Success at Work at the Expense of Mental and Physical Well-Being

I saw this interview on CBC’s The National newscast, and it really spoke to me! Personally, I have NEVER been able to achieve a 40-hour work week without feeling utterly exhausted (and no, it’s not something my body gets used to), sacrificing relationships, and my mental and physical well being, and I KNOW many others feel the same way!

I have NEVER understood the societal norm and expectation of working full-time, beyond the fact that people tend to get paid per hour, and due to the cost of living, on average people need those 40 or more hours to pay all their expenses. That being said, that DOESN’T mean they’re performing at their best OR being entirely productive every single one of those hours. That’s not a knock on anyone, it’s just human nature.

From experience, I KNOW I function best when working approximately 20 to an absolutely maximum of 30 hours per week. No matter how hard I have tried to better manage my sleep, eating habits, or any other part of my lifestyle – that’s my max. Society can demand all it wants, but that’s my personal limit, and I am committed to respecting that – for my mental and physical well being!

If that means I earn less and have to do with less, then so be it. I’m happier, healthier, and more productive for it!

“When we’re told to sleep more, meditate, and slow down, we nod our heads in agreement, yet seem incapable of applying this advice in our own lives.

Why do we act against our creative best interests?

WE HAVE FORGOTTEN HOW TO FLOAT.

The answer lies in our history, culture, and biology. Instead of focusing on how we work, we must understand why we work―why we believe that what we do determines who we are.

Hustle and Float explores how our work culture creates contradictions between what we think we want and what we actually need, and points the way to a more humane, more sustainable, and, yes, more creative, way of working and living.”

Bill Nye Explains Global Warming During Viral Video Segment on Last Week Tonight

NOTE: This video does contain coarse language.

Bill Nye the Science Guy – The Planet is on F*cking Fire!!!

Recently during a segment on Last Week Tonight with Jon Oliver, Bill Nye the Science Guy explained global warming in a quick, but powerful moment. He does use the f-bomb, but to great effect, effectively telling us in no uncertain terms to “grow the f—k up” and saying the world is “on f—king fire”. He also mentions that global warming is an expensive thing to fix, like anything else. This may be of particular interest to those who grew up watching his show.

As someone on Social Media pointed out: “This is a lesson on swearing. Don’t swear 99.99% of the time, so when you do you get a recognizable impact.”

To quote the video:

“Here, I’ve got an experiment for you, put your safety glasses on. By the end of this century, if emissions keep rising, the average temperature on Earth could go up another four to eight degrees. What I’m saying is the planet is on fucking fire! There are a lot of things we can do to put it out. Are any of them free? No! Of course not! Nothing’s free you idiots. Grow the fuck up! You’re not children anymore. I didn’t mind explaining photosynthesis to you when you were twelve, but you’re adults now and this is an actual crisis! Got it? Safety glasses off motherfuckers.”

I have seen a lot of articles and tweets addressing the REAL problem of Global Warming, or to put it in perspective – the Climate Crisis. There have even been ‘Climate Emergency Declarations“, which I actually think is mostly lip service. We as a society NEED to take REAL and DRAMATIC action, or this crisis WILL get worse, which people like Greta Thunberg do a fantastic job of emphasizing! Just talking about it and making small changes in our lifestyles, although important, won’t change that, and clearly hasn’t gone far enough. If we want to continue to call this planet home, we must do more!

Toastmasters SpeechCraft Ice Breaker

This is the speech I gave at the Komoux Toastmasters club at North Island College (NIC) on Thursday, May 16th. If you find it difficult to view the video on the screen at the beginning, please watch the Rowing Video on my YouTube channel before watching this speech. Although I’m very happy with the content, I’m not entirely happy with my delivery of this speech. My mentor and I discussed it afterwards, and I will be making changes and practicing and preparing more before giving it again in the future. That said, Toastmasters is all about doing and learning and doing it better next time, and so on. It’s okay if it’s not perfect. We’re allowed to make mistakes without judgement. We’re there to get better and improve our communication skills.

My Toastmasters Speech About Weather

This is my second speech from the CC (Competent Communicator) Toastmasters manual. It covers my love of the weather, what inspired my passion for it, my thoughts on where people should get their weather information, and my weather stations.

I will be learning from this speech, and with the help of my mentor, making changes and fine tuning it in preparation to give a slightly longer version of it in a couple of weeks, which I will also record and post to YouTube and my website.

Dying With Dignity: Why We Wish My Dad Had Been Given the Option of MAID

Thanks to a friend, I discovered this this lengthy Twitter thread. It is absolutely worth reading. it involves an elderly lady who was dying and decided to end life on her terms, with the help and support of her wonderful doctor, MAID (Medically Assisted Death), and her loving family. She absolutely died with dignity.

I only wish my Dad had had the option of MAID. We had discussed it in the months previous to his death in late 2015 and 2016, and he really wanted it. I’m not exaggerating when I say that he literally talked about it and asked for it every time we visited him in Assisted Living. We discussed it with his doctor with him as well. It came into law when he had lost his motor skills thanks to Multiple System Atrophy.

He couldn’t sign the document, and no one else was willing to sign on his behalf, and family wasn’t allowed (because of the risk we could “influence” his decision). Because of this, he spent several weeks in needless pain and suffering before he passed, though they gave him meds to ease the pain and made him as comfortable as possible.

Anyway, hopefully that isn’t a problem now. People who meet the rules can make the decision when they’re of sound mind, and they can sign while they still can, and have MAID when they want it, and die with dignity.

Is ‘Stigma’ Really the Greatest Barrier to Mental Health Treatment? Or is There More To It?

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I recently came across this fantastic article on Elle.com talking about mental health and barriers to treatment. It honestly reinforces the way I’ve felt, thought, and have experienced for many years! It doesn’t dismiss ‘stigma’, but rather explores what can happen when people actually seek help. Absolutely an article worth reading!

Here are some excerpts:

“Clinging to a more digestible explanation of the issue avoids the more difficult truth: that in 2019, even if you recognize and seek help for your mental health problems, you may not receive it.”

“‘Awareness’ is actually at an all time high, but yet mental health is at an all time low. In the stigma-free utopia we are running toward with arms outstretched – a place in which we have sloganed away all discomfort and found ourselves on the other side of shame – what are we actually likely to find? A broken, unworkable system, that is not equipped to deal with those who need it most.”


Firefox Add-Ons Disabled? Here’s How to Fix It.

On Friday night (May 3rd, 2019), Many users of Firefox noticed that their add-ons (extensions) suddenly stopped working. Mozilla (makers of Firefox) worked hard all weekend to correct the problem, which they went into some detail about here.

Better, more detailed articles, for those who care about the technical reasons of what happened, can be found here (Engadget) and here (Bleeping Computer).

For most people, not having add-ons is an inconvenience, but for some it’s a need. For those on limited data plans, including mobile, ads can eat up a lot of data, so Ad blockers do have their legitimate uses. Mom and I depend on LastPass, so that was also disabled, and thus we couldn’t easily log into our banking, for example. Thankfully nothing urgent in our case, but still irritating.


The next morning (Saturday), Mozilla released a temporary fix for the issue, which was being rolled out to ALL users of Firefox, supposedly within a 6 hour time frame. That said, many users, including my Mom, had to wait longer.

Why Mozilla didn’t just put a link on their website or blog post to download the fix isn’t clear, but they did include it in tweets for some reason. So, I downloaded and installed it on my secondary computer and Mom’s computer and it worked instantly.

You can download the fix here.

You will see this pop-up when you click that link. No need to worry. Go ahead and click ‘Add’. The fix will take effect instantly and your Add-Ons will work again.

If for some reason they don’t, the newest version of Firefox with that link included is now available (as of Monday). Go to getfirefox.com, or click the ‘Hamburger’ icon in the top right of Firefox, then ‘Help’, then ‘About Firefox’, and click the ‘update to 66.0.4’ button.

Why I Love My Pebble Time Watch

I love my Pebble Time Watch! have used a Pebble Time smart watch for a couple of years now. I’ve been tempted at times to get a more expensive smart watch, but the majority of the ones I looked at have many more features (often with a heavy focus on fitness apps), along with other “bells and whistles”, that I simply don’t need or want.

I honestly only want my smart watch to act as a watch, give me the date and time, current weather is a nice bonus, and give me quick at-a-glance notifications for phone calls, texts, and Facebook Messenger (you can choose other apps). It doesn’t make sounds, it just vibrates. That’s it, and it’s all I need. To be fair, the Pebble app does offer fitness-related features for the Time, but they’re known to be poor quality, and I disable them anyway.

Pebble itself went out of business, but you can still find the Pebble app in the iOS app store. It is no longer available on Google Play because the app hasn’t been updated for a couple of years, so it was removed.

You can also download it from websites like APKPure. Android will ask your permission to install it, but it’s perfectly safe and will work just fine.

Thankfully FitBit has allowed to work independently of their servers. They no longer update the app, but it does work. It still asks you to create a Pebble account (which you can no longer do, but that step can be easily skipped and isn’t required to use the app) when you first start the app.

The app communicates with your Pebble just fine via Bluetooth, where you can configure settings and choose a watch face you like. The app doesn’t come with many options, but you can easily (at this point) download a free app (Pebble App Store backup) that contains a store of sorts, but links to third party downloads of user-created watch faces, which can be imported easily into the Pebble app. Pretty straight forward for the most part.

My favorite watch face app is called Aspire. It’s free to use for 24 hours, then requires $0.99USD (via Paypal) to use it forever, which I was happy to pay. It’s a great watch face!

Besides loving the Aspire watch face itself, the extensive settings for the watch face definitely make it worth the dollar spent. Other free watch faces I tried are seriously lacking in comparison.

So, despite the fact that the Pebble company itself went out of business (bought by FitBit, who then basically killed it), I noticed there are many on eBay (at this point) who are selling “new” (unopened, never used) Pebble watches, including the Time, so I bought two of them, which roughly equals the cost of buying one of the more expensive smart watches, depending on the watch. That said, both the original Pebble watch that I no longer use, and the Time, do exactly what I need and nothing more, so I feel it’s a sound investment. In the years to come, I may need buy another kind of smart watch, but for now, I’m a happy Pebble user.