11Dec/14
Broken but Beautiful

Blemished and Beautiful

Blemished and Beautiful

In case you don’t know me personally, or haven’t yet been overwhelmed by my fitness analogies, I like to work out. In fact, for the last few months it’s been something that I really look forward to doing. When days are tough or frustrating, I know that once I get under the weight of a heavy bar and push myself hard physically, I will feel so much better. Exercising frequently brings many great rewards, both physically and psychologically, but one unforeseen side effect was how scratched up my wedding rings would get from the weights.

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01Dec/14
Mother...!

Mother…!

Mother...!

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People don’t always use the word mother in a pleasant fashion. Here’s what everyone should say: Mothers are fantastic! This is the conclusion I drew after sitting a long time in the waiting room of my doctor’s office. Of course, I knew this universal truth before going to my appointment but as many other truths this one tends to be forgotten. And for some reason – probably pertaining to our human nature – mothers are the most forgetful of this, closely followed by their husbands.

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25Nov/14
Date your Mate

Date your Mate!

Dating doesn’t end with “I do”, rather, spending time alone as a couple is an important part of staying connected. Watch this video to see how we like to keep dating a part of our marriage and how you can too! Go and date your mate! [tweet this]

You might also enjoy 7 Signs You Need to Reconnect With Your Spouse and 7 Ways to Reconnect With Your Spouse.

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14Nov/14

Maintain Proper Form

Maintain Proper Form

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As someone who enjoys fitness and working out, few things make me cringe as much as someone doing an exercise with poor form. Whether it is a misaligned spine or crooked knees, my instinct is to want to correct them so that they will avoid injury and also find more success in their training.

All instructors understand the importance of teaching the proper way to do things, and the impact of correcting mistakes early on. As a mom I want to have the same approach when it comes to instructing and raising my children. If I want them to learn how respond to stress with patience and a calm reaction, how does flying off the handle contradict the message I’m hoping to teach?

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30Oct/14
Be a People Builder

Be a People Builder

Be a People Builder

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Have you ever been around people who make you feel like you could do anything you set you mind to? Or people who, when with you, make you feel like you mean the world to them. Even when they have to tell you something you won’t like, you feel like they genuinely care. These are simply people builders!

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24Oct/14
Minimalism: How to Make it Last

Minimalism: How to Make it Last

Here’s a video of Cheryl and I sharing our thoughts on how to make the minimalism movement last. As you all know by now, we were at SimpleREV 2014 and Joshua Becker gave a talk on this subject. He opened his inspirational speech by reading an article describing exactly how most of us would view our minimalism movement today, only to find out that it was written on April 8th 1991!

Looking at the late 90s and the beginning of the new millennium, it’s obvious that the movement did not last. Let’s make it last this time! Simple and intentional living is worth fighting for and promoting – share this video and subscribe!

How will you make Minimalism last?

15Sep/14
How to Turn Your Neighbourhood into a Community

How to Turn Your Neighbourhood into a Community

Building a community is not easy, even making new friends can be tough but I think it’s well worth it. In this video, Cheryl and I discuss some ways you can start building a community by simply being intentional.

Do you have experience building neighbourhood communities? Share with us your successes, difficulties and how you made it all happen!

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12Sep/14
The Simplicity Guide to Your Relationships

The Simplicity Guide to Your Relationships

This is a simple guide that you can use to evaluate each of your relationships. This guide is not meant to be exhaustive or the ultimate authority but to give you a practical workflow to simplify your life by helping you focus on the most important people or group of people. [tweet this]

This guide might sound harsh but it’s meant to make sure you don’t get stuck and to propel you forward. At each stage of our life, we need to be taught, we need to teach and we also need people who support who we are, our values and our goals. I hope this helps you prioritize your relationships.

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29Aug/14
The origin of JF

The Origins of JF

Baby JF

A few weeks ago, my aunt and my uncle celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. At the party, my cousin offered a simple but powerful toast. He expressed his gratefulness for the values he was taught, including the importance of a strong marriage and the respect of others. He also extended his gratitude to the grand-parents, aunts and uncles. And I must say that I feel the same about my parents and both sides of the family.

I recently tweeted “Dream big, make it happen, but never forget where home is!” [tweet this]. But one small tweet was not enough to express all I needed to express. To me, dreaming big is important and so is home which is my supportive family and friends.

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