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Productivity, depression, and the challenge of being an entrepreneur

When you write a happiness and productivity blog, people expect you to be glowing, sparkling, checking everything off your to do list daily. And when I am at my best, I’d say I fit the bill quite perfectly. But on days like today, I cannot get anything done, and there’s not much I can do about it. I’ve suffered from depression since I am a teenager. At 15, my first major depression hit hard, I had to take meds and some time off from school. I even had to change schools. The doctors said that my chances of suffering from depression again in life were very high. With the help of antidepressants and therapy, I gradually started feeling better and, by the end of high school, depression was only a distant memory. Later in my 20s, depression crept back in, it came and went. I tried different meds, with astonishing side effects, weight gain, acne, all sorts of weird things, like blurry vision or falling asleep at 8 at night. Then I had a few years of solace, where my […]

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7 Reasons Why You Need a coach

7 reasons why you need a coach

In this day and age, life is so fast paced that we need an edge to keep ahead of the flow. If we truly want to be successful in our career and in our relationships, trying to wing it just doesn’t cut it anymore. We’re bombarded by information, opportunities and new technologies and deciding what’s right for us can quickly become overwhelming. My readers often tell me that they’re having a hard time deciding what to focus on and narrowing their priorities. These are all reasons why you need a coach. Coaching is one of the best ways to cut the clutter in your life, define your priorities and find happiness and fulfillment. Keep reading to learn the 7 reasons why you need a coach. 1. A coach helps you define your goals and your priorities One of the biggest challenge my readers face is to decide what to dedicate their time to. Time is the most precious resource we have and the most limited. We all get 168 hours a week and, if we’re spending it on stuff that’s […]

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Review : The Four Tendencies

The Four tendencies book review

Gretchen Rubin is one of the most popular author writing about happiness and human nature. Her many bestsellers such as The Happiness Project and Better Than Before have influenced me greatly over the years. In Better Than Before, she laid out a personality called The Four Tendencies and it spread like wildfire. On her podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, each week listeners are asking questions about their tendencies and how they can make their lives better by harnessing the strengths of their tendency. It was no surprise that Rubin’s new book would be a deep dive into the Four Tendencies framework. And her book delivered. Within the first week of its launch, the book has made the Bestseller list of the New York Times as well as other acclaimed bestsellers lists. I preordered the book, eager to dive into the framework in more details. I devoured it in record time and couldn’t wait to share it with you guys. The Four Tendencies Framework The Four Tendencies is a personality framework which sorts people into 4 categories, or tendencies. Our tendency […]

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Decluttering brings happiness… but not always!

Decluttering brings happiness

Not only am I a crazy book nerd, but I’m also an organization maniac. Researching new ways to make my rooms more streamlined and effective is one of my favorite pastimes. Weird, I know. But you won’t be suprised to hear that when Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, came out, I was all over it. And to the surprise and despair of my fiancé, I started decluttering the house top to bottom, going completely nuts! *N.B.: This is NOT an article about the KonMari Method* Gretchen Rubin has a saying that I particularly love : “Outer order brings inner calm.” Well to me, that is totally true. A tidy house makes me feel at home. A tidy office triggers my inner hustler. In fact, I am unable to work in a messy environment. Just can’t. Nothing makes me feel inner peace like the sight of a well organized bookshelf or drawer. It makes me feel happy. So I went through the KonMari decluttering system with much enthusiasm. The concept is simple, you take every item in […]

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What is your definition of success? 3 key components

We all have a different definition of success. Here are 3 key components

Most personal development and productivity blogs talk about success, in one way or another. Although we all have an idea of what success is, when asking around, you can soon realize that everyone has his own definition. In today’s article, I will share what I believe is the definition of success, and it might be very different from what you expect. My definition of success Many believe that, to be successful, you need to have more money than you will ever need. Financial success is amongst the most common definitions of success and I can see why. Personally, I don’t think that’s what all I want in my life. Success is much more than the content of my checkings account. 3 key components of success A job you love : Most of us spend the majority of our lives working. Either as an employee or as an entrepreneur, we work our butts off making a living. And if you’re an homemaker, I consider you working too! House keeping and taking care of the kids is hard work and it should be […]

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3 years of Miracle Morning update

3 years of Miracle Morning - An Update

Today is a big day for me as I am celebrating my 3rd Miracle Morning anniversary! 3 years of early mornings dedicated to improving myself, my knowledge, my relationships. 3 years of pure enjoyment. If you are not familiar with the Miracle Morning, I invite you to read my previous article which lays out the full routine that author Hal Elrod has created. He wrote this bestselling book, The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) in 2012.  The book has now been published all over the world, where hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts are getting up early every morning to better themselves according to Elrod’s method. In a nutshell, the Miracle Morning is a routine of 6 personal development practices, named SAVERS, that you go through first thing in the morning. The SAVERS stand for Silence (prayer or meditation), Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading and Scribing (journaling). You can take as short as 1 minute for each practice, hence called the Six-Minute Miracle Morning, or take as long as you like. My routine lasts about 1 […]

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The Four Tendencies : a Framework to Form Good Habits and Actually Keep Them

The Four Tendencies, a Framework to build good habits

I’ve shared my admiration for Gretchen Rubin before on the blog. Author of bestselling books such as The Happiness Project and co-host of the Happier podcast, Gretchen Rubin is a happiness rock star. Everything she publishes I read, and when I heard that she was going to publish a book on the Four Tendencies, I was ecstatic. In her recent book, Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of our Everyday Lives, Rubin has laid out a personality framework called the Four Tendencies. The tendencies describe how we respond to inner and outer expectations, like a work deadline, or new years resolutions. She explains that knowing our tendency can help us find ways to achieve the goals we set for ourselves as well as form and keep healthy habits. Here’s an overview of the Four Tendencies framework : The Upholder An upholder is an individual who will respond to both inner and outer expectations with ease. They are the high achievers, always respecting deadlines, crossing things off their to-do lists and checking boxes. They crave the gold star of doing what’s […]

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Top 10 personal development books of 2017 – part 1

Top 10 personal development books of 2017

To say that I’m an avid reader would be an understatement. So far in 2017, I’ve read 45 books, most of them about personal development. I’ve selected 10 of the most interesting and life-altering ones I’ve read to share with you today. Here are my 10 favorite personal development books, in no particular order. 1.  The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness This very simple, but quite powerful book has been my favorite so far. I wrote a full blog post about the Slight Edge principle, which allows you to turn any habit into massive success. If you are trying to achieve a goal, any goal, I highly suggest that you get a copy of the Slight Edge. 2.  Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear This book by bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert is about creativity and our birthright as creators. The author empowers us in feeling entitled to create and to do so in a daring way. Very freeing and inspiring! 3. The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul During my silent retreat […]

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The Slight Edge : How simple habits can lead to massive success

The Slight Edge, simple habits can create massive success

We’ve all heard of compound interest in finances. Leave a sum of money in a fund and gradually, you’ll earn some interest. After a while, not only you’ll earn interest on the initial sum, but you’ll also be making interest on the interest. It’s compounding over itself. After 7 years, you’ll have at least doubled your initial sum. That’s a concept we all know and understand for our finances, even if we don’t always put it to use. But did you know that you could harness the power of compound interest in every area of your life? That is the power of the Slight Edge principle. The Slight Edge is a concept that author and entrepreneur Jeff Olson has published back in 2005 in a book by the same name. I have just finished reading the book that I devoured in record time. I have to say that I have been blown away by 1) the simplicity of its concept and 2) by the incredible amount of power its application will give me over each area of my life. But before […]

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25 Free Summer Activities to Boost your Happiness

25 free summer activities to boost your happiness

Summer has officially started here in the northern hemisphere and the weather is nice and inviting. During summer, things slow down a bit at work while everyone is taking their vacation and we get more free time to do the things we love. To get you inspired, I compiled a list of 25 free summer activities to boost your happiness and wellbeing and enjoy the nicer season. Let’s dig in! Healthy summer activities One of the first things that can boost our happiness is to feel better physically. Now that the weather is nice, we can be active outside and get our bodies moving. Here are a few ideas to get you in shape. 1. Play a sport A good way to get together with friends is to schedule a match of your favorite sport. You can play Frisbee at the park, play basketball at the local school playground or flag football in the field. Choose any sport that can get you moving and having fun! 2. Go Swimming If there’s a community pool in your neighborhood, get yourself wet […]

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