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My Manifesto

My Manifesto

I’ve had a blog for about 12 years where I write about education, which is the field in which I currently work. I started the Better Me blog because I found myself starting to write more and more posts on the topics you find here and they really don’t fit on my education blog. In the past couple of years, however, prior to starting Better Me, I did write a few posts on that blog on topics I want to…

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Put On Your Oxygen Mask First

Put On Your Oxygen Mask First

I recently returned from a trip to California that included presenting at a conference and visiting with my parents and some friends. My travels included five separate flights and on each one I got the same safety explanation including the importance of putting on my own oxygen mask first, if the need arose. I hope that the need never arises, but I wonder if in the event of an emergency, I will remember this advice and not fumble to get…

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Living a Goal: My road to being fit and healthy

Living a Goal: My road to being fit and healthy

I love food, a fact that has been evident all my life. In middle school I suffered a knee injury in gym class that knocked me out of being as athletic and active as I had been. I was verging on obese in grade 10. In grade 11 I cut out most bread products from my life and started dropping pounds. After graduation I had knee surgery and eventually returned to being active. I played tennis and one-on-one street hockey…

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Setting Goals and Following Through

Setting Goals and Following Through

Fall has just landed upon us. This is my favourite time of year. The air gets a chill, especially in the mornings and evenings, and leaves are changing into brilliant shades of yellows, oranges, and reds. And there is an abundance of holidays including, in our family, several birthdays, two Thanksgivings (I was born in the U.S., but live in Canada), Halloween, Hannukkah and Christmas (not only a duel national family, but also multi-faith) and to cap it off New…

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The Importance of Routines and Habits

The Importance of Routines and Habits

Throughout my life I have had several habits that haven’t served me well. I’ve never been a smoker or heavy drinker, but I turned to food when bored or upset, watched too much television, and spent far too much time sitting both at work and at home. Over the past few years I started trying to develop new habits and dump the negative ones. But creating new habits and stopping old ones isn’t always easy. Pulitzer Prize winning-reporter Charles Duhigg…

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