The Biggest Skill Non-Performers Can Learn From Performing Artists

The Biggest Skill Non-Performers Can Learn From Performing Artists

I’m currently reading an incredible book about, in essence, releasing the ego and stopping the voice in your head from messing everything up. It’s called Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, by Joe Dispenza (the bleakest title ever, I know), and it is extremely woo woo, but extremely good. And it’s got me thinking about performing artists, and the biggest skill everyone could learn from them.

Dispenza’s work is essentially about visualizing the type of person you want to be in such vivid detail that you feel it in your body. To do this, one of the essential skills you need to learn is how to be master over your thoughts and quiet down that voice in your head that talks to you all day...

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Why it’s cool to have a smart hobby

Why it’s cool to have a smart hobby

Do you guys listen to podcasts? I am a podcast fanaaaatic. And, like all rational females, my favourite is Oprah’s Supersoul Conversations. A couple days ago, I had the immense pleasure of listening to Oprah’s latest interview with Sister Joan Chittister – a Benedictine nun, author, activist, and 83-year-old all-around badass. Sister Joan was talking about civil discourse and how we can’t seem to have conversations about important things anymore. Much of her work today focusses on the need for people to stand up and say the truth, rather than entrench themselves in their beliefs and put their heads down.

Well, here’s my truth: I think it’s cool to be smart. …

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How to boost your productivity with classical music

How to boost your productivity with classical music

As some of you will know, I was briefly a lawyer. This means I have lots of lawyer friends (which, I presume, can only come in handy). One such lawyerfriend texted a while back with the following: "I've just started listening to classical music and now I'm addicted."

Glory be, hallelujah! Another convert! *Rings big bell and maniacally adds hatchmark to tally on giant chalkboard*

While I have yet to dig into her newfound love of classical music with her, I suspect she's stumbled upon her new addiction because it aligns perfectly with her work. Classical music is an amazing tool for boosting productivity, increasing focus, and, most importantly, adding more curiosity, juiciness, and joy to your day. 

So, to uplevel YOUR work soundtrack, here's WHY you should listen to classical music while you work, and HOW you should do it.

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Zen time, guaranteed

Zen time, guaranteed

The week between Christmas and New Year’s is quite possibly my favourite week of the year. First of all, there’s always a fridge full of leftovers and a counter full of baked goods. Second, you’ve got all your awesome new Christmas stuff to enjoy. And third, it’s the week before this year ends and the new one begins, which means it’s brimming with reflection, anticipation, and possibility.

So whether you had a hectic festive season and are in need of some alone time, or are still riding the wave of mellow holiday vibes, look no further for some opportunities for zen-ing out. Maybe you’re still working on that Christmas puzzle and want something other than the same jolly crap you’ve been listening to ad nauseum. Maybe you want to watch and hear some gorgeous shit so you don’t have to watch one more children’s holiday television special. Regardless of why you could use a moment of relaxation, I’m here for you.

Enjoy the zen-out!

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Why You Need Your Own "Advisory Committee"

Why You Need Your Own "Advisory Committee"

A few years ago, I read in one of Gretchen Rubin’s marvellous books that she keeps a list of her “Patron Saints” (people who deeply inspire or guide her life or work in some way). These aren’t her family, friends, or colleagues, but rather people – living or dead, or even fictional – whom she could think of for theoretical advice and who could help guide her path. I, of course, became totally obsessed with this, and have kept my own list ever since. It’s changed over time, depending on what I was up to (and whether anyone on the list had fallen out of my good graces), but I love my list all the same….

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