Living your life the way you want to requires getting real with your finances. Money, or rather lack of money, can cause major stress, as well as feelings of shame, guilt, and depression. Getting your finances on track helps release emotional baggage and can be really empowering and fun. Shannon Lee Simmons, founder of The New School of Finance, thinks it’s time we all start talking about money more. Listen to today’s podcast, which is one of the most informative conversations I’ve ever had about money. When you feel empowered about finance, even if you don’t have a ton...Read More
Drink this, wear that, do this exercise—are you ready for the onslaught of advice coming your way this January, just in time for you to start working on your 2017 New Years resolutions? The five-minute daily workout that will help you drop 30 pounds in 30 days! (Yes, so easy!) Get out of debt quick with these three strategies! (Yay, I can stop worrying about money!) The miracle cure for bad skin! (As long as it works!) Build a 6-figure business in 6 months! (I’ll be rich!) I’ve been sucked into bad advice before. A lot of it, unfortunately. Have...Read More
This is a stressful and ridiculous time of year. I’ve started turning off notifications for things, stopped checking my alternate email (the one where I keep all the newsletters and promo emails), and am avoiding regular television, magazines, and malls like the plague. It’s still a few weeks away from Black Friday/Cyber Monday/Giving Tuesday, and already companies are holding sales and sending coupons and donation reminders. It’s just nuts. If I could ask for anything for Christmas it would be to stop asking me what I want for Christmas. Sure, I take part in holiday gift-giving, which makes me a...Read More
Life is a fucking rollercoaster, am I right? Yesterday, you woke up charged, ready to actually bounce out of bed, pour that coffee, run 5km, work, and then…today happened. For whatever reason, today just feels like garbage. Instead of doing what you really want to do, which is crawl back in bed with really soft cotton pyjamas and Eat, Pray, Love, you have to do all the stuff you happily did yesterday, much less happily. What gives? Ever heard of Maslow and his hierarchy of needs? I think it explains a lot. And, I think this theory is particularly interesting to...Read More
I’m here chilling out with an iced mocha while a flourish of rainbow-clad pride festival-goers orders coffee and sweets on their way to a day-time street dance. This is my home for a week, a tiny island I’ve retreated to, where it’s easier to find an honour-system produce stand on the side of the road than a phone signal. It’s quiet, it’s peaceful, it’s a good place to press “publish” on Own Up Grown-Up. I’m jacked-up on the divine combination of caffeine and chocolate, and of finally launching this thing that has been brewing in my head for years. But...Read More
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