Ideal Life Blog

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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Lessons Learned From Lobsterfest

Our 9th annual Lobsterfest celebration is in the books and as I sit and think about it I am reminded of why we put in the effort to have it year after year. So what is Lobsterfest you ask? Well it goes back to Gail and I getting married on a beautiful beach in the tropics with 48 of our family and friends following us there to celebrate along with us. It was a magical couple of weeks that I wouldn’t trade for anything. Then, when we returned home, things slowly began to change. We all began to drift apart. …

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Achieve Holiday Balance And Enjoy It For Once

How well are you able to find holiday balance? Do you stress every year pulled by increasing work demands yet wanting to be able to enjoy all the season has to offer? Me too! At least I used to. We’re well into the holiday season already and my schedule is pretty full all the way into the new year. Every year it seems that there are always two or more events for every Friday and Saturday throughout December. My wife’s work, my work, friends events, family events, and the ones we host too! At the same time work demands always …

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Work Life Balance And How It Truly Works

Work life balance! Is it a myth that can never happen so why bother trying? Or is work life balance a real possibility that can definitely happen and ultimately lead to you living the wildly ideal life you dream of? It all depends on how you define balance. Many define balance as giving “equal attention to a career and a family all of the time”. Exactly 50% on work and 50% on life and family in terms of your time, energy, and focus. The Work Life Balance Trap With that rigid of a definition it won’t work, it can’t work. …

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The Unsustainable Business Path And Why You Must Change It Now

My unsustainable business path began like this. Excited by a vision of freedom and wealth I eagerly jumped into the entrepreneurial game years ago. When neither came along right away I dug in to work harder and work longer. I was told that was the path to success. Soon it became the norm and it was reinforced over and over from people I knew, from those experts supposedly “in the know”, all over the media, and from my own inner voice. In time it began to take it’s toll. First on my work itself. Wearing all the hats I did …

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