Here is your Seven-Bullet Monday
1. A quote I am pondering:
"You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life." - Zig Ziglar
We should not let life's pressures and busyness stop us from taking a few moments to say some kind and sincere words to a work colleague, friend or family member. That 10 or 20 seconds could change the trajectory of their day and sometimes their life, so let's try and do that as often as we can.
2. A question I am asking myself:
How do I make this Christmas one of the best?
With less than a month to go to the big December 25, I want to make this Christmas effortlessly wonderful. That means working on creating lots of memories and applying more upfront thought and less last-minute, overly expensive gift shopping.
3. A book I am reading:
North of Normal: A Memoir of My Wilderness Childhood, My Unusual Family, and How I Survived Both - Cea Sunrise Person
You may think your upbringing was unusual in many ways, but I guarantee it was nothing compared with Cea Sunrise Person. How she emerged from such an extremely dysfunctional family upbringing in the wilds of Canada and the USA to become an international model at age 13 and now an author is quite incredible. This remarkable autobiography shows how resilient children can be, even when faced with difficulties adults would find overwhelming.
4. My favourite podcast this week:
Fidelity Connects: ESG analysis: Considerations for the year ahead with Matt Egerton
Following COP 27, investor scrutiny of companies' ESG performance is more significant than ever. This podcast covered how investors and activists must balance ESG prioritization with the reality of fossil fuel dependency today. I liked that Fidelity also assesses ESG trajectory when considering investments, not just historical performance.
Look for wastage in your spending patterns and eliminate it
Did you know the average American wastes nearly $18,000 yearly on excessive spending? This adds up to more than $1 million over a lifetime! The wasted spending can be anything from eating out, cable and streaming services, unused subscriptions, and buying excess food that is thrown out. We would all like to retire with an extra $1 million to our names, so please take a good hard look at your spending patterns and figure out where there is wastage. Then develop a plan, the proper habits and some third-party accountability to help you break those harmful spending patterns. Your future self will no doubt be thanking you in the coming years.
6. My highlight of the week
Moving into 127 Hugh Street, Port Moody
I have been looking to get back into the property market, having rented for the last 18 months. So when this lovely three-bedroom townhouse showed up on the market, on Hugh Street, of all places, it just had to be the right one. The purchase of the property and the move-in last week felt effortless for such a momentous happening. Leanne's and my song of the moment is "Feels Like Home" by Bryan Adams and Diana Krall.
7. My challenge to you for this week
Increase your protein consumption
This week, I challenge you to zoom in on your nutrition, especially getting adequate protein. Assuming you are active, try targeting 0.7 to 1.0 grams of protein per body weight in pounds. For example, if you weigh 160 lbs, you should aim to get between 120-160g of protein daily. Your protein intake does need to be accompanied by a balanced diet with the correct macronutrient ratios. An excellent ratio is approximately 35% protein, 50% carbohydrates and 15% fat. Apps like "My Fitness Pal" can help you track the ratios of food that you are eating. It's a fun little challenge for you and will make you more aware of what food you consume. Happy tracking!
Have a nutritious week 😊