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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

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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How I use the Pomodoro Technique to curb procrastination

Have you ever postponed a task, way too many times, because you did not feel like doing it? Have you ever felt that your motivation was so low that you couldn’t achieve anything? I have being in this situation way too often, so I found a special trick to curb procrastination and boost my motivation, in just 25 minutes! It is called the Pomodoro Technique. Simplest productivity method The Pomodoro Technique has been developed by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980s. The concept is simple. You set a timer for 25 minutes and you work on a task, without distractions, until the timer goes off. I use this technique every time I find myself procrastinating on a task. Knowing that I will only spend 25 minutes on the task motivates me to accomplish the most of it during that time. When the 25 minutes is up, I get a 5 minutes break and do something rewarding, like reading a blog article on my favorite topics. After four 25 minutes intervals, take a 15 to 30 minutes break.  Those 25 minutes chunks […]

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The event that changed my life (and why I write this blog) 

A few years ago, my life changed dramatically. In fact, I believe I became a whole new person. It was the year 2010.   A year before the event that changed my life, I was an entrepreneur. I produced heavy metal concerts for a living. The financial crisis was in full bloom, and my shows were slowly deserted. After a while, I had to come to the conclusion that this business model was not profitable enough and I had to pull the plug. This decision was the hardest I ever had to take. And not for the reason you think.   To say that I was a workaholic was a bit of an understatement. At that time, I was working 80 hours a week, had been for the last 10 years of my life. I am what you may call an overachiever and I was always on the go. When I quit my business, I was faced for the first time of my life with two realities. I had no goal past this point, and I had A LOT of […]

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