#Inspiration

My Hidden Disease: I Have Ankylosing Spondylitis And I'm Not Alone

Dawn Hamilton | Posted 11.29.2016 | Canada Living
Dawn Hamilton

Empathy, sadness, joy and a sense of family are just some of the immediate feelings I had when I ended my FaceTime conversation with Dan Reynolds, lead singer of Imagine Dragons. Dan and I have something in common called ankylosing spondylitis, or AS for short. Instead of getting into a long, drawn-out medical definition, I will describe it like this: our bodies are attacking themselves, and there is no cure. Most of us AS sufferers have to deal with chronic pain 24/7.

5 Things To Remember When Times Get Tough

Tarek Riman | Posted 11.24.2016 | Canada Living
Tarek Riman

The day will come. Someone will disappoint you. Someone will betray you. Your day won't go as planned. Your boss will get angry. Your client will get angry. You'll lose something. You'll lose someone. The list of potential setbacks is never ending. These challenges can make it feel impossible to keep it together, and that's normal.

The Importance Of Having A Mentor

Natasha Koifman | Posted 11.16.2016 | Canada Business
Natasha Koifman

So what does a mentor do? Mentors are those generous people who are open to sharing their knowledge, wisdom, experience, insight and offering their counsel. The best mentors are great listeners who understand your challenges and offer different strategies and ideas to not only help you overcome obstacles but excel at them. Mentors will often see something in you that you may not see yourself.

How To Learn A New Language Without Losing Your Mind

Shannon Skinner | Posted 11.04.2016 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

Learning a new language can be inspiring, frustrating, infuriating and sometimes downright embarrassing. But there are many good reasons to learn a new language. The more languages we know, the more people we can communicate with. It adds depth to our creativity. Best of all, it helps build overall self-confidence.

7 Life Lessons I Learned From French Kickboxing (Savate)

Tarek Riman | Posted 10.27.2016 | Canada Living
Tarek Riman

For the last three years, French kickboxing, otherwise known as Savate, has been an integral part of my life. I started Savate with the intention of improving my health and fitness, but it didn't take much time to realize that the impact of the sport goes well beyond the physical.

9 Secrets Of Global Living From An Expert Who's Always On The Go

Shannon Skinner | Posted 10.03.2016 | Canada
Shannon Skinner

Living a global life is a mindset that requires developing good travel habits. I asked seasoned globetrotter, Dr. John Demartini -- one of the world's leading experts on human behaviour, international author and educator -- for his secrets to global living.

Canadians At Rio Showed Us The Best That We Can Be

The Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell | Posted 09.19.2016 | Canada Living
The Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell

As the flame was extinguished at yesterday evening's closing ceremonies of the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, I reflected on Paralympians and Olympians. Some of the most powerful words in the English language came to mind: inspiration and spirit, dedication and sacrifice, pride.

I Cried The Day I Stopped Hiding That I'm A Stroke Survivor

Dina Pestonji | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Living
Dina Pestonji

I desperately tried to HIDE my story. After my stroke, I hated the attention I received. I was lucky to have had a successful recovery but I did not understand why it was such a big deal, why newspapers wanted to write about it and why every single person I saw would make it the focus of a conversation.

Personality Has Less Impact On Language Learning Than You Think

Steve Kaufmann | Posted 08.10.2016 | Canada Living
Steve Kaufmann

One of the biggest myths I have come across though is that extroverts are the better language learners. I do not believe at all that you need to be an extrovert to learn a language. Language learning isn't about your personality type, rather it comes down to whether or not you possess the three keys.

Why The Word "Failure" Is Not In My Vocabulary

Dina Pestonji | Posted 07.11.2016 | Canada Living
Dina Pestonji

The opposite of "success" is NOT failure. If you don't succeed -- you have GAINED a learning opportunity.

Richness Is Making A Real Difference In The World

Karolina Tatarenkova | Posted 07.06.2016 | Canada Living
Karolina Tatarenkova

Creating something magical out of your life that is greater than you are is the key to a fulfilling life. Serving people and giving them value are just two ways to contribute beyond yourself.

When You Face A Challenge, Do You Give Up Or Tackle It?

Dina Pestonji | Posted 06.28.2016 | Canada Living
Dina Pestonji

We all have the choice to give up or tackle our challenge. There are many different challenges we will all face in our lives. I hope that my story of the biggest challenge I've faced so far, and my decision to push forward everyday will inspire you to also make the choice to tackle any challenge you face.

11 Books That Will Inspire Your Kid's Wanderlust

Andrea Traynor | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada Parents
Andrea Traynor

Whether your kids have racked up enough points to travel to the moon and back, or don't even have passports yet, introducing them to new destinations can be done even on a shoestring budget -- through books. I scoured our local bookstore, grocery store and at-home library to bring you the top 10 books that are sure to ignite the travel bug in your child.

I Discovered The One Thing All Cancer Survivors Understand

Tammy Taylor | Posted 06.21.2016 | Canada Living
Tammy Taylor

My life was forever changed in one diagnosis: cancer. After 25 years, I had finally learned that the rash on my body was the precursor to a rare form of cancer called for Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma (CTCL) that would need to be treated with full-body radiation. My treatment plan was as unique as my diagnosis.

My Wild And Beautiful Curls Bring Out The Courage In Me

Nicole Abi-Najem | Posted 06.21.2016 | Canada Style
Nicole Abi-Najem

There is this sort of metamorphosis that takes place after I just let the unhindered wildness in me be totally and utterly free. When my hair is curly, no one is any longer running their fingers through my hair from root to tip, telling me how it feels silky. Instead, I feel the weight and strength of the curls on me.

Practicing Inclusion In Our Daily Lives Will Help End The Hate

Mary Donohue | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada Living
Mary Donohue

What makes us hate has been theorized since the beginning of time. Shakespeare wrote about hate and violence. But what is rarely discussed is what we need to do beyond the wailing and the gnashing of teeth. It all starts with how we run our business, our schools and our governments.

What Sharing My Story At Google Taught Me About Public Speaking

Dina Pestonji | Posted 06.07.2016 | Canada Business
Dina Pestonji

I will admit, I was rather nervous. My speech wasn't until 3 p.m. My contact at Google came to the lobby to get me and almost immediately my nerves disappeared. We laughed, talked and it was very evident how much he appreciated me coming to share my story and inspire his team.

What It Is Like To Be A TEDx Speaker

Dina Pestonji | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada Living
Dina Pestonji

I had to be in the moment because my brain would not allow me to think ahead. As I was speaking, it terrified me. What if I would forget my next line? But it was a blessing. I was forced to be present, in that moment and think about the emotions in my story.

Meeting These 5 People Changed My Life For The Better

Alex Sangha | Posted 05.10.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Alex Sangha

Why do people come into our lives? Is it random or was it meant to be? For some reason I have always believed that people cross paths for a reason. The interaction could be positive or negative, or seem meaningless.

How To Become Fluent In A Foreign Language

Steve Kaufmann | Posted 05.09.2016 | Canada Living
Steve Kaufmann

The quick answer on how to achieve fluency in a language is that it is a matter of motivation. Having seen a lot of language learners, I am convinced that motivated learners achieve fluency, and unmotivated learners don't.

I Love How Sports Transcend Barriers To Let Us Come Together

Jagneet Singh | Posted 05.02.2016 | Canada Living
Jagneet Singh

Simply put, sports has a way of connecting people. When you throw on your team colours, you're no longer a Sikh, Jew, Christian, White, or Black. You're simply a fan. And the only thing that matters in that moment is realizing the dream of seeing your team lift up the trophy one day and host a parade on your home streets.

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.