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  • Mindful approach, deeply conscious online and off

    Take charge of our data and organize our digital lives. We live in a time of strange tension between the digital and analog worlds. Technology advances at a mind-boggling pace. The constant demands of social media, email and the fast-flowing Internet can be overwhelming, in part because of our drive to connect and socialize. To keep up requires a certain kind of adaptability and an attitude

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    The world can use more love.

    Throughout the month of February, I focus on ways friends, fans and followers can be more loving – to each other and themselves, both online and off. No reason that we can’t raise our online standards. Frankly, the world can use more love, and I want to do my part. Christina Crook, in her book The Joy of Missing Out, Finding Balance in a Wired World, says: “Love has arms.” This

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    With Facebook changes, what’s a business to do?

    Facebook recently announced an algorithmic change that will significantly reduce the organic reach of Facebook Pages for businesses. Simply put, this means that reaching potential customers via the Business Page has essentially become pay to play. The good news is the move will reduce spammy content and force businesses to produce content that actually engages, or buy ads. So, what’s a

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    Why not start new year in Kenya

    Journey,to stay in a remote village, volunteering to help program for school children. My brother is leaving for Africa in a few days – Kenya, to be more precise. This journey, to stay in a remote village, volunteering his expertise with technology and entrepreneurship in an emerging program for school children, is a way of starting the year in a completely new way. In his day-to-day

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    Three Powerful Techniques for Creating a Year You'll Love

    Hello 2018! Creating a visual representation of your goals and dreams is a powerful technique to support purposeful action. The representation (or anchor) acts as a strong reinforcement of the energy and intention driving your goals and helps you focus on what is truly important to you as the year unfolds. I've used many different techniques over the years, from creating Vision Boards -

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    In Search of the Big Aha: 14 Questions for a Mindful New Year

    Don't you just love New Years? All that promise of a bright, shiny new year to play with along with the chance to reflect fondly on the preceding year, and (bonus) we get to chuck out what didn't work and start over.  Of course, the chucking-out bit requires some careful weeding through the previous 12 months, to make sure we capture and keep the good stuff. Wouldn't want to throw the New

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    On Saying No to Shortbread: 5 Tips for a Saner Holiday

    One of my coaching clients recently posted a question in our online group about how to be good to yourself during the especially hectic holiday season. This post has stayed with me, and I have been pondering it while on vacation in beautiful Arizona. This year hubby and I chose to take a month off and have our Christmas holidays away from home and from most of our family and friends. We were

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    Decluttering gives the future self elbow room

    Ease and flow are the hallmarks of a peaceful life. Along with a sense of time abundance, these are vital components of true in-the-bones contentment, or what I call ‘everyday happiness.’ Too much stuff cramps your style. Fussing and fumbling to find things, encountering daily disorganization and clutter creates chaos. This is the antithesis of peace. My intention is to enter 2018 in a

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    We are a competitive tribe.

    We used to compare ourselves to people we knew within our circles of friends and family. A week or so ago, I heard a compelling CBC radio interview with Payam Akhavan. He is a renowned United Nations prosecutor and human rights scholar and his 2017 CBC Massey Lectures, In Search of a Better World: A Human Rights Odyssey, is, to quote the CBC website, ‘a powerful survey of some of the major

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    Keep Your Online Expectations Real.

    The Internet is filled with advice about how, what and when you should post on your social media feeds. Pundits and the Internet Famous offer us a constant barrage of best practices notionally guaranteed to create engagement, raise profile, and sell products and services. For example: post five to 10 times a week on your Facebook page (engaging, thought-provoking, interesting posts), five

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