August 2013

Aug 31 2013
Rashmi Biswas is teaching a number of Leadership and Management courses at Brock University including: Planning for Success in Family Owned Businesses and Owner-Managed Businesses Through Effective Communication and Relationship Building (October 7) Structuring a Small-Medium Enterprise (SME) or Family Business (November 6) Great Leaders Delegate (February 4) These programs are aimed at working professionals ... more...

Aug 31 2013
What are you willing to risk for that internship opportunity or that fiercely-competitive promotion? Leah Eichler examines the culture of overwork held so dear in the corporate world and the detrimental-- even life-threatening-- consequences that come with it. more...

Aug 31 2013

It is incredible just how much stuff you accumulate in 28 years.  Before we even put the house up for sale, I was clearing out; being brutal I thought.  But now surrounded by boxes, clearly not brutal enough.

 But before we totally dismantled the house, I wanted to have one last party with my girlfriends and this Tuesday we gathered together, reminiscing about parties of the past – like my “I’m not 50 party”    held the day before my 50th birthday when some of my older friends served up “advice from the crones.”    

Ten years later, I had a “I’m not 60” dinner party and then there’s the surprise party my daughter held for me after my cancer treatments.  There she had assorted photos posted to the walls, which
appeared to have been selected based on the criteria that only bad photos of me could apply.

Recently I was asked why I like spending time with girlfriends, and my response was because we have a good laugh, and we all know that laughter is good for you. 


But actually it is more than that,  we share the ups and downs in our lives with each other, often nodding in agreement having experienced the same thing or pitching in to help when needed.  Men would likely be shocked if they knew exactly what we do share with each other, but the power of intimacy and the opportunity to just be yourself, is very empowering.J


But on Tuesday, it was old and new friends coming together, some meeting each other for the first time, others already connected to one another. It struck me then that I am so lucky to have such bright, fun women in my life.

Although I’d become friends with them through different jobs, volunteer work or activities, and we covered a wide age-span, the women just clicked and we had lively discussions from food, travel, meditation, to the state of education in Canada and porn.   You name it, we had opinions on it.


The sad thing is, we don’t do this often enough.  We wait for a special occasion or in my case, a move, to come together and that’s too bad, because it is those relationships that carry you through the hard times, lightening the load and creating fun in your life.


So cheers ladies.  Let’s do this again.  Soon.  Maybe when I’ve unpacked all the boxes at the farm, we can celebrate my living full time in the country.  I am sure between us we can come up with an excuse to party.




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Aug 31 2013

It is incredible just how much stuff you accumulate in 28 years.  Before we even put the house up for sale, I was clearing out; being brutal I thought.  But now surrounded by boxes, clearly not brutal enough.

 But before we totally dismantled the house, I wanted to have one last party with my girlfriends and this Tuesday we gathered together, reminiscing about parties of the past – like my “I’m not 50 party”    held the day before my 50th birthday when some of my older friends served up “advice from the crones.”    

Ten years later, I had a “I’m not 60” dinner party and then there’s the surprise party my daughter held for me after my cancer treatments.  There she had assorted photos posted to the walls, which
appeared to have been selected based on the criteria that only bad photos of me could apply.

Recently I was asked why I like spending time with girlfriends, and my response was because we have a good laugh, and we all know that laughter is good for you. 


But actually it is more than that,  we share the ups and downs in our lives with each other, often nodding in agreement having experienced the same thing or pitching in to help when needed.  Men would likely be shocked if they knew exactly what we do share with each other, but the power of intimacy and the opportunity to just be yourself, is very empowering.J


But on Tuesday, it was old and new friends coming together, some meeting each other for the first time, others already connected to one another. It struck me then that I am so lucky to have such bright, fun women in my life.

Although I’d become friends with them through different jobs, volunteer work or activities, and we covered a wide age-span, the women just clicked and we had lively discussions from food, travel, meditation, to the state of education in Canada and porn.   You name it, we had opinions on it.


The sad thing is, we don’t do this often enough.  We wait for a special occasion or in my case, a move, to come together and that’s too bad, because it is those relationships that carry you through the hard times, lightening the load and creating fun in your life.


So cheers ladies.  Let’s do this again.  Soon.  Maybe when I’ve unpacked all the boxes at the farm, we can celebrate my living full time in the country.  I am sure between us we can come up with an excuse to party.




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Aug 30 2013
Bestselling author and business visionary Dr. John Izzo helps companies maximize their potential from the ground up. For over 20 years, Izzo has worked with thousands of leaders around the world, on employee-engagement strategies and brand transformations. Dr. Izzo explains the importance of leadership in helping employees stay committed to an organization’s goals: In the... more...

Aug 30 2013
Every so often, we come across a song, a poem, a prayer, a work of art that says everything that is in our heart. I first heard this piece when my beautiful Mother-in-Love Andrea selected this song for the Mother-Son … Continue reading  more...

Aug 30 2013
What are your plans for this weekend? My mom has been here for almost three weeks, and she's leaving this Sunday. We're so sad for her to go back to Michigan! I wish we lived closer. Anyway, hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun posts from a... more...

Aug 30 2013
Good news, if you'd like to freshen up your fall wardrobe: ASOS is offering 20% off all full-priced items with the code Summer4Ever from today until Monday. (I'm eyeing that pretty trench for crisp autumn days.) Above: * Classic trench * Black tank * ... more...

Aug 30 2013
Tara Slone’s eclectic resume and unique perspective have made her one of the most recognizable faces in the Canadian entertainment industry. The host of Breakfast Television Calgary, Tara speaks about her intriguing career path which saw her transition from rock star to broadcaster, and she is right at home bringing star power to your stage,... more...

Aug 30 2013

We are all human. We all indulge from time to time – it’s just the way we are built. Whether you indulge in so-called healthy foods or known processed garbage foods there are ways to slim down, deflate and get back on track after a cheat.

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Aug 30 2013
Forewarning by Erin: This post explores some topics that will challenge the ideas and concepts of traditional marriage. If you do not have an open mind beyond the traditional setup of marriage, please save yourself the time and skip this post. It is not that I do not welcome varying opinions and thoughts but it is likely not going to be something you will agree with or can agree with and will likely bring forth negative emotions that I simply do not want you to have to experience. If you have an open mind, and an open heart, read on! more...

Aug 30 2013
Just because you stick to the sale racks doesn't mean your business doesn't count. Jean gets that. And next time I'm in the market for a splurge at full price, you can bet I'll be paying her a visit. more...

Aug 29 2013

Egg Muffin Breakfast 7 Breakfast Ideas On The GoYour mamma had it right when she told you that breakfast was the most important meal of the day. Most of us tend to skip this meal without understanding the hormonal consequences and the havoc that missing breakfast can wreak on your body and craving centers.

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Aug 29 2013
Oatmeal with Berries Oatmeal With Berries Breakfast Recipe

Oatmeal With Berries

Oatmeal with Fresh Fruit

Makes 2 Servings

Ingredients:

1  cup oatmeal (quick-cook)

2 cups unsweetened almond milk

1/2 cup fresh blueberries

1/2 cup fresh strawberries, sliced

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Aug 29 2013

You hear it all the time: TV commercials and advertisements promote them and food-packaging labels claim to have them. They’re antioxidants, the greatest enemy to free radicals.

While antioxidants and free radicals are buzzwords these days, just what are they and what role do they play in your health?

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Aug 29 2013

Put the pills down. Pour the liquid meal replacement down the sink. Take a spoon, knife and fork out of the drawer and sit down to a nice meal. Yes, I am telling you to eat REAL food to accelerate fat loss and yes there are certain foods that can flatten your belly and fill you up at the same time.

Read more on 3 Foods For Faster Fat Loss…

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Aug 29 2013

Nutritionist Toronto Weight Loss Candy Cravings Are Food Cravings Ruining Your Life? You’ve just spent the last 2 weeks following your nutrition plan and are finally making progress in the fat loss department. You have more energy. You sleep better, wake up feeling rested and are even contemplating starting an exercise program.

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Aug 29 2013
September Newsletter: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

 

Hi folks, 

The number six  ingredient from my workshop, ‘Relieving Stress with Humour’ is healthy mental activity. Some of my favorite “shelf help” books offer me great insight everyday. Like Steven R. Covey’s ‘The 7 habits of highly effective people.’
It’s a classic!

 

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Aug 29 2013


Today’s 1Thing illustrated by Flavia Lopez:

'Friends who listen'

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Aug 29 2013
Our 2012 yearbook has arrived! Flipping through the pages is a nice walk down memory lane. Here are some highlights from our 2012 season: We picked fruit from 243 trees (a new record for trees picked in one season!); partnered with local brewers to make mouthwatering plum and sumac beer; ran a hands-on peach tart making workshop [...] more...

Aug 29 2013
John Warrillow has built his career helping business owners build valuable—and sellable—companies.  In his high-energy, information-packed presentations, Warrillow breaks down the vital elements of what makes a business valuable. Warrillow stopped by our office the other day and shared some of his best tips for helping financial planners track down high-net-worth individuals in the video... more...

Aug 29 2013
Are you working in clutter in your office? Have you actually moved to a different working space just so you can spread out, breathe, think and function effectively? When there is chaos on the inside, there is chaos on the outside. For me, I always know I [...] more...

Aug 29 2013
This week's Global TV parenting segment was again in honor of back to school. Making the transition from summertime (and those late nights, no homework) to back to school (early wake-ups, homework to contend with), can be difficult. Yesterday I shared some strategies for making your mornings calmer with your children, and run smoother. more...

Aug 29 2013
Business and technology visionary Leonard Brody has been called “a controversial leader of the new world order.” He is a highly respected entrepreneur, venture capitalist, bestselling author and two-time Emmy-nominated media visionary. A sought-after speaker, Leonard has lectured at leading institutions, such as Stanford, the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai, the G8, and the... more...

Aug 28 2013
What type of man do you want to share your life with? Are you looking for perfection? Are you looking for a Miracle Man? Some women tell me their new partner is amazing and passionate. The sex is incredible, he’s … Continue reading more...

Aug 28 2013
What 3Q Leadership Means | Insights & Action Steps (Including 5 bonus posts, a reading list of 10 Leadership Great Reads and 2 inspiring videos) © Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™  | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results 3Q Leadership™ Blog- 27,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!     Leadership is a 3Q equation supported by courage. Courage grows each time we …

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Aug 28 2013


Today’s 1Thing illustrated by Flavia Lopez:

'Actually enjoying this VERY hot weather'

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Aug 28 2013
In his latest article from Six Pixels of Separation: The Blog – Social Media Expert Mitch Joel takes a look at what companies and individuals need to focus on to achieve long-term success. How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? Time is always the number one concern in our... more...

Aug 28 2013
Single mothers are created in all different ways-- some through divorce, some by choice and some by pure chance. I struggle to decide exactly which category I fall into… perhaps you can help me to decide? more...

Aug 28 2013
On August 28, 1963 — 50 years ago today — Martin Luther King, Jr delivered his greatest speech to an audience that was left inspired, motivated, and ready for change. It is powerful to think that a speech only eleven minutes long can have such a lasting impact. Communications Expert Nick Morgan dissects King’s speech... more...

Aug 28 2013
 I have to say that I am past tired of hearing anything about the whole Miley Cirus MTV awards performance or about twerking ever since she seemed to have brought it to mainstream. But, I laughed so hard at "black twitter's" reaction to an ABC New... more...

Aug 28 2013
 I have to say that I am past tired of hearing anything about the whole Miley Cirus MTV awards performance or about twerking ever since she seemed to have brought it to mainstream. But, I laughed so hard at "black twitter's" reaction to an ABC New... more...

Aug 28 2013
August 28, 2013 Dr. Bardai offers five coping strategies when faced with life's struggles. more...

Aug 28 2013
My mother passed suddenly April 22, 2013 of a heart... Posted by Toni . more...

Aug 27 2013
Award-winning explorer, writer, and photographer, Bruce Kirkby has been shot at in Borneo and taken hostage in Ethiopia; he has survived crocodile attacks on the Nile and weathered high-altitude storms in Alaska. Here, Bruce writes about the incredible journey he recently took to the Yukon with conservationist Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: Robert F. Kennedy Jr.... more...

Aug 27 2013
Madewell's fall collection launched on their website today, and they nailed it. They're really coming into their own with this downtown girl look. I love the new direction they're going in. Everything feels urban, sexy and tomboyish, and the styling is... more...

Aug 27 2013
My husband and I recently returned from a wonderful trip to Nova Scotia where we visited with friends in Musquodoboit Harbour on the Eastern Shore about 45 minutes from Halifax. While there we toured an incredible garden property called Harbour Breezes where owners Allan and Shane have created a visionary wonderland. I wanted to share this story with you because I was so moved by what I experienced walking these gardens and listening to the story of it’s “becoming”. It truly is a “Vision in Action”. more...

Aug 27 2013
The Human Papillomavirus  (HPV) is among the most common sexually transmitted viruses in the world with some strains leading to various cancers as well as external genital warts.  What this  really means is that we now understand what is causing cancer in these regions.   It’s very exciting, because if we understand what causes a cancer, […] more...

Aug 27 2013
Motherhood is motivating more women to launch their own companies. more...

Aug 27 2013
 The Head of Learning and Collaboration at TELUS and the author of Flat Army: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization, Dan Pontefract shares leadership tools that push the boundaries of organizational change to create workplace cultures that shine. Dan took a moment to bask in our spotlight and answer a few of our pressing questions: What... more...

Aug 27 2013
Time-Out. When you were a child, were you ever given a time-out? Perhaps you did something you weren’t suppose to do or you were being unkind and as a result, your parent/teacher put you in a corner, sent you up … Continue reading  more...

Aug 26 2013
Here I am Toby Jr... the first Ambassadog for Team Toby Time for me to write some of these blogs!  Right from the dog's mouth.... the world as I see it!Sit happens!  You can see on my face the surprise when my pet parent said "Toby. Sit.... more...

Aug 26 2013
Here I am Toby Jr... the first Ambassadog for Team Toby Time for me to write some of these blogs!  Right from the dog's mouth.... the world as I see it!Sit happens!  You can see on my face the surprise when my pet parent said "Toby. Sit.... more...

Aug 26 2013


Today’s 1Thing illustrated by Flavia Lopez:

'Sleepovers'

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Aug 26 2013
This is your opportunity to win a pair of tickets (valued at $150) for you and one guest to be attending Wanderlust - a magical cocktail party/mixer evening of exotic foods, drinks, and performances as well as a silent auction. Brought to you by Illuminare Foundation (@illuminarefndtn), the primary goal of Wanderlust is to raise awareness for FINCA, a global charitable micro finance organization focused […] more...