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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And Now for Something Completely Different (for us)

It was a new experience for my wife and I over the last two weeks of August. While we always take vacation during this time of the year (both of our birthdays fall at the end of August, some 5 days apart), it was a bit of a departure for us this time. Firstly, my wife, no longer working in the school system, was relegated to only having a few weeks of vacation to use for the year rather than having the summer off. Secondly, we opted to not take any trips this year for our vacation. This meant that we had two weeks of rest, relaxation and quiet.

And boy did I need it.

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Signs & Synchronicity

I’ve always believed that the Universe provides us signs; that is, if we’re willing to look for them. As I’ve continued on my growth journey these past years, I’ve become more attuned to the messages that are being directed to me. In more recent weeks, I’ve embarked on a self-help program (for lack of better terms) with a view of resetting myself. How fitting then that the program is called Reset?

As part of the program, I am meditating regularly, writing out gratitudes daily, looking for patterns in my behaviour and seeing if I’m activating and following my values. While I’ve always considered myself an observer, I’m being much more heedful of myself and my surroundings as I work through the process. As a result, I’ve started noticing more signs, messages and synchronicities presenting themselves.

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Cooking with Mémère

Although my grandmother passed away a few years ago now, I feel that she has been very present among her grandchildren in the past few weeks. My cousin, Danika, has been doing some baking recently. This past week, my brother decided to jump into the kitchen and tweak my grandmother’s brownie recipe.

I also decided to get into the kitchen and do a bit of baking last week. I’d had an inkling to bake, and we had a few ripe bananas, so why not make some banana bread?

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Mental Junk Food

While walking to work recently, I was catching up as I often do with some of my favourite podcasts. The selection for this walk was an episode of Chris Hardwick’s ID10T podcast, featuring Chris Jericho as the guest. (You can listen to the podcast here.) I would be remiss if I were to say that I truly wasn’t expecting the conversation to become as deep as it did. The portion that struck me the most was when they began discussing what they referred to as “Mental Junk Food”.

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