Tag Archives: Ottawa

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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24May/15
Healthy Grocery Haul

Healthy Grocery Haul

Eating healthy as a family doesn’t have to be complicated.

It begins with shopping places that have lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Farmers markets, local grocery stores, and even community gardens are great sources. Loading up on greens will ensure that a majority of your diet is healthy and you will be more able to get all of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay healthy.

If you go to a grocery store regularly, try to shop the outer aisles (where the fresh stuff is) first. Avoid processed foods as much as is possible and buy things with the least amount of ingredients necessary.

We don’t meal plan often, but I do have a few simple, standard meals that I often prepare. We eat 95% of our meals at home, so we are better able to control the quality and type of ingredients that we are eating.

It isn’t about eating “perfectly”, but focusing on whole, natural foods.

Happy Eating!

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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23Mar/15
60 Seconds to Fitness

60 Seconds to fitness

“I don’t have the time” is an excuse we’ve all used for why we don’t exercise. It is true that it can be difficult to take the recommended 30-60 minutes each day to dedicate to exercise. Fortunately, studies* show that even 10 minutes of exercise a day is enough to reap the benefits, such as a reduced risk of heart attack, diabetes and lower stress levels. So try this quick tip to incorporate exercise seamlessly into your day: Write a variety of exercises on pieces of paper (some sample exercises will be at the end, but hundreds can be found by searching “bodyweight exercises”) and place them in a jar. At various times throughout the day, reach into the jar and pull out an exercise. Aim to perform each exercise for either a set number of repetitions (10-20) or for 60 seconds, time well spent improving your health. Make time to incorporate exercise into your daily life and not only will your body reap the benefits, the endorphins released during activity will improve your mood.

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23Jan/15
The Day I Lied

The Day I Lied

The Day I Lied

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This is the story of the time I lied to our four year old. No, not about the existence of Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny. I didn’t lie to her about how eating green vegetables will give her magic hair like Rapunzel or that if she isn’t asleep in five minutes the fairies won’t be able to come and sprinkle her with fairy dust (that is what I call regular dust in my house; our home is incredibly magical). I lied to her about dog clothes.

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31Dec/14
Most Popular Posts of 2014

Most Popular Posts of 2014

Most Popular Posts of 2014

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To everything – turn, turn, turn. There is a season – turn, turn, turn. And a time to every purpose under heaven. Cheryl and I found a new purpose this year, sharing our life, our love for life and life lessons we stumble upon along the way.

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15Dec/14
Sneaking Around Helping People

Sneaking Around Helping People

Sneaking Around Helping People

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As a Canadian living in a cold and snowy city, one of my slogans is “I can’t always run but I can shovel!” Actually I don’t mind shovelling snow. I put some Christmas music on and go out enjoy the fresh air and the workout.

Not too long ago was the first big storm of the season here in Ottawa. At this time of year, shovelling is not just a sport, it’s an intense planning activity! See, I have a small lawn and long driveway which means I need to carefully place the snow in a way that will allow me to stack the snow all winter long without it crumbling down and burying me. 😉

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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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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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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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