Enough of this awkward silence – I’m finally finding my way back to the interweb!
I feel like I owe you an explanation for my long silence. The last two years have been super intense.
Back in 2017, I took on a new role at work which was amazing and also very demanding. A few months after I took on my new role, my partner and I found out that we were expecting a baby. The pregnancy was rough on me, but thanks to my amazing family and friends I made it through it. Thank you to everyone who pretended that my morning sickness sweat somehow resembled a “glow”. I know that you were lying but I love you for it. Last year, we welcomed a little baby girl to the family.
While this was going on, I also started going through a major reflective period where I started lighting a fire under my own butt so that I would go force myself to figure out what I want to be like when I grow up. I was fortunate enough to be paired up with an incredible mentor who turned out to be such an amazing down to earth person. I also made it a priority to spend more time focusing on my offline relationships, rather than my digital connections. And, I also kicked it into high gear and devoured as many good books as possible.
In any case, I’m still enjoying mat leave but I have finally found my way back online. Thanks for finding your way back to my page.
Six years ago on my birthday, I started a new personal tradition. For every person who took the time to think of me on my special day by sending me a greeting via social media/text/call/card, I donated $1 towards a charity or non-profit that had special some special significance. Over the years, WE have supported the Haiti Relief Fund, Humane Society, Canadian Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation, the World Wildlife Federation, the MS Society of Canada, and the Ottawa Mission…As you can tell if you did the math, there were a couple of years where we supported more than one foundation.
This year, I’d like to say thank you again to the 109 people who made my day extra special. I grappled with what this year’s cause would be, but after some contemplation I realized that it was pretty obvious. This year’s special cause is the Canadian Mental Health Association and will be in memory of our friend Adam.
For those of you who have been active in my life over the past couple of years, you know how much my life has changed! I’ve been learning to manage anxiety, stress and depression all while seeing some of the people closest to me go through similar battles but opt not seek outside help. Despite all of the PSA’s educating people about mental health, you can’t force someone to seek help. Sometimes this can really be heartbreaking. This year, we also said goodbye to our friend Adam who had his share of struggles but unfortunately we had no idea about them them until it was too late. I’ve also selected this cause to honour my daughter. Yes – that’s right – I’m a mom! Two years ago, Byron and I become the parents to our beautiful niece/daughter who has been impacted by the domino effects of mental illness and addiction.
I’d better end this post off here before I start getting all emotional… Being a mom has made me a big old softy and now I can’t laugh at my sister Giselle anymore for tearing up while watching Tim Hortons commercials…oh Asian grandpas make me tear up every time!…In any case, I want to say THANK YOU to all of you for being in my life and I wanted to let you know that I’ll be making this donation on behalf of all of you!
Brian has quite the interesting background! After studying Opera Performance and Health Science at UPEI and Dalhousie University, he completed a program in Audio Engineering at the Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta. Then moved to Toronto where he now makes a living as a singer/songwriter and latte artist!
While I am a hardcore tea fan, I do enjoy my coffee and lattes as well. I asked Brian for some tips for Canadian amateur latte artists who want to try something cool at home. Here’s what Brian had to say…
Learn how to pour shapes into the espresso. Look at the shapes and use your imagination! Use a toothpick or something sharp to draw in the latte, and see what you can do! The possibilities are endless, and don’t give up! Think of the espresso crema as your canvas, and the milk is your paint!
You may recognize Lisa Charleyboy from her blog Urban Native Girl or from the new CBC Radio program New Fire.
If you have yet to listen to CBC Radio’s new series New Fire, I strongly recommend you give it a listen! It’s a summer radio series featuring ten episodes that are full of conversations and stories from an Indigenous youth perspective. Each episode has a theme that is topical for all youth – dating, identity, and education – but there are surprising stories revealed when hearing them covered from an Indigenous youth perspective. For example, what happens when a young Mohawk woman uses Tinder with her Indigenous name?
Another powerful video from Buzzfeed…a group of 10 people were asked a series of questions and were told to either step forward or backward if the question applied to them in an effort to demonstrate what ‘privilege’.
One of the most common questions that I receive from friends is “what is a reasonable price for a website?”… Talk about a complex question! In order to get a fair quote from a developer/designer/programmer, it’s important to think about what you want your website to look like and what type of content you’d like it to contain. This will help give your designer/programmer/developer an idea of how much time will be required to develop your site. Also, it will shed light on the type of programming language that will best fit for your site.
This is a great poster that I came across on Pinterest that will help you walk through the process and translate your vision into language that programmers/designers/techies need in order to create your site.
This time of year, you’re likely to be inundated with countdown shows… I personally love these, especially the ones that feature that best ads, viral videos, music, film, books and bloopers from the previous year!
Among my favourites when it comes to videos for the web from 2014 comes from the BBC when they launched their music service earlier this year. I still get goosebumps when I look at it…!