How To Sharpen Your Critical Thinking

Think Deep

Developing the Mindset

There is so much information coming at us on a daily, that we can easily become saturated. The world has gotten smaller, the news cycle even faster, and it pretty much looks as though this information influx is likely the new normal. All the more reason to hone your mental filter and sharpen your critical thinking to help make sense of what’s going on out there. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to live in a state of perpetual doubt and criticize everything all the time! Rather, a well developed critical mindset can help you in retaining only what information you determine to be true and relevant, while discarding much of the noise (see Merchants of Doubt). Taking this approach can also boost your confidence as well as work to diminish some anxieties as you pursue your own path of sustainable motivation.

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Discovering Trigger Point Therapy

Overcoming Pain

A Real Pain in the Neck

For the past two weeks I have been in some pretty excruciating pain. It radiates up and down my left arm and feels like something is pulling on my veins and twisting my muscles. Three of my fingers on my left hand are numb, and I am unable to lift my arm up over my head. Let alone lift my toddler, or do all the many things that need doing with the use of two arms.

Initially, I had no idea how this happened. I just woke up one morning with this awful neck pain and felt my mobility dramatically constrained. The neck pain in itself was not new. I’ve had a soreness in my back for the last few years now, and have been attempting to treat it with chiropractic visits, osteopathy, and exercise. I had recently begun jogging again, and thought it would soon sort itself out. Suddenly, I got hit up with this pain along the left side of my arm and shoulder. I thought perhaps I had torn a muscle. That I didn’t stretch something properly, or maybe even over-stretched it. Needless to say, it’s been pretty rough. Thankfully, I discovered both the cause and solution to this mysterious pain, and I’m all too happy to share what I’ve learnt. It’s been a revelation, and I hope that my own story can offer readers the same enlightenment.

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Letting Go of Disposable Water Bottles

Water Fountain

Bottled Water is Overrated

This one should be a pretty straightforward win. We can really do without disposable water bottles. The amount of plastic generated by our water bottles is obscene, and growing (see A Million Bottles a Minute). Now, I get that we need water. For those of you who know me personally, you know that I drink a fair amount of water every day. I normally have a water glass hovering nearby or my trusty water bottle within reach. My water glass and I are reasonably attached, and I admit that I can get a little antsy if I don’t have access to water. Water is life, but it’s also personal. I get genuine satisfaction from filling my water glass or bottle.

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Tokyo’s Love Affair with Bicycles

Tokyo Bicycles

The Next Stage of Urban Cycling

Living in Japan for nearly a year now, I am still perpetually amazed and impressed by the number of people who chose to commute by bike (seeĀ The Daily Commute). It’s a clean, convenient, and cost-effective means of getting around, and it has the potential of bringing genuine joy to the rider. I’m certainly a fan. Biking to work, school, and social events had often been my preferred means of travel back in Montreal (despite the long winters), but here in Tokyo, they’ve managed to bring urban cycling to the next level!

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Baby Knowledge Starter Kit

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On Track Towards Sustainable Parenting

Parenting is a glorious, difficult, rewarding, amazing, grueling, and incredible experience! When you discover (or decide) that you will bring and raise new life into this world, it can generate a wonderful new sense of awareness and a mountain of questions. The search for answers also brings with it the realization that the world can be a safer, more sustainable place if we commit to our roles as parents and encourage empathy, compassion, and understanding in our little ones as we follow more traditional, scientifically backed, means of attachment parenting.

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