Personal Growth

The Greatest Disappointment Is Giving Up On Yourself

Jackie B. Hamilton | Posted 11.29.2016 | Canada Living
Jackie B. Hamilton

We all lack courage and perseverance; we stumble. Whether or not we can spell out procrastination, we are gold medalists in doing so. We know, however, there is nothing more de-motivating and damaging to our self-esteem than not being able to depend on ourselves.

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.

8 Steps You Need To Take To Become The CEO Of Your Life

Melissa Dawn | Posted 11.22.2016 | Canada
Melissa Dawn

What does it mean to become the CEO of your life? To me, it means living the life you truly want. Doing what you want, when you want, the way you want...

Are You Growing Or Standing Still?

Anne Day | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada
Anne Day

Have you been to a high school reunion recently? Leadership guru John Maxwell has and it was depressing. First and foremost, as someone who is 69,...

The One Trait Divorcing Parents Need To Have

Karen Kristjanson | Posted 10.05.2016 | Canada Parents
Karen Kristjanson

Accepting that the marriage is really over is hard for many divorcing parents. In my case, although I initiated the split, I could only look sideways at myself as a soon-to-be-divorced woman. The pain surrounding that was too overpowering to take in all at once -- I felt it would have squashed me if I tried. So I got to know it gradually, with support, until I could stare it right in the eye.

You're An Artist, Why Not Act Like One?

Ron Tite | Posted 09.21.2016 | Canada Living
Ron Tite

Artists can teach you everything you need to know about being creative. Don't worry, don't get your Dockers in a twist. You don't need to actually sculpt or paint or perform an expressive dance. You just have to think like those who do.

Treat Your Life Like A Road Trip

Sharon Stokes | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada Living
Sharon Stokes

We've all heard the phrase 'life is a journey'. What if we took it one step further and looked at life as the ultimate road trip with your Life Map helping you navigate the way. After studying my own life I can clearly see how all the different experiences, events and people have shaped me and have led me to where I am today.

Why 'Future You' Should Make All Your Decisions

Melissa Dawn | Posted 07.15.2016 | Canada Business
Melissa Dawn

When faced with any decision, always ask first, "What would Future Me choose?" That's how you get to where want to go. By making decisions not from where you are, but from that place of your envisioned success.

How To Cultivate Confidence

Gillian Mandich | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Living
Gillian Mandich

Cultivating confidence in the face of a challenge is one of the most important things we can do to create a fit mind and body. Having confidence is like having a silent superpower that plays a key role in success.

Lessons Learned From My Year Of Working Minimally

Marcia Sirota | Posted 06.06.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

I'm in great shape, emotionally and physically... I've learned some new tips for balancing all the things that I like to do, and as a result, I'm enjoying my practice in a way that I hadn't been, previously. Taking time away from work has renewed my love for the job and has made me a better therapist, as a result.

Existential Angst And A Cup Of Coffee

Emily Klassen | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada
Emily Klassen

Life, Goals, a Good Cup of Coffee "No amount of security Is worth the suffering Of a mediocre life chained To a routine that has Killed your dreams."...

Chewbacca Mom And The Power Of Authenticity

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Parents
Marcia Sirota

The true power of the video and the reason why so many people watched it, was the fact that Candace Payne was able to laugh out loud without an ounce of self-consciousness. Ms. Payne was willing to look silly online, and I think that this ability to be so authentic and free was the real reason why her video got over 140 million views.

Sometimes You Have To Ride Through The Pain

Erin Silver | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Living
Erin Silver

My experience made me wonder if this bike ride was somehow a metaphor for something bigger. Is this like going through a divorce and riding on despite the pain? Does it represent my ability to move forward in the face of life's challenges?

How I Learned To Avoid Cleverly, Play Wisely And Procrastinate Brilliantly

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

I've come to see that instead of wasting time on people and activities that deplete me, I need to "waste" my time procrastinating and playing, so that many more absurd and ridiculous ideas can trickle into my conscious awareness.

How 'Light' Are You?

Melissa Dawn | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Travel
Melissa Dawn

I had committed to travelling light, and I have never packed so light in my life! One pair of pants, one pair of shorts, three tops, toiletries and... that's it! And it felt great.

This Nugget Of Wisdom Is The Real Key To Happiness

Greg Kushnick, Psy.D. | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Living
Greg Kushnick, Psy.D.

I wish I had followed this advice years ago; it would have given me a huge headstart on my pursuit of happiness. But I know it now, and I'm passing it on to you. After many years as a psychologist committed to making New Yorkers' lives happier, I've arrived at the conclusion that the single best piece of advice for finding greater happiness

You Are The Sum Of Your Experiences

Judy Mann | Posted 05.04.2016 | Canada Business
Judy Mann

I am proud of where I am today and who I have become. I am the result of all of my experiences -- the good, the bad, and the not so good. And, I wouldn't go back and change a thing. So, to those that I have worked with, worked for, and known throughout that almost 40 years of workplace experience, thank you. You are part of my whole.

Healthy Boundaries: Avoiding Burnout And Learning To Say No

Karolina Tatarenkova | Posted 05.04.2016 | Canada Living
Karolina Tatarenkova

Learning when to say "no" can be the greatest gift in your life. Because when you say "yes" to people or projects in order to not lose respect in peo...

17 Ways To Become Incredibly Creative And Productive

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.03.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Some people are extremely creative and productive. They're prolific writers, painters and musicians; they're visionary designers, architects and speakers. It's as though they experience no obstacles to producing a constant flow of high-quality work. Some people are just lucky and their productivity comes naturally. The rest of us can learn their secrets and discover, for ourselves, that amazing state of flow.

12 Ways To Be Your Best Self And Live Your Best Life

Marcia Sirota | Posted 04.29.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Living your best life means maximizing the possibilities for happiness and success in six key areas: career, creativity, leisure activities, relationships, spirituality and wellness.

Positive Thinking Isn't Always The Answer When Life Sucks

Brigid Dineen | Posted 04.28.2016 | Canada Living
Brigid Dineen

Sometimes things suck. Please don't force yourself to think positively about it. Feel what you feel. Give yourself space. Embrace vulnerability with people you trust (or in your journal), and enjoy the natural sun after the storm.

From One Mom To Another: The Gift Of Perspective Is Everything

Kathryn Streeter | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathryn Streeter

As you gain distance from the early days of babies and toddlers, preschool and elementary school, from this place above the trees you can finally see. Like that mama bird sitting up high in the tree, you stand now as a humble mom of 17 years, better able to discern where you've been and where you're going.

What Personal Baggage Are You Bringing To Work?

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 03.11.2016 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

If you're feeling frustrated or exhausted or stuck in your career, maybe it's not your job that's the problem. Maybe it's you. I may be right or I may be wrong, but you should at least consider the possibility. A lot of people bring a lot of baggage with them to work.

Co-Parenting Challenges: 7 Ways To Make Your Feelings Work For You

Karen Kristjanson | Posted 02.05.2016 | Canada Parents
Karen Kristjanson

Feelings are great, when they're positive. We smile and high-five to share our exuberance. As co-parents after divorce, we're more in the negative territory at first -- anger, sadness, longing. Who wants to feel those? Easier to ignore them, or distract ourselves with a glass of wine or a movie until the feelings go away.

5 Ways To Conquer Fear And Go For What You Truly Want

Melissa Dawn | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Business
Melissa Dawn

Facing fear fully removes its power. By standing up to it, you make yourself stronger than the fear. You open yourself up to the possibility of denying fear power over your thoughts and actions.