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simple ideas for ways to live our lives, everyday
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New year, city and business

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On a rare sunny and warm day in Vancouver, I'm happy to post that I've launched my new business - Managing Mindspaces (www.ManagingMindspaces.com). I provide executive coaching services (1:1 and group or team) and help professionals align their mental energy into top performance.

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The Great Manca Train Trip West

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The Ottawa Mancas embarked on a great journey on the old Canadian National railway to return to the West coast.

Click each photo to read our journal across this amazing trip

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Long time in the making - my first book

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In college, I had this idea for a lifestyle guide. I always thought it would end up being about relationships or success. In many ways, that's where my ambitions and dreams were at that time.

Long since, I've considered the same idea but to a broader audience - people who I think are similar minded in their approach to life. Maybe they have the same passions as me, or maybe they run into the same hurdles as reoccurring themes in their lives?

This book, which I'm crafting on this blog site, is the working rendition of these ideas. Feedback welcome.

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Perfectly Organized

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Perfectly Organized

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fact-based clinical

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This section is all about balance. We hear the word all the time - work life balance, ph balance, balance beam, tire balance.

What if there was a way to approach life in more of a mental balance perspective? There is.

This is a little secret that those who have worked with me in recent years might have heard me refer to as "mental aikaido."

Aikaido is the martial arts of taking and diverting energy away from your opponent. It's primarily associated with combat and self-defense. If someone is running at you full speed, aikaido allows you to take that force, convert it to your own.

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confidence in new environments

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If we find that our environment affects us so inherently, how can we ever be comfortable in all situations?

The truth - we can't.

But we can learn to recognize that different situations even people present can influence or affect us. You'll never have full control of each environment you pass through in life.

So make the most of what you have. Find what's unique and special. Have you ever been some place that was so lame, so not your style, but you find it makes you giggle? Don't be so resistant to new environments. Learn to go with the flow.

You'll be surprised that once you l

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unique you

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Being Perfect
Where does perfectionism come from? Is it being controlling? Is it the devil in the details?

Perfectionism is both a blessing and a curse. As with the previous examples, it can stifle you or hold you back until all pieces are in place. It can also be the key to success.

It's human to not be perfect at everything, or all things in your world. Just don't beat yourself up for your imperfections.

Unique You
Often what you find you want to change most about yourself are the very thing that others love about you. Being fabulous be creative with your uniqueness.

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the overthinkers society

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Do you ever question your decisions? Do you spend time re-evaluating your options? Ever catch yourself justifying your decisions to others even when they don't ask you to?

Recalling our inner designers and critics, human tendency allows us the ability of choice in our lives. Yet as intellectuals, it is easy to critique what we are about to do, the plans we are about to put forth and the precursor steps to making something happen.

I call this belonging to the Overthinkers Society. Originally brought to life in a Saturday Night Live skit starring Jeff Goldblum, the epitome of eccentric and well, over-anything in his approach.

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extending your reach

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As a challenge many of us face in keeping balanced, organized and maintaining a simple approach to life, we frequently don't leverage resources, people and opportunity around us.

Ever feel like you are reinventing the wheel?

On this topic, there is no clear cut solution. There is no one size fits all that says if you just look, what you need is there waiting for you.

But in those cases where we are stretched or even stressed at the overwhelming amount of responsibility we have, we need to be conscious and recognize the situation.

Stop and realize that you need to break down the overwhelming part. You might need the assistance of others. You might need to ask yourself a few basic questions.

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Chapter :: mini retirements

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While in Chapters bookstore a few months ago, this book that I've heard so much about became mine. It's called "The 4-Hour Workweek," and it is just as glorious as the name implies.

Not only does it speak to the things that hold each of us back with our passions, our work and our aspirations for retirement, but it forces the reader to break his/her molds of thinking.

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