Clear blue sky is reflected in the deeper blue still water of Lake Helen McKenzie,in Strathcona Provincial Park, Vancouver Island BC Canada at dusk. A backlit rolling black treeline is silhouetted in the upper half of the image, with the blue of the sky above and the deeper blue hue of the lake below. - Photo by David Innes

10 surprising ways you can reduce your stress right now

May 1-7 is Mental Health Week in Canada and all of May is Mental Health Month in the US so I thought I’d focus this week’s post on stress reduction. I can’t think of anything more crucial to the good life than our mental health – it influences our perspective on everything. Here are ten stress management […]

If it’s not going to matter in 5 years, don’t spend more than 5 minutes being upset by it.

Want less stress in your life? Try this:

If you have a job or children or aging parents or health challenges or a relationship or bills to pay, I’m guessing you’ve got some stress in your life. I have two children under the age of five, a husband who travels frequently, and I work as a consultant juggling multiple clients and deadlines so […]

Barrel rider races her horse in practice, Indian Head Saskatchewan Canada - Photo by David Innes

How to start following your passion

Writing has been a passion of mine since I was a child, but it seems that I had a long list of things to do before I could get around to making it a priority. There’s always been something more pressing or someone else’s needs that were more important than my hunger to put words […]