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Dirty Mansion
Mindset

The Crazy Man Who Lives in a Dirty Mansion

I’m moving this month – always an all-consuming and exhausting task. I’m also a renter, a reality for many people living in the city. Since moving to Toronto in 2004, the prospect of buying a home hasn’t really been a possibility for me –…

May 30, 2017
Commuting
Mindset

Commuting Is Hell! My Trick for Making It Easier

As with every other September, now that school is back in session there seems to be twice as much traffic on the streets. People are more anxious, they’re hurrying more, and they’re moodier. While the stress commuting to work places on our health (and…

September 23, 2016
Victim Mentality
Mindset

Be a Hero, Not a Victim: How to Escape Victim Mentality

Of all the problematic mindsets I’ve identified in myself and focused energy on managing, victim mentality was – and continues to be – by far one of the trickiest. What was particularly tricky for me, and what trips many others up as well, is…

August 10, 2016
Change
Mindset

Change Is Scary – But You’re Built for It

Making big change to the course of your life is not easy. We all know it’s hard to make the decision to change one job for another, or leave a long-term relationship, or move to a new home. The reason these changes are so hard…

June 2, 2016
Action-oriented
Mindset

How to Be Action-Oriented

I realize that “action-oriented” has a stale corporate connotation, something you’d place in the “Skills and Interests” section of your résumé, or a trait you’d discuss with a boss during an annual performance review. But before you groan, hear me out! There is actually…

March 10, 2016
Emotions
Mindset

10 Hacks for Heavy Emotions

*Thanks to all the incredibly wise individuals who have shared these hacks with me over the years. You’ve changed my life. Most people I know would describe me as cool, relaxed, and easy-going – like a person who doesn’t get worked up or emotional…

November 6, 2015
Pragmatism
* Mindset

Pragmatism: An Approach to Living

Usually when we use the word pragmatic we mean to say that something is practical, useful, or functional. But there is another usage of the word that we are less familiar with, and that is in reference to the philosphy of pragmatism. This is…

October 8, 2015
Cycling Safety
Mindset

Cycling Safety: Why You Should Obey the Rules of the Road

In the warmer months, I commute to work by bike, which means I spend a lot of time on it. I also take my cycling safety very seriously because, well, I don’t want to get injured or worse. One morning, while biking along Dundas Street east…

July 29, 2015
Emotional Overload
Mindset

Emotional Overload and the Messy Pile-Up

Oh, emotional overload. Feelings piled upon feelings piled upon feelings, until ka-boom! Have you ever felt upset about something and you’re not sure why? So you feel a bit embarrassed for being upset at something so silly. And then on top of that you’re also…

May 28, 2015