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Let yourself feel your feelings

I’ve always believed that happiness equated to success. If you are happy, you are successful. No if’s, no and’s, no but’s. Joyfulness, without a shadow of a doubt, means that you are rocking this thing called life. The theory fits pretty snugly into everyday life. When we are feeling cheerful, we sit on top of the world. Nothing shakes us. We are firm in our resolve that if we can keep up this feeling of euphoria then all will remain right in the universe.

However therein lies the problem—we cannot be happy all of the time. READ

Transcending hopelessness

In my workshops, I often utilize an exercise called, “What do you want? What do you really, truly want?” The idea of the exercise is to open participants up to expressing on paper and verbally their greatest desires. It can take tremendous courage to express openly what we truly want, especially when what we want may seem unattainable, or we may feel undeserving. READ

Swinging into Red Deer

The nostalgic era of circle skirts and bow ties was revived last weekend when swing kids of all ages came to Red Deer to jitterbug and Lindy hop to live band music. READ

Western meets steampunk

Carrie Zelent creates clothing that’s sort of steampunk, somewhat Western — and something of a well-kept secret. READ

The Motivation Molecule

We all know what it’s like to feel that emotional high that comes with a sense of achievement. Or I bet everyone can remember those moments of youthful bliss when you were lost in infatuation; you might even smile and feel a trickle of that same feeling as you watch your teenager text and talk late into the night. READ

Relaxing is the new hustle

Over 1 in 4 workers in Canada report being highly stressed. That equates to around 3. 7 million people. READ

What did you Expect?

“Disappointment, discouragement, and despair are nothing but the bitter fruit of an unfulfilled expectation allowed to live beyond its time.” – Guy Finley, American self-help writer, philosopher, and spiritual teacher READ

Encounter with a phone scam artist

Dear Scam Artist, I was on the floor sobbing when I passed the phone to my husband. You had just informed me that I was being charged with tax evasion from an incident that occurred in 2012. In retrospect I can see that it was in that exact moment that you fully committed to taking advantage of my dramatic nature. READ

Allowing yourself to make mistakes

“How?” he asked. “How could I have worked so hard yet have failed so utterly?” I was speaking with a client about building self-esteem. I knew he had worked hard over the years to overcome a number of personal issues and to resurrect his badly damaged self-esteem. As of late, he had fallen into a deep depression and had grown increasingly despondent. “What is it that you fear?” I asked, “more than anything else in the world?” READ

Trying out kindness

It was painting day at the Panini shop. As of right now I seem to be bathing in a slew of Panini’s so you will have to deal with yet another sandwich-store related rambling. We had decided to scrimp a bit in the paint department since our bay has outlandishly high ceilings READ

Running resolutions

I give up when things start to feel uncomfortable. I overestimate the amount of stretching I do in a given day. Oh the struggle of a recreational runner is real. READ

Integration brings focus and clarity

“How do you feel?” I asked. “Fragmented,” he replied. “Disjointed.” “Explain fragmented,” I said. “Tell me how it feels to be disjointed.” “As if there are a dozen people living in my head, each with a different agenda.” READ

A cold remedy that uses ingredients grown in Alberta gardens

This past couple of weeks, I have been making a traditional cold remedy called fire cider with people who are looking for alternatives to over-the-counter cold medicine. Fire cider is a remedy one makes in the fall, during harvest. All the ingredients but two (and if need be, these can be eliminated from the remedy) are grown in Alberta gardens. READ

Stop fungi, viruses and pests in autumn

In late spring, summer and early fall, deciduous trees and shrubs are covered in leaves. During this time, yellow leaves, dead leaves and dead branches are tell-tale signs that the plant is not healthy. READ

Four mistakes people make when trying to get abs

Is six-pack abs topping your goal list these days? Do you feel like you’re pretty happy with your overall body development except one key area: your ab region? READ

What it takes to stay committed to your health

Real commitment doesn’t always have to be about sacrifice — or does it? When it comes to your health, where do we draw the line between having our cake and eating it, too, to avoid the self-defeating behaviour of not allowing ourselves certain indulgences? And when should we hold true to a commitment to our health and our well-being and ensure our bodies are getting the best treatment possible — no sugar, no alcohol, no processed foods? READ

Energy booms often outpace infrastructure

Bakken and Eagle Ford, of course, refer to the huge shale oil fields in North Dakota and Texas, which use fracking technology to get oil and gas out of the ground. The quote is somewhat flippant, but it merely echoes what the U.S. Energy Information Agency is saying. The EIA is the government’s main cheerleader for the shale oil revolution, but even it admits that production will peak in 2021 and then go downhill from there. READ

Planning your yard with the right focal point

How much ornamentation, statues, arches, pergolas, fountains, walls, etc., should be in a yard? It depends on the size of the yard and whether plants or ornaments are the main focus of the garden. READ

How do you bee-have?

In my experience, there are three types of reactions you will find humans having when coming in contact with the ominous bee. READ

Piloxing: it’s pilates with a kick

Sleek. Sexy. Powerful. That’s the mantra for a trending fitness routine still emerging in Canada known as piloxing, a mix of high energy dance moves, kickboxing and pilates. READ

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