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2013 Action Items

21 Jan

It is January – the month to set goals and personal expectations for the upcoming year. After much consideration I have created a solid list of 2013 Action Items.

Take driving lessons, practice driving, and drive home to visit my family at least once this year. Contrary to popular belief I do have my driver’s license, I just don’t use it. I would like that to change.

Surprise Elysse, Alisha, Vanessa and Deanne with a simple and thoughtful gift that is unrelated to their birthday or any holiday. Looking forward to this!

Invest in my education. I miss school. I miss learning. I would like to take a class and learn a new artistic skill or improve on my marketing and communication techniques. I want to be challenged (by more than work and timelines).

Enjoy more live entertainment. I love the arts. I never regret going to a show or gallery. I need to take time out of my schedule to enjoy and support Saskatoon’s amazing arts and culture scene.

Smile and laugh more. The best compliment of 2012 was when my friend Vanessa told me she loves my smile and laugh. This is one of the kindest things anyone has said to me. I would like this happy trend to continue.

Love my friends. I surround myself with people who I admire and respect. My friends are incredible. I want to create some unforgettable memories with the wonderful women in my life this year.

Find a mentor. Since I moved to Saskatoon I have been craving the guidance and opinion of a successful female communications/marketing professional. I would like to find that special person this year.

Embrace adventure. This summer I am going on a Free The Children/Me to We volunteer trip to Africa. I am ecstatic! This will be a life changing, unforgettable experience. I know this will be the highlight of my year.


Good luck with your goals for 2013! I hope these resolutions from the To Resolve Project provide you with a little bit of visual encouragement.

ToResolve2013 -2Grab coffee or beer by Gerren Lamson

ToResolve2013 -3Make shit awe-some by Richard Perez

ToResolve2013 -4Read more books by Chris McAuley

ToResolve2013 -5See the world by Trevor Rogers

ToResolve2013 -6Stay curious by Eliza Cerdeiros



31 Mar

Last Saturday I attended TEDxUofS. It was an incredibly refreshing, inspiring, and exhausting day. It has been a very long time since I sat in a university lecture hall and listened to people share passionate, inspiring stories about their lives, studies, and careers.

When I was a grade twelve student in high school I felt invincible. I truly thought I could do anything I wanted. With enough hard work, perseverance, and chocolate I could take on the world. This feeling of invincibility wavered during my university career; I became a little jaded and cynical somewhere between writing socialist papers on the concentration of media ownership in Canada and the democratic potential of the internet. I left the world of academia feeling… uncertain. I felt smart and capable. I did not feel brave.

Is it naïve to follow your dreams? No matter how unrealistic they are? Maybe. But these naïve, crazy people are inspiring! They make me feel like I can pursue my passions and dreams. Though, I confess, I don’t know what those passions and dreams are (and I’m pretty satisfied with my day job). But I do love feeling inspired, sharing stories, and learning where people find their happiness.

What is TED and TEDx?
TED is an event of riveting talks by remarkable people. TED believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. TED is building a clearinghouse of knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.

TEDx was created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading”. TEDx is designed to give communities, organizations, and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.

The theme for TEDxUofS was The Wisdom of Play. The conference’s presenters shared stories of how they use creativity and curiosity to deepen their understanding of the world and discover new ways to connect with local and international communities.

Lots of ideas and stories were shared during TEDxUofS. It was total information overload. I enjoyed every minute of it. Here are some highlights from the day:

Ryan Leier: I very much enjoyed Ryan Leier’s presentation on the Oneness of Yoga. Ryan was sincere, engaging, and funny. He reminded me we need to focus on harmony not harm, we should not react negatively to life, and whatever we do we should try to do the very best we can. Fun fact: Ryan is the go-to yoga teacher for the band Arcade Fire.

Photo from TEDxUofS facebook page.

Curtis Olson: Curtis Olson is an incredibly inventive individual that is blurring the border between public and private spaces. Curtis’ projects revitalize neighborhoods and build community. Curtis repurposes old buildings and renovates them with materials from the community that carry historic and sentimental value. The buildings Curtis builds have the ability to connect a community of people together through shared history. His buildings encourage collaboration and sharing; these spaces create community. Curtis challenged attendees: What type of communities are we building?

Photo from TEDxUofS facebook page.

Greg Johnson: Greg Johnson is a storm chaser. Such a cool job, such a great guy. Greg is incredibly genuine, approachable, and smart. Greg shared the story of how he was unhappy with life. He built a successful marketing and communications firm from the ground up and was unsatisfied. He gave it all up to take photos of nature’s most beautiful and extreme storms. He recently published a gorgeous book of photos and stories from his adventures chasing storms and tornadoes across North American.

Photo from TEDxUofS facebook page.

Greg ended his engaging presentation with the following quote from Therou: Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but for the love of the job.

Words to live by.

Photo from TEDxUofS facebook page.

Thanks TEDxUofS! I had a fabulous day! 

The Story Behind the Iconic Keep Calm and Carry On Poster

11 Mar

Keep Calm and Carry On print by sfgirlbybay.

My dear friend Christi recently shared the sweet story of the iconic Keep Calm and Carry On poster with me. I later discovered that my CBC boyfriend George Stroumboulopoulos posted this charming little video on strombo.com as well.

Keep Calm and Carry On was originally designed as a British propaganda poster for the Second World War and was rediscovered in 2000 in a charming England bookshop. Check out this video for the full story.

Poetry Sunday

26 Feb

I recently moved to Saskatoon and am enjoying exploring what this new-to-me city has to offer. Shortly after moving here a friend introduced me to Tonight it’s Poetry, an event that takes place Sunday evenings at Lydia’s Pub. Tonight it’s Poetry is a community event where emerging and professional poets gather to share their poems and stories. Tonight it’s Poetry is a lovely way to end the weekend and start the week feeling fresh and inspired (or at least entertained).

Last Sunday Tonight it’s Poetry held a haiku death match. Some of the haiku’s were hilarious. Unfortunately I don’t remember any of them. Here is one I pulled off their blog:

the worst time to have
a heart attack is during
a game of charades

The week come to and end and I’m looking forward to quiet Sunday evening at Lydia’s. In anticipation of Tonight it’s Poetry I have written a poem with the help of Bentlily’s one poem a day project. I discovered this website through my good friend Megan, who is always sharing awesome stuff she finds on the internet.

The purpose of one poem a day is “to be present”. Samantha Reynolds, the creator of Bentlily, dares anyone who stumbles upon her website to:

Be a poet for a day.  Let the world in and watch as it tumbles out from your fingertips onto the page, revealing shades of the day you would otherwise surely have missed.

Here is my attempt at being poetic. My poem was written with the help of InstaPoem. InstaPoem is simple, fun, and makes you sound inspired. A more eloquent way of phrasing that would be InstaPoem helps you articulate your hidden inspiration.

Here is my friend Megan’s poem.

You also may want to check out Samantha’s daily poem.

Are you feeling poetic today? I encourage you to try out InstaPoem. If you are feeling especially creative I challenge you to write a poem using only pen and paper! Be sure to share a link to your poem in the comment section.

Happy Sunday.

Remembering Jack

27 Aug

It is Saturday night and I’m watching the State Funeral for Jack Layton on the CBC. Jack Layton was an amazing, inspiring, passionate Canadian. I’m deeply saddened by his passing.

I leave you with this quote from Mr. Layton, recounted by his son Mike, during the state funeral.

Always have a dream that’s longer than a lifetime.”

Remembering Jack Layton at Nathan Phillips Square in front of Toronto City Hall – photos from Jackman Chiu.

Posted by Bob Kronbauer on Vancouver is Awesome.

What’s Your Creative Mission?

27 Aug

On Wednesday I took the day off and had a Susie-homemaker type of day. Having a whole day to selfishly bake and craft was surprisingly refreshing. Wednesday morning I baked a loaf of Banana Espresso Chocolate Chip Bread from Everyone Likes Sandwiches and Nectarine and Wild Berry Crisp from A Chow Life. Both recipes turned out great and I was very excited to take advantage of the beautiful, seasonal fruits that are overflowing in stores right now.

Nectarine and Wild Berry Crisp

Wednesday afternoon my good friend Christi came over and we had a great visit. We ate some fresh Wild Berry Crisp, drank tea, and painted our creative mission statements. Before our visit Christi read an article I posted to twitter called What’s Your Creative Mission? from Chronicle Books Blog. Christi suggested that we paint our own mission statements as inspirational (as somewhat cheesy) reminders to continue to incorporate the creative things that make us happy into our daily lives.  So we did. And it was great.

My creative mission is: To create and share my art, crafts, designs and dreams. To use my creativity and handmade dreams as a catalyst to live my best life.

Sure, my mission statement might be a bit corny. But “I like corny. I’m looking for corny in my life.

You Can Have It All

14 Aug

I want to take a moment to acknowledge and celebrate how much I have accomplished the last year of my life. Summer 2010 was a difficult time for me. It’s amazing how much can change with a little bit of perseverance, encouragement, and time. I think that I’m happier, healthier, and more satisfied with life than I’ve ever been. I just can’t stop and someday I truly will have it all! Yay me!

HELL YES! Words to live by. Love these block prints by The Big Harumph.

Find happiness in just a few simple steps. Are You Happy? infographic by Visual.ly.

Sorry for the cheeseball post, but I believe that it’s important to celebrate our accomplishments and personal milestones. I hope this optimistic feeling continues. May A Luminous Dream Light the Way by Jen Renninger.