The road to happiness is paved by the choices you make.
Hello, I’m Jessy, I have travelled the world making wine for the past five years. Now that I have settled down in Vienna I want to use what I have learned along the way to help you improve your habits.
A happy life starts with healthy habits so whether you are trying to develop good ones or break bad ones I hope you will find something to read here that will help you on your journey. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me.
This is the moment you’ve been training for; all of your effort over the past weeks, months, and years has been for this moment. It’s finally the big day, the biggest challenge you have undertaken; you are ready for it. You start, you struggle, but in the end, you succeed, and then you are hitContinue reading “How to avoid the accomplishment trap”
Do you ever wonder if you are on the right path? There are many ways to get to a destination, so it can be hard to know if you are on the right one. To ensure that you are on the right path, you must first have the right mindset. The Motivation Myth illustrates that you areContinue reading “The three-step approach to achieving your goals”
Do you believe in abundance or scarcity? The world might seem to be falling apart, but that’s probably because of the media you consume. Read on if you want to have a brighter view of the future.
Art is a physical representation of the value of someone’s time. How can you know what you are worth if you never make an audit? The value of shares, bonds and NFTs depends on many complicated factors. This blog aims to help you improve your overall life, not just your financial life, so I willContinue reading “How to be rich, a guide to investing in yourself”
Medicine is taken regularly to keep you in the “therapeutic window” of that medication. Too little, and it becomes ineffective; too much, and you risk side effects. This zone is when you get all the benefits with minimal side effects. I will use coffee to illustrate this point as it contains a bitter white powderContinue reading “What’s better: meditation, coffee, or both?”
Longevity is about more than health; you will also need money as you age. The earlier you develop healthy money habits, the better off you will be. This post was inspired by a recent trip to the tailors. Hence, the Lulu shorts. I love these shorts as they have convenient pockets and are quite fashionable. Continue reading “Lulu shorts and a magical tailor – the best financial habits for millennials”
Vacations are terrible for longevity. Sure, they help you unwind, but boy, do they ever mess with your longevity habits. The long flights, exhaustion and constant exposure to temptations drain your willpower. Your bad habits start to creep back in while the good ones disintegrate. It’s normal; you’re on vacation, a time to be glutinous andContinue reading “How vacations ruin good habits and how to get over it”
Duolingo is the most downloaded language. While they do a great job of making language acquisition fun. Their programs are based on translation which is an inefficient way to learn a language. There are few applications for learning Czech; that’s why two years ago, I downloaded Duolingo. Since making that decision two years ago, IContinue reading “How to effectively use Duolingo”
A meditation on chocolate – how to appreciate chocolate If you are reading this, then I imagine that you – like I – love chocolate. Chocolate has been my weakness for as long as I can remember. I used to devour anything chocolaty like Cookie Monster eats cookies; through meditation and practice, I have learned to savour itContinue reading “A meditation on chocolate – how to appreciate chocolate”
Nobody wants to pay for Netflix, but we all want access to it. After several years of casually passing the Netflix puck back and forth, my brother and I devised a final solution for who would foot the bill that year: a race. Last year we both did a half-marathon with moderate difficulty. This year,Continue reading “The four stages of my marathon – How failure became a success.”
Animal Farm is a story by George Orwell about a group of animals revolting against the status quo and taking over the farm they inhabit. It is now a bit dated in the specifics. Still, it is a thought-provoking book that illustrates several societal habits that can impact your life. Orwell demonized the pigs and the dogs,Continue reading “The habits of Animal Farm – and how to learn from them”
Meditation is the act of focusing on a single thing and simply observing the rest of the world. This activity has many benefits and is a buzzword in many circles. I would even go as far as to say that people now talk about their meditation practice as much as vegans like to point outContinue reading “How meditating with a group can deepen your practice”
We live in a world where we constantly have to make decisions; these are made even more challenging by the endless number of choices available. How we choose is important and affects the quality of our life, but how much we choose to surround ourselves with can also be draining. Individuals and businesses tend to solve problemsContinue reading “How to live with less – the art of substraction.”
Yin and Yang represent the complementary forces of light and dark, positive and negative. Last week I discussed the importance of maintaining a positive attitude. Pessimism can be combined with optimism to ensure you are ready for the pitfalls as you work towards your goals. In life, there must be balance; every Yin must have aContinue reading “How to effectively boost your motivation using a visualization meditation.”
Looking backwards, it seems like everything I wanted to be when I grew up happened; I wanted to travel the world and go on adventures. Now that I have spent the last five years doing exactly that, I am ready for another type of adventure: stability. I didn’t realize it as it was happening, butContinue reading “Three steps to a wealthy and fulfilling life”
The world you live in is the world you create for yourself. Whether you live in a happy or miserable place depends more on your perception of it than the place itself. Negativity in the news often misleads us thinking that the world is hostile. Still, in reality, the world is full of opportunities. RhondaContinue reading “How to use suffering to be happy, healthy and wealthy”
Most people have a grim vision of what it’s like to reach 100 years of age. They imagine that by then, they will have lost all their friends, watched their bodies deteriorate and have difficulty remembering where they left their keys. It’s not a pretty picture, but it can be. Three limitless things will changeContinue reading “How to plan for a long life”
I have been flirting with different languages since the day I was born. I grew up in a French-speaking household in Northern Ontario. My first language was French, but as I grew up in the English part of Canada, I am now substantially better at English. Growing up, it did not take long for meContinue reading “Four steps to fluency”
Since Dr. Valter Longo published his meta-analysis on what is the optimal diet for longevity a ceaseless stream of articles has been published outlining what you should be eating. While insightful, they seem to be a simple regurgitation of the detail rather than elaborating on them. So, instead of simply rewriting the longevity diet, as has beenContinue reading “How to acclimate to the longevity diet”
What if you were only allowed to have a certain amount of fun in life? You can enjoy your life, but you make it a little shorter with every fun activity – like in the movie The Covenant, their magical powers age them rapidly. Still, for us mere mortals, instead of magic, it’s fun. Well,Continue reading “The best way to develop exercise habits for longevity and weight loss”
Habits for longevity are meta-habits; they are composed of other habits. The three meta-habits for optimizing your brain health over time are sleep, spirituality and mental exercises. It’s hard to see sleep as a meta-habits or even a habit as it is something that we must do every night. Sleep itself is not the habit;Continue reading “Mental habits for longevity”
Longevity is about more than just living longer; it’s about having a sustainable lifestyle. Too many people assume that pain and sickness are a natural progression of life, thinking it is what happens as you age. They gradually gain weight, become progressively more sedentary, and are more frequently sick as they age. All habits haveContinue reading “Longevity habits – A guide to a long and healthy life”
To work out or not to work out, that is the question. Decisions are not all created equal; they vary in subtlety and difficulty. Whether complex, simple, obvious or subtle, any decision can be made easier through habits. Every day you make thousands of decisions. Making these is taxing and can easily lead to makingContinue reading “4 Methods to Help you Choose Wisely”
Trying to relive an experience is the quickest road to disappointment; learning to appreciate the moments as they happen is the slow windy path to a happy and fulfilling life. That’s it; the art of letting go is the practice of appreciation. Practicing appreciation is much easier said than done. Sure, that piece of cakeContinue reading “How to let go of the past: a lesson from psychedelics”
Compared to monks or even long-term meditations, I am still a beginner myself than monks or even long-term meditations. In a sense, a meditator is always a beginner; the goal of meditation is to learn to keep a beginner’s mind. Think of the Dunning-Kruger effect: When you first start, your confidence skyrockets and before youContinue reading “How to meditate: a beginner’s guide”
The habit I am talking about is altruism. Altruism – the act of selfless giving – is possibly the most selfish action there is because of how much joy it brings you. We get so much when we give selflessly that the sacrifice is easily forgotten. The key is to start, once it becomes aContinue reading “The best habit for boosting your happiness”
Taking advantage of the morning is the secret to increasing your daily productivity. This is the period in the day when you have the most creative and physical energy but most people underutilize it, choosing instead to sleep in and wake up just in time for work. I am usually exhausted after work. The firstContinue reading “How to optimize your mornings”
We all do it, and we are completely lost without it: sleep. That seven to nine hours in which you lay in bed are much more important than you may realize. Most of us never ask ourselves why we sleep, we just accept it as part of life. For those interested in learning what weContinue reading “How sleep can save your life”
I never thought I would grow up to say this but technically, I am a wine professional. Most people that write about tasting wine have a very well-developed pallet but only a vague idea of how the wine is made. I am the exact opposite. My focus is making the wine and while I amContinue reading “How to taste wine like a professional”
The compound effect is commonly thought of in a financial context; as your investment grows, you start to gain interest in the growth which causes it to grow faster. I want to change your paradigm so that it also includes other types of investments: physical, mental and temporal. This effect best illustrates the power ofContinue reading “3 steps for compounding your habits”
The words you use when defining your values or asking questions determine how likely you are to have those requests fulfilled or to live up to the values you set. Some words are hard while others are soft. When seeking to motivate either yourself or others it’s important to use the hard ones and avoidContinue reading “How your word choices cause motivation”
We already possess sufficient technology for the world to live from a fifteen-hour workweek. So why are so many of us taking on second jobs just to make ends meet? Because we would rather buy a shiny new thing than have more personal time. There are many people that would love to travel but sayContinue reading “The Fallacy of Consumerism”
The paradox of leisure is that either you have a lot of time or a lot of money; the two seem to be mutually exclusive. Learning to take advantage of the leisure time you do have can help you accomplish anything you set your mind to and live a more fulfilling life. Over the pastContinue reading “How to be happy and accomplish almost anything.”
Cold therapies such as cold showers and ice baths are much more mental than physical. Your body might be the one exposed to the heat sink, but your mind is the one that keeps you there. You are making the decision to go out of your thermal comfort zone—into the cold. My goal is toContinue reading “The 3-Step Approach to Taking an Ice Bath”
I have previously mentioned meditation as a path to spirituality. Now I want to focus on what meditation is and how it can benefit just about anyone. The practice of meditation is several thousands of years old, but recently it seems to have gone viral. Everyone I have talked to lately has either developed aContinue reading “What Is Meditation and Why Does it Matter?”
The difference between a habit and an addiction is desire; an addiction is just an undesired habit. By having a deeper understanding of habits you can change your bad ones into good ones. Optimize the way you live your life and spend your time how you believe is best. The act of writing this blogContinue reading “Are your habits working against you?”
We all have different ways of getting there and feeling that there is something greater out there. What is it? Where does it come from? How do we get there? I recently joined a book club in Vienna and when we got to discussing the books we enjoyed I mentioned that I had enjoyed learningContinue reading “3 paths to spirituality”
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