Motivation

6 Things You Shouldn't Say to Someone Coping With Depression

Kiesha Frue | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Living
Kiesha Frue

As someone who has had depression for years, I have been in several situations where I've tried to exchange words with someone who clearly didn't understand how to talk with me when I was in one of my "down" days; it was both unproductive for them and harmful to me.

Want to Get Ahead? Think Like a Boss

Natasha Koifman | Posted 04.06.2015 | Canada Business
Natasha Koifman

Entrepreneurs and business leaders believe in themselves. They trust their gut and act in accordance with what they know to be true. If you want to get ahead in your career, here are 10 things you can do to think like a boss that will help get you there faster.

The Power of Saying 'No'

Natasha Koifman | Posted 03.16.2015 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

As we go through life, we are often told to open ourselves up to opportunities, to not limit ourselves, to say "yes" to new experiences, to meeting new people and to stepping out of our comfort zone. People tell us that there's joy in abundance and that it's good to have it all. But there's power in saying "no."

How To Be A Celebrity for A Day

Kelly Lovell | Posted 03.03.2015 | Canada Living
Kelly Lovell

Everyone deserves to have a day to feel special. Luxury can be associated with expensive outings, taste and experiences; however it can also be inspired by a sense of self worth and the way people make us feel. A life of luxury may seem out of your reach; but money isn't the only way to make you feel like you are worth thousands.

Why Running Will Change Your Life

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 02.24.2015 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

I believe that deep inside, all of us have something that eats away at us, something that just doesn't sit right. Maybe it's some trauma from your past, or hurtful words that still resonate, or even some "dis" ease you are currently living with. For me, it was coming to terms with sexual abuse in my childhood.

Have You Lost That Loving Feeling For Your Own Business?

Jane Blaufus | Posted 04.07.2015 | Canada Business
Jane Blaufus

Being in business reminds me of dating and marriage. When you are first considering going into business for yourself, I liken it to the dating phase. When you decide to take that leap of faith, explore the opportunity thoroughly, decide it is right for you and walk down the aisle to open your business it is akin to taking that next step and making a long-term commitment.

Are Your Friends Cheerleaders or Fearleaders?

Shelagh Meagher | Posted 03.28.2015 | Canada Living
Shelagh Meagher

The enthusiasm requirement is a biggie, because excitement is infectious. Cheerleaders can get worn out just like the adventurer they're supporting. When you've been whining for two weeks straight or copping out on doing what you've got to do to make it happen, they need to be so keen on your success that they'll keep pushing you right on through it.

5 Ways to Get Past Your Bogeyman and on With Your Dreams

Shelagh Meagher | Posted 03.23.2015 | Canada Living
Shelagh Meagher

You really, really want to quit your job, go live in Paris, take up belly dancing, dye your hair pink, or jump out of an airplane (with a parachute). But you can't because...Whatever you've been dreaming of but not actually doing, chances are you've got some really solid reasons why. Which would be fine if they were actually true.

How to Turn 'Status Quo' Into Status 'Go'

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 03.14.2015 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

If we expect our children to not listen to us -- whether it's going to bed, eating a meal or not hitting their brother -- then I'm going to guess that, surprise, they're not going to listen to us. By the same token, if in the work world we expect our employees to keep doing the same things over and over again, in an inefficient way, that's exactly what they're going to do.

This Year, Let Go of Perfectionism

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 03.09.2015 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

On my desk is a glass paperweight with an important question carved on one side. "What would you do if you had no fear?" it says. Seeing the inquiry, a friend asked for my response, and without hesitation I answered, "Give up perfectionism." She casually suggested that that would be a good New Year's resolution, and I felt the fear rise in my chest. Could I be successful in the world without trying to attain perfection?

How to Maintain Your Sense of Self While You're Part of a Couple

Natasha Koifman | Posted 01.26.2015 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

There's a lot of talk in the media lately about "conscious uncoupling" but what about conscious coupling? How can you be a couple and still maintain your sense of self? What should you do and what should you look for when coupling up?

Take That Next Step and Start Living Your Potential

Natasha Koifman | Posted 01.07.2015 | Canada Impact
Natasha Koifman

We all make choices in our lives every day -- some big, some small. We need to decide where to live, who to date, what job to take, how to brand ourselves...and we often base these decisions on short-term gratifications like what makes us happy for the moment, what seems more exciting or what is most profitable at the time. But I believe the key to success is focusing on long-term LIFE goals instead.

Why Schmoozing Works, However Bad It Feels

University of Toronto News | Posted 11.18.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Significantly, people who had more power in the office were less likely to report feeling dirty when it came to networking, and engaged in it more often. That effect can make it harder to penetrate existing power structures, because it means those already in power are more comfortable with networking and continue to reinforce and advance their positions.

Losing Weight Is as Easy as 1-2-3? Nope

Kelly Coffey | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada Living
Kelly Coffey

Of course we get sucked in when the pretty nutritionist tells us that losing the weight is as simple as 1-2-3! Optimistic, we watch her video. But despite what we want to believe, we know that being told what or how to eat isn't the solution. Being told what and how to eat does not help us lose weight and keep it off. It just doesn't work. Period.

20 Tips For Living A Better Life

Adrian Wesley | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Adrian Wesley

I sat down this morning to write out the top 20 things I have learned in my life so far, but after writing down four items, I started to cry deep, intense tears. I released the emotion and it felt amazing. Writing this blog reminded me of the pain and suffering I had endured to awaken to this wisdom. This is my gift to you. Here are my top 20 tips for living a better life.

Let Go of the Past to Live Your Best Life Today

Anita Saulite | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Impact
Anita Saulite

I look around and see many of us not living and evolving and creating our best stories today but continue to rehash old stories of the past. Yes these stories keep us connected to what has happened, but honestly it may be time to let go.

I Think I'm Going to Break Up...With Running

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 08.08.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

For the past two months I have been seriously debating breaking up with running. If you know me, you know, that is a big deal. This experience has caused me to believe, now more then ever, that health is a process. Getting into a routine takes time and patience -- even for a trainer!

How Loving My 300-Pound Body Keeps Me Thin

Kelly Coffey | Posted 06.29.2014 | Canada Living
Kelly Coffey

We're tormented by our obsession with weight. Losing weight is hard to do, and the overwhelming majority of us gain back whatever weight we lose (and then some). Every failed weight loss effort drags us deeper into depression. Loving thoughts breed acceptance and patience. Sometimes I stray from my chosen path and eat something that triggers my food addiction. Because I love the body I once had and don't fear returning to it, I'm able to respond to these slips in a healthy way. I accept that I've gone off the path. I forgive myself.

You'll Feel Better If You Set Modest Goals

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 06.23.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

One of the main reasons why, for instance, weight loss efforts fail to such a high degree is that dieters routinely start out with unrealistic expectations. They look at what's being presented to them by commercial weight loss programs or popular television shows and anticipate similarly spectacular outcomes in their own lives.

A Teacher's Words Can Stick With a Student Forever - Choose Wisely

Lori Gard | Posted 06.23.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

"You'll never amount to anything. You'll never be much. You're a problem child." So he was told. And I had all but forgotten when she reminded me yet again, as we were talking just the other day, about the cruelty of words and how shattering they can be when ill-spoken. And he'll never forget those words.

Saying Yes to Your Passion Can Mean Saying No to Others

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

It's the time we clean our closets to get rid of things that no longer work, hoping to add something bright and colourful. By following that same practice with our behaviours we can live a more expansive and rewarding life. Start by learning to say yes to your passions and no to things that get in the way, especially items on another's agenda!

Renewal Is in Special Moments

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 05.07.2014 | Canada
Betty Ann Heggie

The moment the first spring crocus finds its way through the earth's brown crust and stretches toward the sun, we feel the power of renewal. Things ma...

Things To Consider Before You Set Out To Follow Your Passion

Elan Divon | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Elan Divon

Last week, I visited the popular website of a spiritual teacher named Mastin Kipp. His message to the world is simple: "Follow your bliss," a catch ph...

Almost One Month into 2014...Are Your Goals Holding Up?

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 03.29.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

Are you struggling to follow through on your New Year's resolutions? Don't be discouraged. Believe me, you are not alone. The further it gets from the start of any goal, the harder it can become for most of us (including myself) to stay on track.

How to Keep Energized as the Seasons Change

Jane Dummer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

Were you happy to get that extra sleep with Daylight Savings Time, only to find yourself feeling sluggish for weeks after? You're not alone. Changing clocks shifts our circadian rhythm -- the principal time cue of light which sets our natural cycle for sleep. As such, not all of us adapt well. Here's a deeper look at how time changes not only impact our sleeping cycles but also our meal and activity plans.