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    • From Chaos to Peace Challenge 2019

      February is the month of love. Be your own valentine. Give yourself the gift of freedom and peace. Take on four weeks of short and simple decluttering and organizing challenges that will inspire you to create space,  freedom and peace in your day-to-day life. ​Join Conny Graf Lewis and I with the Chaos to Peace Challenge. The clutter clearing challenge will cover 4 areas over 4 weeks. Week 1: Household Clutter Week 2: Business/Paper Clutter Week 3: Digital Clutter Week 4: Clearing Mental and Social Clutter Our first weekly challenge will be

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    • Wisdom from the Inbox

      I’m a bit of a Chris Brogan fangirl. If you don’t know his work, you should. He’s a genius, although he would never say so himself. A New York Times bestselling author of nine books and counting, he’s a journalist, speaker and strategist, and the CEO of Owner Media Group. He’s an eagle-eyed trend-watcher, and one of only a handful of modern marketing gurus I allow regular access to my email. What I like about Brogan’s approach is that, despite his authority, he doesn’t proselytize. He seeks out useful information and presents an analysis and interpretation of it that is

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    • Events

      Mar

      19

      Digital Legacy Plan: The Book

      A guide to the personal and practical elements of your digital life before you die. Available in bookstores and online from Self-Counsel Press. Angela Crocker and I team up to give you ideas and tips on how to deal with your digital legacy.

      Pre-order Now!

      Oct

      05

      2019 Loon Lake Writing Retreat

      Spend a weekend unlocking your creative writing voice at beautiful Loon Lake in British Columbia, Canada! Participants will spend a weekend filled with creative exploration, guided writing sessions, opportunities to work in groups, and time to explore alone. The 2017 retreat SOLD OUT so reserve your spot now!

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    • Hello December

      Hello, December. It’s the festive season and that its time to shop, wrap, decorate, feast and frolic. For some, it is a time of wholehearted joy and celebration. For others, it is a sensitive time, particularly for those dealing with loss or struggling with health or financial issues. For all of us, it is a time we can reach out and connect with family, friends, clients and customers.

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      Researching the past

      A great gift of the Internet is its use as a research tool. For the past year or so, I have been working on a manuscript that chronicles a period of my childhood, populated with an intriguing array of characters who were largely the summertime friends of my late father. The work is a form of memoir, and the people I am writing about are real people. The freedom I give myself as a writer in

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      Mourning in the digital age

      One of the many things that have changed in the digital age is the way we grieve. Researching our book, Digital Legacy Plan, due out in March 2019, co-author Angela Crocker and I discovered some interesting research by professor Tony Walter, a sociologist from the U.K. who has written and taught widely on the social aspects of death, dying and loss. In his examination of online memorial

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      Thinking in terms of legacy

      As I write this, I’m putting the finishing touches on a book manuscript. It will be sent to the editor in the morning, and following about a month of substantive edits, it will go into the hands of a copy editor to take care of things like commas and periods. After that, it will be readied for print. The book will be released in March 2019. I’ve had the privilege of co-writing the

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      Please park the anger

      Ah, October. Rainy days, autumn colors, cozy sweaters and fireplaces, and every four years, a plethora of election signs. Offline and online, local politicians are working hard to get their platforms out to voters. The sudden appearance of signs at the roadside and candidates at events rarely attended previously, mailboxes stuffed with brochures and flyers – all this tells us the race for

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      Storm Shows Value of Community

      Reminder we are vulnerable to nature’s whims. It was late on Friday afternoon, and my neighbour Deborah, having just collected her grandson from daycare, noticed darkness looming in the sky. A storm had been predicted and she picked up the pace, pushing her grandson’s stroller just a little more hastily as clouds gathered overhead. By the time she made it the few short blocks from the

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