The Hidden Costs of Stress

Costs of Stress
Sooooo… After falling off the face of the Earth for about 8 weeks, I’m back! I think I could fill a book with everything that happened in those weeks. But suffice to say – it was a rough period of many personal changes for me.  I spent the last 2 or 3 weeks catching up with my life and I’m only just getting back into the groove of things. I’m getting back to writing, and I realized quite...

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Posted in: Philosophy

Why I am a mentor

I am a mentor, leader, teacher
Yesterday, I took my two student mentees out to dinner.  I have two girls – one senior student who is about to do her first 8 month work term as a software developer and a second student who is just starting the computer science program.  For an hour and a half, we chatted over Japanese foods and tea.  The topics ranged from your regular pleasantries (“What are your holiday plans?”)...

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Posted in: Career and Work

Making a power play at work

Power play at work, ambition
In the software development industry, things can change fast.  Usually, it’s just projects and deadlines that change, but sometimes it’s personnel changes as well.  A recent wave of personnel changes has recently triggered a lot of upheaval in my department at work.  Two of our main back-end developers quit, two new people started and the whole team got shuffled around to different work...

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Posted in: Career and Work

Understanding home insurance

home insurance, understanding home insurance, policies
With two properties, one of which is a rental, Brian and I have to deal with a lot of insurance.  It’s kind of a pain, but a necessary pain.  There was a point in my life where I had ZERO insurance – as a student and a renter just a few years ago, I didn’t see the need for the extra cost of insurance on an already lean budget. Well, an apartment fire and loss of my apartment sure...

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