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The Divine Shoulder Tap: Gratitude For Life's Daily Chaos

Mary-Jo Dionne | Posted 04.10.2017 | Canada
Mary-Jo Dionne

I only met her once. She was the close friend of a close friend. While I don't remember much about what we did together that evening over a decade ago...

You Need More Shower Time

Tarek Riman | Posted 04.06.2017 | Canada Living
Tarek Riman

Totally disconnecting from technology for hours at a time while reconnecting to nature empowers you to open up space for ideas to flow freely. Ideas that would normally get clogged up in the brain clutter of online life. This is what it takes to tap into something greater; to tap into your highest potential.

A Blank Canvas

Vibha Dhawan | Posted 01.30.2017 | Canada
Vibha Dhawan

Terrifying to the blocked artist while full of possibilities to the creative mind, what emotion does a blank canvas bring within you?

Are You Ready To Accept Your Call To Adventure?

Steph Jagger | Posted 01.24.2017 | Canada Living
Steph Jagger

What would change if we spent as much time glorifying start lines as we do finish lines? What if we cheered as wildly for people the moment they assumed their position in the starting blocks as we do when they run through the tape at the end of the race?

Diversity In Books: Kind Of A No-Brainer

Romi Moondi | Posted 12.07.2016 | Canada Living
Romi Moondi

We, as a society, are on a streak of consuming content based on totally imagined, impossible-to-relate-to worlds. Indeed, this is us, a human race that's fully accepting of bug-eyed, slimy aliens. And yet... a story that involves a different culture or a different skin colour is simply a little too..."out there?"

Finding My Passion: 3 Lessons From My Real-Life Hero

Jude Saqer | Posted 12.05.2016 | Canada Living
Jude Saqer

I'm "passionate" about a lot of things, which is why I feel that I will forever continue to strive to get to where I want to be. Fortunately for me, I'm inspired by those around me, and there's one particular person who's mentality I admire; my dad. He always tells me to follow my passion and in the quest to find my passion I've found it in many different things.

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.

Return To Ethiopia: In Honour Of Fierce Women

Amanda Burgess | Posted 10.21.2016 | Canada Impact
Amanda Burgess

My mother-in-law Sharyn Mandel was a fierce and fiery force in this world. A passionate educator, her life's purpose was teaching. She had a particular interest in developing the minds of young girls, and fostering their independent spirits. Upon her passing, we discovered that she intended for us to make her often-talked-about dream of founding a school in a developing country a reality.

When The Mirror Lies: My Battle With Anorexia

Amanda Burgess | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada Living
Amanda Burgess

In retrospect, I can say that on some level, I saw what was happening to me. I was just truly powerless to stop it. That's not to say I wasn't in control. No, each hunger pang I endured proved I was in control. Each starving hour that passed between four o'clock and bedtime made me feel focused, disciplined. It was all the fuel I needed to resist another meal. The truth is, anorexics feel a lack of control in their lives, so they take control of one aspect -- food. Alas, this illusion of control can only last so long.

You're Getting Happier With Age

Deri Latimer | Posted 10.07.2016 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

While there can certainly be challenges that come with aging, there is some wonderful research supporting something quite different!

Vignettes From My Life To The Music Of The Tragically Hip

Kathleen Hogan | Posted 08.21.2016 | Canada Music
Kathleen Hogan

The summer after grade 12, driving the family minivan, down Duckworth Street. "Boots or Hearts." Harbour Drive, back through Water and George Street, if it was early enough. "Pigeon Camera." Back up Portugal Cove Road, bouncing wildly over the Rennie's Mill River bridge. "Blow at High Dough."

10 Differences I've Noticed Between Canada And The UK

Tom Gamble | Posted 07.19.2016 | Canada Living
Tom Gamble

Canada is a wonderful, unique country. I came here as a musician and a stereotypical tea drinking, Marmite enjoying Brit to live, work and study for a masters degree at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. I was immediately struck with the country's immeasurable beauty, vastness and diversity, but I was even more struck with how culturally different it was to my country.

7 Things I Learned On Camino De Santiago

Tarek Riman | Posted 06.21.2016 | Canada Travel
Tarek Riman

Recently, I packed 2 small bags, boxed up my bike and hopped a plane to Paris. Lugging a massive bike box through Paris, I then took a train to Bayonne in southern France, assembled my bike and rode 3 hours to a town in the Pyrenees mountains called Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port where my journey on the Camino began.

What Can A Businessperson Learn From The 2016 Masters?

Jane Blaufus | Posted 04.15.2017 | Canada Business
Jane Blaufus

I think just about everyone thought that Jordan Spieth (including Jordan himself) was going to win his second Masters and become part of golf history this past weekend. That was until the 12th hole and the longest thirty minutes of a young man's life. As the world watched him struggle on the back nine and make a valiant attempt to recover, some parallels between golf and business struck me.

Happiness Is Not Getting What You Want

Jennifer Branco | Posted 03.01.2017 | Canada Living
Jennifer Branco

If you are able to appreciate your family, friends, colleagues and the blessings you have received without constantly looking over the wall to see if the grass is greener on the other side, you may have actually found happiness. So, why are so many people unhappy?

My Search For Meaning And Connection

Her Magazine | Posted 01.22.2017 | Canada Living
Her Magazine

While I have a blessed life (with its fair share of twists, turns, and challenges) with a loving husband, three healthy children, a career, and a comfortable lifestyle, the hustle and bustle of everyday life was leaving me feeling lonely, and craving deeper connections and meaning.

Life After Losing A Mom

Oendrila Majumder | Posted 01.20.2017 | Canada Living
Oendrila Majumder

In 2013, my mother died. The moment when the doctors asked me to "pull the plug," I knew my life would never again be the same. Her death hasn't addressed any questions or fears I had about dying, but it's given me new insights on how to move forward with life.

Her Last Hanukkah Made Us Believe In Life's Little Miracles

Bernie Farber | Posted 12.11.2016 | Canada Living
Bernie Farber

Joanne's health deteriorated significantly but her mettle remained strong. She so wanted to celebrate her last Hanukkah with Jack and the family. However as she entered the palliative care unit at Credit Valley Hospital we feared this would not be.

Teachers, Which Character Will You Play In Your Students' Life Stories?

Lori Gard | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada
Lori Gard

Teachers: we have this year to write a part for ourselves in a child's life. To write a scene for ourselves in a student's life. To influence a young person, a teenager, a young adult in the writing of their life account. It might seem a small role. But we are crucial in that we are those who can make a difference.

How Am I Showing Up In Life?

Kiesha N. James | Posted 10.26.2016 | Canada Living
Kiesha N. James

It's no secret that desire is only one piece of the puzzle. Growth another. But I know what really moves the needle is the work we put in, our attitude while at it, and what slows us down or prevents the plan from moving forward more often than we would like to admit are the messages being transmitted in our "stinkin' thinking".

How a Chance Encounter Made Me Less of a Cynic About Love

Sana Ahmed | Posted 10.02.2016 | Canada Living
Sana Ahmed

Fairytales aren't just reserved for the few, or the unique, or even the "lucky ones." Getting to meet the love of my life didn't happen in an abstract magical way. It happened, and it was certainly something attainable, even by a hardened skeptic like myself.

I Overcame My Body Loathing and Bought a Bikini

Brandee Foster | Posted 06.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Brandee Foster

Imagine a world where we didn't live our lives according to what the haters said? If we were comfortable to be free and confident in our own skin? I am not my tummy, or my stretch marks or any of my other flaws, rather, they are a part of me.

Turning 30 Shouldn't Be a Big Deal, But I've Made a Monster Out of it

The Reply | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Living
The Reply

Now that I was celebrating my 30th, I felt like everyone in my life was suddenly interested in how my career was going (or not going), whether or not I have someone special in my life, and about other massive life-pursuits like home buying, or even financial freedom. So instead of simply celebrating my birthday like a normal person, accepting everyone's well-wishes and moving on, I tried to avoid my birthday at all costs.

Are You a Cat or a Dog in Relationships?

Alana Hurov | Posted 05.09.2015 | Canada Living
Alana Hurov

After 20 years of dating and over 100 relationships later, I have created "The Milk and Bone Theory." Take a close look at the behaviour of cats and dogs, notice which qualities you share with both animals. You will most likely have commonalities with one more than the other. Here are five ways to tell if you are a cat or a dog in a relationships.

Eight Tips For Moms Going Back to Work Post-Baby

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 03.17.2015 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

The return to work will be made less stressful if you know that there's someone there that you can count on for support and a friendly ear. Ideally, it would be someone who can understand and empathize with the demands of being a working parent and in an ideal scenario, it may even be your boss.