the past. We learn from our past mistakes. But to dwell on them keeps us from moving forward. We need to focus on who we want to be not who we were.

What I Learned From Working Out Like A Fitness Model

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 12.15.2015 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

What are we doing to ourselves? When it comes to health promotion, why do we insist on beating ourselves up about appearance? It has nothing to do with health, and we make it the foundation of everything we do that is health related.

Top 6 Life Lessons From The Great Beyond

Jen Lawrence | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

Even better than all of the gee wow validations the medium provided, however, was the amazing sense of comfort I felt after the reading. I'd gone into it as a bit of a lark and came out feeling quite revitalized. Whether her words were heaven-sent or not, she gave me some excellent advice.

Flesh-Eating Disease Didn't Take Away My Will To Live

Maureen Cassidy | Posted 12.02.2015 | Canada Living
Maureen Cassidy

I always thought that if I were faced with impossibly adverse circumstances that I would be a fighter right up until the bloody death. I would go out raging against the enemy until I was victorious or until I couldn't possibly fight another second. Last year I found out that who I thought I would be was exactly the person I was. I fought the enemy and I was victorious.

Are You Tending To The Four Areas Of Personal Growth?

Shannon Skinner | Posted 12.02.2015 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

With 2016 fast-approaching, focus on growth. That is, to grow more as a whole human being.

8 Surprising Ways To Pull Yourself Out Of A Dark Place

Jen Lawrence | Posted 11.27.2015 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

When you've survived trauma, it's unnervingly easy to slide back into the depths. When I tumble into that headspace, there are a few things that can almost always pull me back out. Hopefully they might be helpful