The Freedom To Get Real

The Freedom To Get Real

It started in my late teens. I had this feeling in the pit of my stomach that told me that I didn’t have to follow the rules as scripted. I went to school, then university, worked in my family’s small business and tried to ignore my gut. I enjoyed school and work but, again, that nagging feeling was there. I just kept getting better at suppressing it by becoming an adrenaline junky off hours.

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Do You Have A Minute? Ten Tips To Help Us Reclaim Our Schedule

Do You Have A Minute? Ten Tips To Help Us Reclaim Our Schedule

Anyone who says that a minute is a minute, no matter how you spend it is dead wrong. What you schedule in your day has a profound impact on how you feel, and in turn, how productive you are. The greater the time constraints we face on a daily basis, the more fragmented and scattered we are. That’s why we need to consider the drivers that affect our schedule.

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Old [Shopping] Habits Die Hard

Old [Shopping] Habits Die Hard

Mr. F2P received a gift card from work as part of the office’s 2015 Holiday Season celebration. It was for a big box housewares store and it ended up in my wallet. Though I don’t shop much anymore, I put the card in my wallet with the idea of stopping by this store the next time I was in the area. The day I went into the store, I had no plan—first mistake. I felt that it was now or never because if I didn’t purchase something of use that day, the card was likely to become long forgotten.

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How To Live Like A [Little] Prince

How To Live Like A [Little] Prince

Eight Truths From Saint-Exupéry

A movie came out last year called The Little Prince. It’s an adaptation of the 1943 novel of the same name by aviator and author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. News of this movie reminded me of the book, which lead me to reread it last April. I’m glad I did. This work of fiction was pure gold when the book was first published and it’s even more precious now for a society that wants everything but values nothing.

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The Ultimate Gift - Part 2: The Twelve Gifts

The Ultimate Gift - Part 2: The Twelve Gifts

Just under two months ago, I wrote Part 1 of this two-part series. At that time, I focused on the book The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die by John Izzo. It seemed an appropriate choice given that the time the Holidays tends to be one of reflection and introspection for many of us. 

Now that we’re in the New Year, I’d like to introduce another book: The Ultimate Gift by Jim Stovall. Unlike Izzo’s book about how to live a better life from the inside out, I view Stovall’s book as a guide on how to improve your life from the outside in; how doing can be as powerful as willing change in learning important lessons. 

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1.4 Billion Little Pieces

1.4 Billion Little Pieces

It all started when I heard of the 900-million-dollar jackpot. I had no idea the Powerball jackpot had reached such proportions. It was a nagging discomfort at first, unsettling. But it grew as I considered the magnitude of its implications. I started feeling physically unwell just thinking about it, to the point that I decided to stop what I was doing and give it some just consideration. 

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Thinking Ourselves Right - The Good and Bad Sides of Self-Justification

Thinking Ourselves Right - The Good and Bad Sides of Self-Justification

I lie to myself daily. We all do. They’re small lies for the most part. We lie to ourselves about how attractive we are, how smart we are, how good or bad we are at the various things we do. An example of this is sometimes how surprised we are about how we look when we see ourselves in a picture. We can even lie to ourselves when we look in the mirror every morning!

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My Favourite Posts of 2015

My Favourite Posts of 2015

The end of the year is a great time to both look back and look ahead. I can't think of a better time to review what's appeared here on F2P. I decided to go through all the posts of 2015 to cherry pick my personal favourites, not because they received the most comments or the greatest number of shares all over the web, but because they're the posts I like the most. How's that for a reason?

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