Top 50 Articles of all Time

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Food and Wine…but mostly wine.

I walked over to a table with a bottle of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. As I asked the guests who would like to give it a try, they awkwardly pointed at each other, volunteering one another, afraid to give it a try. I tried to put them at ease buy telling them wine is simple; you either like it or you don’t. 

This scenario occurs regularly in many rest…

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Should You Lend Money To A Friend?

Should you lend money to friends?

Hmm… this is a tough question. My answer is definitely yes! And absolutely not! Confusing right? Well read on…

I’ve personally lent money to friends more than a handful of times and all but once did I actually get the money back. Each situation is different and requires ca…

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5 CLEVER WAYS TO NETWORK

Networking is the lifeblood of a business success. As a business owner, it`s essential that you belong to Business Networking Groups in your region to keep your brand visible & top of mind.

 

1. JOIN BUSINESS GROUPS…..Not sure what groups to join, start with

– Your local Chamber of Commerce. They organize their own events. When y…

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Why you should travel the world!

This will be a short and sweet article, but a topic that I have wanted to talk about for quite some time now. I see a lot of people drifting through life, with no real purpose or excitement. It seems like many of them stopped living long ago and are just going through the motions waiting for death.

I have lived a very blessed life. I haven’t had the constraints of …

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ADHD – My Gift

ADHD for those who don’t know stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. A person who has ADHD is someone who struggles with focusing and being too hyper. That is the shortened version of it. Lots of us struggle with undiagnosed ADHD and a lot of our kids do too.

This is my story on ADHD. I grew up always feeling different. Different to my peers! Black shee...

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Is Money the Root of All Evil?

Are you obsessed with money? Do you think most people are? Is money evil and curses everyone if acquired in large amounts? To be truthful, money actually lessens the evil effects of greed by channeling it away from socially destructive practices, and toward socially productive ones.

Money is an exchange – of trade. And in societies without trade, the most common way …

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SELLING YOURSELF

People are constantly judging us whether we are approaching someone at a bar or walking into a job interview. First interactions & impressions are vital to the success or failure of a meeting

 

FIRST IMPRESSION

It takes 30 seconds to make a good first impression.

– Be open & confident when it comes to making a first i...

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Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

The above statement has been the story of my life for the last three years. Before that I lived in my comfort zone. Anything that was uncomfortable I would avoid, brush under the rug, change the subject, basically do everything to avoid it. I was not happy living in my comfort zone but at the time that place was easier and safer than taking risks. I was also conforming to …

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The Curse of the Ambitious

I want this article to stand as a warning to anyone who is going to take on the task of trying to get better. I will promise you that the path to success is littered with obstacles, naysayers, self-doubt, unsupportive friends and family, tons of opportunities to quit, and some very tough years. I can however, promise you that if you don’t quit, it will be the best dec…

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Should You Steal From Your Future To Enjoy Today?

If you’ve been thinking about raiding your retirement savings to finance an adventure, pay for a luxury item you’ve been wanting, or to be able to fund your life while you make a career change, you’re not alone.

When you have an account that you’ve been contributing to for years which now has a sizeable amount of money, it can be tempting to cash in these fu…

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The Gratitude Box

It is a Sunday morning and I am sitting at my desk writing this article! Candles lit and sitting in silence reflecting on my life and the last 3 years. It has been one of the most challenging three years of my life. So many changes. So many ups and so many downs. 

I look at my life now and think how grateful I am for every step of the way and so thankful for wher…

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Things that make you go HMMMMMMM…….

As most of you that follow me or read my articles know, I love to travel. I recently wrote an article about travel, and I have sort of a follow up to that.

I just took a trip with my girlfriend to Nassau, Half Moon Cay, and Turks & Caicos for Mother’s Day. It was a 5-day cruise with Carnival and it was a wonderful time! We swam with dolphins on a small private i…

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FIND YOUR TRIBE.

We’ve all heard the aphorism that you are the five people you surround yourself with. Well, sometimes those people can be hard to let go of, even if their presence is poisonous to you. We often think we “owe” people for things or must remain friends because we grew up with one another. But that’s silly, of course: sometimes, as we grow, change, and transition, those early f…

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Coincidence or Synchronicity?

Has this happened to you? You think of a person you haven’t spoken to in a long while and get a phone call from them?  Better yet, you bump into them?! Even more so, you see each other in an airport in a city which you both do not live in?!! How about, you were thinking of an occurrence and then it happened?  

These types of “coincidences” happen more often than not. …

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Social Struggles

When your child is socially accepted, or dare I saw popular, you don’t worry as much about this aspect of school. But what happens when your child isn’t socially accepted, or even worse, socially rejected. This puts parents in what often feels like an impossible situation. You love your child and you want everyone to love them just as you do, but it simply isn’t always the ...

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The Look of Depression in Men

Clinical depression—in women or men—can cause sadness and a loss of interest in once pleasurable activities. But depression can sometimes manifest in different ways in different people. While the symptoms used to diagnose, depression are the same regardless of gender, often the chief complaint can be different among men and women. You can’t go after one symptom, but instea…

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Perceptions

In this era of social media, we are hyper focused on our appearance. Never before have we been so subjected to a constant barrage of images. The arrival of social media platforms have sensitized us to self images and driven us to compare ourselves to one another even more. It’s this behaviour that creates false perceptions and insecurities.

As a phot…

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HEAL YOURSELF BY FINDING FORGIVENESS!

The power to forgive is essential to living a healthy life. Easier said than done, though, right? Forgiveness can be difficult to achieve, and the prospect of letting go of your anger — anger at the pain someone else has caused you or the mistakes you feel you’ve made can be daunting. 

Things happen for a reason: every scrape, every tear, every burst of anger is th…

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Under Water

This past month the West Island of Montreal has been going through a very difficult time. We’ve had record amounts of rain this spring. Being that we are an island surrounded by rivers and lakes, any big rain fall during the spring thaw can be sketchy.

This year, Mother Nature has shown us her power and strength. Several boroughs have been flooded. E…

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Badmouthing Can Have Lasting Consequences

Badmouthing Your Co-Parent Can Have Lasting Consequences

When I think back to my early years of co-parenting, 30 years ago, my awareness about co-parenting was limited — it was unknown territory. I had to figure out how to manage my emotions through the twists and turns of my new life.

Becoming a co-parent is a life-changing experience. It’…

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ALIGNMENT

When your life is in alignment, you feel good living it, and even if things are scary, they are serving a purpose. Alignment, to me, is so crucial to living a happy healthy life. At times, we follow the crowd because it seems like the easier route, but our bodies have a way of showing us the value of individuality. 

Align yourself with your values and see …

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Listen to your body!

We all have dates that are etched in our memory. Birthdays, anniversaries, etc.

June 6, 2011 is one that I always remember. And do you know what I did that day? I went to the doctor! Thrilling, right?

Well let me tell you, I’m glad I did. You see, I listened to my body and man, was it telling me something.

For quite some time before that date, I ...

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Back to Basics

Back to Basics

Golfers can be a stubborn bunch and very resistant to change. They can go weeks or years at a time being frustrated with their performance on the course. I have seen many people beating balls on the range with no clue that all they are doing is perfecting their mistakes! There is help available if you are ready to listen and be coac…

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NO!

No! What a powerful word. So powerful, many are afraid to use it.

NO – Setting the boundaries:

“No” should not be confused with “I don’t like you” or “ I don’t want to help you”. “No” doesn’t mean you’re a bad person. It simply means, that right now, at this point in time you can’t for what ever reason.

I have a dear friend. She’s a lo…

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Maximize your Time!

How many of you are guilty of wasting time? I know I am! I am the king of wasting time. I waste time with the best of them lol. I recently listened to a podcast that changed my thinking about time and started maximizing every minute of time I can throughout the day. Here are a couple of ways that you can use time you would normally waste to your advantage.

I live i…

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Stop and smell the roses.

We live in an “Instanta- World”.

A world where people really have no patience.

People want things quickly, instantly, with little to no effort needed.

From our food and money to our health.

I keep on seeing these “Get rich quick”, “Quickly Lose # of Pounds in # of weeks” , “Complete meals made in under 20mins” groups throughout the internet and ad…

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3 Small Daily Habits With a Big Impact

Overhauling, or even just changing your habits can feel overwhelming. Habits are our regular tendencies or practices, and we often do them on autopilot. Adding new ones or changing the ones we have can seem daunting.

But it doesn’t have to be.

Small habits that don’t take much time or energy and are added gradually are much easier to incorporate. And these…

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How To Audit and Update Your Wardrobe this Spring

With Spring newly year upon us, it’s the perfect time to review and refresh parts of our home. While everyone has their own organizing style, below are the steps I follow to update my closets and get rid of things I don’t wear.

1. Start with your existing fall/winter (f/w) closet. Bringing spring/summer (s/s) clothes into the mix too early will mean extra clothes an…

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Manchester- A Tribute

This week I want to pay tribute to the people tragically taken away from us on Monday evening. They were little girls watching their idol sing, they were parents who had taken their children to the concert or waiting to pick them up. No doubt they would have had their girls singing in the back of the car on the way home at the top of their voices, as a Dad I can imag…

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Keep Your Dreams Alive!
“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” — Wilma Rudolph

Imagine you’re not who you think you are.

What if you’re actually much greater than you’ve imagined?  You’re a wi...

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To Chose or Not to Chose

 “Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em.” – William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

What I love most about Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, Twelfth Night, is that even with over four hundred years since the play has been published, the themes of the play still resonate with the…

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Use Robinhood to buy stocks for $0 Commission!

Are you tired of paying between $4.95 and $9.99 every time you buy or sell a stock? I sure was, and this frustration led me to a newer stock platform called Robinhood.


Today’s tip is definitely not for everyone… if you do not have a basic fundamental understanding of investing in stocks, I would first start with a great educatio…

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Longing for a Father. Found a Dad.

* This article is written well before it’s intended time as Father’s Day is a few more days away, but it means a lot to me to share it now.*

What is a DAD?

A Dad is a Man who willingly and lovingly participates in the upbringing of a child.

Not to be confused with a Father. A Father is a biological label which describes the male participant who h...

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Building Trust – Part 2: Do Unto Others…

“The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what we would appear to be.” Socrates, Greek philosopher (469-399 BC)

You’re about to get the inside scoop on building relationships that can change how you do business forever. It all comes down to understanding “The Eight Pillars of Trust.” If …

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Releasing Resentments

Releasing Resentments and Initiate Peaceful Resolution While Co-parenting

A damaged relationship is not irreversible when both parties sincerely put in the effort.  As with any other relationship, you will have disagreements and misunderstandings. Set aside your personal feelings and focus solely on resolving the matter for the benefit of your ...

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Come Fly With Me!

Vacation season is upon us. The kids will be out of school soon and hopefully you are getting ready to fly the coop. As a seasoned traveler who is very passionate about making travel a positive experience for everyone, I am embarking on a series of articles on traveling and how to eliminate stress and make it fun. Traveling can be a fun and enjoyable experience even i…

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A Letter from My Future Self

I want to be the best possible human I can be and to do that I need to keep working on myself. The more I learn about myself the happier I am.

This past week I placed personal emotional work on my agenda and the exercise I chose was “The Journey” by the book of the same name, written by Brandon Bays.

The concept is simple and the process is challenging but the …

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LEAD FROM THE FRONT

This past week I was fortunate enough to attend a training conference in Las Vegas with my amazing wife and a bunch of friends we made through our Social Marketing Business. While, I’m not going to elaborate on that business in this article, I invite you to reach…

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Doing the Unthinkable A Beach Vacation with UR EX

Doing the Unthinkable A Beach Vacation with Your EX

Before you dismiss your co-parenting communication style as hopeless, remember why you keep trying to make it work: your children. For the sake of their mental health they need to have a relationship with both of you, and definitely deserve to feel that they are front and centre in both of your...

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Kindness

Kindness

“No act of kindness no matter how small is ever wasted.” Aesop. 

Did you know that Darwin believed that kindness and care for others was the result of evolution? He’s often associated “survival of the fittest” but that is an over-simplistic view of his work. He also considered how positive kindness is for humankind.

What We Know ...

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What Now! I’ve Hit a Brick Wall

You’ve run into a brick wall, not knowing what to do. Seems there are no options. Hopelessness & despair are your only companions.  Your circumstances hit you like a big wave at the beach, knocking you off your feet. Inside your soul is crying out from the secret places of your heart ‘what now’.

We’ve all been there when our situation seems hopeless. What do we…

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Legacy.. it’s in everything we do

I used to think I had to do one extraordinarily remarkable thing that no one else could do to leave a positive mark on the world. It had to be big and vast and reach millions in order for me to feel that my life mattered. Some singular thing that would always be associated with Shari Reinhart. 

BUT…

My claim to fame will not likely be anything as great as…

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Showing up as Shari

“You are who you create yourself to be and all that comes into your life is a result of your own creation.”

~ Shari

I am seeing everything in life through a sharper lens than ever before, lifting veils of darkness that have committed me to profound emotional and physical pain. The details of my struggle are not important – though I describe a coupl…

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The City That Never Sleeps

It’s the “city that never sleeps” and let me tell you, I never want to sleep when I’m there. How can you sleep? There is so much to do, so much to see. I literally want to be outside in the middle of it all, taking it all in every single minute I’m there. When I’m in the hotel I feel like I’m missing out on something. Oh New York City, you stole my heart years ago….

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Are you a good person?

I know that deep down everyone thinks they are a good person. Well, I should rephrase that. I THINK that deep down MOST people think they are a good person. I’m sure there are a few rotten people out there that know they are rotten, but for the general majority most believe that they are a good person. Let’s take a deeper look at tha…

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Courage and Change

“Take a risk

Take a chance

Make a change

And breakaway”

Those are familiar lyrics to some of you, I’m sure. Kelly Clarkson’s “Breakaway”.

I’ve belted these same words out many times since the song came out. I’d venture to guess that sometimes when I sang the word…

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Building Trust – Part 3: Care Beyond Yourself

“Trust, not money, is the currency of business and life.” David Horsager, author, The Trust Edge

Quill Cloud

How do you KNOW when you can really trust someone? 

A friend from GoRead recently said…

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“SUCCESSOGRAPHER” – What the heck is that?!?

A little over a week ago, I started on a new journey of discovery. An exploration into purpose & passions, mindset & motivates, honesty & happiness, and a integrity filled self-description.

For those of you who have read some of my articles in the past, you will understand when I say this journey actually started much further back, and is still on-…

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A Special Friend

Have you ever considered writing poetry to express yourself?

Poetry offers a fun way to take a “snapshot” of life.  Poems can transport you to a new place, share your ideas, and allow you to eternally savor a feeling, an experience or an event. But more than that, poetry gives us a way to create a meaningful tribute to special people. 

Si…