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Lessons Learned in 2014

I’m getting a jump on year end lists! With 2014 drawing to a close (just over 5 weeks til Christmas!!), I’ve been reflecting back on what I’ve learned in the previous 11 months and what my plans and goals are for 2015. This year has been challenging in many ways, but it was not without its rewards.

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Why Volunteering Pays

Remember that episode of Friends where Phoebe channels philosopher Immanual Kant and argues that there is no truly selfless act?

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The Anti-Bucket List

I have a bucket list a mile long, featuring places I want to visit (Istanbul, Buenos Aires and Bora Bora) and things I want to do (learn to play the violin and write a mystery novel). At the other end of the spectrum, the anti-bucket list, the things I hope to never do, that gross me out, freak me out or tire me out at the thought of them.

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Giving Thanks

If Halloween is the best day of the year (see last week’s blog post), then Thanksgiving is the second best. October is a really excellent month.
Thanksgiving is like Christmas but without the stress of…

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What’s Your Status?

In a recent improv class I took, we did a lot of work with “status.” I don’t mean your position in society, how much money you make, or your latest posting on Facebook. It’s how you behave in relation to other people. In acting, playing with status can help with character development. In real life, it’s a good tool for self-analysis and recalibrating your go-to behaviour.

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There IS a doctor in the house!

You’re not feeling well. You’d get checked out but it’s the weekend and you don’t feel it’s urgent enough to go to a walk-in clinic or emergency. If only you had a doctor on your speed-dial for a quick diagnosis!

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What’s Up With Tat?

I’m seeing a new trend, one that has me scratching my head. Young women have taken to tattooing their legs. And I don’t mean one of those wee dolphin tattoo on their ankle. I mean massive wrap-around-their-thighs tats or ones snaking up their entire legs.

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Fave Moments of the Summer

As the sun sets on Summer 2014 I’m looking back on a season of exceptional weather, new horizons and overall hilarity. I went exploring, saw live music, hung out on the water, cooked and ate…

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Timbits For All!

I can’t think of many people who eat doughnuts on a regular basis. But they must be out there, because over the last five years the doughnut has been reinvented and re-popularized, with trendy shops…

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How to Meet a Man in 7 Not-So-Easy Steps

I hear it again and again from my 40-something single girlfriends. At this age, a good man can be extremely hard to find.

“Online dating is such a crap shoot and time-consuming. I’d prefer a more organic approach but where do you go? Add to that that I do find that men my age want younger women. It’s tough,” says Lisa*, a 45-year-old mother of two.

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