The Art of Putting
The Art of Putting

The Art of Putting

The putter is the most used club in a Golfer’s arsenal, so it’s certainly...

The Art of Putting

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The Art of Putting

The putter is the most used club in a Golfer’s arsenal, so it’s certainly important. But I imagine being a good putter is far more important than having a good putter. Being a great putter can be the difference between winning and losing. And while you might think you need to spend hundreds on a new putter… it’s likely more valuable to take a long hard look in the mirror and decide what you can improve in yourself first.

Don't Stop Believing
Don't Stop Believing

Don't Stop Believing

Believing in something… believing in yourself… that’s the stuff of...

Don't Stop Believing

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Don't Stop Believing

Believing in something… believing in yourself… that’s the stuff of survivors, champions… the people who make it happen… when everyone else said it was impossible. Hope – even unfounded – keeps a fragile spirit alive. Hope when it’s founded? That’s a beast to be reckoned with. A belief that is founded is based on facts: historical or scientific evidence that the future hoped for is not only probable, it’s inevitable.

Getting out of trouble
Getting out of trouble

Getting out of trouble

Pitching wedge, gap wedge, sand wedge, and lob wedge. These are the golf clubs with the...

Getting out of trouble

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Getting out of trouble

Pitching wedge, gap wedge, sand wedge, and lob wedge. These are the golf clubs with the highest loft. Designed for chips, pitches, and playing out of sand bunkers. Designed – in other words – to get you out of trouble after you’ve made a less than optimal shot.

Losing is important.
Losing is important.

Losing is important.

No matter how great a golfer you are, you are not going to win every game. That’s...

Losing is important.

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Losing is important.

No matter how great a golfer you are, you are not going to win every game. That’s not to say there isn’t something to be said for approaching your game as if you are going to win. However, you are defining winning at any given moment. A winning mentality is accompanied by hope, determination, confidence, and is, in some cases, self-fulfilling.

The Woods.
The Woods.

The Woods.

Typically played off the tee, for all to scrutinize and see. Your driver is designed...

The Woods.

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The Woods.

Typically played off the tee, for all to scrutinize and see. Your driver is designed for a powerful, fully committed swing which sends the ball on a long, glamourous trajectory.

Summer Weather is Here...
Summer Weather is Here...

Summer Weather is Here...

Summer weather is here and we are ready for it! Staying fit has become difficult the...

Summer Weather is Here...

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Summer Weather is Here...

Summer weather is here and we are ready for it! Staying fit has become difficult the longer we stay in isolation but we can do this together. Some days can be dedicated to staying in and baking, while others can be all about getting outside and moving – it’s all about balance.

Fore the Love of it
Fore the Love of it

Fore the Love of it

Dare I admit this publicly? I was disappointed when the Golf Courses opened. I’d...

Fore the Love of it

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Fore the Love of it

Dare I admit this publicly? I was disappointed when the Golf Courses opened. I’d been sneaking onto the cart paths for some of my runs and bike rides with the boys and WOW! The spaces are glorious. That said, I have many loved ones who love to golf. So ultimately, I can be happy. 

Taste of Spring
Taste of Spring

Taste of Spring

There’s something different in the air. Over the last few days, we’ve...

Taste of Spring

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Taste of Spring

There’s something different in the air. Over the last few days, we’ve experienced phenomenal weather and slowly but surely the city is re-opening. But, for many of us, we’re still spending far more time at home than we would like.

Positive energy is contagious...
Positive energy is contagious...

Positive energy is contagious...

Okay, I NEVER tire of that fact, but I’ve got a different angle on it today:...

Positive energy is contagious...

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Positive energy is contagious...

Okay, I NEVER tire of that fact, but I’ve got a different angle on it today: I’m going to revisit Hell Week. After 3 days without sleep, the SEALs paddle down to the Mud Flats. They enter the swampy patch of terrain and the mud essentially swallows them until only their heads are visible.

On Being Thankful
On Being Thankful

On Being Thankful

“…being thankful has been standing out for me even more as of late: The...

On Being Thankful

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On Being Thankful

“…being thankful has been standing out for me even more as of late: The value it brings, not just to others but really to one’s self… Find something, anything, and be thankful for it. If it is a person in your life, let them know."

Sound Body & Strong Mind
Sound Body & Strong Mind

Sound Body & Strong Mind

Get your workout in. A strong, mobile body reflects solid willpower and a sound work...

Sound Body & Strong Mind

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Sound Body & Strong Mind

Get your workout in. A strong, mobile body reflects solid willpower and a sound work ethic. Low to moderate exercise can act as moving meditation. It calms the mind, increases patience, and boosts your ability to think outside of the box and find creative solutions. Really intense exercise creates a razor-sharp mind. It purges stress hormones, boosts confidence, and makes everything else seem easy.

Make your bed every morning...
Make your bed every morning...

Make your bed every morning...

Make your bed every morning...and make it well. If a SEAL can’t make her bed...

Make your bed every morning...

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Make your bed every morning...

Make your bed every morning...and make it well. If a SEAL can’t make her bed perfectly, is she able to load a gun, map an exit strategy, watch your back? Start your day with integrity. Do the simple things right. Take care of the details. Caring about the little things demonstrates you are committed to the process, committed to excellence, and, in fact, care a lot about the bigger things. Nothing of significance stands the test of time without a sound beginning and carefully built foundation.

Sunshine is on the way
Sunshine is on the way

Sunshine is on the way

Happy Tuesday! This week, we are back with another Healthy View blog and we hope...

Sunshine is on the way

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Sunshine is on the way

Happy Tuesday! This week, we are back with another Healthy View blog and we hope everyone had a great long weekend. It is odd to think of this as a long weekend, since it has been a very long 10 weeks of isolation. We found that it helps to keep a balance between relaxation and productivity. Our team has stayed busy by reading, baking, working out, outdoor walks, and most importantly, staying up-to-date and educated.

Bring What You Have.
Bring What You Have.

Bring What You Have.

We’ve just come off a weird long weekend, and have to cram 5 days worth of work...

Bring What You Have.

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Bring What You Have.

We’ve just come off a weird long weekend, and have to cram 5 days worth of work into 4 bizarre, unconventional days. Who better to look to for guidance and inspiration than the unusually courageous, resourceful individuals trained to thrive during unconventional warfare: SEALs.

Crowns and Coronas
Crowns and Coronas

Crowns and Coronas

We know that an ability to live in the present is associated with greater levels of...

Crowns and Coronas

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Crowns and Coronas

We know that an ability to live in the present is associated with greater levels of happiness and sense of fulfillment. We also know that people who perceive that have a greater sense of control and are better able to live in the present. A sense of lack of control can be pervasive. And there is so much we cannot control these days.

The Long Weekend
The Long Weekend

The Long Weekend

This means an extra day of weekend people. I know. The days are all running into one...

The Long Weekend

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The Long Weekend

This means an extra day of weekend people. I know. The days are all running into one another. But I said this last weekend and I will say it again: Make. Your. Weekend. A. Weekend. Completely clean up your home office and shut it down. Don’t you dare treat Monday as a way to get caught up on work or home schooling for your kids.

The Destination or the Journey?
The Destination or the Journey?

The Destination or the Journey?

Goals are often a specific, objective end point. They are all about measurement:...

The Destination or the Journey?

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The Destination or the Journey?

Goals are often a specific, objective end point. They are all about measurement: Attainment of an ultimate outcome, level of success, or mastery. A process on the other hand is the organization and execution of different strategies, actions, and habits in order to attain said goal.

Taking Risks
Taking Risks

Taking Risks

It takes courage to try something when you are uncertain of the outcome. If you put...

Taking Risks

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Taking Risks

It takes courage to try something when you are uncertain of the outcome. If you put your head down and commit your best effort, you will grow, learn, and become more resilient and confident. All this irrespective of whether or not you achieve “success”. The skills you acquire help you approach other risks in more effective ways and increase your chances of being successful in the future. This is the stuff that heroes and leaders are made of.

Intrinsic Motivation
Intrinsic Motivation

Intrinsic Motivation

You know what I’d like you to do today: something exercise or activity based that...

Intrinsic Motivation

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Intrinsic Motivation

You know what I’d like you to do today: something exercise or activity based that just feels good. We are intrinsically motivated to do something because the work or process itself is rewarding, interesting, enjoyable. We’re more likely to repeat an activity, form a habit if it feels good, it’s fun, and it’s what you want to do. That’s what intrinsic motivation is all about: ensuring what you are doing fosters a sense of fulfillment, competence, and autonomy. Science would tell us, people who are intrinsically motivated to exercise are far more likely to make exercise a life long habit. Good to know.

The Cook and the Baker
The Cook and the Baker

The Cook and the Baker

Ah… to cook or to bake? That is the question. I quite enjoy both. Though they...

The Cook and the Baker

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The Cook and the Baker

Ah… to cook or to bake? That is the question. I quite enjoy both. Though they are quite different, and I do in the end prefer one over the other.

The Weekend. Take it Seriously.

Posted: May 7, 2020

"Soup of the Day"...just got serious!

Is there are clear distinction between “The Week” and “The Weekend” in your life? There are so many reasons why having a clear separation, a notable difference is vital. 

We all have different careers, job stresses, life challenges, and blessings. Still, I bet there are a few things we have in common in terms of what differentiates our week from our weekend. I’ve listed some key ideas below. Remember, when your weekends are enjoyable, fulfilling, and restorative, you will fare better during the week too:

  • Sit less aka MOVE MORE!
  • Enjoy a change of scenery. Ideally out of doors.
  • Take an extended break from your screens.
  • Read some fiction.
  • Connect with family and friends.
  • Treat yourself and your loved ones to different foods. Perhaps something a little more decadent, expensive, or time consuming to create.
  • Sleep a little more.
  • Relax a lot more.
  • Play as often as you dare.

People who embrace a change in stride over the weekend report better moods, increased vitality, and fewer aches and pains from Friday evening through to Sunday afternoon. Typically, over the weekend people bond more effectively, are able to choose their own activities, and control their own environment. They then feel a greater sense of freedom, closeness, empowerment, and competence. This doesn’t just affect you over the course of two nights and two days, that positivity, creativity, and confidence bleeds into the week, creating better communication in your work relationships, higher productivity, and increased job satisfaction.

Inspiration of the Day

“Just a simple touch and it can set you free. We don't have to rush when you're alone with me.” - Abel Makkonen Tesfaye a.k.a The Weeknd

Classes of the Day

It’s Friday! And that means we’re back with another double dose of classes for you to enjoy.

MuscleFIT with Kim

This morning, get started with a full body workout that focuses on maintaining and strengthening all your major muscle groups. It will challenge your endurance, power, and strength for overall performance of functional movement.

Recommended equipment: water bottles or medium-sized weights and a small towel

Join Kim at 8:30am (for 35 minutes) from the comfort of your living room.

Click here to join the class.

Meeting ID: 897 6448 2779
Password: 112281

Hatha Yoga with Shara

Your lunchtime plans just got a whole lot better! Join today’s Hatha Yoga class where you’ll learn the foundations of a good yoga practice. Postures are taught with attention to detail and proper body alignment.

Join Shara at 12:00pm (for 30 minutes) from your living room.

Click here to join the class.

Meeting ID: 849 1615 0571
Password: 792801

For more information about our virtual classes, please reach out to Lauren.

Trainer Moves of the Day

Get up off your chair… walk away from your desk… but stop before you walk through that door!

Penny Phang from the Adelaide Club is going to show you how to stretch your entire body in that doorway!

Try these 8 simple stretches to help alleviate discomfort or tightness in your body, especially the major areas: neck, chest, back, hips, glutes, and hamstrings.

Remember to breathe deeply as you hold each pose for at least 20 - 30 seconds. Repeat a few rounds for parts of your body that need more attention! And enjoy!

 

For questions about today's stretches, you can connect directly with Penny here.

Best Practice of the Day

Come out, come out wherever you are!

Be social! Zoom it up with colleagues. Arrange weekly/monthly socials (even if they are remote). Staying in communication keeps you engaged with people and gets you out of your head.

Thanks to Cindy Gillies, a TAC Member, for this guidance on working more effectively from home.

Eric's Bite of the Day

As the end of Oyster Season is rapidly approaching, Eric Marle, Executive Chef at the Cambridge Club, thought it fitting to revisit them in a cocktail style...

A few tips about selection, preparation, and storage of your oysters
  • Like fine wine, oysters have complex flavours that vary among varieties and regions.
  • Oysters must be eaten or cooked alive. If the shell is open, it cannot be eaten safely.
  • Oysters can have a fairly long shelf life of up to four weeks.
  • They should be refrigerated out of water with a damp cloth. 
  • Choose a heavy oyster, it means it has conserved its water and is therefore safe and healthy.
  • Never serve on ice as the cold destroys their aroma. Rather serve on a bed of salt.

The “Other” Model T

  • 6 Malpeque or Beausoleil oysters
  • 300 gr of coarse salt
  • 80 gr of cucumbers; peeled and diced small
  • 30 gr of French shallots; peeled and diced small
  • 100 ml of Tangueray gin
  • 40 gr lemon zest
Directions
  1. Using an Oyster knife, make an incision where the opening is situated.
  2. Insert the blade, with moderate force, at the hinge between the two valves.
  3. Twist the blade until there is a slight pop.
  4. Slide the blade upward to cut the adductor muscle, which holds the shell closed.
  5. Deposit on a bed of salt, making sure you save the juice.
  6. Mix cucumber, shallots, and cold gin.
  7. Carefully deposit mixture in oyster.
  8. Garnish with lemon zest.
Wine Pairings

Because of its highly iodized taste and structure, not every wine is a proper match. Very dry and low fruited whites are generally the go-to wines. Such classics as Muscadet Sèvre et Mène, Chablis, Meursault, and Champagne have proven their value with oysters. In recent trends, Riesling seems to be the new star pairing. New world Rieslings (Canada and USA) are particularly interesting to me. New modern-day craft beers are also ideal depending on beer structure, recipe, and event.

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