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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…

Bravery/ Love & Relationships/ Zesty Adventures

Trust your gut: When something feels off, it is

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If it’s right, it’ll feel right

Why is trusting your gut so powerful? Because your gut has been cataloging a whole lot of information for as long as you’ve been alive. Trusting your gut is trusting the collection of all your subconscious experiences.

If you’ve ever felt uneasy or a sense of danger about a person or situation, but you were unable to figure out why, that’s your intuition talking. The subconscious immediately communicates to us through our emotions. These emotions serve as warning signals. Your intuition is your first line of defense, but you must learn to listen to what it is saying. Author and CIA expert for the prediction and management of violence, Gavin de Becker says as a rule, your intuition is never wrong. Continue Reading…

Career/ Love & Relationships/ Meaning & Passion/ Zesty Adventures

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…

Athletic Performance/ Health Tips/ Wellness/ Zesty Adventures

End of season bike & body maintenance

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Time to check your levels

It’s that time of year when your trusty steed is gettin’ some preventative end-of-season maintenance! Part of your bike care is identifying general issues to watch for or that require repair. This is a great time of year to check your body too.

After several friends thinking I’m crazy for never having had one, I recently got a full blood panel to analyze my health. The results were fascinating, and not unlike your bike…if you’re never checking, there could be something way out of whack. 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…