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Let’s get this planning party started!

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If you know me, you know that after reviewing 2018, letting go of the bagage and setting an intention for 2019, we’re entering my favorite part of all: planning for the year to come! Final step in the Sacred Bow process designed by Leo Babauta, this last part is all about putting abstract notions into concrete actions. My all time favorite! Create a Plan: Now we’re going to make a monthly, weekly and daily plan. It doesn’t have to be incredibly detailed — just create structure so that we can…read more

2019: a matter of Balance

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We’re almost done with 2018 and this last month was, for many of us, a period of reflection on the year that passed and preparation for the year to come. I have chosen to follow the path led by Leo Babauta, inspired by his article Sacred Bow: An Intentional Way to Close Out the Year & Start the New Year, and divide my December into four week. Now that I’ve closed the 2018 chapter by letting go of guilt as I enter the new year, it’s time to look at…read more

This too shall pass…

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After publishing last week’s post about the 2018 yearly review, I shared it with some of my friends feeling quite guilty. I realized that as I was looking back at this year, I skipped over one major event. Something that shook me to the core in the Spring: the loss of one of my old friends. This was very important. Did I forget about it? Not at all. I actually think about it very often, but one cannot grieve forever. This too shall pass. The action of letting go can…read more

Yearly Review: Looking back at 2018

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2018 is coming to a close and it’s time to start the process of looking back and looking forward. We always love to start anew with the iconic January 1st, filled with hopes and dreams about new beginnings and goals to achieve. And, as the months go by, motivation dwindles and we tend to move on from one thing to the next, forgetting all that seemed to matter so much during our annual planning session. A Yearly Review is a good way to remember what the objectives were and to…read more

Once upon a time when I worked in Corporate America

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Once upon a time I had a “real” job. I had “real” jobs until 2008. The one that made my parents most proud was Marketing Manager for a small French pharmaceutical company. I was 30 and I was living the Corporate America(n) dream. In these times of Halloween, Facebook keeps sending me back to those days when we had an office celebration, and everyone would wear a costume. It doesn’t really make me nostalgic, but it pinches my heart a bit. A freelance person has recently posted something on a…read more

(500) Days of Summer Review

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Although, if you look at temperatures around here, summer is still around, September is well advanced now and it’s a good time to look back at the past few months and put my summer review on “paper”. I recently finished reading Jonathan Field’s How to Live a Good Life: Soulful Stories, Surprising Science and Practical Wisdom, and I like the way he organizes life key elements into three buckets: Vitality, Connection & Contribution. I thought it would be a good template to do this summer review. Vitality Bucket This has…read more

Finding my strength with the VIA character survey

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Have you ever wondered what’s best in you? Where your strength resides? What you could build upon, and what you could work on, in order to be more fulfilled with your life? I have. And since I came back from WDS, I’ve been on a quest for meaning. So, following a suggestion from Jonathan Fields, in this book How to Live a Good Life: Soulful Stories, Surprising Science and Practical Wisdom, I decided to take the VIA character survey. VIA character survey, what’s that? Created under the direction of Dr….read more

A sobriety challenge

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I have always thought it would never be a problem for me to stop drinking. I’m a light weight: I get tipsy after a pint. I don’t do happy hour every day. I have the occasional glass of wine with dinner, or beer afterwork, or cocktail on a night out. But nothing too extravagant. So, I thought: how hard could sobriety be? Earlier this year, I decided to put that to a test. And I made it easy for myself. I picked April to be my dry month. I knew…read more

Milestones: 10 things you should do before you turn 20

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My older nephew is starting Junior High in September. It’s a brand new life for him. Soon his voice will change and he won’t be a little boy anymore. Somewhere between 10 and 20, life takes a strange new direction. As a professor in business schools, where some of my students are in their early twenties, I can really see how much of a difference the things you do before you turn 20 can make. In my book… There are a few things you should do before you turn 20……read more

You are grieving but love him anyway

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I learned something entirely new this week. I learn what it was to be grieving someone who chose to go. Loosing a friend is always heartbreaking. But facing sadness and hopelessness like you do when you deal with someone’s decision to take their own life brings a whole new perspective to grief. A perspective I had never had to deal with before this week. A perspective that opened new meanings to my relationships. Jean-Jacques and I went back almost 20 years. When he was my manager, before becoming my friend….read more

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