19Sep/15
What are the many pleasures of having kids?

What are the many pleasures of having kids?

What are the many pleasures of having kids?

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I have been asking myself one question lately. What are the many pleasures of having kids?

Foolish people tend to focus on the negative even when everything is going well. Others are mostly positive… well, at least when things are going well! But unfortunately most of us tend to focus on the difficulties, the sadness, the wrongs that have been done to us.

When you expect your first child, you get excited, you almost cannot wait for that precious day when you’ll hold that new life in your arms. You know the difficulties that will come with this new born and despite of this you focus on the positive and get extreme joy out of these thoughts.

Couple kids later, you’re in your kitchen trying to accomplish many small tasks that seemed so easily and quickly done in the past. Your kids are crying and they’re not the only ones. You feel overwhelmed and alone. You think of all that you have to do, everything seems so big. Stop right there, shake your body, move around and then continue reading.

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18Aug/15
7 Reasons Why Stockpiling is a Waste

7 Reasons Why Stockpiling is a Waste

7 Reasons Why Stockpiling is a Waste

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*disclaimer: this post is written from a Canadian perspective, where the availability and laws about coupon use and bulk purchasing are different than in the United States.

Savvy Shopper. Coupon Clipper. There are many names today for people who follow a movement of extreme shopping.

The concept is fairly simple: keep track of items that your family uses and when they go on sale, purchase them in bulk, typically using coupons to decrease the final price. I myself used to subscribe to this mentality and would look for coupons in the weekly papers, magazines, and online.

I enjoyed the thrill of the hunt and when I finally got some items 80-100% off (yes, for free), it felt like I was making a difference towards my family’s spending and I enjoyed doing it. That is, until we started adopting a more minimalist lifestyle. Suddenly, having 10 bottles of shampoo in the closet didn’t feel so satisfying.

And so, I’ve changed how I shop and I’m here to share with you the seven ways that stockpiling can be wasteful and how I’ve changed my shopping habits to suit a more minimalist lifestyle.

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23Jul/15
Have you found your limits yet?

Have you found your limits yet?

Have you found your limits yet?

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Today I want to share with you something I had to fight against all my life. What can I do when I find my limits? And I think I’m not the only one facing this sort of questioning.

First let’s look at an important question: do we have real limits? Lots of people will tell you no! If you want to reach your full potential, you must believe you have no limits. Let’s be realistic, we’re all bound by time, we all have a certain amount of energy, responsabilities, skills and talents. Before we continue, notice that these can shift, increase and evolve but they’ll still be limited.

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17Jul/15
Important Goal Setting Concepts

2 Important Goal Setting Concepts

Important Goal Setting Concepts

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It’s been difficult to stay motivated these last few days. I feel as though the hope I had all year has disappeared. Do you ever feel like this?

I have so many great ideas: building a life coaching business and getting clients. I want to write more articles for the website and I want to help publicize SimpleREV 2015. And then life happens!

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29May/15
Why I Don't Care About Subscriber Numbers

Why I Don’t Care About Subscriber Numbers

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Blogging can be a stressful venture. You’re constantly trying to create original, creative content that makes a splash in the virtual information ocean. On top of that, your always wanting more people to “subscribe” whether to your e-mail newsletter, your blog content, or your YouTube channel (shameless plug here)

Early on in our blogging (though I still feel a year into it that we are very much newbies) every new e-mail subscription brought a tiny thrill of excitement. Whether it was because our message was resonating with people, or because they just loved receiving e-mail was of no significance to me.

On the flip side, every un-subscription notice came as a slight jab. What didn’t they like? Did we say something offensive? Would we change our content to get people to like us more, or stick to what we believed even if nobody agreed?

There is nothing like virtual judgement to turn you paranoid.

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12May/15
How to Lift Your Mood

How to Lift Your Mood

Have you ever been in a situation that dragged you down and left you feeling heavy? We’ve all had those and it’s usually difficult to shake off the bad feelings. In the following video, I describe a small strategy that will show you how to lift your mood.

I like to call this strategy the human helium balloon. We all know how light a helium balloon is and you’ll use this mental image to make yourself feel lighter. This strategy combines effective breathing and visualization and much more since it uses your other senses.

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08May/15
5 ways to live an impactful life

5 Ways to Live an Impactful Life

5 ways to live an impactful life

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Most of life passes us by in a fairly uneventful way.

We are woken up by our alarms, digital or living, and then we proceed to shake the haze that is morning. We wash our face, dress for the day’s activities, eat some kind of breakfast or drink our life-sustaining beverage of choice and head out the door.

From here we interact with many different people, some of whom are predictable and others unanticipated. Most of the interactions are cordial at best, covering only the deepest level of interaction necessary to propel us forward to our next assignment for the day.

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28Apr/15
Why I hope I'm never the smartest person anywhere

Why I hope I’m never the smartest person anywhere

Why I hope I'm never the smartest person anywhere

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The other night while watching some playoff hockey, JF and I saw an advertisement for a game show called “Canada’s Smartest Person”. I haven’t seen the show so I can only presume it is a trivia and challenge show intended to test different types of intelligence, the prize being both money and bragging rights of being deemed the “smartest” (by a Canadian game show anyways, but that fact might remain unsaid).

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20Apr/15
How to follow through on your commitments

How to follow through on your commitments

How to follow through on your commitments

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This past weekend I attended the 14th annual YMCA-YWCA Connexion Fitness Conference for fitness professionals. It was a full day of seminars, workshops and networking with personal trainers, volunteers and fitness industry leaders. The keynote address was delivered by professor of Sport Psychology and author Terry Orlick. Terry talked about the keys to excellence, and how there are seven factors to achieving excellence in life: Commitment, Belief, Full Focus, Positive Images, Mental Readiness, Distraction Control and Constructive Evaluation. He combines these together as a wheel, in which each one plays an important role and cannot bring success by itself, but must be working in harmony with each of the other factors.

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17Apr/15
Mindful Eating

Mindful Eating

We all need to be more mindful in our lives. Many of us eat our emotions, when we’re bored, or we are dis-engaged from our food. Eating mindfully is a way to connect more with the practice of eating, re-enforce a healthy relationship with food and it allows you to be fully present while eating. Here are five simple ways to eat more mindfully:

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