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The Hole Inside

Sometimes this feeling sneaks up on me and just knocks me down. It is also a feeling that has been my gauge for improving my life and finding value in it. This video by Improvement Pill portrays the idea of emptiness very well. I know the feeling and the 3 recommendations to keep it at bay are worth the investment of time.

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Short-Term Perspective, Long-Term Success

I get quite disappointed in myself the moment I realize that I have passed hours, or sometimes days or weeks really, without sticking to my goals and making any progress that I can feel good about. It is a sad, frustrating, restless moment that does not always translate into improvement for me. Continue reading “Short-Term Perspective, Long-Term Success”

Power Posts

Today, I bring you another collection of excerpts from some great blogs, wonderful writing, and thought provoking ideas. Do check out the full posts and browse through more of their work.

Khairil Sianipar

Knowing something means nothing if it is not followed by a disciplined course of action. Just by taking that extra effort, putting in the additional work will get you more than those who do what is enough.  Continue reading “Power Posts”

Hotel Like Home

I am back from vacation and I promise you that this blog is not going to be so quiet anymore. In coming posts, I will be sharing more about what I did and learned during my trip. And I am starting here with some thoughts on how to make the overnight rests during a trip better. Continue reading “Hotel Like Home”

What I Know for Sure

Is there any fact of life that you would have the comfort of knowing as certainly true? I recently read the book called What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey. Naturally, right from the cover of the book, I put the question to myself: if anything, what would I say I did know for sure? After some thought, I realized that there were some facets of life that I would bet my bottom dollar on.

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I Have Today

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. – Marie Robinson

Even if you cannot change your past, everyday is an opportunity for you to change how to carry forward the past, what you make of it, and how you let it affect yourself. Those opportunities could be just as good towards changing your future.

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Recipe: Crème Caramel

This is one of my favourite desserts. I love the comforting flavour and texture. I replaced the evaporated or heavy milk with skim milk and use less sugar to make it lighter: a pleasure to eat after a big meal and a little easier on the waistline. The recipe is super easy to make and, for me, it is a great way to impress guests with a homemade dessert or use up extra eggs sitting the fridge.

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Return to Paper

Per a goal I set, I tried to read more books. And failed. And tried again. Through these attempts, I have realized that reading long works electronically is just not for me. I love to blog and read posts and articles with the browsing capabilities and endless content available on the electronic landscape. But when it come to books, I am willing to haul around the weight of paper and need that traditional feel for my ideal reading experience.

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My Favourite Tweets

Twitter is a great space to share ideas fast. In the few months that I have been using it, I have created my own space there to check in for quick inspiration. So today, I thought I would share some of my favourite recent tweets and users that I have regularly followed. They serve as advice, reminders for my goals, sound reasoning, positivity, and more. Click on the twitter handles to see more from these users. If you are sharing inspiration on Twitter, WordPress or elsewhere, I do not want to miss out so leave a link below. 

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My Success and Wellness Journal

I have made a promise to myself. To take responsibility for me. Shortly before I started this blog, I started keeping what I dubbed my “Success and Wellness Journal”. Whatever goes in there is a reflection of my commitment to be good to myself and create the life that I want.

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Take a Dose Daily: Motivation

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily. – Hilary Hinton “Zig” Ziglar

For a long time after I first heard this quote, I liked it but did not know how to express its validity or act on its message. But one day, it hit me. After a streak of unremarkable and unproductive days, I had an amazing day:

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Power Posts of the Week

A dose of inspiration and empowerment from my fellow bloggers. This is where I share your work. If you can relate or share an idea just as inspirational, make sure we do not miss it: leave a comment below. Check out the excerpts below and I highly recommend checking out the full posts and blogs:

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Live Your Values

​It always seemed strange to me that the things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self interest are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first, they love the produce of the second.
– John Steinbeck

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Join the Conversation

Matters of Living has launched a Facebook group and wants you to be a part of the conversation. The group, Life’s Like This, is a call for you to share the ups and downs of life and, more importantly, how you thrive and survive it all. Put your heads together with other people who are just as interested in life as you are.

Yes, so far, it is just an empty page and Matters of Living wants to see it filled with your ideas. Make it come alive. Come and initiate conversation, participate in discussions, share your latest blog posts or thoughts, or pass on interesting things you have seen or read. The more the merrier!

Please share, re-blog or forward the Facebook group to others who would enjoy participating. Hope to see your voice join the discussion to share and find new ideas for learning from, loving, and living life.

The Path to Success

Let’s try not to be disheartened if the things we want in life are taking a little time to come along. Make sure you do your best to seek and reach out for them. The success that we want in life rarely comes easy. We could spend time just coveting it or envying the skills, lifestyles, and achievements of others. But there is a lot more to that.

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Seek A Little Comfort

Sometimes, the pressures and challenges of life just get too much. And sometimes, it is just the pet peeves that add up to a rough day. Either way, what you need to get through the struggle or bad mood may just be a little comfort. So, here is a list of ideas that can give you just that. Figure out what suits you most and effectively resets any negative mood:

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Complacency

Complacency is the bug that I have been fighting for the last little while. It is really hard to snap out of it and, once you become aware of it, the results of it never leave you with a good feeling. Since my head was so stuck in this rut, I sought some insight from websites I often visit looking for inspiration:  Continue reading “Complacency”

Gliding Through Life: 10 Lessons on Learning

I am very much a beginner in skating; I relearn and enjoy it every cold Canadian winter. After my last round of skating, it occurred to me that this little scenario left me with quite a few examples on how to take a learning approach to everything in life.

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Being Family

A long time ago, I asked a wise friend about how religion perceives love. She told me that while the emotion has merit, it can fall short. Looking back, I realize that, at the time, I had not really understood what she meant. Now, I remember this comment and realize its validity.

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