Banks, Budgets, and Lifestyle Bloggers

I’m scrolling through Instagram, as you do, and I get to thinking about sponsorships and the fact that Social Media Influencer is now a job title (explain that to your grandmother). Which leads to me wonder where are the banks and other financial companies in all of this? If it works for L’Oréal, would it work for Citigroup? Take a lifestyle blogger for example. Look at their Instagram account. They’ve got millions of followers and one of those perfectly curated...

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Finance Needs Better Teachers

What makes someone a good teacher? I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, and I don’t mean teacher in the traditional chalkboard and apple sense. We’re all teachers. We all have to explains things we understand to others who don’t. So what makes someone particularly good at that? Empathy. The best teachers remember what it’s like to not understand. They remember the questions they were too embarrassed to ask. They remember the sticking points. The...

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Why Banks Should Care About Beauty Vloggers

You know what’s really interesting? The rabbit hole that is YouTube beauty videos—monthly favourites, Sephora hauls, get ready with me’s… that slice of the internet. It’s addictive. I can watch someone apply eyeshadow with 14 indistinguishable brushes for hours, knowing full well I’ll never try it myself. My idea of a ‘smokey eye’ is mixing two shades of skin toned beige I’ve owned since university, and I’m OK with that. I am not the...

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Are you a moderator or an abstainer?

I’ve been thinking about the whole Moderator vs. Abstainer thing. Is it just another label, or is knowing which side you fall on useful? Could recognizing it help you become more productive? Happier? I always thought I was a moderator because I can do things like eat 2 squares of a chocolate bar and save the rest (Crazy, I know). However, if I’m honest with myself I approach most of my life with an all or nothing mindset. I’m in or out. Full steam ahead or… no...

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You only have to do one thing today

You know what sucks? Ending the day and feeling like you’ve accomplished nothing. Especially when you were busy all day (Hi, emails). You know what’s worse? Ending the week, month, or even the year *gulp* feeling like you’ve accomplished nothing. I’m all about the to-do list. ALL about it. And I’ll have days when I’m ripping through that list at an admiral speed, but I’m not actually working towards things that really matter to me. The things...

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Is Procrastinating a Procrastination Hack?

Now I haven’t been experimenting with this for very long, BUT, I think procrastinating might actually be a procrastination hack. Hear me out. I’m in the kitchen making my 11th tea of the day (I have a legit problem) and my brain hits me with remember-the-thing-you-promised-yourself-you’d-finish-every-morning-for-the-past-week-and-you-haven’t-yet-because-you-suck-geeze-what-a-loser-you-can’t-get-anything-done-you’re-hopeless. And I’m faced with two...

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Whatever you’re scared of, do that

Ahhh the midlife crisis. Or quarter life crisis. Or this week crisis. (?) We’ve all been there. And we’ll all be there again. That super fun feeling of being completely, utterly stuck and not knowing what to do next. But you know what the cool thing is? You do know. You do know what you need to do next. It’s whatever you’re afraid of. It’s the thing you casually (or maybe not so casually) day dream about like running a marathon or starting a YouTube channel or...

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Procrastination is a habit we can change

Oh, what’s that sound? Just me eating my own words. As it turns out, that stirring declaration I made about writing a blog post every day for two weeks (no excuses, Kate! It’s only 14 days, Kate! Everyone has 30 minutes, Kate!) didn’t stick. My inner procrastinator found a friend in my perfectionist tendencies and, well, here we are a few days later. Sigh. It’s never good news when those two get together. Procrastination is a funny thing isn’t it, because...

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Treat your life as a series of two week experiments

This. This I can do. Committing to an indefinite lifestyle change is, well, daunting. “I’m going to start waking up earlier! I’m going to start running! I’m going to start eating healthy!” Somehow the larger the undertaking feels, the easier it is to keep pushing the start date. “I’ll start tomorrow!” turns into months, or even years, and that’s when the shame sets in. And shame is a total confidence killer. The cure? Action. Stop...

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