#MondayMuse :: Suheir Hammad

Suheir Hammad. A poet of beautiful power. I first learned of Suheir Hammad when I got lost in the world of Def Poetry Jam a couple years ago. Have you heard of it? I definitely recommend.

Poet, Suheir Hammad

I cried when I saw those buildings collapse on themselves like a broken heart.
:: Suheir Hammad in Zataardiva

 
Suheir Hammad’s words moved me. She speaks & writes of her connection to being displaced, as a refugee, as a woman; to being, or refusing to be, an instrument of war. Her words are like a mantra that tell a story and electrify a need to stand tall as a woman, as a human. I’m not a refugee, but I can relate to her anger and her hope. Sometimes I feel lost, displaced in another sense.

Suheir Hammad is a Palestinian-american poet whose parents brought her from Jordan to Brooklyn when she was just five. She is a poet, author, performer, and political activist. You can hear more of her poems on Def Poetry Jam.

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For Introverts: Five Fun & Easy Ways to Make New Friends After College

Five Fun & Easy Ways to Make New Friends After College

Have you ever been new to a city, left to your own devices, pressuring yourself to be more extroverted, more confident, more talkative than you really are? Have you ever felt like you need some new pals outside of your social circle but don’t know how to meet new people? Me too!

Actually, I just moved to Vancouver, a city with a reputation of being isolating and cold, where even long time residents have trouble making connections. Being here for three months I’m finding that’s not really the case. Strangers are smiley on the sidewalks and everyone is pretty talkative and friendly at events. So, how am I, an introvert sort-of-shy, going to make some lasting friendships?

Here five fun & easy ways to make new friends after college. Tried and tested, trust me.

1. Go to mini events, chats, or meetups. No more than 20 people.

Networking is such an awkward thing. No introvert wants to network especially if there’s pressure to make a sale or create a lasting working relationship. It’s such an unnatural mentality for an introvert no wonder we hate those crazy, giant conferences. Totally unnecessary to go to one of those solo. What I’m talking about are those little gems facilitated with a discussion. I recently attended a Crave Chat for lady entrepreneurs and I met so many lovely gals. There were under 20 people, no pressure, and everyone was there for the same reason, to make connections. The discussion was facilitated by the organizer and we learned a lot about what it takes to be an entrepreness. So check your city for any clubs or meetups centred around your interests!

2. Take a class.

I’ve found one of the best ways to meet new, awesome people is to take a class. Your attentions will be focused on the learning or creating so there’s no pressure to talk. Someone always breaks the silence into a natural conversation though. So, don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be you who engages everyone. Some of my favourite classes have been artsy or coding, but do what you love doing and you’ll meet people with that common interest.

3. Start a blog.

Blogs are a great way to meet new people. They may not always be in your city, but it’ll be someone to chat with and maybe visit one day. Plus the act of blogging eases a bit of loneliness because you’re sharing your work with the world. An easy way to make a friend blogging is to reach out to them for an interview then share their answers and their links on your blog. It’s easy for them, they’ll love the exposure, and everyone loves talking about themselves. You can make this process more personal if you request a Skype chat or a coffee (if they’re in your city), rather than just an email.

4. Become a regular.

Have you found a favourite coffee shop or yoga studio that you go to practically every day? Sweet! Start to engage with the other regular customers and employees. You could comment on the weather or how great the class is and pretty soon you’ll have a new friend just by being recognized. Not everyone is open to new engagements at first, so don’t be deterred if they don’t respond enthusiastically. They may just be shy or surprised by your friendliness. Keep poking in a conversation and it’ll become more natural over time.

5. A friend match maker.

I was pretty excited to hear about RSVP 33, a friend-making service in Vancouver. Basically, you fill out a form and they arrange a friend-date with a group of like-minded people. You can bring up to two friends or go solo and choose the type of event you want to go to. It’s the first of its kind I’ve ever heard of, but it’s worth a shot to check out in your own city. Who knows, you could even start one yourself!

So those are my five fun and easy ways to make new friends. I hope this helps you make some connections. And, think of it this way, like Susan Cain, author of Quiet, you’re seeking kindred spirits not necessarily networking. Just seek one kindred spirit at each event and they’ll accumulate until you’re surrounded by tons of sweet souls.

Now it’s your turn! What are your tricks for meeting new people?!

Interview :: Meet Rena J Traxel

Meet Rena J Traxel Writer

Meet Rena J Traxel. She writes children’s books and teen fiction with a dream of adding hundreds of books to her name. So cool! Her and I met at Grant MacEwan University where we both took the Professional Writing Degree. Read more and find out what keeps Rena focused to put pen to paper.

1. Tell me a bit about yourself.

I write silly stories for kids and murderous novels for teens. My biggest dream is to be an author with hundreds of books to my name and hopefully a handful of awards to go with them. I’m currently working on several picture book stories and young adult mystery with a fantastical twist.

2. What drew you in to writing? How did you get started?

I’ve been telling stories since I can remember. I was an odd kid. I would tell myself my own bedtime stories. But I didn’t get serious about writing until university. I was in my third year of the Bachelor of Arts program with plans of getting a sociology degree with specialization in criminology then it was off to law school. I took a children’s writing class on a whim and just fell in love. I left the BA program and transferred into the writing program at Grant MacEwan University and the rest has been history.

3. What motivates your writing?

Most of my picture book stories have animal characters. I love animals. Animals surround me. It’s not surprising that they find themselves in my stories. My novel on the other hand is definitely inspired by my time spent volunteering at the courthouse and studying crime and people. I find the law fascinating.

4. What is your daily routine? Do you have any rituals that get you in the mood to write?

I don’t really have a set schedule. I guess most of the time I work on my picture book stories during the day and my novel during the night. I like to read before I go bed. And take a few minutes each night to think about my story. I let my brain work out any problems in my sleep. I generally wake up ready to write often in the middle of the night.

5. How do you stay so focused?

My husband works hard so that I can stay home and write. I try not to take that for granted. I also follow my favorite authors online and seeing their success makes me want it. Seeing my nephew and nieces light up when a story is read to them makes me want to write. I do have my days where I can’t even look at my writing. Thankfully, those days are few and far between.

6. What advice can you give aspiring writers?

To go from an aspiring writer to an actual write requires just doing it. Quit dreaming and get your butt in the chair and write. Along the way you are going to meet dream thieves a.k.a jerks who have nothing better to do than to tear you down. Ignore them and keep writing. And find other writers you can confide in. They make the “down” times much easier to handle.

7. What book do you recommend everyone to read? How come?

There are so many great books out there. Oliver Jeffers “The Heart and the Bottle.” Picture books aren’t just for kids. They’re for adults too. This book speaks directly to my statement about dream thieves. Never let go of your dreams even when life hurts.

8. What’s in the works for you in the near future?

My biggest goal is to land the perfect agent. I don’t have complete control over this but I’ve spent a considerable amount of time developing my craft. I’m confident that I’ll reach this goal within the next six months. I recently joined the Writers’ Guild of Alberta as a board member. I’m pretty excited to spend the next few years helping build a better guild and inspiring others to follow their writer dream.

9. How do you keep your life playful & brilliant?

I think this goes hand and hand with being a writer for children. I spend half my day thinking like a child. I’m also married to a wonderfully funny guy who isn’t afraid to be silly with me.

10. Anything else you want to add?

Whatever you do in life never give up on your dreams.

Feel free to connect with me online.               


I love that you used to tell yourself your own bedtime stories. That’s so cute! Thanks for telling me about Oliver Jeffers too. His stories look super fun.

Art :: Foncie’s Fotos

Have you heard of Foncie Pulice? Foncie was a street photographer in Vancouver for half a decade snapping photographs of Vancouverites in stride on the trendy Granville Street. He took over a million photographs in his lifetime and many of them are collected on Foncie’s Corner on the Knowledge Network. The photos above are my family! On the left my Aunts and Uncle with their Granny heading to see Space Odyssey in the theatre and on the right, my mother’s family just walking along. My mama’s the wee one hiding behind her big brother. So cute.

Foncie’s Fotos Captured the Essence of Vancouver for 50 Years

If you dig vintage, you’ll love scrolling through Foncie’s Fotos to see the fashion evolve over the years. Foncie’s Fotos starts in the 1930s and finishes in the 70s. It’s neat to see how people would dress up and walk down the streets just to be seen. In the shop windows, you can also catch a glimpse of the time. What type of hats are being sold, the look of the shop signs. You might even see someone you know!

Watch the short 20-minute documentary here. Do you see anyone you know?

If you want to see a curated selection of Foncie’s Corner, check out Vancouver is Awesome’s Foncie finds. Also, if you’re ever in Vancouver, go visit Foncie’s Fotos exhibition at the Museum of Vancouver.

My great, great grandmother. 1946.

Top 5 Tips & Resources to Prettify Your Blog

Tips to Prettify your Blog

Photo Credit: Zugr via Unsplash.

Top 5 Tips & Resources to Prettify Your Blog

Want to spruce up your site? Here are some tips & resources to help you out.

1. Pick a pretty colour scheme.

It’s amazing what just a touch of the right colours can do for a site. If you feel like your accent colour is just a shade off of your main colour, or if there’s a bit of a clash up in there you might want to rethink your colour scheme. We’re not all designers so I’ve got a couple resources you can check out to prettify your blog.

Colour resources to prettify your blog:

  1. Colour Lovers. A library of beautiful & unique colour combinations.
  2. Design Seeds. Full of inspirational colour palettes.
  3. Design blogs. Many designers post moodboards that feature lovely & thoughtful colour schemes. Check out Breanna Rose, Pugly Pixel, and Ciera Design for some nice inspiration.

2. Choose a sans-serif font.

Contrary to print, a sans-serif font is much easier on the eyes when reading on a screen. Arial & Verdana are your basic universal choices but there are plenty of resources out there to choose a unique font that suites your brand.

Font resources to prettify your blog:

  1. Google Fonts: A multitude of free fonts you can download to your desktop or link into your site.
  2. CSS Font Stack: A list of web safe fonts that you can use risk free on your site.
  3. My Fonts: Tons of beautiful, beautiful fonts. But you gotta pay for these ones.
Tips to Prettify your Blog

Photo Credit: Rick Walters via Unsplash.

3. Use high quality images.

I’m sure you’ve heard it a million times before but use high quality images on your blog posts and don’t miss a post without some visual appeal. People are often attracted to reading your post based on the pictures you use. The prettier it looks the more attracted they will be to your content.

Image resources to prettify your blog:

  1. Photo Pin: Millions of free photos from flickr.
  2. Unsplash: A curated collection of hi-res images you can use & modify for free.
  3. Pinterest: You know!

PS – Remember to give credit where credit is due. I got the pics above from Unsplash!

4. Break up the text.

Huge chunks of text are not appealing to online readers. They’ll take one look and then walk away. Images are a great way to add interest to your posts, but there are other ways to break up the text to prettify your blog.

Text tips to prettify your blog:

  1. Headers: Show the reader the most interesting bits of your post. Make them catchy and informative to attract readers into the content.
  2. Lists: Compile your content with common threads into lists.
  3. Line breaks: Separate sections with a line to break up the content.

5. Customize.

Want to stand out next to other blogs? Customize, customize, customize. Don’t settle for the templates and bare minimum add some personality. This could be in the form of graphics, professional headshots, cool background, and neat web design features. You might want to consider hiring a professional to create something stellar for you, or ask a friend to help you out.

Customizing resources to prettify your blog:

  1. Want a cool floating menu like the one I have above? Email me. I’ll hook you up.
  2. Check out the beautiful illustrations on Jenny Highsmith & Maiedae.
  3. Subtle Patterns: A quick, easy, and free way to add texture to your background.

Beautiful Remembrance Day Images of the Decade

Remembrance day in Halifax. Nov 11, 2011.

Adam Scotti, 2011, via Flickr.

I’ve been thinking a lot about Remembrance Day. I mean, a lot more than usual. Usually, I breeze past the day and make a point in the evening to take a thought or make a prayer to consider the sacrifices made by soldiers in war. This year, I’ve been contemplating how the intention behind Remembrance Day has evolved for me over the years.

Remembrance Day 2009 - Watching for the parade

James Phillips, 2009, via Flickr.

I used to feel torn by Remembrance Day. Torn by the fact that it celebrates war but that I owe my freedoms to these battles fought before my time or in another country. I’m an idealist. I don’t believe in war. My grandparents didn’t fight in the war, my siblings nor I didn’t join the forces, I didn’t grow up with battle stories and all I know I learned in grade school. But, I know war is happening whether I can do anything about it or not. So, Remembrance Day has come to be a day to reflect on those who protect me.

remembrance day, trenton ont.

Stephen Norman, 2009, via Flickr.

Those who protect me isn’t just limited to veterans, though I give my full respect to their sacrifices. Protection comes from my family too. Life throws curve balls and sometimes you have to deal with things you wish you could just forget. It’s a blessing to know there’s someone who’s got your back.

Remembrance Day 2013

Rose Jones, 2013, via Flickr.

Remembrance Day Music Parade in Toy-ronto (4)

Katrin Shumakov, 2012, via Flickr.

I feel thankful that I live in Canada where I have choice and security. And, I hope one day there won’t be a need to trade lives for freedom, or food, or oil. Today, I will just remember.

Remembrance Day

belkin59, 2013, via Flickr.

Enjoy these beautiful remembrance day images. I found them on flickr and they’re all lovely. I wrote more about my thoughts on Remembrance Day back in 2012.

Winter Wear :: Date Night Outfit

Date Night Outfit

1. Silk Satin Bra, Elle MacPherson Intimates // 2. Hooded Coat, Vogue C // 3. Faux Leather Skirt, Topshop // 4. Bare Sparkle Gloss, Bobbi Brown // 5. Over-the-Knee Socks, Madewell

 
 

What to wear for a sweet & sexy date night outfit

I know, I know, it’s not winter yet. BUT, it’s starting to chill & starting to dim, so I’m preparing for the frost and indulging in the weather that still allows for over-the-knee socks & mini skirts. Not that snow would stop us anyway, amiright? Anywho, this is my date night outfit wish list, wherein date night includes some sexy lingerie, a flirty mini, and kissable lips.

Interview :: Meet Your Super Awesome Life

Ashley Wilhite :: Your Super Awesome Life

Have you ever wanted to indulge but were too afraid? Afraid you’d look silly, afraid you’d make mistakes, afraid you’d fail entirely? Well, here’s someone who’s overcome her fears and lives a life she loves. Meet Ashley of Your Super Awesome Life. She’s a life coach who felt inspired to create a program for women in their 20’s to work through the process of learning to live on their own terms. She wants you to challenge what’s been expected of you and Cake for Breakfast can do just that!

Cake for Breakfast is an all-encompassing program that will help you discover who you are, what you want, and how to get it. It’s all based on Ashley’s real life experiences.

I was thinking about when I would have needed this the most. It’s when I was overcoming perfectionism and the path people laid out for me.

Ashley is all about the feeling, that groove that gets you motivated to work. She came up with the idea for Cake for Breakfast while on a summer run and from there the idea grew to this workbook with audio and writing prompts that’s available to everyone, even if you can’t afford a coach.

If you want to build yourself a life you love, like Ashley, whose daily tasks are always evolving with her inspiration, then you should start with Cake for Breakfast.

Here are a few things I learned about Ashley in our interview.

  1. She works when she’s inspired. And music usually helps her get in the creative mood. She listens to Joshua Radin while she writes and Taylor Swift for something upbeat.
  2. Ashley doesn’t really work a “typical” day. She’s got her morning routine of coffee, green smoothie, and running (on run days), then mid-morning appointments (usually), and an afternoon free to create whether it’s our eCourse collaboration, Jump!, her new eBook, or brainstorming super awesome ideas.
  3. She’s totally had cake for breakfast. On the launch of the program, she ate a tasty strawberry cupcake!
  4. She’s super focused and diligent. It’s amazing how much we can accomplish when we’re living an inspired life

And, how does she keep her life playful and brilliant?

“I don’t have a set schedule. I love the flexibility that I can do what I want. I coach and work with people who get me excited. Also, quitting my job to work for myself and going to Canada to be with my boyfriend, who is also a blogger at Peter De Wolf, were huge, and brilliant, decisions I made for myself.”

If you’re in need of a Life Coach, you are sooo in luck. This week, Ashley is offering Pay What You Want on all her coaching sessions. Trust me, it’s worth the investment.

Interview :: Meet Good Girl Bad Girl Preserves

Good Girl Bad Girl Preserves

Pickled Chickpeas! Who knew?! Image sourced from GGBG Preserves.

This is Good Girl Bad Girl Preserves. It’s Vancouver-based preserves, workshops, and catering powered by “just a couple of girls, Zoe and Karen, who love good food, are inspired by one another, the community they live and work in, and the people they get to meet and the people they know.” They make all these creative and tasty preserves like Meyer Lemon Goat Butter Curd, Spicy Bourbon Pickled Green Beans, and Pickled Chickpeas. Yum! And, the best part? They offer workshops to teach you how to make these preserves yourself! Read on as Karen tells us more.

1. How did Good Girl Bad Girl Preserves come to be?

GGBG was born out of the working and friendship relationship that Zoe and I formed while working at W2 together. We’re both really interested in the relationships between food, culture and practical knowledge and found that after doing so many catering and culturally specific food related events that we wanted to explore the role food plays in building community and the sharing of knowledge.

Food preserving is as old as human existence, and all cultures have practices of preserving food, and these practices were (less so now) passed on through families and communities and most often through orally shared knowledge. We were having fun experimenting with things, and I’ve been preserving food since I was a child, so we wanted to bring others together and encourage their curiosity and passion.

2. How did you come up with the name?

The name Good Girl Bad Girl Preserves literally popped into my head one night while I was on my couch at home, drafting a recipe I wanted to test with Zoe. I sent her a text that basically asked her what she thought, and if she wanted to do it, and she text back saying “Yes!” and within an hour had sent me a draft of our logo.

The name is part play on how our personalities interact and are sometimes perceived by others, and part attempt to ignore the sometimes firm projected boundary between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ . We also wanted to think about and make good healthy food in a way that doesn’t come off as making people feel guilty for indulging once in a while and we wanted to make it fun for people.

3. What’s your favourite preserve that you’ve made?

Great question! Favourite preserves that we’ve made so far.. hmmm… I would have to say that mine are probably the Spicy Bourbon Pickled Green Beans (especially if you wait a month or more.. the spicy, smoky flavor is so good), and the Woodland Conserve, made with cranberries, juniper and rosehips. Zoe’s are probably, the goat milk butter Meyer Lemon Curd we made this spring, and the chile and toasted cumin carrots we set up last fall.

4. Tell me about your workshops? Do attendees get to take home their own preserves?

Our workshops are geared to be highly interactive and get people past their nerves, or fears, or any other misgivings they may be having about attempting preserving. And, we really wanted to capture that sense of what preserving used to mean in farm and rural communities; bringing people together to share stories and food, and make a lot of work, less onerous.

Tasting, smelling, touching, everybody is engaged in the prep, and the clean-up, and for us the best part has absolutely been getting to meet so many great people, from so many different backgrounds and interests. And yes! At the end of a the classes people get to take home a jar or two of the things we’ve set up that day.

This year we have been working with The Sharing Farm in Richmond, with a percentage of our course fees going to the farm, and hoping to highlight the amazing work they do in the community, raising food for distribution to people who need access to high quality, fresh produce.

We want people to be really creative and challenge their taste preferences and their ideas about how food can be made, but we also want people to think about where their food is coming from and how it is produced, and why this matters.

5. If I’ve never tried preserving before, where should I start? What’s the easiest recipe?

Another really great question, and one that seems to be at the forefront of a lot of folks who attend our classes. Start simple. Get the basics down first, get comfortable with the steps (i.e. sanitizing jars, keeping them warm, cleaning the produce, picking your flavors, processing the jars).

A great place to start is with some really simple pickled carrots, or green beans, and working with a classic pickling spice.

6. What’s in the works for you in the near future?

This year we’ve been focusing primarily on our classes. Things kind of exploded a bit quickly last year, and we had preserves in several shops and were catering, but the reality of that is you can get over extended pretty quickly and we both ended up with some pretty exciting opportunities this year. Zoe is working with great people at East Van Roasters, and I’m the Chef at Graze food and drink. So, we wanted to tighten our focus back to what was the primary reason we began our project, the classes. We’ll be doing a limited fall release of some of our preserve staples and gearing our focus for next season’s classes which will start earlier and be geared toward different parts of the harvest season; spring, summer, late summer, fall.

We will be launching a new, limited, line of our own preserves with recommended recipes for their use, and are developing a couple of other community based projects for delivering preserving workshops in different communities in Vancouver.

We have a couple of really exciting projects in development right now, but kind of want to stay hush hush right now.. no jinxing it!

7. What advice can you give to ladies & gents looking to turn their passion into a business?

Passion is absolutely essential, we think, if you want to create any business. But, you need to have something like a plan. Spend some time assessing your costs (both in terms of money and time); be honest with yourself about your willingness and ability to commit to make the move from earnest hobby to business. There are several great places to access information and training for developing a business plan (the Small Business office has some great resources), be willing to accept that there will be some times that will be more difficult and challenging than others, and think long, not just short term.

8. How do you keep your life playful & brilliant?

Fantastic question! Sometimes this can be the biggest challenge! Trying not to lose yourself in the midst of all the work and planning and the rest of our lives details! Zoe has her wonderful son, who is super creative and imaginative and she is always creating some new project at home, most recently building herself a drying rack for herbs and flowers, and I have just tried signed up for some Open Source courses that focus on food chemistry and physics for fun and try to get time kayaking or catching up with close friends who always have something interesting going on. We’re both really lucky to be working in our other projects with really warm, creative and inspiring people, so it’s not too hard to find some playfulness in our lives!


Wow, I’m suddenly hungry! That Meyer Lemon Goat Butter Curd sounds delectable. I can’t wait to take one of those workshops and finally learn the craft of preserving. I love how your workshops are so connected to people and passing on traditions. Thanks for sharing.

Neatos :: Braid Creative

Check out Braid Creative! That’s Tara (left) and this is Kathleen (right), and together, they create branding and visioning for creative entrepreneurs. They’re a powerhouse of inspiration and productivity and I’ve learned so much from reading their blog and taking their ECourses. Today, Kathleen shares her thoughts on creating her dream job and how you can do the same!

Braid Creative

1. Tell me about the Shape Up Your Content eCourse.

Shape Up Your Content: Tame Your Ideas and Tell People How to Buy You is the first Braid ECourse my sister Tara (who is also my business partner) and I developed for creative entrepreneurs. We’ve developed this online course for creative entrepreneurs – from freelance creative professionals to small independent creative businesses – who struggle with an overabundance of ideas, messages, and content (visual or verbal) on their site, their blog, their materials and even in their conversations – not to mention, analysis paralysis of what to do with them. We help you chunk down your ideas, recognize the ones with the most potential, and the ones that are just distractions in disguise. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you can go from content chaos to a concise (yet still creative) message.

2. Who should take this course?

This course is great for photographers, graphic designers, bloggers, web designers, interior designers, coaches & consultants – basically anyone who is creative and wants to focus in on an idea that they can share AND sell.

3. What’s the best part about working at Braid Creative?

My favorite part about working at Braid is having a team of amazing people to create something bigger than myself – for us and for our clients. When I was working solo there were only so many hours in a day and scaling my own content (ie. ECourses, EBooks, etc.) was something I just didn’t have time or vision for.

4. What was one of your biggest fears when you were just starting out with Braid? How did you combat it?

The uncertainty that is typical of most creative entrepreneurs. I was plagued with The What Ifs. “What if I never get a client!?” “What if I never have another good idea?!” and “What if I’m making the wrong choice!?”

My sister and I are super communicative and constantly revising our vision to accommodate what we’ve learned and what we want. So talking it out helped. Also getting to work does wonders. When you’re busy creating content you can’t get too deep into a pity-party.

5. What’s been your biggest challenge recently?

Patience! Once I have an idea I want it executed and launched yesterday. I’ve recently learned that some things just take time.

6. What’s the best piece of advice you can give to aspiring creative entrepreneurs?

Have a purpose. Your craft and skills alone are not going to make working for yourself a dream job. And that purpose should be specific – vague vision will get you nowhere.

7. What’s in the works for you in the near future?

Business-wise Tara and I have been shaping up our own content platform. We’re redeveloping our website to better, more specifically, share who we are and what we do. We’re also working on a 4th Braid ECourse, a published book with an accompanying EBook, and I’m also about to wrap up my life coach training with Martha Beck.

On the personal front a HUGE milestone is that I’m expecting my first baby in January! I have no idea what my work / life balance will look like with baby but I’m up for the challenge. Other than that, I’m really looking forward to the Fall. It’s pumpkin spice season! My favorite…

8. How do you keep your life playful & brilliant?

By practicing being playful and brilliant every day! I try to be myself in every situation – work and life. A specific example is that I dress how I want and I use words that I actually use – regardless of what’s considered “professional”. And I don’t know about brilliant – but I’ve found that by being disciplined about writing and blogging every day I’m able to keep up the habit of creating and sharing content.

Thanks for your words of wisdom, Kathleen! I can totally relate to wanting my ideas done yesterday!

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