Taking Care of Climate Change Can (Should) Be the Same As Taking Care of Yourself

To follow up on my post from Wednesday, I’m going to share a bit of what’s going on in my Energy Efficiency retrofitting for my house in Charlottetown. So I’ve just started the process. And this post is to help guide others in their energy efficiency. (I’m also still learning so feel free to share as well). I wanted to share some of my discoveries so far in hopes that it can be useful for you as well. Where to Start? What I’ve Done Simple vs Complicated or sexy vs efficient Just Do Something! Next Steps   1. Where to Start? Here’s … Continue reading Taking Care of Climate Change Can (Should) Be the Same As Taking Care of Yourself

How To Get To 100% Renewable Energy By 2050

In the midst of COP21, and all the talks on climate change, I thought I would write today on the topic of climate change. I heard the spokesperson for Greenpeace say that we need to be 100% off fossil fuels by 2050, in order to avoid the worst impacts. I started doing my part this week, as I’m looking to create a really energy efficient house (more on that in another blog post). And this got me thinking on a bigger scale: Can we make Charlottetown or even PEI 100% energy efficient by 2050?  Major cities, such as Frankfurt, Munich, … Continue reading How To Get To 100% Renewable Energy By 2050

What is the Pomodoro – Or How to Do 40 Hours Work in 16,7 Hours

Good morning! I’ve been speaking to many of you about the Pomodoro productivity method, and how effective it is, I just haven’t taken the time to write it yet… until today! In the spirit of productivity, I figured, I’ll share an article of someone who summed it up perfectly! Oh, I’m so funny. But seriously, for those who feel they spin their wheels without moving very far, have a read. There are other elements to the productivity picture. I want to share more in the weeks to come. This is the first piece, on the “day to day” work. Let me know if … Continue reading What is the Pomodoro – Or How to Do 40 Hours Work in 16,7 Hours

Recap of 21inc Summit and How to Build Leadership

Last week, I had the honor and priviledge of being part of this cohort of 50 young leaders from across Atlantic Canada. It was a powerful and intense experience. After the week, the 50 of us were blown away and came way enthusiastic about Atlantic Canada’s future. See leaders here At the time, I didn’t really know why my experience was so powerful. I just knew that it was. This post aims to explain my analysis of the program and how I think 21inc is having a great impact on building a better Atlantic Canada, and therefore, why all readers should care! Note: These … Continue reading Recap of 21inc Summit and How to Build Leadership

How German Homes Maximize Efficiency And What We Can Learn From It

I’m passionate about being the best versions of ourselves, and efficiency is key in this regard. I’m passionate about this in terms of home heating as well. I dislike wasting energy and in particular fossil fuels. This new video explains how Germans heat their homes and how energy efficiency is regulated there. A few highlights: Smaller homes (1800 sq feet) Efficient heating system with hot water Triple pane windows with passive solar energy Furnace/boiler is always serviced/maximize Government regulated emissions testing! My first thought after watching this video is : what is stopping us from putting in place some of these measures? If we start doing things … Continue reading How German Homes Maximize Efficiency And What We Can Learn From It

How a Crowdfunding Campaign Brought Me So Much More Than Money

As many of you know already, I’ve been selected (alongside my sister Nathalie) as one of the 50 Emerging leaders of Atlantic Canada.  We will attend a Summit of all 50 leaders from the 4 Atlantic provinces next week. This post is to talk about our fundraising for this event. We both needed to raise $500, so we decided to do a crowdfunding campaign. We are excited to say that we’ve achieved our objective. https://goo.gl/njg6IV Before continuing, I would like to thank all our supporters for their generous contributions. It is humbling and touching to have received such support. Thank … Continue reading How a Crowdfunding Campaign Brought Me So Much More Than Money

How the PEI Marathon Will Inspire You to Run (More)

Today was the PEI Marathon and I ran a 1/2 Marathon (21kms) with a group of friends. And what a great day! This Post aims to report some lessons from this and benefits of running in hopes to inspire others to be inspired to run (or run more). Benefits include: Comraderie/Friendship: Having run with a group, it really built a sense of comraderie and brought us closer. Positivity: The atmosphere was so positive throughout. People cheering in front of their houses, or on the streets. It’s very hard to be negative on this day! Fall colours/Fresh Air: The run took … Continue reading How the PEI Marathon Will Inspire You to Run (More)

A Quick Shortcut to Eat More Veggies and Eat Less Junkfood

We always hear it. The way to health goes through veggies! I struggle to eat my fair share of veggies. One of the main reasons being that when I want to snack, I use the “path of less resistance”, which means cookies, toast + peanut butter, chips, even fruit, or whatever tasty snack is available to me! So my question was: How can I make it easy on myself to eat veggies? The answer: make it accessible and easy! You’ll find pictures of my system. I have a tray of veggies with hummus (and some nuts), as to have healthy … Continue reading A Quick Shortcut to Eat More Veggies and Eat Less Junkfood

What do you consider to be the most pressing world issue?

What do you consider to be the most pressing world issue?  This is a question I’ve been asked as part of my 21inc Leadership training, and I found it hard to answer… is it climate change? is it poverty? I thought about long and hard, and here is the fruit of my reflections: I believe all the issues named above (climate change, immigration, war, poverty etc.) all stem from common traits of greed (and the corollary, lack of compassion). For me, it is the common behaviour of many humans to take more than they give back. This obviously leads to imbalance. … Continue reading What do you consider to be the most pressing world issue?

Increasing Your Life Fulfillment With Einstein’s Wise Words

A quote can change a life, inspire or give purpose. A few days ago, I read a compilation of incredible quotes on success, 101 in total. I recommend to read through if you have 5 minutes! Albert Einstein’s quote really struck me this time around: Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value. –-Albert Einstein Brilliant. Powerful. I feel like I’ve been selfish in my life recently. Always asking “What can I get out of this? What can this person bring me?” What I’m slowly learning and what is “common wisdom” is that to … Continue reading Increasing Your Life Fulfillment With Einstein’s Wise Words