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 […]

Wooden walkway in Paradise Meadows, Strathcona Park Vancouver Island BC - Photo by David Innes

How to ask for help

One of the favourite leadership classes I teach is about discovering your own strengths and challenges as a leader. In a class discussion last week, one of the students shared how difficult it is for her to ask for help, at work and at home. I have many friends and clients who are in a similar […]

Snow covers Trafalgar Lookout on Wascana Lake Regina, with Legislative building in background - Photo by David Innes

Striving for festive feelings

True confessions here – the festive season doesn’t make me feel very festive. For the most part, it makes me feel stressed, adding a whole pile of things I need to do to my already-very-long list. While my kids are delighted with Santa, candy canes and stockings full of goodies, I am overwhelmed. And I […]

Two Canoes at dusk, Cypress Hills Park, Saskatchewan - Photo by David Innes

Why you should always choose the girl

Expanding on the 6 Essentials For a Good Life, I want to share my thoughts on putting in the time and effort required to build strong relationships. Research coming out of Harvard’s recent 75 year-long study on what makes a good life has shown that good relationships lead to a long and fulfilling life. It […]

Fall leaves on Wascana - Photo by David Innes

Living well: Six Essentials for a Good Life

Welcome to my first blog post. I’m pretty excited to finally be here online after thinking about it for many months. I decided to start blogging to combine my three passions –  learning, teaching, and writing. Most of my blog posts are related to the content I teach in my leadership courses: Ways we can […]