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  • Are you taking your goals seriously?

    © 2017 HA Photography At the start of a new year, it is a common practice to review the past one, think about the future and map out a path to success. Successful people, we are told, are ambitious and driven, fully focused on achieving their goals. Ambitious people are usually perceived as smart, ruthless, striving, and single-minded. The late Lou Tice in his book, Personal Coaching

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    Our annual #DeclutteringisSelfLove Challenge

    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 our annual #DeclutteringisSelfLove Chaos to Peace Challenge. The clutter clearing

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    An Opportunity to Start Over

    It’s the time of year for reflection. Most of us are well fed and have spent the past few days reconnecting with family and friends and sharing the spirit of the holidays. There is breathing space now and a chance to rest and relax before the start of the new year. So, what does 2020 look like for you? That question can be big or small depending on where you sit. If you are an

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    Quest for Calmness in the Digital Age

    Meditation is a means of transforming the mind through techniques to develop deep concentration, positivity, clarity, and calmness. There are many meditation practices and traditions, and most offer a means of understanding the habits and patterns of the mind and cultivating new, more focused states of being. In our fast-paced world, the quest for calmness is a growing one and the

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    Technology Fatigue is Real

    I have technology fatigue. “Oh no,” I think, sighing, “here we go again…” It’s not the first time I’ve been through this. In recent years, I’ve suffered from Facebook fatigue, Twitter fatigue, smartphone fatigue, and even back in the day, email fatigue. In fact, I’m far enough along this journey that I can remember when the phone rang off the hook and drove me

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    Do We Have the Right to be Forgotten?

    When we were researching our recent book, Digital Legacy Plan (Self-Counsel Press 2019), co-author Angela Crocker and I asked people what they wanted done with their digital assets and online identities after their deaths. While some wanted their profiles preserved or memorialized, and most wanted tangible assets bequeathed in some way, many people we talked to said that their preference

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    Digital Brain Candy

    Early September and time to enjoy the last of warm afternoons and get back into routines of work and school. Let me offer you a round-up of some of my favourite online brain candy to help get you through the transition. These are podcasts, blogs or vlogs that both entertain and enlighten. New to the podcast scene is SPiEL. SPiEL is hosted by Joanna Baxter and Dayna Mahannah, Vancouver

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    Changing Landscapes

    As I write this, I am gazing at the view over my new balcony. Masts of sailboats bob on sparkling blue water and behind them the treeline of the forests of Newcastle Island spikes the sky. Turning to look the other way, into the living space of this high-ceilinged seaside penthouse apartment and out the sweeping windows that frame it, I have a close-up view of two tall and

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    The Heft of a Good Book

    My husband and I are downsizing and we’re spending the early days of summer sorting and sifting through two decades of household goods. We’re both writers and we have a vast collection of books. We’ve slowed down on new book purchases as we navigate this transition, and I have become extremely grateful for the Kindle app, allowing me to continue to ‘collect’ books in digital

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    Everyday Happiness

    I believe happy idleness is a pathway to a purposeful life. In North America, particularly, we have come to reject idleness, and yet it is in the pauses between our seemingly urgent tasks and activities that we find our deepest contentment. The everyday happiness philosophy suggests that it is life’s ordinary moments, small victories, and day-to-day joys that provide an infinite source of

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