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Post Office Etiquette

On two occasions this week I found myself standing in line at the post office, mailing presents to friends and relatives in other parts of the world. I do it every Christmas, along with millions of other gift givers. How nice of us. What struck me this year is, we’re all in need of a refresher in post office etiquette.

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What NOT to buy for Christmas

There are joke Christmas gifts. There are the “I didn’t put to much effort into this” gifts. And then there are the “OMG what’s wrong with you?!” gifts. Don’t commit this festive season faux-pas.

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The Guest List (and how to get on it)

A freshly single mom friend of mine recently sang the blues about not getting invited to any Christmas parties. “Last year, when I was still part of a couple, I got invited to several parties from friends in my social network”, she said, “but this year the invites have disappeared.” I gave her a hug and welcomed her to her new reality.

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A&K’s Holiday Gift List 2014

It’s no secret that we like to shop. But we actually LOVE to shop for other people. That’s why this is one of our favourite times of year! Here’s a list of our favourite gift ideas for this holiday season.

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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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