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Stirring The Pot To Savings

February 10, 2013

A long-standing marketing adage says people buy on emotion, and justify with logic. How absolutely true. And you don’t even have to be actively shopping! A little bit of poking beyond the surface saved us a few thousand dollars recently.     Photo credit not available.   A photo of our ideal kitchen table hangs…

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Tips For Asking Questions

February 5, 2013

      Questions can help you access your inner wisdom. They can also keep you in your head. The following tips for asking questions can help make exploring an adventure of discovery instead of an academic exercise:     Tips   > Approach exploratory questions from the perspective answers and insights are waiting to…

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Questions For Digging Deeper

February 5, 2013

With a little bit of practice buoyed by our innate sense of being curious, we all have the ability to become explorers without ever leaving home. Digging deeper into the details and bigger picture creates distinctions that open the way to greater awareness and clarity. Words move beyond generalities to have the richer meaning. Assumptions…

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Turning Words Into Meanings

February 4, 2013

Imagine yourself standing in an art gallery conversing about the paintings on the wall. What does your discussion look like if you use only the word “paint”? Envision the same discussions when you know about acrylics, watercolour, oil, and tempera. Or maybe you’re speaking with a craftsman about the custom furniture you have long dreamed…

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Deeper In All Directions

February 2, 2013

We live at the surface.   Take this scene at Moraine Lake, Alberta for example – lake, trees, snow, mountains and sky.   Beautiful.   Next.   But what lies beneath the surface?   See what the actual Moraine Lake looks like underwater.   And to behold stepping back?   Check out the real view…

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Are Goals Intentions Or Not Vice Versa?

February 1, 2013

You listened to my take on the difference between intentions, goals, and thought underneath. I’m keen to hear what you have to say. Where do your reflections take you? Are goals and intentions really that different or do they head down diverging roads? What is your experience with setting specific targets and watching for signals?…

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Beneath Intention And Goals

January 19, 2013

Not surprisingly, many a thought, image and inspiration sprung to mind putting “pen to paper” about goals and intentions. Pulling those together in a coherent way has been equally insightful and thought generating. So without further ado …   Words Words are labels or shortcuts to represent the thoughts and meaning behind the word. If…

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Intending Not To Focus

January 17, 2013

Please don’t mistake my avoidance for goal setting means I spend my days wandering aimlessly without purpose. Through my own journey of giving my power away, then taking “control” of my life, only to reach the point of having to let go, I’ve come to realize creating intentions is far more empowering for me than setting…

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5 Reasons Smart Goals Might Be Dumb

January 12, 2013

‘Tis the season of resolutions and setting goals for the year ahead. Anyone who knows me will tell you I won’t be partaking in either. I think my distaste for goals began when I was fresh out of university and entered the corporate world. Time didn’t exist much beyond next week and which assignments were…

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