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Seven-Bullet Monday - July 17, 2023


Here is your Seven-Bullet Monday


1. A quote I am pondering:

“Gentleness is strength under control.” - Tony Gaskins.


This short quote highlights that true strength can be demonstrated through harnessing and channelling gentleness. Strong words can still be said softly – they don’t have to be bellowed – and they should always be said with kindness.


2. A question I am asking myself:

How do I sit, stand and walk tall and straight?


With getting older, working at a desk and running, I have to focus on not becoming stooped. So as often as I remember, when I am sitting, standing, or walking, I am to be upright and think of pushing my shoulders into my back pockets. That cue improves my posture by engaging my upper back muscles and straightening my spine.


3. A book I am reading:

Smarter Not Harder: The Biohacker’s Guide to Getting the Body and Mind You Want – Dave Asprey


In this book, biohacker Dave Asprey reveals an astounding variety of hacks for everything physical under the sun. The basic premise is that you can achieve weight loss and fitness non-traditionally with targeted biohacks to upgrade metabolic and neurological systems. Asprey said he takes around 150 pills and supplements daily, which isn’t my jam. Also, based on his do-not-eat-this list, I would have to remove many foods I eat that others say are healthy. So, in short, it was interesting, but not a book I would recommend.


4. What I learned this week

That production from BC mines decreased in 2022 compared with 2022


PwC’s 55th annual mining report came out this week. While the report headline was that revenue was up year on year (due to high steelmaking coal prices), the real and more serious news was that mining production was slightly down year-on-year. BC has an abundance of minerals, but issues like a long and arduous permitting process and the highest carbon tax in North America are impacting the sector’s long-term health.


5. The highlight of my week

Going on a Dad-and-daughter trip to Tofino on Vancouver Island


Becky and I went to the surfing town of Tofino on Vancouver Island’s west coast last weekend. It is a beautiful spot in BC, known for its incredible beaches, rugged natural beauty, and surfing. We didn’t surf but had a great two days walking the beaches, dipping in the frigid water, stand-up paddle boarding and eating out.


6. Hugh-tips

Collectables can be a part of your investment plan, but …...


Investing in collectables (e.g., art, antiques, coins, stamps, trading cards, memorabilia, and rare wines) can diversify your portfolio while owning fun and interesting items. However, it does come with risks and no guarantee you will make money. Collectables can appreciate over time, but their value depends on factors like rarity, condition, and market trends. If you are interested in investing in collectables, make sure you do your research, work with reputable dealers, and consult a financial professional to understand the impacts on your portfolio and tax implications. It is important to approach collectables with the expectation of enjoying them rather than relying on them for financial returns.


7. My challenge for you for this week

Listen to a genre of music that isn’t your favourite


I encourage you to step out of your musical comfort zone and explore a different genre. Think of it as broadening your horizons, introducing unique sounds, and igniting creativity. If you try it, you might discover a new world of sonic experiences waiting to be enjoyed.


Have a great week.

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