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Real Men Have Lumberjack Confidence

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What women want

Recently a friends husband got on his soapbox about what type of real man I should be dating. One that knows how to swing an axe, down a pint of beer and who definitely doesn’t eat quinoa.

I thought it was actually really sad. The idea that some men might be holding back their true selves because of these concepts of “masculinity”, believing these things are what women want. When in reality, us women simply want the real person underneath. Continue Reading…

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Zesty Capital: Be so good they can’t ignore you

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Invest in yourself to stand out from the bunch

Have you ever heard about the theory of “career capital”? It’s about gaining skills, connections and credentials that put you in a better position to make a difference and stand out. Capital is something used to create wealth and career capital comes from assessing your deficiencies and embracing a plan to close the gap between where you are and where you want to be.

This theory is super fascinating and I think we can apply it to many aspects of life beyond career, including relationships and competitive sports. Continue Reading…

Meaning & Passion/ Wellness/ Zesty Adventures

Zest: The happiness trait and how to harvest it

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To live is a rare thing. Most people just exist.

The warm summer air blew in through the windows and tousled our hair as we cranked the music and giggled about some silly story of when we were teens. Dierks Bentley’s song Freedom on the stereo was the perfect pairing to our girls wine tour. We cruised around the twisty Naramata roads, without a plan and lost in the moment; smiling, laughing and full of energy.

You could say we were full of zest. In positive psychology, zest is one of the five character strengths that contribute most to a sense of life-satisfaction. As a component of the virtue of courage, zest means approaching life enthusiastically, as an adventure and being excited about life. Continue Reading…

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Zesty life story: Choose your own adventure

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Live the story you want to tell

His words swayed me in the breeze like a thousand swinging trees, in a forest lying next to stormy seas. The storm was coming, but it was adventure on the wind and I’m lost on my way to the only one for me.

We are the authors of our experience. In our story there are chapters, plots, characters, heroes, villains and pivotal moments. And as all good stories go, everything makes sense in the end. Continue Reading…

Meaning & Passion/ Wellness/ Zesty Adventures

Zesty Meditation: The healing power of solo bike rides

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The body benefits from movement, the mind from stillness

The cool light of morning casts shadows across my bed as I open my eyes. It’s 5am and Kula noses up for her morning snuggle and more importantly, to tell me it’s time for her breakfast.

Passion is the best alarm clock. We follow our usual routine of a Ginja Ninja Smoothie and a bit of work at the computer before the call of the forest quickens our pace and we set off for the trails. Continue Reading…

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Beautiful Tough: The strength to enduro anything

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Huck yourself bravely towards fear

Taking a deep breath of fresh mountain air, you stand over your bike and gaze down the steep granite slope leading into a narrow clearing of trees. You have two options. Do you choose to remain stuck in fear or do you send it bravely into the unknown?

Humans have evolved through risk taking; when we take our first step, we risk falling down; when we learn to ride a bike, we risk crashing; when ask someone on a date, we risk being rejected. As tough as it is, if we don’t lean into the fear and discomfort, we don’t progress.

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