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Reminders To Myself: From the daily items to the big picture

Reminders To Myself: From the daily items to the big picture

Throughout my day, I get a lot of reminders, and they’re all from me. Some are related to work, others related to my personal life, and many are about keeping myself healthy, focused, and with my big picture in sight. Most are digital, but some are paper based. These reminders enable me to stay on track with my goals and daily tasks, while confidently not worrying about what I need to remember. To-do reminders such as a phone call I…

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Beware of Contagious Emotions

Beware of Contagious Emotions

Many years ago I worked with a woman who was the most pessimistic person I’ve ever met in my life. She found the negative in everything. I once countered something negative she said with a positive take on the subject we were talking about and she replied, “Well, if you want to be positive about it” and stormed back to her office. This was a trying person to work with and certainly had a negative impact on my own mood…

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The Benefits of Keeping a Journal

The Benefits of Keeping a Journal

Something that I try to do everyday is make an entry in my journal. I have a very nice paper journal that I use some of the time and a digital journal that I use the rest of the time. I was going to first write about the benefits of journaling, but I realized that to really describe what I do, I need to explain the benefits of each of the types of journals that I use. My paper journal…

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Gratitude Has Made Me Better

Gratitude Has Made Me Better

On my daily habit list is to verbally list what I’m grateful for in the morning and then again at the end of the day. I’m better at getting this done in the morning because I have an established morning routine, while I’m still working on finding an evening routine that will consistently work for me. Some of things that I routinely include in my list are: My own good health and well being The good health and well being…

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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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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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