Surviving winter, some tips from a summer lover

Winter is such a controversial season over here. People are pretty much separated in three categories.

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Category A: Winter lovers. These guys will tell you that there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. They enjoy the cold and take every occasion to tell you how amazing it was to go jump in snow in the middle of the night when it was minus a billion degrees outside. They will also tell you that the ice storm is soooo beautiful and that snow really is magical.

Category B: The survivors. These people don’t really like winter but have accepted that it’s part of their lives, and so they keep calm and carry on. When prompted about how cold it is or about how much snow there is, they’ll answer: “Well, it’s not that bad. It could be worse.”

Category C: Summer lovers. These people hate winter. In fact, as soon as fall kicks in, their insides start to churn with the irresistible desire to move to Hawaii or Australia. They pretty much suffer all the way to spring, where they come back to life.

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As you can probably guess by the title, this is my crew. This year, when the first snow hit the ground, I pretty much cried myself to the gym. I will often be moaning about how terrible snow shoveling is, or how unbearably cold the temperatures are. To be fair, living in Quebec has given me quite a lot of winter, tons of snow and incredible subzero temperatures. In an effort to embrace the present moment and to not feel miserable for most of the year, here are some strategies and tips I’ve been prescribing myself this winter. Mind you, I’m still looking forward to summer like a lunatic, but even I have to admit winter is not as bad this year.

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  1. Accept the fact that winter is here to stay: Because happiness is a state of mind, I find it easier to wrap my mind around the fact that when winter is here, it’s here. What I mean by this is that by relinquishing the daily hope that it will be summer for a day, it’s easier to accept that it’s winter and that snow and cold are part of it.
  2. Worship the sun: Because sun is such a rare commodity in the winter months, take every opportunity to soak in every tiny ray of it. Sunbathe behind a window, take that sunsoaked bench at the gym, stop what you are doing and go put your face in the light for a few minutes.  winter6
  3. Create a going outside routine: If it was up to me, I would stay in bed until spring, but that is not happening any time soon. So, I try to make going outside part of my routine. Lately, I’ve been enjoying listening to podcasts while I walk outside in the morning. Adding this to my morning routine means that I have to kick myself out of bed a tad earlier, but it also means that I’ve moved around a little bit before I start working. It also means that I’ve been outisde and survived the cold already.
  4. Explore the outside world: Go on small day trips on the week-ends and explore what different parts of your city or region have to offer in the winter months. This winter, we discovered that a neighbouring town had a really cute ice-skating rink overlooking a spectacular lake. It was cold, it was wet, but we had a lot of fun! winter5
  5. Embrace chilling sessions: Once you have been brave and got your butt outside, treat yourself to some nice chilling sessions. Grab your favourite sweather and book and enjoy being inside. Make it special, make it Danish, and go full hygge style!

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I really hope these tips will help you get through the last months of winter! Spring is almost there, and well, for once winter is not completely killing me. What are your tips?

It’s resolution time again!

I know some people think resolutions are cheesy and not realistic, but, when the first of January is a Monday, you just have to go with the urge to organize and plan, right?

I enjoy taking resolutions because it’s a time to reflect on my priorities and realign my every day habits with my objectives. It can be a bit intimidating at first, but I try to stick to concrete objectives that can easily be broken down into smaller goals. For example, one of my goals last year was to have a more active lifestyle. All year long I tracked how many times I went to the gym and how many times we went for hikes or walks. It’s nice to see how I progressed and how much more active I am now after a year. I usually keep a monthly tracker in my planner where I can check things off every day. That way I get to think about my priorities every day which keeps me accountable and on track.

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If you are not sure where to start, may I suggest looking at my planner (I know, shameless!). I’ve included detailed sections to help you figure out your priorities and create meaningful goals. You’ll also have everything you need to track your habits monthly and weekly. Plus you get a beautiful planner. Plus you get to download it, so you can print out the sections as you go. Really, you should check it out 😉

One other thing that is fun to do at the beginning of the year is a bucket list. This year is the first time I’m doing this, but I’m looking forward to adding and checking out things as I go, year after year. It’s also fun to have a bucket list because you get to include experiences that are not linked to practice or that are not processes. Writing down your list can also help you see what recuring patterns caracterize your wishes and that can help you see what your priorities should be. For example, I realized that many items on my bucket list were travels. As a New Year’s resolution, I’ve therefore decided to open up a savings account for future travels, something I’ve wanted to do for a while but hadn’t gotten to do yet.

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I really hope you’ll take some time to reflect on what you have accomplished so far and what you want to do this new year. Good luck and enjoy the process!

Feeling overwhelmed? You’ve got your back!

In difficult times, it is easy to feel overwhelmed, resourceless and alone. There is nothing great about this! If this is where you are right now, remember that you have all the tools you need to feel great again. The trick is just to think of these again! Here is a quick list of things that you can do to feel good again.

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  1. Pamper yourself. Mix your favorite ingredients and make a face mask, take a bath, burn some incense while you read, prepare yourself a colorful salad, or wear your favorite socks. Take a few minutes to take care of yourself. Be selfish for a few moments and you’ll soon feel better!
  2. Do something you enjoy. When we’re feeling low, it’s easy to feel sluggish and unmotivated to do anything. In those moments, I try to push myself to do things I normally enjoy like painting, reading or baking. These simple joys usually make me feel content and take my mind off of what is bothering me.
  3. Sit. There’s nothing more powerful when you are feeling low to recenter yourself on the present moment. Sit down straight and take deep breaths. Observe these breaths and relax your body. After only a few breaths you should feel refreshed and more ready to face your feelings.
  4. Connect. With billions of people in the world, it is quite impossible that you are truly alone at any given moment. I often find that when I feel overwhelmed, writing or talking to friends and family cheers me up. Other times, it’s good to be in the company of strangers at a workshop or to go people watching at a coffee shop. Whatever you do, remind yourself that you are not alone!

I hope these tips help you out. If you are feeling low, I’m sending you happy thoughts! Try out these few tricks and you’ll soon feel like yourself again. The truth is, everyone feels low sometimes, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Take your time, take care of yourself, and things will go just fine.

If you want more tricks and support on building wellbeing habits, I’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign for a planner I’ve written, the Leafy Planner. Take a look!

Tips and tricks to be more green \\\ Petits trucs écolos

In the last few weeks months, I have been thinking a lot about my impact on the environment. It’s not easy staying positive when environmental groups predict the end of the world while it feels like politics look the other way.

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So, what is one to do? As I asked myself this question, I realized that the power I really had was quite small, but, at the same time, quite significant. I have no money to give to environmental groups, no will to pursue a political career, but I do have my every day decisions. These decisions can seem small and irrelevant in the grand scheme of things, but they are still so important. I really believe that it is through individual and grassroot efforts that change will happen. Here are a few things I’m trying to do to help our beautiful planet.

  1. Use a reusable bottle: I’m in love with my S’well bottle, and so it’s not a chore to lug it around everywhere with me. It keeps my water fresh and my teas warm for several hours as it is insulated. It looks really nice, and it forces me to drink more water every day. By using this water bottle, I’m not using any plastic ones, and that is a big step in the right direction.
  2. Invest in reusable straws and containers: Plastic straws are a huge problem for marine life when more often then not they aren’t even necessary. I found some metal straws that are great for when I really want to be fancy and have a straw in my drink. As for reusable containers, they are so much more better than using cling-film or plastic bags. You can use them over and over and over and over again! Plus, they really help to keep my fridge organized. I also found some really cute ones made out of ceramic, and I just love using them!
  3. Cook my own beans and legumes instead of buying cans: This one is a bit more time consuming, and I’m still working on a system to make my life easier. A neat trick is to cook big batch of beans and to freeze individual portions in containers. That way, it’s as easy as pulling out a can of beans, but without the waste!
  4. Using clothe bags instead of plastic: Get creative! Use old t-shirts, throw blankets or curtains to make yourself some beautiful reusable grocery and produce bags. If you are not the crafty type, you can buy some beautiful ones all over the internet and in local stores. Really, I don’t go anywhere without mine!
  5. Walk as much as possible and combine stops when you need to take the car: When I lived in the city, I used to go pretty much everywhere by foot or by public transportation. Now that I’m in a more rural area, it’s a bit more difficult not to use a car. That’s why I really think it through when I drive to make sure that I will be  making only one car journey and hit multiple stops in the same journey. And when I have more time, it’s by foot for sure! It’s so refreshing to walk around and it gives me much necessary time to think and relax.
  6. Buy local foods and encourage local stores whenever possible: Again, this is not always possible, but I really try to make an effort when I have to buy things. I like shopping in our local coop for food, visit a local farm from fresh and organic produce, and buy books from the local bookstore instead of ordering them online. More than supporting the environment by choosing proximity, it also makes me feel like I’m part of a community. It’s always nice to know who grows your food and to be a familiar face in local shops.
  7. Eat vegan (of course!): Eating a plant-based diet is a more environmentally friendly choice because you eat, well, plants “directly”. What I mean by this is that you don’t need to grow plants that are then fed to animals, nor do you have to use various techinques to fish. There are plenty of resources online, so I encourage you to do some research and get informed on where and how our food is produced.
  8. Buy smart: To reduce waste, I tend to do a lot some of research before I buy anything. I do this for clothes, books and electronics. Usually, what happens is that after I have researched a product, asked myself if I really need it, and waited for a couple of days, I often don’t even buy the product. I often realize that I just wanted to spend money, that I was bored or that I was influenced by commercials or offers. The up-side is that when I do end up buying something, I’m really happy and I have something that is really useful.

I hope these tips will be useful to some of you and will encourage you to reflect on your own environmental impact. Let me know what your tricks are!

(psst, if you want weekly inspiration, a friend just started her own blog where she posts zero-waste challenges! Go check Lau out!)


Dans les dernières semaines, j’ai beaucoup réfléchi à mon impact sur l’environnement. Il n’est pas facile de rester positif quand les groupes environnementaux prédisent la fin du monde pendant que les dirigeants semblent occupés à regarder dans l’autre direction.

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Que faire alors? En me posant cette question, je me suis rendue compte que le pouvoir que j’avais d’influencer les choses était assez restreint, mais en même temps tellement important. Je n’ai pas d’argent à donner à mes organisations préférées, ni d’ambitions politiques, mais je fais des choix tous les jours. Ces décisions peuvent sembler limitées ou sans importance, mais c’est tout le contraire! Je suis convaincue que c’est par des efforts individuels et communautaires que le changement peut arriver. Voici quelques petites décisions que je fais pour aider notre belle planète.

  1. Utiliser une bouteille réutilisable: J’adore ma bouteille S’well, donc ce n’est pas une corvée de la trainer avec moi partout. Elle garde mon eau fraîche et mon thé chaud puisqu’elle est isolée. J’aime bien son look aussi, et l’avoir avec moi me rappelle de boire de l’eau régulièrement. En l’utilisant, je n’utilise pas de bouteille en plastique jettable, et ça c’est vraiment chouette.
  2. Investir dans des pailles et contenants réutilisables: Les pailles en plastique causent de graves problèmes aux populations marines alors qu’elles ne nous sont généralement pas indispensables. J’ai trouvé des pailles en métal, donc réutilisables, pour quand je me sens vraiment “prout-prout” et que j’ai besoin d’une paille pour boire. Quant aux contenants réutilisables, ils sont une belle alternative au film et aux sacs de plastique. On peut les réutiliser encore et encore et encore et encore! Ils m’aident aussi à garder mon frigo organisé, et j’en ai trouvé des trop mignons en céramique que j’adore utiliser.
  3. Cuire mes propres haricotes au lieu d’acheter des conserves: Ce truc demande un peu plus de temps, et je suis encore en train de travailler sur son implantation. Un bon truc est de cuire de grosses quantités de légumineuses et de les congeler en portions individuelles dans des contenants pour avoir des “conserves” faites maison et zero-déchet!
  4. Utiliser des sacs en tissus au lieu du plastique: Soyez créatifs! Utilisez de vieux t-shirts, jetées ou rideaux pour vous faire de jolis sacs réutilisables pour vos légumes, pains et courses. Si les travaux manuels ce n’est pas votre truc, il existe une panoplie d’options que vous pouvez trouver localement ou sur internet.
  5. Marcher autant que possible et combiner les arrêts en voiture: Lorsque je vivais en ville, je me deplaçais principalement à pied ou en transport en commun. Maintenant que je suis dans une région plus rurale, il est un peu plus difficile de se passer d’une voiture. C’est pour ça que je planifie mes déplacements de façon intelligente: je ne prend jamais la voiture que pour un seul arrêt et je m’assure de maximiser au maximum mes voyage en voiture. Et lorsque j’ai plus de temps, c’est à pied! C’est tellement agréable de vagabonder et ça me donne le temps de réfléchir et de relaxer.
  6. Acheter de la nourriture locale et encourager les commerces de proximité lorsque possible: Encore une fois ce n’est pas toujours possible, mais j’essaye vraiment de faire un effort lors de mes achats. J’aime acheter notre nourriture dans notre coop locale, visiter la ferme pour des légumes super frais, et acheter mes livres chez la libraire d’à côté. Plus que de limiter mon impact sur l’environnement en gardant mes courses à proximité, j’encouraget aussi ma communauté. Il est toujours sympa de savoir qui fait pousser ma nourriture et d’être un visage familier dans les commerces du coin.
  7. Manger végan (bien sur!): Manger un régime végétalien est un choix environnementalement plus conscient car on mange les plantes “directement”. Au lieu de faire pousser des plantes que l’on transporte par la suite jusqu’aux animaux pour les nourrir, ou d’utiliser des techniques de pêche plus ou moins complexes, on mange simplement les plantes. La quantité d’information disponible sur internet est simplement incroyable alors je vous encourage fortement à vous questionner sur comment et où votre nourriture est produite.
  8. Acheter intelligent: Pour limiter ma production de déchets, je fais généralement vraiment beaucoup de recherches avant d’acheter quoi que ce soit: vêtements, livres et appareils électroniques. Habituellement, après avoir fait mes recherches, je me demande si j’ai vraiment besoin de l’article en question, puis j’attend quelques jours et je finis par ne même pas l’acheter! En évitant les achats impulsifs, je me rends souvent compte que j’avais simplement envie de dépenser de l’argent, que je m’ennuyais ou que j’avais été influencée par des publicités. Le plus, c’est que lorsque j’achète quelque chose, ça me fais vraiment plaisir et j’ai quelque chose de vraiment utile!

J’espère que ces petits trucs vous seront utiles et qu’ils vous encourageront à faire le point sur votre propre impact environnemental. Partagez vos trucs en commentaires!

(psst, si vous manquez d’inspiration, une amie à commencé son propre blog où elle partage ses trucs zero-déchet sous la forme de défis! Allez rendre visite à Lau!)

 

Planning a fun date for Valentine’s Day \\\ Planifier une journée spéciale pour la Saint-Valentin

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Valentine’s Day is coming! Probably the cheesiest holiday in the year, it’s still a great excuse to treat yourself and to tell people you love that you love them. That’s great in my book. Because I’m in major saving mode since the New Year’s, my Valentine’s day budget is pretty much set at 0$. And that is really exciting! Indeed, very exciting because it means that I’ll need to use my creativity and think outside of the box. So, here are a few ideas that you can put in place if you don’t want to go all red and pink, chocolate, roses and still share some love.

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  1. For your special lady or gentleman friend: What can be more romantic than some time spent in nature with your significant other? Bringing a hot beverage along! Granted, the weather needs to cooperate for this to be enjoyable, but considering that it’s not too cold, pouring rain or a complete blizzard outside, why not pack some hot chocolate, tea or coffee in a thermos, some mugs and go outside! The walk in itself can be a great occasion to talk and reconnect if you have been busy bees. Why not discuss your relationship, reminisce about your first dates, and just celebrate the time that you have spent together.
  2. For your special, significant friend: With time, most of my friends have moved too far away countries, got busy, and occasions to spend time together in person are harder to organize and far apart. Why not take some time to write them a handwritten letter? Go all out: use colors and get creative! Celebrate the important times in your relationship and take some time to say why your friend is so important and great.
  3. For your much-loved family members: Spend some time together! Why not organize a baking afternoon or make bath bombs with your parent or sibling? Put some music on, get making, and just talk. Time spent with family members is precious but really doesn’t need to be expensive. It can be a great occasion to try out something that your mom, dad, sister or brother enjoys doing: tag along to the gym, the workshop or in the kitchen.

Of course, these are three ideas that can be personalized to anyone. They were inspired by the important people in my life, but why not go on a walk’n’tea with your friends? I really hope you take Valentine’s Day as an occasion to be together and to make memories. Just be together and enjoy each other’s company! Happy Valentine’s Day!


La Saint-Valentin est là! C’est probablement la fête la plus quétaine de toutes les fêtes, mais c’est aussi une occasion de se faire plaisir et de dire aux gens qu’on aime, qu’on les aime. Et ça, c’est plutôt sympa! Parce que je suis en mode «super-economies» depuis le nouvel an, mon budget Saint-Valentin gravite autour de 0$. Et ça, c’est exitant! Premièrement parce que ça implique zero magasinage, et aussi parce que c’est le moment d’être créatif et de faire quelque chose d’unique. Voici quelques idées que vous pouvez facilement planifier si vous aussi vous voulez éviter de dépenser tout l’argent du monde, devenir rose et rouge, et être malade d’avoir mangé trop de chocolat.

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  1. Walk’n’tea: Qu’est-ce qui est plus romantique que du temps passé en nature avec votre moitié? Apportez une boisson chaude avec vous! Bon, c’est sur que s’il fait -20 000C, qu’il pleut des cordes ou que c’est le blizzard dehors, c’est peut-être pas la meilleure option. Si la température coopère, cependant, pourquoi pas mettre du chocolat chaud, du thé ou du café dans un thermos avec des petites tasses et aller dehors? La marche vous donnera l’occasion de vous parler, de vous souvenir de vos débuts et de célébrer le temps que vous avez passé ensemble.
  2. À vos crayons: Avec le temps, la majeure partie de mes amis a déménagé, est très occupée et les occasions de se voir sont rares et difficiles à planifier. Pourquoi ne pas prendre du temps pour écrire une lettre manuscrite? Sortez vos crayons de couleurs et soyez créatifs! Célébrez les moments importants de votre amitié et prenez le temps de leur dire pourquoi ils sont importants.
  3. Passer du temps ensemble: Pourquoi ne pas organiser une après-midi à cuisiner ou à faire des bombes de bain avec un parent ou une soeur? Mettez de la musique, gardez vos mains occupées, et parlez-vous! Le temps passé avec les membres de sa famille est précieux, mais n’a pas à être dispendieux. Ça peut aussi être une occasion d’explorer et d’essayer les passe-temps préférés de vos proches: suivez-les au gym, à l’atelier ou dans leur cuisine.

Bien entendu, ces idées peuvent être personalisées à toute personne. Pourquoi ne pas prendre une walk’n’tea avec une amie? J’espère que vous prendrez la Saint-Valentin comme une occasion de vous faire des nouveaux souvenirs avec les gens importants de votre vie. Joyeuse Saint-Valentin!

Tips to stay positive \\\ Trucs pour rester positifs

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It’s this time of year again: the winter seems to drag on, Christmas is over, the next holidays are miles away, and everything seems a little bit grey and mush. As the news are not helping, I find myself having trouble staying positive. I wanted to share my tips on how to stick to the positive side of things and get going when things are hard.

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  1. Take care of your body: I find that when I’m in a sad or negative mood, the first thing that goes away is my self-care routine. I don’t want to cook, I don’t want to sleep, and I don’t want to exercise. I basically just want to binge watch shows and eat popcorn. By pushing myself to eat whole foods, to have a regular sleep schedule and to stick to my exercise routine, I generally find that my mood gets better.
  2. Stay informed but don’t dwell on the news: Like for many people, the news have been a giant source of anxiety and frustration for me in recent weeks. That’s why I have limited my intake of news. I strongly believe that it is important to stay informed and to know what exactly is going on. However, I also don’t see the value in dwelling and spending extended periods of time on the news. That’s why I just give myself 10 minutes in the morning or in the car to read the papers or listen to the radio and that’s it.
  3. Invest in yourself: Particularly when things are difficult, I think it’s a good habit to go back to our personal passions. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I recently picked up my calligraphy again. Giving myself time to do things that I truly enjoy are a great way to bring joy into my life.
  4. Go back to books or movies you enjoy: By this, I mean Harry Potter! For me, reading the Harry Potter books is like going back to a safe and warm place. Going through all the books again is giving my mind a rest while also lifting my mood up.
  5. Remember that you are not alone: It sometimes is really hard to remember that other people share the same positive, hopeful, compassionate and constructive ideals and values than me. If this is your case, I have two documentaries to help you see the positive sides of things, get you inspired and let you know about other people who are working to make a positive change. A Quest for Meaning and Tomorrow are amazing films. Both teams are looking for solutions and present amazing role models. I have a soft spot for Tomorrow as it really covers many spheres of society and brings alternatives for every single one. Now, that’s encouraging. Every time I watch these movies, I feel energized and ready to keep going.

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I really hope these tips help you get some positive vibes back in. Let me know if you have any tips and share them in the comments bellow. Be patient with yourself, and know that things will get better. Good luck!


C’est ce moment de l’année : l’hiver semble interminable, Noël est fini, les prochaines vacances sont vraiment loin, et tout semble un peu trop gris. Comme l’actualité n’aide vraiment pas, il peut être difficile de rester positif. Je voulais partager mes trucs pour se concentrer sur le côté positif des choses et continuer à avancer lorsque les choses sont difficiles.

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  1. Prendre soins de votre corps : Je trouve que lorsque je suis d’humeur morose ou négative, la première chose qui disparaît est ma routine bien-être. Je ne veux pas cuisiner, je ne veux pas dormir et je ne veux pas faire de l’exercice. En fait, je me contenterais bien de regarder des films toute la journée et de manger du maïs soufflé. En me poussant à manger de la nourriture de qualité, à avoir un horaire de sommeil régulier et à aller au gym, mon humeur se porte beaucoup mieux.
  2. Rester informé, sans plus : Comme pour beaucoup de gens, l’actualité des dernières semaines est une source de stress et de frustration. C’est pourquoi je limite maintenant le temps que je passe sur les nouvelles. Je suis convaincue qu’il est important de rester informé et de savoir ce qui se passe, mais sans plus. Je limite maintenant mon apport quotidien en nouvelles à une dizaine de minutes pour lire des articles ou écouter la radio, mais c’est tout.
  3. Investir en soi-même : Particulièrement lorsque les choses sont un peu plus difficiles, je pense qu’il est important de se recentrer sur nos passions. Si vous me suivez sur Instagram, vous savez que j’ai récemment recommencé à faire de la calligraphie. Me donner du temps pour faire des choses que j’aime est un moyen certain d’apporter de la joie dans ma vie.
  4. Retourner à ses livres et films préférés : Harry Potter! Pour moi, relire encore une fois cette série me ramène dans un espace réconfortant et confortable. Repasser à travers ces livres donne une pause à mon esprit et me met de bonne humeur.
  5. Se souvenir que l’on n’est pas seul : Il m’est parfois vraiment difficile de se souvenir que d’autres personnes partagent les mêmes valeurs de positivisme, d’espoir, de compassion et de changement que moi. Si c’est aussi votre cas, j’ai deux documentaires à vous proposer pour vous aider à voir le côté positif des choses, vous inspirer et vous faire rencontrer des gens qui travaillent au changement. En quête de Sens et Demain sont des films à voir. Ces deux équipes ont cherché et trouvés des solutions et nous présentent des modèles incroyables. À chaque fois que je regarde ces films, je me sens énergisée et prête à continuer.

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J’espère vraiment que ces petits trucs vous aideront à retrouver des ondes positives. Partagez vos trucs dans les commentaires et soyez patients avec vous-même. Bonne chance!

Motivation tip: Visualization \\\ Truc de motivation: La Visualisation

When working on achieving goals, there comes a time when things get tougher because your motivation levels are slowly decreasing. I found that when I get unmotivated to continue working on my goals, one thing that really helps is visualization. It’s a really simple but powerful trick that can help you hit the gym when you really feel like staying home in front of Netflix, when you don’t feel like waking up early to do yoga, or do anything else that will bring you that much closer to your goals. Here is how I use visualization.

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  1. Have a clear mental image of what your goal is. Before you can start visualizing, it’s important for you to know exactly what it is that you want. If you are working on specific fitness goals, or personal growth goals, what is it that you want to be like? How do you want to look or feel once your goal are achieved? Having a clear mental image will help you set clear steps to get to your goals. This is also the image you want to think of when you are visualizing.
  2. Picture yourself once your goal will be attained. Forget about everything that needs to be done to get to your goal. What will the end result look like? Have a clear mental image of how you will look or feel once your goal is achieved and summon this image every time things get tough or when you get discouraged. Having a clear objective will help you strive on.
  3. Act as if your goal was already achieved. When I set goals for myself, I often find myself thinking things like: “When I’ll be…, I do this activity.” The results: I live in the anticipation of a possible future. This means that I don’t enjoy myself right now, which is really sad. So, instead of projecting myself into a hypothetical future, I try to think of myself as if I had already achieved my goals and act accordingly. This helps me enjoy things I want to do right now, but also to act towards my goals without noticing that I do so.
  4. Refer back to your mental image as often as you need. When things get difficult, I like to think about what I’ll be like when my goals are achieved. By bringing my attention to this mental image, choices get easier to make, and it gives me a boost of motivation to remember why I’m doing all the little things I do to work on my goals.
  5. Stay positive. When using visualization, it’s super important to stay positive. You are working on yourself, and that’s great! A positive mindset will help you be gentle and more patient with yourself as you are striving towards your goals.

I really hope these tips will help you achieve your goals and keep up the great work you are doing to improve yourself! Let me know what your motivation tips are!


Lorsqu’on travaille à atteindre des objectifs, il arrive un moment où les choses se corsent, et où notre motivation diminue. Je trouve que lorsque je suis démotivée, la visualisation m’aide à me remonter le moral et à me remettre en piste. C’est un petit truc facile, mais vraiment efficace, qui peut vous aidez à aller au gym lorsque tout ce dont vous avez envie c’est de rester en pyjama devant Netflix, à vous lever tôt pour une séance de yoga pré-travail, ou pour toutes les petites choses que vous faites pour réaliser vos buts. Voici comment j’utilise la visualisation.

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  1. Ayez une image mentale claire de vos objectifs. Avant de pouvoir visualiser, il est important de savoir exactement ce que vous souhaitez accomplir. Si vous travaillez sur des objectifs de remise en forme ou de croissance personnelle, que voulez vous accomplir exactement? De quoi voulez-vous avoir l’air ou comment voulez-vous vous sentir une fois que votre objectif sera atteint? Avoir une image mentale claire vous aidera à établir des objectifs à court-termes. C’est également cette image que vous voulez soliciter lorsque vous visualiserez.
  2. Imaginez-vous ayant déjà atteint vos objectifs. Oubliez tout le travail qu’il faudra mettre pour atteindre vos objectifs. De quoi aura l’air le résultat final? Ayez une image spécifique de quoi vous aurez l’air ou de comment vous vous sentirez lorsque vos objectifs seront atteints. Souvenez-vous de cette image lorsque les choses deviennent difficiles ou lorsque vous êtes découragés. Avoir un objectif clair vous aidera à persister.
  3. Comportez-vous comme si votre adjectif était déjà atteint. Lorsque je me fixe un objectif, je me prend souvent à penser des choses comme «Lorsque mos objectif sera atteint, je ferai telle ou telle chose.» Le résultat: je vie dans l’anticipation d’un possible futur. Cela implique que je passe à côté d’activités ou de situations qui me ferais plaisir d’essayer, ce qui est plutôt triste. Donc, au lieu de me projeter dans un futur éventuel, j’essaye de me visualiser comme si j’avais déjà atteint mes objectifs et d’agir comme si c’était le cas. Cela m’aide à profiter de choses maintenant, tout en travaillant sur mes objectifs sans m’en rendre compte.
  4. Repensez à votre image mentale aussi souvent que nécessaire. Lorsque les choses sont difficiles, j’aime me souvenir et réfléchir à comment je serai lorsque mes objectifs seront atteints. Cela m’aide à faire les bons choix, tout en me donnant un boost de motivation puisque je me souvient pourquoi je fais mes efforts.
  5. Soyez positif! Lorsqu’on visualise ses objectifs, il est tellement important de rester positif! Vous travaillez sur vous-même, et ça, c’est génial! Un état d’esprit positif vous aidera à être plus patient et doux avec vous-même pendant que vous travaillez à vos objectifs.

J’espère que ces petits trucs vous aideront à rester motivé et à atteindre vos objectifs. Partagez vos trucs de motivation en commentaire!

Organizing tips for productive days

As I’m now working from home a few days a week, I had to find a way to organize my work and make sure I did not spend my entire days on Youtube or watching Gilmore Girls for the hundredth time (anyone else super excited for the upcoming episodes?). Here my few tips to get productive and organized.

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  1. Wake up happy: Make sure you get enough sleep! This is so important if you want to be productive. To make sure I get enough sleep, I try to go to bed every night at the same time to get my body into a routine. I also try to wake up at the same time every day. For this, I use my phone alarm and write down a motivational message as my alarm label. That way, it’s the first thing I see in the morning, and it stays in the back of my mind throughout my work. This week’s mantra: I take care of myself!
  2. Give yourself time to wake up: I know this sounds cheesy, but I like to make sure that the first hour of my day runs smoothly so that I can really wake up. For many years I’ve jumped out of bed into my boots and out the door, bringing my breakfast along with me. Even if that work, I now see the importance of giving myself time to wake-up and take care of myself. That’s why I give myself a 30 to 45 minutes yoga practice every morning when I wake up. I have a special date with Adriene every morning, and it just puts me in the best of moods.
  3. Use a schedule of some kind: I went through different systems over the last few weeks. My favourite two systems: lists and hourly schedule. On Monday mornings, I like to make a list of all the things I have to do during the week. Then, I write an hourly schedule for the days I stay at home to help me with time management. That way, I know what I need to be doing and when, which really helps with procrastination and time management. As I include breaks, I lose a lot less time and get a lot more work done. Of course, as the day goes by, I might adjust a few things, but as I have done this for a while, I can now estimate the time amount each task is going to take me pretty accurately.
  4. Take breaks: After working on my computer for a few hours, my brain becomes jello. When this is the case, I like to take a short break to do something else: walk outside, go play with my cat or look at a book. That way, I don’t get headaches from too much computer, and I when I get back, I’m refreshed and ready to get back to work.

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Anyways, I hope these little tips will help you get more productive and organized. Let me know how you go through the days!

 

 

 

 

How to avoid Sunday night blues

I like my teaching job. I just like week-ends better… especially at this time of the year, when students are tired to be at school, it’s great outside and I know that the end of year exams are just around the corner. Sunday night blues is something very common, so don’t feel horrible if you are dreading Monday mornings. Here are my few tips to avoid feeling blue on Sunday nights and wasting away those last week-end hours.

  1. Organize yourself: Know what it is you have to do to be ready for Monday. Do you need to prepare a presentation for work? Do you need to prepare food? Do you need to wash some clothes? Once you have identified everything you need to go through Monday, allot a specific number of hours or minutes for each task and know when you are supposed to be working on them. I usually keep 3 hours on Sunday night to plan my lessons, correct, and do school work. I also keep one hour to meal prep for the week. Like that, I know it’s coming, I know it’s useful, and I know Monday will be okay.
  2. Plan a Sunday night fun time: Now that warm weather is back, we just want to live on our balcony. So, as our fun Sunday ritual we enjoy a nice Pimm’s cup with some aubergine toasts and nuts outside. L’appero, quoi!IMG_3049IMG_3047
  3. Give yourself some relaxing time: Yoga, bath, reading with candles, drawing or listening to your favourite album are ways to create a nice, relaxing bubble so that you are ready for the up-coming week. It can also be a great way to calm down and get ready to be.
  4. Try to sleep early: I know it is counter-intuitive to cut away precious week-end time for sleep, but your Monday will be much better if you are fresh and well rested.
  5. Plan a Monday morning fun thing: You know that yoga video you really wanted to try out? Why not keep it for Monday morning? Or that special piece of clothing that makes you feel like a million bucks? Keep it for Monday. Or maybe your chocolate overnight oats? Prep them for Monday…or do all three of these things on Monday! That way, it will be much more exciting to wake up come that dreaded alarm sound.

I hope these tips are useful and will help you welcome new weeks happily. And remember, there is only one Monday per week. Let me know what tips you have to be happy on Monday mornings!

5 tips to feel good

January and February are usually hard months for me to go through because of the lack of sunlight, the cold and a general feeling of “what’s the point”. Here are 5 tips to help you feel good, prevent you from staying in bed all day and get to March.

  1. Pamper yourself: When I feel grumpy, I usually get into a circle of just doing the essential and skipping through the superficial, extra step. However, this superficial-extra-step is so important! Whatever it might mean for you (putting on some make-up, lotion, conditioner; thinking about what you’re wearing; preparing some tea while working; using your favourite mug; or putting on your lucky pair of socks), taking the time to take care of yourself really makes a difference. It makes sense too: this extra attention to yourself will make you feel better in your skin (or lucky socks).

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    Enjoying a fancy cup of tea is a real treat!

  2. Adopt a daily routine (or revamp an old one): This year I’m trying out Yoga Camp from Adriene. For the entire month of January she is uploading one yoga video per day. This guarantees that I have 30 minutes per day to reconnect with myself and try to stop worrying or planning. However, you might choose to allow yourself to read before sleeping, enjoy a fresh cup of tea while knitting, or tidying your bag as soon as you get back from work/school. The idea here is to give yourself some time to really focus on something and get your mind to settle for a little while.
  3. Invest time in a passion: Today was an extra hard day, and the reason why I’m not in my bed anymore is because I really wanted to write something here. I have been enjoying this blogging very much, and I love giving it time. I feel like having this time to look forward to, planning the articles and writing them is structuring my days and weeks outside of work, which is great.
  4. Visit family and friends: Misery might love company, but having company might lift up the misery! (yes we are making our own sayings now!) Surrounding myself with loved ones and listening to what’s going on in their lives, sharing ideas (and food), and discovering new things always sheers me up. Even though it might sometimes feel like it is impossible to get to the person (smirk to late, over-packed buses), once there, it is always worth it, so let’s go!
  5. Get plenty of night-time sleep and eat well: It is really easy to get into the habit of reading or surfing the internet for hours at end. It is also possible that cooking or eating is not quite as interesting. Well, it is very important to keep up with regular sleeping hours and balanced meals as these two things will influence your mood as well as your energy level (and patience with students or coworkers). You don’t want to shoot yourself in the foot by sabotaging your sleeping patterns or start craving junk food because you are hungry. Do this for yourself and the people around you.

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    I decided to set up a new table for breakfast so that we could enjoy the morning sun more, and took time to actually think about breakfast. Yum! (Recipe coming soon!)

Rereading these tips, I realize that they can pretty much be summed up to “TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!” Things will get easier, spring will come, and new opportunities will come. You want to be extra ready for those, so take care of yourself to make sure that they don’t find you in bed with dirty hair.

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Toots wanted to participate in breakfast too!