Happiness

Profound Quotes from Friends and Family

Everybody loves a good ol’ inspiring quote. But typically the only ones we ever hear are said by an old famous person from the 1900’s or some celebrity. But what about that time that your mom dropped that off-the-cuff, profound one-liner during casual conversation during lunch last week? So I decided to start keeping track of those inspiring every-day…

Simplicity

An Inspiring Short Story about a Mexican Fisherman

I recently read a book called “Making Good” written by two very influential young guys who are heavily involved in youth advocacy groups, social change and alternative energy. I’m really enjoying it because it’s making me ask myself the questions: “How can I make money while doing good?” “What does doing good mean to me?”…

Self Improvement

My Favorite Steve Pavlina Quotes

A few months ago I stumbled upon a blog by a guy named Steve Pavlina…literally Stumbled Upon it (check it out), which has become a serious obsession of mine and major time user-upper. But not total time waster, I find Stumble Upon great for finding inspiring and creative stuff buried deep in the interwebs. Anyway,…

Simplicity

How to Prioritize Your Life

“Buy this car to drive to work, drive to work to pay for this car” –Emily Haines of the band Metric I remember some old colleagues who worked crazy hours at the office and had to hire a full-time nanny to take care of the kids. I understand that people are highly dedicated to their…

Self Improvement

Avoiding Judgement

“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.” –Lao Tzu Nothing good can come of comparing yourself to others. It’s common in our society to constantly try “keeping up with the Joneses, ” this makes it really easy to be jealous of those who might have…

Simplicity

Avoid Placing Too Much Security in Material Wealth

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” – Leonardo DaVinci “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.” ― E.F. Schumacher There’s a great bike ride in Calgary, part of which goes through the rich…

Skills

Critical Thinking

Lately in class we’ve been doing a bit of critical thinking. Our professor asked us: “in the new student union building, should they put hand dryers or paper towel dispensers in the bathroom?” Seeing as I was in the clean energy program after all, my choice was obviously hand dryers! He then said, “well sure,…

Finance, Food and Recipes, Independence

Does Money = Wealth?

What does it mean to be wealthy? The word wealth instantly conjures the thought of a big bank account and a ballin’ penthouse with fancy leather furniture. This is the immediate response simply because we’ve grown up thinking money can essentially buy you whatever you could possibly need. But can it actually? My theory is true wealth…