7 Things for 2020

Happy New Year!

As we turn the page on the calendar and usher in a new decade, I thought it would be the opportune time to plan out what I want to do in 2020. While I’m not a believer in setting “resolutions” in the traditional sense, I do still like to set goals for myself. I’d much rather approach these as goals than resolutions, but I don’t want to get into a contextual discussion about the use of goal vs resolution.

As a compromise, here are 7 things I will do in 2020:

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Anicca (redux)

I think it is fair to say that 2019 was a year of change.  Not only 2019, but the latter part of this decade has brought on change.  Our world has faced a myriad of changes in so many different forms.  We have had major catalysts such as Donald Trump who have accelerated change.  Like him or loathe him, we cannot argue that he has not been a trigger for change in the world.  It remains to be seen where the changes he has activated will bring us, but I remain on the hopeful side of the discussion.

We’ve seen perceptual changes this past year as well.  One of the biggest forces behind one of these shifts was Greta Thunberg.  This 16-year old climate activist has mobilized a massive amount of people around the globe.  While there is still much work to do here, the fact that so many millions upon millions of people have started to shift their focus to this new mindset is both amazing and encouraging. 

Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.

Bob Dylan, The Times They Are a-Changin’

On a personal front, this year has seen some change as well.  I’ve had a change of job, I’ve had changes in my own mindset and perceptions about myself and the world around me.  I continue to grow and evolve as a person and do feel that I’m ending this year, and this decade, as a better version of myself than I began as. 

Tout change…everything changes.  That is the one absolute in life. 

I started the year with a post about change.  I thought it fitting to end on a post about change.

It doesn’t take a lot to make a change.  You can change your habits, you can change your career path, you can change your opinion, you can change anything.  I feel that one of the most challenging changes is that of perception and attitude.  Remember that you don’t have to make huge changes to have an impact on yourself of those around you.  Every thought you have, every action you take, is like a drop of water hitting a pool.  Each drop causes tiny little ripples to shoot out in every direction around you.  These ripples can turn into waves.  The more ripples you make, the further it will spread around you. 

It is important to be mindful of what you are putting out into the world.  When those waves hit the edge of the water, it causes a rebound to come back towards you.  What you put out, you get in return.  If you focus your energy on negativity, on pain, on suffering, you will attract that same energy back onto you.  Take the challenge to try to change your thoughts; even if it’s just for one minute each day.  I dare you to try.

After all, what’s the best that could happen?

Ho Ho Holiday Cheer

It’s that time of year! We are under two weeks away from Christmas Day. Can you believe that? Two weeks! This year has just flown by faster than I can even begin to understand. Yet here we are.

By this time in December, I’m usually knee deep into my Christmas viewing, listening to Christmas music, etc. But this year, I’m not there yet. I have only watched one single Christmas movie/special (Noelle on Disney+). I’ve just been too tired, both physically and mentally to invest myself any further.

But with two weeks to go, I recognize that it’s time to jump in with both feet. I think this might just be the boost I need to re-energize me for the rest of the year. So this week, I will let the spirit of the season wash over me. It all starts tonight.

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Adventures in Old Québec

When you’re given the opportunity to have two days to yourself in Québec City, you take it. Or at least that’s what I did recently.

My wife had flown up earlier in the week on a work-related trip. On Wednesday morning, at the crack of first light, I hopped in the car and started my 7-hour ride to meet up with her.

Fair warning – it’s a slightly longer post.

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Soul Tribe Live

On this Thanksgiving Day, I want to give thanks to myself. It’s not the normal thing you hear on Thanksgiving, but I’ll take a page from Martin Latulippe’s Instagram story this weekend and say thank you to me. Thank you for investing in myself for my own growth and development.

This weekend, my wife and I invested in ourselves by purchasing tickets to attend Soul Tribe Live in Halifax. This event was headlined by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love and Big Magic, among others. Not only did we invest in buying tickets, but we opted to splurge and buy the VIP package tickets on the day the tickets went on sale.

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Gratitude and Thankfulness

This past weekend, my family and I celebrated an early Thanksgiving.  Although the holiday is only next week, Isabelle and I will be out of the city for most of the weekend, so we thought we would simplify matters by inviting the family to our house for an early Thanksgiving dinner.  This got me reflecting on everything that I am thankful for in my life.  And this, in turn, got me thinking about my topic for this post – gratitude.

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Our House is on Fire

Today will be another of my Power of Positivity posts. When I decided to put more emphasis on positive things that I see in the world, this was one of the first topics that came to mind.

By now, most of you have probably heard about Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish girl who is rallying the world to the crisis of climate change. I would even tend to say that crisis is too soft of a word to use when dealing with climate change. Imminent threat would be more appropriate.

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Fat Shaming

Rants. Rants. More Rants.

It seems as though everywhere you turn these days, someone is ranting about something. Talking heads ranting about this or that on the “news”, talk show hosts giving a diatribe about something, even entire TV series devoted to delivering well scripted (and often humorous) rants (I’m looking at you John Oliver and Hassan Minhaj). And with the spread of social media and podcasts, everyone seems to have a voice in this noise storm. I suppose you could almost say this is my rant against rants.

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