It’s a pleasure to have Luc as our guest this
He’s got something to tell us.
What a fun time.
Read on my friends and discover his book.
Desroches was born in Edmundston, NB (Wolastoqey territory) and lived most his
life in Moncton, NB (Sikniktuk) where he studied and was called
to the New Brunswick Bar Association as a lawyer, although not currently
practicing. Luc has worked with the
Canadian federal government since 2004, building and maintaining positive
relationships with Indigenous communities.
Working from his home office since 2016 has allowed a more harmonious
life with his lovely wife (Nathalie), three daughters and Labrador
retriever. Luc is a strong advocate for
teleworking by adamantly writing and speaking about the subject. Luc also enjoys running, motorcycling and
spending quality time with family and friends.
From Home for a Harmonious Life
Synopsis: I am delighted to have authored a book that can help people find more harmony in their lives with our current ways of working.
Since I began working from my home office in 2016, I have been writing about how the move has allowed me to create a more harmonious life for both me and my family. This book was mostly written pre-COVID-19, when working from home was more the exception than the rule. I delve deep into my personal experience and reflect on the values and teachings of the Mi’kmaq people who have worked from their homes for over ten thousand years.
The deeper messages of my book are perennial, which is what we need as we face unprecedented challenges.
The Story Behind the Story: After graduating from law school in 2003, I worked in a law firm and became a lawyer, worked with the federal government, and had all kinds of ambition, promotions and had no intention of working from home. Without those first years in office environments and superb colleagues, I almost certainly would not have been ready to be on my scary own self. It took many years of inner work to get to a point of being “alone but not lonely”.
After 13 years of
cubicle work, I realized that the intensity and flow needed for my best work does
not require commuting, preparing a daily lunch and unnecessary distractions. My very early morning journaling helped me
make sense of why working from home was working for me, and I knew other people
could relate to this same experience. I
have a very predictable start to my day with minimal decisions to deplete the
psychic energy to perform at my best, to be “in the zone”.
I am an avid reader
of nourishing books of all kinds of genres and topics. I was particularly attracted to self-help, spiritual,
health, leadership and philosophy. I had
major realizations reading “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari from Robin Sharma”
in 2004 and was inspired by Eckhart Tolle’s deep spiritual messages in his book
“The Power of Now”.
I have a library
of over 200 books that have nourished me.
Without this reading, I would almost certainly not have written a book,
and it would definitely not have the same depth and favorite quotes. Reading helps to write and live with more
meaning, I even read books-on-how-to-write-books including “The Artist’s Way”
by Julia Cameron which I highly recommend to spark creativity, which is often
just a matter of creating the habit of doing whatever artistic magic calls you.
Website: Luc Desroches
A couple of
questions before you go, Luc.
Can you tell us
about the perfect setting you have, or desire, for your writing? Music or
quiet? Coffee or tequila? Neat or notes
My most inspired and deep writing
happens in a quieter and more isolated environment. I developed a
habit/ritual of waking very early before everyone else in my household (and
most of my community), usually at about 5am. I prepare my clothes in the
evening and try to get 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep. I aim to do 10 to 20
minutes of exercise (includes planks, push-ups, stretches) to get a sweat going
and all the good body hormones like dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin and
endorphins. I then meditate a few
minutes before diving into my 1 to 3 pages of writing in my designated journal.
I have my favorite quiet place, which is sometimes where the warm rising sun can
shine on my face. I then finish my morning routine with 30 to 60 minutes
of reading a nourishing book. At 5am, my
environment is serene and there’s no coffee or tequila, but definitely some
Oolong Tea later in the day!
What’s next for
Luc Desroches, the Author?
I continue to journal and enjoy
writing what wants to come through. There is no compelling subject these
days like the subject of my book. I mostly write my experiences, insights
and some poetic/philosophical pieces.
I write to heal, to deconstruct,
to contemplate, to meditate, to listen to what wants to come through me.
The writing helps me make sense of what is happening, and when it makes sense
to start sharing, the writing becomes more focused for the book writing process
to begin. One friend told me she loved my book to remind her of why she
likes working from home and to better explain it to people and her employer.
Just the act of writing helps me to take the time to remember what I'm grateful
for (I try to do this daily) and better welcome my emotions and entanglements.
I really enjoy my time both alone and with people, but recharging is usually better
done alone for me, and with lots of space.
Random excerpt from journal:
Random excerpt from journal:
(…) "The mindset of a crisp new weekend, on this Saturday morning, is soothing, relaxing, enlivening. Once I write down my latest worries, my next weekly tasks, I feel lighter with my monkey-mind on paper. I can enjoy this moment of a whole day with plenty of unplanned space, and better yet, planned "unplanned" space. Weekends are our broader society's way of finding rest, rejuvenating." (…)
Thank you for being our guest this week, Luc. Wishing you continued success with your writing.
Humongous thank you to all our visitors and
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