Commuting for a Career

It is not the commute which makes the person, but rather the person who makes the commute I always swore, during the teenage years I spent obsessively visualizing my eventual career, that I wouldn’t drive for more than one hour to reach a job. The solution seemed simple: once I got a job, I would…

Hers & Mine: National #GirlfriendsDay in August!

As a Canadian, I wasn’t aware that there was a day of recognition for individual women, long-time girlfriends, and their collective health – but there is, and it’s called National Girlfriends Day. It’s an ‘unofficial’ national holiday¬†on August 1st each year in the United States, and I think that it’s a great initiative to remind…

How Love for my Home Town = Health & Fitness

You’ve probably seen thousands of articles about how to lose weight, build muscle, eat healthier, and increase your motivation to work out on a daily basis. I know that I certainly have – back when I started into my fitness journey, I turned to books for information on these topics. These days, I rely a…

The Rebellion of the (Technological) Tools

Last week, I took my fortuitously large tax return and upgraded from my out-of-date Blackberry Bold to a Samsung Galaxy S4. The tagline for this Samsung phone is, literally, the “Life Companion”, with the text on the website reading as follows: “as a real life companion, the new Samsung Galaxy S4 helps bring us closer…

An Addendum to “Hiking and Cycling Problems in Kitchener, Ontario”

Back in the very early days of this blog, I wrote an article outlining my concerns with the hiking and cycling infrastructure in Kitchener-Waterloo (read the full post here). My perspective did generate some negative feedback from my readership; the gist of my concerns being the unsafe conditions caused by multiple roadways dividing up the…

The Terrors of a Long Commute

We all know people who have to commute long distances to get to a job. Living in one city and working in another, with perhaps a one-hour car ride between both, may seem reasonable at first. But the true health and financial cost of commuting over one’s lifetime will quickly wear away at any benefit…

Reconnecting with Healthy Eating

There was a time when I felt closely in touch with the world of health and nutrition. I took a strong interest in the topic throughout my teens, and was generally aware of what different types of foods did inside the body. More recently, I’ve either lost that knowledge or chosen to forget it –…

The Joys of Walking

While dog, cat, and house sitting this weekend, I took the time to go out for a really long and meditative walk. Walking has always been one of my greatest pleasures and most enjoyable pastimes. All it requires is that I put on sturdy walking shoes, season-appropriate clothing, and a thoughtful mindset. In return, I…

Insert Issue [Here]

This generally goes without saying, but there are a lot of causes to which you can give your attention, time, and money on any given day, month, or time of year. Yesterday I was reading about diabetes – a group of metabolic diseases that affect the balance of sugar and insulin in the body –…

Mind + Body as Exercise Technique

It occurred to me yesterday while I was out biking in the beautiful fall air that I had discussed the connection between mind, body, and stress relief, but I did not elaborate on its importance for enhancing one’s weight training activities. If you Google “mind-body exercise techniques”, you’ll end up with a lot of articles…

Mind + Body as Stress Relief Technique

Some days, between stressful thoughts and tense, clenched hands, I can barely think for the anxiety pulsing through my being. It’s harder for me to breathe, I’m more irritable and prone to yelling, and my thoughts run tirelessly around and around a giant track of tasks. Often, I’ll find myself staring at a list of…

Competing Messages: Reflections on the Canadian TODS Program

As indicated in my earlier post on the theme of signs in one’s life, I want to take a moment to reflect on my experience with Tourism-Oriented Directional Signs (TODS), and how this program relates to business and youth entrepreneurship. Like most people, I was oblivious to the underlying processes involved in getting these lovely…