The process of conducting a mid-year review has typically been thought of as a necessity in professional spaces. However, I’ve found that also applying the concept to my personal life can have equally beneficial results.

Refining my planning process allowed me to ensure I was able to get ahead of these slower months to come back stronger in September. Slowing down to see things with new eyes enabled me to learn how to appreciate the true value of taking a step back to reflect and prepare for what is to come.

My advice is to do the same before getting to the point of desperation. It’s all about creating healthy habits…

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How many times can you remember feeling frustrated that things aren’t working out the way you planned, only to discover down the road that you received exactly what you needed. You just didn’t know it at the time.

Does that ring a bell?

I remember going through exactly that when I was working on a new demo reel. I learned that resilience is the key to overcoming life’s challenges and overcoming adversity when life doesn’t give you what you want…

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This past month I just wrapped up delivering a series of keynotes and workshops on mental health and one of the questions that always comes up is “How do I support/encourage someone else struggling with mental health?”.

This could be a colleague, a friend, your children, and in many cases, it may be your spouse whom you would like to be of support to.

The challenge many people face when wanting to help someone else is that we want to do the right thing, we don’t want to upset the other person, we don’t want to see someone else suffer, and as a result we “freeze” and just stay feeling stuck at times while both of you stare blindly out the window without the answer you are looking for.

As I reflect on my mental health journey, along with the support I received from my mom, therapists, friends, and teammates, here are five tips to consider when looking to support someone else struggling with mental health…

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The past few weeks I have been delivering my new keynote, Reintegrating Post Pandemic: Strategies to Harness a Brighter Future, and it’s been interesting receiving the audience’s feedback.

Like with most sessions, you never know which lesson or part of your story will resonate the most and as you progress, you always try to keep building on your strongest content.

Recently, I introduced a new principle to consider as we navigate this next phase of life with the pandemic and given the amount of incredible feedback I received from it, I wanted to share it with you here.

We just crested the two-year mark, and most people are looking to get back their feeling of “normal”, but although we are starting to reopen at the two-year mark, I am asking you to give it four years.

Here’s what I mean…

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A few weeks ago, I got Covid.

I had just played five games in a sledge hockey tournament, stayed in two Airbnb’s, was on the road, and came home Sunday evening, exhausted.

A few days later I was feeling sick, and I tested positive on the following Wednesday.

I didn’t think it would hit me so hard, but I was down for the count!

Like, really down… I could barely do anything some days and I struggled more than I care to admit.

I am now on day 14 and have tested negative twice. I still feel like I am experiencing symptoms, however, learning from that, I thought I would share five quick tips that helped me get through a few rough couple of weeks…

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