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Showing posts from October, 2017


As Thanksgiving weekend approaches here in Canada, it is natural that gratitude is on most Canadian's minds.  I for one, am no exception.  I have a lot to be grateful for this past year.  One aspect, in particular is my mental wellness and life balance.

One year ago, a spark that was within me began to grow.  One year ago, I was at Toronto at the Google offices taking part in the Google Certified Innovator Academy (

#googleEI).  The entire experience was phenomenal, but what this Academy did for me was made me realize that as much as I loved my day job, there was something else in me that I needed to nourish.

Fast forward about 6 months, and I found myself turning 39.  Heading into the final year of my thirties and doing some major reflecting.  I realized that the hectic pace I was keeping as a teacher was not good for me.  I thought about my school year, and how this year I had likely taken the most sick days I have ever taken.  I questioned if the pace of my work was worth it, as…