I quit sugar

  Say what? Who would be crazy enough to quit sugar? About a year ago, I had trouble waking up in the mornings, experienced major afternoon slumps, and felt complete blah about my body overall. I was eating my whole grains, veggies, and proteins, and got at least 7 – 8 hours of sleep. I…

How to talk to anyone

One of my favourite communication / self-improvement books of all time is Leil Lowndes’ How to Talk to Anyone. It is my Bible on how to network better, speak with confidence, avoid awkward social situations and more! What I love about this book is how easily the reader can relate to the scenarios she illustrates (think…

Travelling with Me, Myself & I

People tend to think travelling solo is a daunting endeavour. But it doesn’t have to be. As someone who has travelled alone many times, my solo travels have been the most amazing and life changing experiences. The benefits are many, including: Increased confidence Greater independence Better sense of direction Freedom and flexibility New friends and acquaintances…

Write bright and early

I’ve been thinking about how I can improve my writing, especially on how to generate content on the spot. I’ve heard about the benefits of writing in the morning and many have adopted the practice of writing Morning Pages, a creative exercise devised by Julia Cameron. Here’s what she says about what Morning Pages: “Morning Pages…

Crucial conversations

I was very fortunate to partake in a “crucial conversations” course led by my company’s HR team. The course offers a companion book (“crucial conversations” by Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, Switzler) that contains the same key messages and useful strategies as the course, but without the group activities and illustrative videos. In my opinion, everyone who…

Try new things

Life is too short. As cliché as that sounds, it’s true. I know that I want to live a life void of should’ves and could’ves. That’s why it’s important to try new things – to strive for new experiences – to see of what this world has to offer. One of my good friends is…

Kaizen

I was recently introduced to the philosophy and practice of Kaizen. Kaizen is the Japanese word for “continuous improvement” – the idea being that big results can be achieved through small changes made over time. Kaizen is most widely practiced through organizations (such as Toyota) and serves as an important driver for an organization to…

Bucket lists

I’ve always kept a bucket list, but realized I had no idea why it’s even called that. Then someone told me that the term is derived from the English idiom “to kick the bucket”, which means “to die”.  That makes total sense. A bucket list is a list of things one wants to do before one…

Life lessons

Do you ever reflect back on the year that just passed and think about what life lessons you’ve learned? What obstacles did you encounter and what steps have you taken (or are you taking) to overcome them? How much do you actually remember? We often acknowledge in the moment that there’s a lesson to be…

“The Blast”

I was determined to inject some fun and creativity into our team meetings in 2016. Usually these meetings are a mix of corporate updates from management, a brief roundtable discussion of key learnings and successes, and sometimes a guest speaker from another department. Sound familiar? Most of us lead such busy lives, tackling our endless…