A Money Coach in Canada

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Are you overlooking hundreds of dollars worth of resources because you think Employee Assistance Programs are just for folks with pretty severe issues like drug abuse or alcoholism?

You should think again. Once I got past that idea, and was convinced of the confidentiality (and the companies who offer EAP know their life depends upon it), I haven’t hesitated to access EAP for all manner of resources.

Over the years I have received, at no cost to myself:

  • 10 weeks of nutritional advice, one-on-one, tailored just for me.
  • 45 minutes of free legal advice.
  • Career coaching that included some eye-popping discoveries and prevented me from wasting time on applying for a couple jobs I would have sucked at (I discovered).
  • And yes, several sessions of the more typical counselling, when I was going through a really rough time a while ago.
  • In every instance, the professional I worked with was absolutely excellent.

    Are you overlooking your EAP plan? I totally recommend finding out what is available to you and accessing it. Why walk away from no-charge-to-you resources which could prove invaluable to you?

    Photo Credit: D Sharon Pruitt

The Eco and Green-living crowd up here is pretty amazing. Backyard chickens don’t cut it; my LEED-house neighbours have goats. Free-range meat? Pshaw. Folks fish and hunt. How’s *that* for free range.

And then there are my nearly-self-sufficient friends who live on a lake, grow their own vegetables and quinoa, compost their toilet (ewwww, but it works), chop down trees (don’t judge; it’s likely cleaner than your heat source) to heat their home (bear in mind our weather drops to -40C for days on end) and the latest? Bake their bread in this solar-energy contraption. The bread was fabulous, by the way.

I don’t really dare refer to myself as frugal in comparison.

THE SOLAR ENERGY OVEN
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THE GREEN HOUSE (they also have an extensive outdoor garden)
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WHAT SURELY MUST BE THE ONLY LOCALLY GROWN CANTALOUPE
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HAND CUT AND CHOPPED. WHO NEEDS THE GYM?
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EVERY CORNER OF THE HOUSE HAS A RAIN BARREL.
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NOT SURE IF THIS IS USED. OBVIOUSLY NOT DURING MIDNIGHT SUN SEASON.
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INDEED, IT IS!
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Some employee benefits are almost best-kept secrets. Not once, but twice, with different employers, I found out only through the tech folks (THANKS GUYS) that the employer had a deal with Microsoft so employees could purchase Office Products for their use at home at a steep discount.

And by steep discount I mean this, in my case:

Usual price? $150.00

My price? $20.00

Sweet, eh?

So send a quick e-mail to your work address for Monday with this subject line: REMINDER – TALK TO TONY THE TECH GUY ABOUT SOFTWARE BENEFITS.

Readers – ever received a kick-ass benefit (not the usual medical / dental stuff) from your employer?

Photo Credit: RustyBrick

You don’t know Saltspring Island til you’ve hauled your you-know-what and your tent and your sleeping bag and your cooking utensils up the hills to Ruckles park.  I think that’s what it was called.  I was too done-in to commit it to memory.  But after recovering from the work-out trauma the weekend was sure fun — tooling around everywhere.

It must have been fun because a few years later I did it again.   I joined my uber-fit and athletic (my antithesis) roommate and her uber-fit and athletic friends for a cycling weekend on the Kettle Valley Railway tour.  Over abandoned train trestles over rushing rivers and right.along.cliffs we went, and up and down the mountains.  And up and down mountains.  And …. anyway, it was spectacular, and I didn’t slow down the pack to the extent that we had to cut it short or anything.  If anyone has done it recently: Is that kinda crazy cowboy still living on the trail?  Who lives in as rustic and cowboy-ish a cabin as can be imagined?

I can’t imagine I’ll be doing those kinds of grinds anytime soon, unlike my pal Doug who, for his retirement, decided to pretty much cycle around the world.   <  beats me  >  .

But these?  These I’d consider.  And what’s not to love – budget friendly, eco-friendly, and you get way more in touch with the area than zipping by in the car, non?

Cycle around London via Barclay’s Bikes I saw a bunch of those bikes when I was there and the looked in great condition.

6-day tour of Green Gables land (PEI).  Someone who did it said the food is incredible as well.

Touring the backroads of Ireland looks lovely, and I think the hills aren’t toooo steep, are they?

Anyone out there done a bit of tourism via a bicycle?  Where?  Worth it?

Photo Credit:  sludgeulper

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