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Seasons of life : why tilting is better than balance

Seasons of life : why tilting is better than balance

When I wrote this article about seasons of life two weeks ago, I did not know that it would be so on point. You see, I was supposed to post this article last Tuesday, but life got in the way as I have been moving offices and I have not been able to post at all last week.  That is exactly what I was trying to demonstrate when I wrote this post, that different seasons of life demands our attention and devotion and how I make the most of it. In the last few weeks, I’ve been very preoccupied. The office where I work is moving and I’ve been in charge of coordinating the move. It would have been a fairly simple task, but the move has been postponed three times and I had to coordinate the whole thing from scratch each time. I was worried that I would forget something and I would spend the nights restless, going through each step in my mind again and again. Insomnia is not your best friend when you need to concentrate, to […]

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Quarter planning – 5 steps to achieve more goals

Back in 2015, I had the habit of setting goals in January, resolutions of sorts. That year, I set more than 40 goals and was very committed, in the first two months… When my drive gradually dissolved, I started to cross off items from my list. I started making excuses. At the end of the year, I had accomplished 15 of those 40+ goals. Not a bad result, but not even close. I realized that I had two problems in my planning method. First, I set too many goals to be able to work on all of them. Second, most of the goals I set in January were no longer relevant in April. This is when I learned about quarter planning. Shortly before I read Michael Hyatt’s book Living Forward, I heard him talk about quarter planning on his podcast, This is your life. I was very intrigued. Right after I’ve listened to that episode, I was introduced by Jeff Sanders’ podcast to The 12 Week Year book by Brian P Moran. After reading his book, I created the planning […]

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How Gretchen Rubin became my virtual mentor

A few years ago, I began my quest for personal growth by reading The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. A world of new possibilities opened for me as I discovered self-help books. One day, I was perusing the library section of my favorite thrift store when I found a little blue book written by Gretchen Rubin. The Title, The Happiness Project, immediately grabbed my attention. I ran home with the book and started reading it right away. During the summer of 2014, I went to the beach with my in-laws. What I love most about the beach are the long hours without a thing to do, nothing else than read. I read most of The Happiness project during that week at the beach. It was the first memoir I’ve ever read, a literary style I did not know existed. I was blown away by Gretchen Rubin’s style. We seemed to have in common that practical sense of creating experiences to enhance our happiness. She seemed a lot like me, very type-A, driven and disciplined. I really liked her. Soon after […]

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Multitasking is the enemy, and what you can do about it

multitasking is the enemy, what you can do about it

I am at work. My mind is scattered as I switch mindlessly from one task to the other. I am stressed out and I can’t seem to achieve anything on my to-do list. I feel frustrated and unhappy. Multitasking is the enemy. In this day and age, we all work in fast paced environments where we are required to tackle many projects simultaneously. We don’t have enough time to get everything accomplished, so we turn to multitasking as a way to get everything done. We believe that multitasking makes us more effective, when in fact, it doesn’t. I’ll share with you today why multitasking is a myth and affects our productivity in a negative way. Here we go. Multitasking is a myth When we multitask, we believe that we are working on many things at once. But in fact, our brains are only able to focus on one thing at a time. We are not actually multitasking, we are task-switching. There is a phenomenon that occurs when we leave one task to focus on the next that is called attention […]

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Self-love September, my story of self-love

When I was a teenager, self-love was not something I thought about very much. I don’t think I grasped the concept. I remember one day, being alone in my room and cutting myself on the breast to punish me for hurting a boy who was in love with me. I was not able to receive love, so I hurt the ones who offered it to me. I did not like myself very much. So I hurt myself. I think I started my self-love journey the day I asked for help at a local health clinic. Where I live, you are able to receive free psychological help and I went and asked for a counselor. At that time, I was drinking heavily and smoking weed to numb my angst. I was referred to a center for young addicts here in Montreal.  The first step to getting help was to stop using. I think that taking the decision to quit drinking and using drugs was the first step towards self-love, although I was far from achieving it. Later in life, I went […]

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Spotlight on Kendra Wright and the Year of Fear project

Kendra Wright, creator of the Year of Fear Project

When I first started this blog, my goal was to share the stories of ordinary people who took control of their happiness to create an amazing life. I wanted to inspire my readers to take action towards a happy and meaningful life. That is why I am so happy today to share with you the story of Kendra Wright, a real badass girl who created 3 years ago a project called the Year of Fear. Kendra Wright is a blogger, writer, speaker and location independent entrepreneur. Since creating the Year Of Fear Project in 2013, she has completed over 700 self-assigned comfort zone challenges. Kendra specializes in teaching others how to break through fear and uncertainty, productivity slumps, and create better work-life balance (without abandoning the inner hustle). The Year of Fear project consists of challenges that would push the limits of her comfort zone. In the first year, she went through 365 challenges, one for each day. Soon, her project started to intrigue others and eventually became a movement. Today, I share with you my interview with the awesome […]

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Living Forward, a summary of life planning

Living Forward book summary

Last year, I felt unsettled. One day, I came back from work with this feeling in my chest that my days were useless. I had the feeling that I was living my life without direction, just going through the motions of my everyday life, without a clear purpose. I would get up, rush through my morning routine, go to work, come back and read Facebook, then go to sleep. I was not achieving anything major during the day. I was drifting. At the same time, Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy released a book called Living Forward – A proven plan to stop drifting and get the life you want. Needless to say, the book caught my attention. I am a huge fan of Michael Hyatt and I was convinced that his book would be very powerful and inspiring. I was not mistaken. I rented an Airbnb to spend 3 days, in silence, to try and find a meaning to this drift I was experiencing and bring back purpose into my life. I read the book in a very short time […]

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Productivity Powerpack – The Weekly Review

I am a big proponent of David Allen’s Getting Things Done methodology. I have used his method for 2 years now and I must say that I now know what he meant by “mind like water”. When I first got interested in David Allen’s Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology, my mind was scattered and I found that I was always forgetting to do certain tasks. I felt that my mind was full of stuff I was supposed to do, but I did not know how to organize my thoughts and feel at peace. GTD offered me a framework to capture my thoughts and process them efficiently, and experience peace of mind. The most important part of GTD for me is the Weekly Review. What is the weekly review The weekly review is a productivity practice that you perform each week to get clear on your tasks, goals and projects and what needs to be done. It can be performed in as short as 20 minutes, or take a few hours. Mine usually takes 30 minutes or so. I go through […]

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What changed – 2 years of Miracle Morning

On July 31st, I celebrated an anniversary. I have been practicing the Miracle Morning for 2 years! Let me share with you the journey of my awesome awakening! Back in 2014, I just started working again after the Great Depression. I was going through the motions, work, eat, sleep, repeat. I would wake up at the last minute and rush out to work. I was feeling better, but there was still something missing in my life. I was lacking purpose. I always been an entrepreneur, and I was now working the 9 to 5 for a company that wasn’t mine. I was searching for my next business venture and listening to business podcasts to inspire me. The two that I was enjoying the most were Eventual Millionnaire and Entrepreneur on Fire. One day, I listened to an interview of this guy who died in a car crash and was brought back to life after being dead for 6 whole minutes. His story was incredible. He has been told that he would never walk again, but shortly after his accident, he […]

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Happiness is a choice, and you must make it everyday

Raise your hand if happiness comes to you naturally. I see, there’s a few of you! Now raise your hand if life is tough and you’re struggling, and you feel like happiness is a distant ideal, something you can’t quite experience. I have good news for you. Happiness is a choice. You can make that choice, right here, right now, no matter your circumstances. Now I hear you, “you know nothing of my life, if you were going through the same things I do, you would not be happy, you’d be far from it!” I hear you. You’d be thinking that an author writing about happiness must have a happy, simple and easy life. But the truth is far from it. My story is not quite shiny, nor easy. When I was 5 years old, I have been sexually abused by a teenage neighbor. I do not talk about it often, but it had a great impact on my life and my relationship with boys later on. When I was a teenager myself, I was so unhappy that I tried […]

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