SmartLife’s Tips

Nuggets of wisdom, curated and condensed for you.

How to take your career from ho-hum to blast-off

Hate networking? We know that asking for what we want is necessary to advance our careers, but don’t want to feel like a jerk doing it. I’m co-writing a series of articles with my colleague Maryn Wallace to share tangible ideas for networking done well. Here’s our first...

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​I’ve been struggling…

My recent racial awareness has been tough. As a result of the Floyd, Brooks, and Taylor killings, among others, I’ve had a lot of conversations around racism lately, as I’m sure many of you have as well. My most significant talks have been the long overdue awareness I’ve gained from my...

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Time to quit?

Riding through the tough stuff... In 2017, my boyfriend and I did a motorcycle tour through Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. We went with a group lead by Rene, (who happens to be turning 50 this month. Happy birthday Rene.) There was only one section of the trip where Rene sent us off on our...

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​My thoughts on New Year’s resolutions…

...They kinda suck. 2020 is the year of vision. Visualizing who we want to become and what characteristics we want to take on, can be more effective long-term than focusing on goals. The vision sets direction without controlling specifics. One of my nieces recently said she wants to be more...

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One for me, one for you.

’Tis the season of consuming, contributing, connecting, coping, and doing our best to find meaning in it all. Many of us donate to charities this time of year. Most of the holiday cards I’ve received are from organizations asking me to be a donor. All good stuff, but what I find more fulfilling,...

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Strategic spending

I’ve been bombarded with Black Friday ads. I’m sure you have to. They conjure up thoughts of frantic door crashing mobs scooping up stuff like they’ll never, EVER see stuff again. You’ve seen the memes. However, there’s one discount that came in very handy. I ripped my jeans this week (yeah I...

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Hey Smartypants...

“When you know better, you do better.” – Maya Angelou All seven of my nieces (I don’t have nephews) are in school now. Five of them have gone off to university. I’m very proud of my older girlies for choosing education and making their way in this world. Still, I can easily tell you which of...

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It’s not me, it’s you.

Last weekend, my friend gave me some tough love. He called me out on blaming other people for my hangover. It was all in fun, but there’s some truth to it. It’s so much easier to make excuses and avoid responsibility, especially when you’re feeling a bit ouchy. This week’s tip is for anyone...

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Put on your party pants.

Let’s all celebrate and have a good time. I spent most of the Canada Day long weekend at a beach, and a bbq, riding my motorbike, paddling on the lake, enjoying friends, family and good times. I loved it. I hope all my fellow Canadians had fun, and best wishes to our American neighbors,...

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Pretty Cool.

Let’s go, Warriors! The Warriors placed a full-page ad in a Toronto newspaper, congratulating the Raptors for their NBA win. I think that’s pretty cool. It demonstrates good sportsmanship, leads basketball fans to a gratitude mindset, and sets up future positive outcomes. It’s their own form...

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