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Have it be easy

I am so over the whole “for-it-to-be-important-it-must-be-hard” thing. That’s never worked for me. Oh, I’ve tried it. I’ve white-knuckled and fretted, and all it’s ever won me was this worry line (the one that yielded the “have you thought of Botox?” question from the dermatologist).


Ease is my new port of call. Yours too?

Here are some thoughts on how to make alllll easier.

  1. Decide to make it easier. (Just like that).
  2. When you notice yourself clenching up, ask yourself: how can this be easier? Inhale and release your shoulders on the exhale. Proceed.
  3. Know your values. If you ignore everything else, please don’t ignore this one. They inform E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G you do.
  4. Evernotes for your smart phone. Super smart, super easy way to remember everything.
  5. Whether you scrapbook or not, document every kid-ism you can. (Evernotes!)
  6. Short bursts of exercise burn goodly amounts of calories and fit into your day (like, 10 minutes of running). Making excuses takes more time than that.
  7. You can never give (or receive) enough hugs in this lifetime.
  8. When you clink those glasses, do like your mama told you and look the other person in the eye. Acknowledgment is a gift.
  9. If you’re Canadian, get yourself a TFSA and add the option of saving 50 cents from every Interac transaction. Set it and forget it, (because invisible savings rocks my socks.)
  10. When it just doesn’t want to be written, record yourself talking about it. Have that transcribed. (Trust me…)
  11. Know that you have permission. Always did.
  12. Take three hours once/month to get your bookkeeping up to date.
  13. Keep the pulp from your morning green juice in a freezer bag and make a vegetable stock when the bag’s full. Start with olive oil, onions + garlic, throw in the pulp, add water +bay leaf and simmer for as long as you like. You’ll be tweeting about how virtuous you feel.
  14. Next time you’re stuck, try a handstand against the wall. Oh, don’t worry about it being elegant…it won’t be.
  15. Remember Master Godin’s words: Go ahead, fail. Try to avoid mistakes, though.
  16. Know how to fill in this blank: I am ridiculously good at __________. (This is your super power…knowing it will come in handy).
  17. Set big + beautiful goals that make your heart soar. Then break them down into the smallest, most delicious morsels you can. Savour.
  18. Cut corners, but be clear about which ones must stay sharp.
  19. Know the difference between fear and intuition.
  20. Write a love letter. To your business. To your self. To your love. To your daughter. To your father. To your ideal client. To your future spouse. The universe loves love and rewards it with ease.
  21.  “No, but thanks for asking”. You must stretch this muscle, otherwise your yes’s have no value. And what a colossal waste of energy that is.
  22. Clarity will set you free from the shackles of “hard”.
  23. You could say it, but you could also sing it. (Insta-mood lift).
  24. Bootstrap until you can hire the very very best.

Easier said than done? Let me know. And how do YOU keep it easy, Sunshine? Share in the comments, please.




  1. Guess what I just did…earlier tonight??? A handstand against a wall – and you are RIGHT – it wasn’t pretty!! You know what, though – it was at yoga class – and everyone doing it…well, let’s just say I felt like I was in good company!

    I love it, Tanya – this whole post!! YES! Here’s to skewing towards the easy (because – you know – it’s easy for a reason…for each of us, individually…)

    • I do handstands (sloppy, floppy and ploppy) in my office whenever I am needing a quick shot of 02 to the brain, but this morning, I did a headstand (which I find much harder) in tribute to you, Lance. I had a good laugh at myself, gave a moment of gratitude to you and have had a brilliant day. Coincidence? Doubt it.

  2. I’m starting a new Evernote list right now: Reasons I love Tanya Geisler.
    You’re beautiful!

    • What’s the emoticon for grinning so wide my cheeks hurt?

  3. Tanya, Tanya, Tanya! You hit the nail on the head. Everything you said in today’s post is true (you know truth when it hits you, right?). Totally going to go looking for my one super power (I may have more than one, so I’ll have to think on it).
    I’m looking up Evernote (cuz ever-thing’s slipping from my mind lately). The best thought, though, was the first one. Make it easy. (you decide this.).
    Happiest of Holidaze to you and yours, Tanya.
    I’m taking it easy’.

    • Oh Rea…am beyond thrilled this resonated. When YOU take time to have it be easy, all’s right with the world.

  4. I love this! Sending this to everyone I know. You rock my world!

    • xoxoxoxo

  5. I love it! Thanks for sharing such awesome words of wisdom Tanya. I’ve just been sitting here basking in the glow of finding my Christmas spirit (finally) and loving how blessed I am. Thinking to myself “life doesn’t have to be hard”. And then I get this message from you, and not onlly does life not have to be hard but I can ‘decide to make it easier’. Even better!
    And I’m gonna try that handstand too…


    • It really can be just that easy. Enjoy your holidays in the most deliciously sublime way, Liz.

  6. I know you didn’t write this for me …. but did you write this for me?

    You are so good.


    • *twinkle*

  7. Thank you for this wonderful post. Simplicity is the order of the day! Thank you for these pearls of wisdom!

    Happy Holidays,

    • Thank you Michelle…may finding simplicity be as easy as sinking into a hot bath. ahhhhhhhhhh.

  8. In this moment, right now, I declare that I am making it easier. And working on filling in the blank…

    Big love to you and Happy Holidays. I feel blessed that this was our year.

    • You know it’s just the beginning, right?

  9. Superpowers rock.

    • You would know!



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