Today is Halloween. A day when we dress up as someone else. It got me thinking about all the other times in life when we wear a mask and don’t let our true self shine through. The roles we play. And the lines we say. Continue reading
I remember my earliest trips to Ireland to visit my grandma, aunts, uncles and cousins. Thoughts of cabbage and mashed potatoes, the creamiest butter and milk, Flake chocolate bars in a soft cone and running wild in the green hills come to mind. Uncle Sean was a fixture on these visits. I will never forget his laugh and his stories. Continue reading
I always buy my daily cup of tea at the same store. When I was in line paying one day this week, the cashier asked if I ever bought meat at the store. I said sometimes, and asked if there was a sale. She said no but did I remember a young man who was always smiling at the butcher counter and I said I did. She said, “He passed away from an asthma attack.”
He was my age. Continue reading
Oshawa is a city outside of Toronto with a population of 160,000 people. In the recent election, a new mayor was chosen in Oshawa with 70% of the vote. His name is Dan Carter. And he spent many years homeless due to addiction that stemmed from tragedies in his youth. He was assaulted as a paper boy at the age of eight and his older brother died in a motorcycle accident when Dan was only 13 years old. Continue reading
Today is municipal voting day in my neighbourhood where we will vote for our mayor, ward councillor and school board trustees. I’m thankful for the people who put their names forward to represent me and I’m grateful that I live in a country where I know I can vote how I want and feel safe while doing so. Continue reading
The game of life is won and lost in the mind. If someone tells you not to bother as you are not cut out for it, do you listen? Does it affect how you see yourself?
What other people think of you is none of your business but it’s hard to live by that mantra.
Do you believe in yourself beyond reason? Do you ask for forgiveness rather than permission? Continue reading
I was listening to a webinar by author Benjamin Hardy this week and he made an interesting point. All the growth and creativity happens when you rest.
If you are trying to build muscle, you work hard at lifting weights but the muscles get bigger during the recovery period. Continue reading
American writer and comedian Bryan Callen said, “I think you should try to slay dragons. I don’t care how big the opponent is. We read about and admire the people who did things that were basically considered to be impossible. That’s what makes the world a better place to live.”
That idea is what inspired me to write my book, The Treasure You Seek. People who failed countless times before they succeeded. People who overcame impossible odds. People who never gave up. Continue reading
I was listening to Tim Ferriss interview Peter Diamandis and so many inspirational tidbits were shared. Peter created the X Prize Foundation that offered a $10 million prize to entice private companies to build manned space ships that could go into space twice in two weeks. Peter didn’t have the prize money yet when he launched the bold initiative but he convinced 20 astronauts and the head of NASA to stand beside him on stage for the announcement. One hundred and fifty companies turned Peter down when he was trying to raise the prize money but Ansari finally said yes and the contest was a success. More than $100 million was invested in creating space travel solutions by non-government groups trying to win the prize. Big goals and big risks lead to big outcomes. Continue reading
I am currently reading The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin. He won the national chess championships eight times starting at nine years old. Josh writes, “It is my nature to revel in apparent chaos. I’ve always loved thunderstorms, blizzards, hurricanes, rough seas, sharky waters.” He feels this ability to believe in resilience through challenge is what helped him win so many tough chess matches. Continue reading