Home Is Where the Heart Is

A few days after our wedding in October 2011, my wife and I made an offer on a house. A day or two later, we had purchased the home and left for our honeymoon the following day. Two weeks later, give or take, we moved in. It was a whirlwind entry in the world of home ownership, and one that we have been very thankful for during the past eight-and-a-half years.

First time home owner!

Now, we exit the world of home ownership in the same whirlwind manner.

Continue reading “Home Is Where the Heart Is”

Our COVID-19 Watchlist

Over the course of the past nine weeks since we’ve begun physical distancing, Isabelle and I have continued working from home. Despite the fact that we’ve maintained a “normal” working routine, we have still found ample opportunity to relax, put up our feet and watch some movies and TV series.

Here then, is our current watchlist. Maybe it’ll give you an idea for something to watch.

Continue reading “Our COVID-19 Watchlist”

Real Talk (Pandemic Edition)

If you follow my social media accounts, or have been reading my blog, then you know that I like to keep things on the positive side. I try to remain upbeat and to spread Light into the universe. That is my reason for being.

Today, I wanted to be wholly transparent on how this pandemic has been affecting me, because life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows.

Continue reading “Real Talk (Pandemic Edition)”

Eat Local

While we’re in the midst of this global pandemic, I think it is very important for us to continue to support small, local establishments. At the top of that list, for me, is small independent restaurants.

I’m not going to lie and say that large corporate chains aren’t going to be hurt by this ongoing crisis, but they have a much better chance of getting through an extended period than will some of the smaller local spots. And I know I can state unequivocally that most of the small spots have better food and service than the big chains. So with that in mind, here are a few of my favourite local restaurants (that are still open and offering delivery/take out service).

Continue reading “Eat Local”

Pandemic of Positivity

For those who know me, or who have been following any of my social media posts, you know that I’m generally one to favour positivity. Even in these troubled times, I choose to put my attention and energy on optimism, positivity, gratitude and humour.

While some people may look at me and see a naive, fool-hearty fellow who thinks that meditating, thinking happy thoughts and writing gratitude lists will cure the world, know that I am not a blathering idiot. I do realize the severity and challenge that our entire planet is facing with COVID-19. The difference is that I choose not to feed the fear and panic; I choose to feed love and positivity.

Continue reading “Pandemic of Positivity”

The Introverts Shall Inherit the Earth

The day has finally arrived! The day that introverts all around the world have been training for all their lives. Thanks to the spread of COVID-19, the world is going on lockdown. Many countries, such as my home and native land of Canada, have recommended (if not outright mandated) self isolation. And now we’re going to see how well people can adjust.

Now don’t get me wrong – I am not minimizing the seriousness of the Coronavirus. Rather, I am coping with it by means of my natural state. Humour.

Continue reading “The Introverts Shall Inherit the Earth”

Re-energize

In yesterday’s post, I wrote about feeling like my batteries were drained. I’ve spent the past few months not really doing anything to help my state, so it was time to make a change.

After taking some time to reflect, I’ve opted to use the month of February as a recharging month. What do I mean by a recharging month? Let me share with you my plan for this month.

Continue reading “Re-energize”

*Batteries Not Included

Through much of 2019, I’d noted that I had light bulbs acting weirdly around me. They would frequently start flickering for a few minutes then stop. We had a number of bulbs that just stopped working. (Yes, I realize that happens with light bulbs, but some of these were replaced and died again on us shortly afterwards) We even had one light bulb that burned out 3 times in the past two years. Each time, it would be out for a day or two, I’d touch it to take it out and then it would light up again and last months before happening again. After the third “resurrection”, I was forced to replace the bulb.

Continue reading “*Batteries Not Included”

Manifesting Your Dreams

One year ago yesterday, I was starting in a new role with my employer. I’d spent the better part of the previous 8 years in leadership roles and felt it was time for a change. As luck would have it, my Director had a new role being created and I was one of the lucky candidates who moved into this still-undefined role.

Flash forward a year. While I wasn’t disliking my job, I wasn’t fully loving it either. I had a lot of freedom in the role – I didn’t have any direct reports, but also didn’t have any daily tasks that kept me at my desk Monday to Friday. It helped stretch my capacities and gave me a chance to develop and grow.

Continue reading “Manifesting Your Dreams”