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Seven-Bullet Monday - February 6, 2023

Here is your Seven-Bullet Monday

1. A quote I am pondering:

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did”. – Mark Twain

From these wise words from Mark Twain, what ambitious or scary thing can you commit to doing this month? Picture yourself some years into the future, smiling as you reminisce about making that leap in 2023. At the time, it seemed daunting, but now you’ve gone on to do even greater things, and you realize you always had it in you to conquer that challenge. #YouCanDoIt

2. A question I am asking myself:

How can I get the Making Money Work personal finance training into as many hands as possible in 2023, particularly Conuma employees, NEBC school students and their parents?

I will launch the “2023 Making Money Work Wealth Builder” five-week course in Q2, starting with an April 3 event at Tumbler Ridge Secondary School. I hope to get the course into two other local schools and to a large contingent of Conuma employees and NEBC residents. I know how much the material can benefit people at any stage of life, and I am excited about the launch.

3. A book I am reading:

Stretching to Stay Young: Simple Workouts to Keep You Flexible, Energized, and Pain-Free – Jessica Matthews

Our joints and muscles become tighter as we age, and our flexibility reduces. Stretching is essential to keep us moving freely without pain, and to retain our motion and flexibility. This little book gives the medical benefits of stretching and step-by-step guides through various stretches that work all our major muscle groups.

4. What I am learning

Fashion is responsible for ~10% of the world’s GHG emissions

The fashion industry produces more than 100 billion garments annually, which equates to more than 12 for every person on Earth. Only a tiny fraction is recycled, with most ending up in landfills or clogging up rivers and beaches in poorer countries. Most people don’t realize that fashion produces more air pollution than international air travel and shipping combined. One reason is that most synthetic textiles, like polyester, are made from fossil fuels, and many dyes come from crude oil. There is a ray of hope, though. Some industry leaders are testing new fabrics from renewable and compostable sources like algae.

5. The highlight of my week

Seeing our leaders’ confidence in presenting and speaking grow through our latest leadership training program, Communicating with Groups:

The program, put together by the Flip Learning and Conuma teams, is designed to help our leaders run better meetings, become more confident speakers and presenters and learn to disagree respectfully. Over 70 of our supervisors and managers attended the training this week in Tumbler Ridge. Each of the three groups attending got some great coaching, had fun practising in small groups and found valuable networking opportunities with team members from other operations.

6. Hugh-bits

Pomegranates - the perfect treat for a sweet tooth

If you are like me, you crave something sweet after meal times. The challenge is that ‘sweet’ is not typically ‘healthy’. Pomegranates have now shot to the list of my favourite dessert. They are one of the healthiest fruits on the planet and, in my view, one of the most delicious, thanks to the combination of sweetness, tanginess and crunch. The challenge with pomegranates is getting the fruit out of the shell. I don’t have the patience to peel them, so cutting them in half and bashing out the contents into a bowl using a big spoon is the way to go – just don’t do it wearing a white tee shirt 😊.

7. My challenge for you for this week

Journal twice daily – first thing in the morning and last thing at night

If you have not yet tried journaling, please give it a go. For me, it’s up there with audiobooks for having the most significant impact on my life in the last couple of years. Capturing your thoughts and plans first thing in the morning, whether written down or using an app like Journey, is very powerful. If you are unsure how to do it, listen to the short Morning Pages video with Julia Cameron.

And then, last thing at night, write down at least three wonderful things that happened during the day. You can also capture three wins for the day and three wins you anticipate for tomorrow. This will help you go to sleep with a grateful and expectant attitude. Robin Sharma summed it up nicely when he said, “The starting point of discovering who you are, your gifts, your talents, your dreams, is being comfortable with yourself. Spend time alone. Write in a journal.”

Have an amazing week

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