E is for Early

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I tried writing all day yesterday, and I couldn’t come up with a good “E” word. I tried writing about elevator music, expectations, effectiveness, I even thought about cheating and misspelling a word so that it would start with E, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I was having a creativity block, and I couldn’t get out of it, so I decided the best thing to do is go to sleep, and wake up at 6:00am the next day so I could get writing, with a fresh head, with a couple hours before we had to get to work.I will be the first person to admit that I am not a morning person. I wish I was, but that’s just not the case. So this morning after half an hour of ignoring my alarm clock, 25 minutes getting into the shower, another five minutes brushing my teeth…

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How to Overcome Health & Fitness Hurdles

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When you first decide to make health and fitness a priority in your life, you’re on a roll. You’ve filled your kitchen with healthy food, your activewear is on point, and you feel inspired. You’re ready to go. But then, something happens.

Maybe you get scared. You hit a road bump in nutrition. You find that you’re spending too much money on food or a gym membership. You have to travel out-of-town and leave your routine. Or you get bored. All of these things are barriers that can hold you back from achieving your goals. However, they do not have to stop you.

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One-Pan Dinner: Salmon, Green Beans & Potatoes

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There are a lot of things I love about spring – flowers, thunderstorms, open windows and… veggies being in season! I love eating green beans raw, and springtime is when they get really good – especially here in Wisconsin. They are on my short list to plant in our garden this year, so I can’t wait to try this recipe again with homegrown beans!

We’re always looking for healthy, easy meals to make during the week and if you love beans and salmon, this is something that I would recommend trying!

What You Need

This recipe was for just Casey and myself – using only one pan, and it was the perfect amount of food + leftover veggies! You could make more, but you’d obviously need more than one pan, which would defeat the purpose. 😉

  • 2 Salmon filets (mine were marinated in lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, crushed basil and…

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Millennials: Entitled? Or Simply Screwed?

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Sometimes, as a Millennial, I get really resentful.  I get tired of the image of our generation being soft and entitled.  I’m tired of being told that we need to just “get on with it”.  This idea that we were simply given too many participation ribbons as children.

The fact is that the world has changed in the past decade… And Millennials are the fodder.

Tutitions began to rise and we came out  of university with record levels of debt.

Jobs, good and steady jobs, became a thing of the past, replaced by contracts that start and stop, and give very little security.

And, housing, dear God, housing.  In the Lower Mainland one can’t win.  Renting is too much.  Owning is too much.  We buy these little places, our small foothold into the market, and then can’t move up.

We put off marriage, babies, as we attempt to get a grip.

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Motivation Monday – Keep Searching (Happy Birthday Wes Anderson)

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How many time have someone has said that they couldn’t buy something whatever they want, but the next week or next Monday because it’s paycheck? (they are living paycheck to paycheck

I heard this sentence twice a week, and I don’t talk to a lot of people. This really makes me think that we should teach young adults more about budgeting than mathematic in school. And this makes me want to write this article.To help people like me before with no clue where to star and how to do a budget.

There is an epidemic of people just surviving paycheck to paycheck. I’m using the word surviving because that it’s what it’s, they’re surviving with what is left of their salary until the next one come. And this needs to stop, people need to stop living these ways.

“living paycheck to paycheck – it’s not really living anyway – it’s…

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Small steps add up to big changes

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“The big numbers aren’t reached unless the small numbers are realized.” – Joyce Meyer

When I think back to several years ago, I never would have been able to imagine the place that I am at now in my life.  My old self could never have imagined that by the time 2017 rolled around I would have my personal training certification, I would be preparing to compete at Canadian Nationals in Masters Bikini, and I would be starting my own business!  I was depressed and discouraged, and only now do I see that it had been going on for several years.  I had a good life in terms of my health, my family and my finances, but there was an underlying discontent that I just couldn’t seem to shake.  I wasn’t working, but I couldn’t seem to enjoy that fact.  I lacked self-confidence and was overly concerned with what others…

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Attitude is Everything – Scientific Proof Thoughts & Intentions Can Alter The Physical World Around Us

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Be Like Water

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Dr. Masaru Emoto, a researcher and alternative healer from Japan has given the world a good deal of evidence of the magic of positive thinking. He became famous when his water molecule experiments featured in the 2004 film, What The Bleep Do We Know? His experiments demonstrate that human thoughts and intentions can alter physical reality, such as the molecular structure of water. Given that humans are comprised of at least 60% water, his discovery has far reaching implications… can anyone really afford to have negative thoughts or intentions?

The rice experiment is another famous Emoto demonstration of the power of negative thinking (and conversely, the power of positive thinking.) Dr Emoto placed portions of cooked rice into two containers. On one container he wrote “thank you” and on the other “you fool”. He then instructed school children to say the labels on the jars out loud…

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Positive Psychology – The Happy Secret to Better work by Shawn Achor

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Positive psychology is focused on three basic areas of study and practice:

  • Positive emotions, consisting of contentment with the past, current happiness, hope for the future.
  • Positive traits, such as courage, resilience, curiosity, self-knowledge, integrity, compassion, and creativity.
  • Positive institutions, such as community institutions, which can benefit from focusing on the tools developed in positive psychology research.

Positive Psychology: The Evidence on Happiness

Here are some research results that contribute to the field of positive psychology:

  • Activities bring more happiness than possessions. A survey of 150 young adults showed that when asked to rate the happiness value of purchases they hoped would be pleasurable, experience-type purchases, such as trips or meals, outranked objects.
  • Being wealthy does not make you more likely to be happy than other people, as long as everyone’s income is above the poverty level.
  • Grateful people are more likely to be healthy, helpful, and have a greater sense of well-being.
  • Seeing other people do good things makes us want to do good too.
  • An optimistic outlook reduces the risk of physical and emotional health problems.

We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk from TEDxBloomington, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity.

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Sicilian-style Salmon with Garlic Mushrooms & Poached Broccoli

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Hello Everyone! I can’t believe that it’s already the last day of March, meaning quarter of the year has just zoomed past in the blink of an eye! I felt like the first part of March went by really quickly for me, and the rest of the month just dragged on slowly to be honest. Maybe it was just because I spent the final week of my travels to New Zealand and Australia in the first week of March and the second week pouting about my post-vacation depression, and then of course dragging myself out of bed and to the office through the rest of March. I sound so pessimistic in this post in comparison to Wednesday’s post when I was all motivational and whatnot. Haha! I don’t mean to be pessimistic, I’m just stating the obvious lack of adventure in my life the moment I arrived back from my…

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