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Edmonton Outdoor Patios – Brents Favourites

One of the things I love on a hot summer day is to enjoy a cool beverage on one of the wonderful Edmonton outdoor patios. Summer season = patio season in my books. Whether it’s BBQ dinner on the patio in my back yard or finding a restaurant with a great patio, it’s a summer must for me. There are all kinds of amazing options across the city with many situated downtown but living far from downtown I thought I’d share a few that I love away from the core.  If downtown is your thing then check out these two …

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Edmonton Summer Activities: Brents 5 Favourites

There are so many summer activities in my hometown of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It really is an incredible place to be in the summer. While known as a winter wonderland, many who don’t know our city might be surprised to hear how vibrant, progressive, green, and fun it is all summer long. The summer of 2020 might be different that usual and some of your favourite summer activities might not be available or at least in the way you are used to but that does not mean there won’t be anything to do. If you’re staying closer to home this …

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Who Are Your People And Who Are Definitely Not

Who are your people? Do you know? Many years ago I was asked that question by a coach and mentor of mine. It kind of caught me  off guard as I hadn’t really thought about it very much. Who were “my” people and why were they my people. I stumbled through an answer in the moment that seemed to make sense to me. Active… health conscious… adventurous… beach lovers… Mac lovers… middle path focused… entrepreneurial…  Later, as I reflected on what I said, it dawned on me that mine are people who share some of the same core values that …

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Calming Music For A Stressful Time – Every Little Thing Gonna Be Alright!

Calming music for a stressful time. For as long as I can remember I’ve always associated certain songs with events or times in my life. Back in university days we used to go to Penticton for the last couple of weeks of summer before returning to school. Mixed tapes for the long drive there and back along with the music in the clubs and on the beach defined the day and always reminded me of those wonderful times. Well, I just returned from another adventure and in this edition of Tales From The Tropics I want to tell you a …

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YEG Winter Activities To Reduce Stress

I embrace the outdoor life in my hometown of Edmonton in the winter. There are a number of wonderful YEG winter activities I love to do with friends and family whenever I get the chance. For many winter is the time to cocoon inside, avoid the outdoors, and focus on work until the seasons change. Too much of a work focus can lead to increased stress, especially when the economy is hurting. Cocooning inside with reduced activity and social connection can also add to that stress or, at least, prevent you from burning it off. When you feel the stress …

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