Showing up

I really love my drive to work and my morning ritual of puttering along country roads to my closest Starbucks drive-thru on the periphery of Waterloo – venti, dark roast, three sugars. It’s not the healthiest breakfast (fitness friends, was that a sigh of judgment?), but this is a pick-me-up as I start my day […]

On being unconditional, rather than perfect

With a recent family wedding, I started thinking about love, commitment, relationships and the optimal conditions for all of the above to not only survive, but flourish. What does a perfect relationship actually look like? Does it exist? I’m going to spare you the details of my mind-wanderings and simply say that this was a […]

Choice, context and direction

Lately, I’ve been looking back and thinking about the various transition points in my life and how I got here, along the lines of choice and context. It’s mind-bending to think about the many choices – some tiny and seemingly innocuous, some big and weighty, some that I was barely aware I was making – […]

I’m still a girl

“And she’ll promise you more Than the Garden of Eden Then she’ll carelessly cut you And laugh while you’re bleedin’ But she’ll bring out the best And the worst you can be Blame it all on yourself Cause she’s always a woman to me.” ~ Billy Joel I’m a mom, wife and professional with a […]

Find your “inside out” by asking “why?”

How would you like it if your brain was turned inside out? What about your life? Would you feel uncomfortable? Liberated? Scared? Awesome? All of the above? When I have a conversation with someone who is able to open my mind, reach in and expose my limbic system, I take notice. Understatement. I believe with […]

Chasing and finding home at TEDxWaterloo 2013

Dr. Alison Lister, CERN presents the standard model of particle physics at TEDxWaterloo 2013

Journeys of the heart, mind and body through space, time and consciousness. Small-town-to-big-city stories, colonies of microbiota living inside us, our brain as our most intimate home – a home moved and inspired by rhythm and working with our hands. What does it cost us to leave home? We nodded our heads and felt pangs […]

Serenity now!! Where do you find your personal strength?

Digging deep to discover personal strength via quillandcurio.com

As a mom, and now as a new entrepreneur, I’ve had to dig deep countless times to keep myself motivated and energized over the past couple of years. And not even for the really big things or big projects. Sometimes it’s just about putting one foot in front of the other to get through a […]

{Infographic} Opportunity cost of Valentine’s Day chocolate in Canada

It’s the week of the red and pink invasion. Hearts cut from paper doilies, boxes of chocolates, red roses – these are the classic images I conjure at the mention of Valentine’s Day. Depending on your view, V-Day may be a fun time to shower your loved ones with messages of “Be Mine” and “Love […]

Augmenting my reality in the Waterloo Region

A female face imprinted with technology, looking to a bright future.

*snap, crackle, pop…pop, pop, pop* This is my brain on Felt. Last Friday, I found myself in artsy/techie heaven. I will never be able to look at the real world in the same way again thanks to a brain-exploding, idea-popping tour of the Felt Lab at the edge of St. Jacobs, Ontario. Launched in October […]

5 blog posts that I’d like to write in 2013

finish what you started - motivational slogan in vintage wood letterpress printing blocks, isolated on white

I don’t make resolutions. Am I goal-oriented in general? Yes. Do I like planning and structure? Sure do. However, when it comes to making resolutions at the start of a year, it’s just not something that I give credence to. I simply don’t think the act of making resolutions is effective in actually changing how […]