Good value(s)

Does it matter what a company’s values are? Does that impact how you buy and whom you buy from? Or is it more simply about the best price for the best quality – a different type of value? From a business planning perspective, I have always worked from the model that the company’s values are…

Vision Board 2019

2019 Vision Boards

2019 – Brought to you by the letter E Did you know that the second Saturday in January is National Vision Board Day (at least in the United States)? No? Don’t fret; nor did I, and I bet many others didn’t either. It’s not exactly up there with Christmas, New Year’s, or even International Coffee…

Robb wearing the Up and Out T shirt Black

New Year’s Resolutions

Do you do New Year’s resolutions?   I have read that fewer than 50% of North Americans make New Year’s resolutions. Of those, 80% have given up by February, and, ultimately, only 10% actually follow through with them. Arguably, not a great success rate.   So maybe it’s not surprising that fewer than half of us bother to make them.   But…

Our Favourite Gear from 2018

It’s the last day of 2018. I thought I would take this opportunity to reflect on seven of our favourite products from this past year. Okay, so the first couple of products actually predate the start of 2018, but we brought them last winter, so we’re still including them in the list. The first is…

Ziggy and Kula GoPro

A Natural Prescription

It was 1990. I was a grad student at the University of Western Ontario in the Physical Education program. For one of my courses, I had to do a research paper on Canadian sport or fitness policy, and I chose ParticipAction. I remember being intrigued by the history, the social condition (declining rates of physical…

Giving Tuesday

It’s Cyber Monday. Which follows Black Friday. In a month’s time, it will be Christmas. In other words, buy stuff. Although we’re in the business of selling things to people through both Up and Out and Kind Living, I have issues with over promotion and consumption. At the risk of appearing to yell from atop…

Robb and sons on the trail

International Men’s Day

International Men’s Day – Do we really need this? Maybe… Looking for inspiration for this blog post, I turned to several observance day calendars. Top for November 19 is International Men’s Day. At first glance, somehow, that just didn’t seem worthy. But I was curious. A quick review of Wikipedia’s description reveals there are six…