October 24, 2018

ZEITLINES | 10.24.18


In the words of the late Steve Jobs, “Time is limited.  Don't waste it living someone else’s life.”

This week’s Zeitlines features Republic’s very talented Community Manager, Michelle as she explores finding YOUR own success and telling YOUR authentic story.

We also celebrate a Canadian company trying to tackle climate change and revolutionizing the energy business by sucking carbon from the air, and as winter arrives, we warm our…noses?!

Free Your Own (Success) Story

Michelle Nguyen, Community Manager


If you ever find yourself scrolling LinkedIn as if it’s an IG feed, you’ll find dozens of articles shared like these:

24 CEOs and Execs on the Daily Habits That Made Them Successful

15 Daily Habits Highly Successful People Have (and the Rest of us Probably Don't)

How to Become a Better You With These Powerful Daily Habits

I read these features and think to myself, “If I could wake up at 5 a.m. to exercise, I’d be rich,” or “Stand in front of a mirror and visualize my future? Seriously?” I’m so wrapped up in my daily routines that the idea of breaking them is mortifying.

“I couldn’t do that,” I sigh.

Then it struck me that, while I was worrying about not being like those who wake up at an ungodly hour to drink a green smoothie and do CrossFit, I was already doing something that ticked the boxes on those top ten habits people (more successful than me) were doing. I was writing.

I have dozens of word-laden journals archived on my bookshelf, like a marathon runner lining up her trophies. Ink that bleeds from page to page, some sand stuck in the cracking spines from travel to beaches and parks. Every week since 2012, I’ll write for ten minutes a day about anything. Sometimes (and I mean this with humility) it’s about nothing. I had a jelly doughnut and it reminded me of my childhood, which then reminded me of how the front door of our home would creak if you opened it too wide.

This might be my defining habit, documenting my life in written snapshots.

I started a blog to home all these pieces, and I honestly thought this would be a place where I would quietly lay them to rest. As each week passed and I gained more traction, I had an epiphany: all those hard-to-reach expectations of a successful person were things I was already doing—just a little differently.

Sure, joining a yoga studio or cutting out carbs for the rest of your life are things you wish you’d get into, but don’t beat yourself up if you don’t. Someone else’s achievements are not your shortcomings. If you’re not the spitting image of their success, it doesn’t mean you aren’t successful.

Habits like having alone time, unwinding, unplugging—I turn my phone face down and I write into my journal – these can be your own success routine. I use a fountain pen and great paper stock so I can really enjoy that time for honing my handwriting. I make a whole thing of it as a treat to myself.

My point is that while these articles are meant to be motivators for you to better your own life, it’s not a how-to guide. I tick off every box in my own way. You don’t have to be identical to someone successful to be a success—maybe you already are, in your own way.

What are some things that you do?  Send me an email at zeitlines@republicstory.com and share your story!

Carbon Sucks

Beverley Hammond, CEO


Climate change. We can deny it, but we can’t ignore it. Heatwaves, wildfires, hurricanes, floods, rising sea levels and recent devastating weather events in places like Puerto Rico, Texas, The Carolinas, The Florida Panhandle, Italy, even Eastern Ontario etc. etc. etc. Need I say more?

All that to say it is beyond me why the political leadership in many parts of this country are hesitant to be part of the solution. One would think that in the very least the future of the planet might be off limits for partisan rhetoric… apparently not. Enter the Canadian carbon debate - further proof that even the most important issues make great fodder for populist pandering.

Thankfully, while our political leaders butt heads over how – or sadly in Canada it seems, even whether - to tackle carbon emissions, the private sector is stepping into the breach.

Thanks to @kenthammond for introducing Zeitlines to one Canadian start-up that is revolutionizing the energy industry and helping to tackle climate change at the same time, by figuring out how to extract vast amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere then converting it to fuel.

At the Squamish, B.C.-based “air-to-fuels” pilot plant of Canadian energy company Carbon Engineering, they are using “direct air capture” to suck enough CO2 from the air to produce up to a barrel of synthetic fuel per day.

According to a study by Harvard University researchers, the ability to capture carbon dates back as far as the 1950s and was originally commercialized for cryogenic air separation. In the 1990s, it was piloted on larger scale to manage climate risk. Today the global market for carbon dioxide, is valued at more than $6 billion, and is expected to double by 2023.

While Carbon Engineering claims to have discovered a more cost effective process to extract carbon, Climeworks AG – a Swiss company working on the technology says it has a vision to capture one percent of man-made carbon dioxide emissions by 2025.

In contemplating the response of our political leadership to climate change I am reminded of the age-old expression “while Nero fiddled, Rome burned.” Thanks to companies like Canada’s own Carbon Engineering, we may be saved from the ashes.

‘Snout’ Out Loud!


The snowflakes are flying today. Is your nose warm? That may seem like an odd question for you, but not for the UK based organization aptly named The Nose Warmer Company whose business is nose warming. Fashionably. Yup, in the age of appendage warmers, it’s a thing.  Actually, it's a patented thing. And just in case your grandmother gets the crazy idea to expand her knitting repertoire this year, The Nose Warmer Company wants the world to know they hold the international design rights. This warning can be found on the first page of their website (no joke):

Please note: We own the international design rights to The Nose Warmer.

The design of all of our nose warmers is registered with The Intellectual Property Office (The Patent Office). Any attempts to copy, imitate and/or sell our designs will be challenged by legal action. Copyright © 2009 - 2016 The Nose Warmer Company. All Rights Reserved.

In a recent interview with Buzzfeed, company founder Sally Steel-Jones defended her cold weather accessory “It looks a bit silly, you say? So do Christmas jumpers and bobble hats, but plenty of people wear those.” Steel-Jones said, adding “With enough cold-nosed people out there to create a demand for the warmers, one day it might be you looking silly walking around with your red, bare nose!”

Well, who Nose, right?