07Oct/14
Soar above your problem

Soar Above Your Problem

Soar above your problem

Do you remember the first time you took the plane? It’s usually nerve wracking. You don’t really know what is suppose to happen, in other words you don’t know what’s normal. You notice every little noise, you might even question what the pilot is doing – as if we could do better. Then the plane starts shaking, gains more power and momentum, soon you realize, the wheels are off the ground which means you are flying. Let that sink in for a moment. You might have still been nervous then but seeing the sun bright and shinning above the clouds was an incredible wonderful sight.

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01Oct/14
Minimalist: Greedy for Less

Minimalist: Greedy for Less

Can a minimalist be greedy? Can a minimalist act greedy? Watch this video and find out as Cheryl and I discuss greed, one of its possible source, its effects and how we try to avoid it in our life.

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29Sep/14
The Lost Art of Quietness

The Lost Art of Quietness

The Lost Art of Quietness

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We live in a society that praises busyness. We wake up in the morning, rush to go to work, get our work done as fast as we can and rush home. Then we eat fast or eat fast-food and go on with other activities before going to bed. And when we have a minute, we check our phone! I have to say I’m guilty of some of those but I’m trying to change.

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22Sep/14
Stuff can't fix everything

When Stuff Can’t Help You

Stuff can't fix everything

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Ever notice how when you have a need in your life, there is always someone trying to sell you something to fill it? Looking tired? Buy some makeup. Out of shape? Buy a gym membership. Bad hair day? Buy a hat. Well, maybe that last one is just for me but you get the idea. It seems such a pervasive idea that sometimes it even goes undetected, until we have left the Target with yet again $100 of “stuff” when we only went in for some milk — try not to buy milk the same place you can buy underwear, that will prevent this from happening again.

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04Sep/14
5 Ways to Find Yourself

5 Ways to Find Yourself

5 Ways to Find Yourself

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One question we often ask is “how are you?” Some of us even keep ourselves in check by regularly saying “how am I doing?” But there is one crucial question we rarely ask ourselves: Who am I? I had asked that question a long time ago but I discovered lately that it is very beneficial to make that inquiry on a regular basis.

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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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25Aug/14
Tale of an Acorn

Tale of an Acorn

Acorn

Parenting is hard work. I tried to think of many more eloquent ways to say it but no words can mask the truth that parenting is just plain hard. I have only been doing it for four years now but I can tell you that it is by far the most draining and challenging of tasks I have undergone in my life. In fact, some days it seems so overwhelming that I want to throw up my hands and say “I give up”. But I recently had a bit of an epiphany in regards to my purpose and I want to share it with you to encourage you in your parenting journey today.

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18Aug/14
The Simplicity Guide to Your Thoughts

The Simplicity Guide to Your Thoughts

This is a simple guide that you can use each time a questionable thought(s) comes through your mind. This guide is not meant to be exhaustive or the ultimate authority but to give you a practical workflow to evaluate the relevance and the value of your thoughts. [tweet this]

I hope this guide helps you simplify and calm your mind by cultivating thoughts that are true to yourself and that keep you more present in each moment of your life.

The Simplicity Guide to Your Thoughts

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