All posts filed under life lessons

You Don’t Have to be Great to Do It

Watching the Olympics with mom, she reminisces about how she used to figure skate. I asked her if she was any good, and she said honestly, “no”. It was what she followed up with which made for the sage advice though. “You don’t have to be good at something to do it”. I think this is really good for adults in particular to keep in …

Take a Mega Breath

Sometimes just three deep breaths is all you need to reset yourself. I also like to take one mega breath. The way it works is as follows: You breath in, and try to think of anything that is worrying you at the moment, all the stressors of life… and then get rid of everything on the big exhale. Try it, and your state should improve …

In Praise of Audiobooks

I spent many years shunning the practise of listening to books on tape. I associated them with people who are too lazy to read. Lately I changed my tune on this issue. They are a great way to take in a book while on-the-go. Plus I can always go back and re-read the book in text form later on if I so desire. As a …

The Joy of Fitness

When I was younger, there was a bit of a division between athletes and artists in school. I don’t think it was really the fault of the education system per se as much as just an old fashioned way of thinking about the two disciplines. As a result, I believe that a lot of creative types have shunned fitness, only to pick it up later …

Maslow’s Hierarchy 2.0

What motivates you in your digital work and creative life? I am interested to know what Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs looks like, after your basic needs are looked after and you set out to live and work online. I bring this idea up, because I feel like a lot of pursuits these days, while may seem attractive on the surface (“I can work from anywhere …

Really Bad Advice

If you were looking for some boost of motivation, I could tell you to treat today as if it was your last day on Earth. You would only work on the things that matter to you, and you would do them with focus. The problem is, you would only have about 10-12 hours before the story revealed itself to be false, and the likelihood that …

Don’t Add Salt to your Wounds

There is a saying in Buddhist teaching called the Two Arrows of Suffering. When hit with one arrow you will feel pain, but if you are hit in the same place you will feel a multiple of pain. This teaching refers to what happens when we are hurt somehow: Either we made a mistake or someone did something to us which is developing a reaction …

I Took a Year Off and This is What I’ve Learned

In December 2016 I decided to leave behind a perfectly fine job and take some time for myself to go travelling. The trip lasted about six months before I was tired and out of cash.

For the six months after I spent time back home in Toronto trying to figure out what I want to do, in addition to figuring out a financial picture for myself.

The first question you probably want to know is, “where did you go?”, so I will start there and then move to some of the lessons i’ve learned from this experience.

How I Got My iPhone to Charge Again

It turns out my iPhone charging port was full of lint. If you come into this problem too, you can take a toothpick and remove the offending fibres. In my case the lint wasn’t covering the contacts, but it was packed into the back of the charging port which means the lightening cable couldn’t get in far enough.

How to Focus

You have an idea for a creative business, or you already have one up and running. But you just can’t seem to find the time to get things moving, and if you have found the time you are wasting it. As someone who is easily distracted, I can not only relate but have done tons of research into this topic. Before we dive in to …