Gratitude. What's so special about it, how can we cultivate more of it in our lives and what does it have to do with a wicked case of diarrhea?
I'm kicking off a new video series on Badge of Awesome about overcoming obstacles in life. Here's the intro video for your viewing pleasure! Continue reading
You gotta love instant karma... Like this story? Then check out my book Misadventure Musings: Lessons learned from life’s awesome and absurd moments. Continue reading
Forget the Eiffel Tower: the most memorable parts of my trip to France were trying not to vomit on my host family and learning to choose my words carefully. Like this story? Then check out my book Misadventure Musings: Lessons learned from life’s awesome and absurd moments. Continue reading
In the spirit of this story, this week's Badge of Awesome goes to Caroline D. James for her article on Tiny Buddha "How High Expectations Can Lead to Disappointment, Depression, and Anxiety." Thanks for the inspiration, Caroline! Continue reading
This year, Canada turns the big one-five-oh. In honour of this milestone, I put together a video love letter of sorts to celebrate the adventure-packed, 150-year-old country I call home. Continue reading
Putting in extra effort to make an event or experience extra special is great. But sometimes -- like my disastrous attempt to find the PERFECT Christmas tree for my mom -- you can overdo it. Like this story? Then check out my book Misadventure Musings: Lessons learned from life's awesome and absurd moments. Continue reading
In this video story, I recount the fateful winter day my nearly naked brother and I ran a snowy gauntlet in an attempt to win five bucks... Yeah, looking back it doesn't make much sense to me either. Like this story? Then check out my book Misadventure Musings: Lessons learned from life’s awesome and absurd moments. Continue reading
Like this story? Then check out my book Misadventure Musings: Lessons learned from life's awesome and absurd moments. Continue reading
After months of caffeine-fuelled all-nighters, my new book is finally here! Misadventure Musings: Lessons learned from life's awesome and absurd moments is an illustrated collection of 40 true stories from my past and what those experiences have taught me about overcoming obstacles and making the most out of life. I've pulled out all the stops for this book, combining some of my absolute favourite stories from this blog with a number of brand new ones. So if you're on the prowl for a few laughs, some fun inspirational reading or the perfect Christmas gift for someone, Misadventure Musings may be just what you're looking for. Check out the video below to learn more and visit the Books section to order your copy today!
If you’re a regular to this blog, you may have noticed that I’ve been a real slacker lately in terms of posting new content. That’s not to say it hasn’t been a hectic few months. Summer was bookended by some A-grade adventuring. In May, I was climbing glaciers and camping on sheep farms in Iceland. By the end of August, I was sipping moonshine while sitting in a Tennessee river. Continue reading
The clothes we wear, the food we eat, the way we treat each other: our small, everyday actions can go a long way in making our world an awesome place. That's the message behind my new talk that I'll be sharing with schools, businesses and community groups this year. These presentations are part of my work with my not-for-profit organization Lifestyle Citizens, which aims to empower people to be good neighbours, environmental stewards and ethical consumers. Learn more about it by clicking on the video below or visiting the Lifestyle Citizens website. And please share with anybody you think might be interested in having me in as a guest speaker! Continue reading
We all like to think we're in control of our lives. But as I learned from a fellow cancer patient, luck is still very much part of the equation. “I’ll see you when you get out,” I said, shaking Frank’s hand. Part of me knew I was lying. I’m no doctor, but I had a strong hunch that I was shaking the hand of a dead man. I had lost a lot of weight following my bone marrow transplant. But Frank? Frank was positively skeletal. Continue reading
As I learned from being a terrible babysitter, the best bosses don't freak out when mistakes are made and give their employees time to get better at their job. I don’t have kids. But I’ve got to think that trusting your children with a babysitter can be a nerve-wracking experience. Particularly if that babysitter is someone like me or my brother Nicholas. Continue reading
Perseverance and commitment are awesome. But as an ill-fated camping trip in March taught me, sometimes we just need to know when to quit. Continue reading
I arrived at the Liberian refugee camp in darkness. Without electricity, it was hard to see much of anything in this settlement outside of Accra, Ghana, where more than 40,000 asylum seekers lived. Our van’s headlights offered us myopic glimpses of our surroundings as the driver slowly navigated the maze of rutted, dirt roads toward the volunteer guesthouse. Continue reading
When an angry man in Alberta chastised my definition of work-life balance, I stared at him like a doofus with nothing to say in response. And as I discuss in my latest guest post on Tiny Buddha, it wasn't until I was half-way to Regina that I figured out what I should have said... Click here to read my article 10 Ways to Seize the Day and Achieve Greater Work-Life Balance. Continue reading
I recently had the opportunity to guest blog on Steve Aitchison's Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life site. Pop on over to have a looksie, and while you're at it be sure to check out the other great personal development articles there! Click here to read my article 5 Cultural Traditions the World Needs More Of .
Sharing your creative work can be scary. Real scary. But wobbly knees or no wobbly knees, putting yourself out there can also be extremely rewarding. Continue reading
Growing up, boyhood and bad habits went hand-in-hand. No matter how hard my mother tried to steer us kids in the right direction, we seemed determined to return home for dinner muddy, bloody or both. Continue reading
It’s 2 A.M., there’s a killer on the loose, and it’s up to me to catch him… No, that’s not the opening line to my new thriller novel. That exact situation literally happened to me recently. Now, I really wish I could leave it at that and have you believe I’m some badass secret agent. But I feel obliged to reveal a couple other minor details about that night. Continue reading
Life is full of difficult moments. Sometimes we can find ways around them. A lot of times though, we just need to power through them. I’ve had the good fortune once again to guest blog for the uber-awesome advice website Tiny Buddha, where I share five ways to help you weather the storms life throws your way. Check out the article here. (You may also be interested in the other post I did for Tiny Buddha, Lessons from Almost Dying: Appreciate the Everyday Awesome.)
Since my bone marrow transplant in 2008, my blood type has changed from A-Negative to O-Positive. That change has become a metaphor in my life about the importance of turning negative situations into something positive. In this guest blog on the website Wealthy Gorilla, I explore the benefits of a positive attitude in life and in business. Check out my post here! .
I had the privilege to write a guest post on one of my favourite life advice websites, Tiny Buddha. In this story, I talk about the "reasons to fight" list I made during my cancer treatment and what it taught me about enjoying life's simple pleasures. Check out my article here. .
I wouldn’t describe my mom and dad as helicopter parents. Partly because giving us a long leash was just their parenting style. Partly because with eight kids running around like a bunch of maniacs, you’d need a whole fleet of helicopters to keep track of us. Continue reading