The Hidden Costs of Stress

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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

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

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

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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