Tag Archives: Life Coach

20Nov/14

Purposefully Unproductive

Purposefully Unproductive

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I’m a mom of two young kids (in case my “ponytail as a hairstyle” didn’t give it away yet) so “I’m bored” are two words I haven’t said in a long time. Whether it’s tidying up the toys, folding laundry, or a myriad of other jobs, there is always something that needs to get done.

Can you relate? I’m sure you can. No matter your season of life there is always something that needs cleaning, work that needs to be accomplished, and plans to prepare for.

Lately though I’ve been practicing being unproductive. It is taking active un-learning to stop thinking about the next thing that needs to get done long enough to be still and enjoy the moment. Sometimes I do it for 30 seconds while I am drinking my first morning sip of freshly brewed coffee. Other times I try and sit quietly for 5 minutes, this is about as long I can tolerate until the urge to get up and do something kicks in.

There is a fear of falling behind that permeates our decisions. Our work continues to mount as we don’t complete it. We also feel that we are the most capable and that if we didn’t act, nothing would get done. There is an old saying that goes: “the graveyards are full of indispensable people”. It is a telling, albeit somewhat morbid, statement that life goes on, with or without us.

So what value is there in stopping, then, if it risks us falling behind? Here are three observations from my own experience with being purposefully unproductive.

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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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11Nov/14
How I'm Getting Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable (and why you should too)

How I’m Getting Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable (and why you should too)

How I'm Getting Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable (and why you should too)

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Are you comfortable? Right now? If you’re standing you probably wish you could be sitting. If you’re sitting you’d probably prefer to be reclining. And if you’re reclined? Why not take a nap.

We all strive for comfort.

Whether it’s in the clothes we wear, the way we plan our finances, or the friends we choose to be around, our decisions are often made with our own comfort in mind. In his book, The Mindfulness Solution, professor of psychology Ronald D Seigel says that we are addicted to seeking pleasure, so much that we are unable “to just be”.

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03Nov/14

Dare to be Late

Dare to be Late

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This morning I learned of something incredibly tragic that happened in Ottawa. A young woman was running to catch a bus at around 7:15 in the morning; instead of catching the bus, she was hit by it, ending her life within the hour. I can only imagine what her rush was. Perhaps she was behind schedule to get to work. An important meeting. Some paperwork she was behind on. Perhaps she was rushing to get to school, to study for a test or do final edits on a paper. She never thought that rushing would end her life. None of us do, and yet it is not the first time that speeding ahead has ended in disaster.

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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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28Oct/14
5 Ways to Simplify Halloween with Kids

5 Ways to Simplify Halloween with Kids

Here’s a funny video of Cheryl and I giving you 5 ways to simplify Halloween for kids. Don’t be fooled, this video is silly and full of surprises – including some bloopers. It also delivers 5 serious practical tips that will help you have an amazing time with you kids this Halloween.

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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?

20Oct/14
5 Ways to Enjoy Any Experience More

5 Ways to Enjoy Any Experience More

This is my favourite video from Cheryl so far. We try to use what is described in this video every day. We’re not always in the moment but we try to be more intentional in everything we do and it works. It brings us more joy, we seem to be more satisfied and it helps us reduce stress.

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Resources

Here are some resources on being in the moment:

16Oct/14
3 types of hoarders

3 Types of Hoarders

Watch and learn about 3 types of hoarders. See if you identify with any of these and how you can learn to let go and find simplicity with your stuff. If you, or a loved one, struggle with hoarding to a greater degree, there is a great interview and resources on Joshua Becker’s website.

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14Oct/14
Don’t Slam The Brakes

Don’t Slam The Brakes

Don’t Slam The Brakes

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I’ve seen a lot of stupid driving since moving to a city over 7 years ago. I mean, a lot. Some poor driving decisions including turning left on a red light, cutting off a bicycle, and ignoring stop signs altogether. One style of driving I see more often than not is failure to look ahead and anticipate what’s coming. Drivers will accelerate as much as possible to pass others, run lights, and avoid stopping, only to have to slam their brakes when they (inevitably) come across something that causes them to have to slow down. I think that many people who drive like this also live this way, too. They go go go as much as possible, pushing past anyone who would dare get in their way, only to have to slam on the breaks when they can’t maintain their speed anymore. Perhaps their obstacle comes in the form of a health crisis, or a stressful season of life that they can’t cope with.

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