SmartLife’s Tips

Nuggets of wisdom, curated and condensed for you.

​Victoria’s REAL secret.

How do they do it? I know that plenty of gorgeous models often feel surprisingly insecure. Somehow though, they switch gears before they hit the runway, and walk out with a world of confidence. I’m heading to the Dominican next week and will be exposing my pasty-white Canadian winter skin, with...

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​This is a disaster!

I tend to overreact sometimes. I’m sure there’s a couple people reading this email, nodding their head and thinking, “You said it, girl!” Last week was a bit tough for me, relationship-wise. I should know better than to go down the rabbit hole into the self-pity world, but that’s exactly what I...

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Become a superstar in just 1 billion quick and easy steps!

How come no one is noticing my superstardom? When I first started going to Toastmasters to work on my public speaking, I’d get the “Most Improved” award all the time. Now? Nada. It’s because I’ve got the group fooled. It’s harder for them to see my struggle so they don’t notice my growth....

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Build a “fight-through” mentality.

Feeling punchy? Ka-pow! Picture yourself as a fighter. Strong. Agile. Tough. Championship belt in the corner of your eye. You can take on the world. That’s the visual I used to hit the treadmill yesterday. My opponent? It’s my own brain. It keeps firing the “sofa sitting” neurons. It trained...

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​What you need to know before setting goals…

Resolutions, smezerlutions. I have some mixed feelings about goal setting. I think it’s important, but can be tricky to do well. Goals often put too much emphasis on measurements we can’t control. They sometimes lead us away from things like enjoying the process, focusing on growth, and...

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Stop trying to manage stress; learn to live stress-free.

Feeling stressed? Yep, I hear ya. I never thought of stress as an emotion, or a choice. Just a state of being brought on by circumstances – such as the holidays. I realize now that plenty of people go through similar situations with massively different reactions. Some people love this time of...

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