Price versus Cost

Zig Ziglar

The late, great Zig Ziglar

I’ve been reading Zig Ziglar lately, and all sorts of ideas and thoughts that I’ve been hearing on podcasts and from my coach Berni have been gelling in my mind. In particular, I realised that an experience of my own really brought home to me the difference Zig describes between price and cost, and I would like to share it with you. …Continue Reading

Fruit Share Wins an Award!

Fruit Share LogoYou will remember that I have written several times about the wonderful organisation called Fruit Share. Started in 2010 by the inimitable Getty Stewart, this volunteer-run group connects homeowners with excess fruit in their backyards with volunteer pickers who climb the trees and fill the baskets. …Continue Reading

Talking About Identity

Screenshot 2014-03-14 08.44.39 Last June, my amazing friends Kaila Prins and Ito Aghayere interviewed me on their podcast, Finding Our Hunger. This was in the early days of the podcast, which has gone on to include luminaries such as Jimmy Moore, Liz Wolfe, Stefani Ruper, Dietitian Cassie, Abel James and others. Kaila and Ito have been guests hosts on the Living La Vida Low Carb Show and have generally gone from strength to strength. I am privileged to have been part of their beginning. …Continue Reading

Six Weeks Until I Break the Streak


Broken by Littlest Finch, on Flickr

I’ve got a great streak going on As I’ve boasted previously, I’m really doing well there right now. I’ve written at least 750 words every day for the past 124 days. I’m not sure what changed, but somehow it has built itself into the fabric of my days. …Continue Reading

The Power of UIHD

ACTION Leyland National - dashboard

ACTION Leyland National – dashboard by ArchivesACT, on Flickr

You’ve seen me going on about GOYA – Get Off Your A$$, and suchlike things. But now I’ve heard an even better acronym, one that is changing the way I do things within the various teams I work with. I bet it will change your ways, too. …Continue Reading

Musings on Snow

Festival du Voyageur, 2014

Festival du Voyageur, 2014

Snow in Winnipeg is nothing unusual. We generally have the white stuff here on the ground from November until May. But I think most people would agree that this year the snow has been more of a presence in our lives than it usually is. …Continue Reading

If I Am Not My Illness, Who Am I?

Signs showing Ill and HealthyI’ve written about akrasia in the past, that odd behaviour in which we appear to act against our own declared self-interest, for no apparent reason. You know, refusing to go to bed when we are tired, getting into the brownies when we say we want to lose weight … we’ve all been there. But what if it’s something else? …Continue Reading

Good-bye Facebook, Hello Pinterest/Instagram/All That Stuff

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Click to See the Newsletter!

First of all, if you aren’t interested in BlackBox, you will be delighted to know that I have created a newsletter for it, and will no longer be putting blatantly BlackBox stuff on the blog itself (although I will be making pages on the website). …Continue Reading

Making the Newsletter, and also an eBook


A screenshot of MailChimp’s process

Remember that I was planning to document the creation of an eBook? Well, that project has just got quite a bit more meta. As I create my BlackBox newsletter, I’m documenting the steps and I’m hoping to turn that process into an eBook. It might even be useful for somebody. …Continue Reading

Why I Love MoMondays

Finally, my belated post about my experience at MoMondays. I was invited by the lovely Stephanie Staples, at a week’s notice, to come and speak. Of course I was quite terrified, but I had wonderful help from my coaches Berni Xiong and Anna Coleshaw-Echols. …Continue Reading