SmartLife’s Tips

Nuggets of wisdom, curated and condensed for you.

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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My city is electric!

I don’t follow basketball, but there’s no escaping the Raptors excitement happening in Toronto right now. After Saturday’s win, the streets were packed with roaring, red-shirted fans, horn honking, and Canadian camaraderie. Bandwagoning all over the place. It was an unexpected and inspiring...

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Persuasion vs. manipulation – what's the difference?

I’m sure you’ve felt slimed before by someone inauthentically trying to manipulate you into something your don’t want. Even if that person gets their way, you're reaction probably creates a barrier in that relationship.So what if it’s switched around and you’re the one who wants something from...

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What Arya Stark knew...

That was one heck of a battle. If you haven’t seen last Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones yet, it’s ok to read on. Other than a battle, there’s no spoilers. I found it interesting to see how the different characters handled the situation they were in. What they did with the circumstances...

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The one constant question.

What the heck am I doing with my life? I’ve been doing a lot of freelance work lately. It’s good work with good people, but too much of a good thing is not a good thing. It’s caused a 6-week kink in my neck, so every time I try to turn my head, I question why I’m spending so many hours at my...

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​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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