How To Stop Being Too Busy

Holy tomatoes, if I hear one more person complain about not having enough time I’m going to lose it. This isn’t going to make me popular, but I don’t care, it has to be said. Several times per week people say to me, “wow, you’re so busy, how do you manage it all?”. Yes, I […]

Killing Time

Due to my transient, military-brat upbringing, I spent many of my formative years in small, remote towns. We didn’t have TV, shopping malls, McDonalds, or movie theatres – in other words, many of the things young people like to do to “kill time”. I think my lack of big-city luxuries served me well, because it […]

Three Relevance Lessons from Tom Green

I know what you’re thinking. She’s using Tom Green as a reference in a blog post? The guy that painted an X-rated scene on his father’s car, and put a cow head in his parents’ bed? THAT Tom Green? What could he possibly have to teach us about…well…anything? The first time I met Tom Green, […]

Why We Need To Listen To the Under 25s

There’s been a lot of turmoil around an article published a couple of weeks ago by Cathryn Sloan, entitled, “Why Every Social Media Manager Should Be Under 25”. This young woman took a bit of a raking over the coals about her article, which basically attempts to make the point that the younger generation knows […]

The Backstage View of Creating Great Content

It's music festival season, and for me, as part of the content team at, that has meant spending many hours in the past few weeks on site at festivals, finding and sharing stories. We've interviewed several bands, and me and the team have spent the first three songs of many shows taking photos. All […]

What It Means to be Canadian

Like many other countries, Canadians spend lots of time complaining about their country. Taxes are too high, hospital wait times are too long, our politicians stink, our government officials are crooks…the list goes on ad nauseum. I don’t spend a lot of time in that mode. In fact, one thing you’ll never hear me talk […]

Zen and the Art of Getting Over Yourself

Yesterday I did something totally out of my comfort zone. I went to a recording studio and laid down a few tracks. The studio, in case you’re curious, is in my friend Dennis’ basement. He’s got quite the set up. Dennis asked me to come by after he heard this recording that I did using […]

You Are Not What You Do For a Living

I went out with a friend last night that I hadn’t seen in a while. We met up downtown, went to a jazz club, had a bite to eat and “caught up”. We yakked about all sorts of things…music, mutual friends, and our respective neighbourhoods. But there was one topic that came up only briefly…work. […]

The Art of Practice

All my life, I have loved learning. If I don’t know something, I will work and work at it to figure it out. (Well, except algebra, but that’s another story.)  When I was growing up, you could always find me in a corner of the house, drawing pictures, painting, or reading. My parents did not […]

My Three Words for 2012

A few years ago, my friend Chris Brogan inspired me for the first time to create three words at the beginning of a new year. I’m not one for new year’s resolutions, but “three words” is a practice that has developed into somewhat of a tradition for me.    My three words get posted in […]