SPONSORED POST: Canon Canada’s PIXMA All-in-One Shows Us a Better Way to Print!

Yeah, I’m that guy. The guy who’s still printing the documents he needs to edit because he likes the look and feel of red ink hitting the page. The guy with the notepad on the subway scribing out his thoughts, knowing that they’ll ring truer than if he went straight to the computer keys. That guy who holds on to copies of everything, not knowing when it’ll come in handy sometime in the future.

I’m totally old school, and there ain’t no shame about it.

CONTINUE READING: Learning about Canon’s PIXMA All-in-One series and how printers have evolved over time!

SPONSORED POST: Casey Palmer x Butterball Canada Present — Quitting Boring Summers Cold Turkey with Butterball!

It’s hard to believe that summer’s around the corner when you live in a city that feels a lot more March and a lot less May (I’d’ve said February, but we all know how horrible that was….)

This one will be a fairly new experience for me. Summer 2014 was fun enough, experiencing my city in different ways now that we had a baby to mind, but it’s not like he was going anywhere. Six-month olds crawl around at the best of times, and our son was content spending most of the summer planted firmly in place, simply marvelling at the new world around him.

For some reason, though, I don’t think we’ll have it as easy this time around.

CONTINUE READING: Why I invite you to get your grill on and join me at an upcoming Twitter chat for a shot at a $500 pot of prizes!

The Art of Marketing Toronto 2015 – or – My Investment in Building a Better Me

One of the things I continue returning to each time my creative tank feels empty is The Art Of’s speaker series, sessions geared to help you hone your skills in various specialty areas, including sales, leadership and small business.

With life being as hectic as it’s been lately, I had to step away from the #BloggerLife for days — but days can become weeks, weeks become months, and months become years if you let them.

This unexpected hiatus was courtesy of many a reason — trips up to North Bay for some face time with our clients; Sarah’s birthday, Mother’s Day and our wedding anniversary to plan for; a son who makes a scene every time I break the pen and paper out because he wants to scribble, too — blogging simply ain’t as easy as it was before.

So, good thing another session’s right around the corner with The Art of Marketing at Toronto’s Metro Toronto Convention Centre on May 25th!

CONTINUE READING: Why I think The Art of Marketing is a worthwhile investment if you’re investing in YOURSELF!

31 Things I Know Now That I’m 31: #5 — I’m My Own Worst Enemy

If I could figure out what I’m trying to say with the hundreds of draft posts I have, I’d sleep far better at night. I’d schedule them in, get about six months ahead with content, and use the newly found spare time to handle other outstanding work in my life!

But that’s not realistic. I can’t turn my creativity and inspiration on at will, constantly struggling to fill the blanks in my stories, looking for the words that’ll make them sing. It’s a vicious cycle where I only make it partway through my thoughts each night, too tired to bring them to a close, having dance the exhausting productivity waltz with my mind for nights in a row. Then I go through my day, sit down at night, and try to get it together — knowing it’ll take more than I’ve got to give to write something I’ll love.

We all have our decisions to make — how we spend our time, what’s actually important to us — I just hope I’m making the right ones.

CONTINUE READING: Will I curb my perfectionism? Or will I let it take over, leading me to misery and more?

31 Things I Know Now That I’m 31: #4 — Dreams Can Only Take You So Far

Life is a lot like the old folk tale of the Little Red Hen. To paraphrase for those unfamiliar with the tale, the plot follows a hen who finds a grain of wheat and (SPOILERS!) over time cultivates it into a loaf of bread through harvesting the grain, threshing it, milling it into flour and baking it. Through the story, she asks other animals for help, but met with a smug “Not I” every time. When the bread’s baked and she asks who’d like to help eat it, the same animals eagerly volunteer — but by then it’s too late; since none of them worked to create the bread, none of them get to partake of it, either.

Sadly, the same applies to our ideas — no matter how amazing they seem in your head, unless you make them tangible, you’ll find it really hard to get others to believe in you.

Don’t tell me what I can’t do.

31 Things I Know Now That I'm 31- #4 — Dreams Can Only Take You So Far — They tried to tell me I wouldn't make it up a mountain. So I said -Shut up, mountain- and climbed it.“Can’t” is a word I’ve heard often in my life.

“You can’t do that — you  need to focus on your studies so you can become successful!”
“You can’t write on that — it’s too risky! No one will care!”
“You can’t chase your dreams — it’s time to grow up!”

Though my current situation makes me immensely glad I never threw the towel in on the #BloggerLife and kept pushing forward, there were plenty of times I nearly listened to the people who didn’t see my vision.

CONTINUE READING: What gets my goat when people think blogging is easy, and why you need to have something to believe in.

I'm not a blogger, I just talk a lot.

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