Saying ‘hello’ – it doesn’t hurt

Quill and Curio welcomes Neel Aggarwal as our first-ever guest blogger. Neel is the owner of Aggarwal Financial Solutions Inc. located in Kitchener, Ontario. Neel is in the business of building relationships to help people define short and long-term goals, establish a plan and achieve lifetime financial security. Neel was born and raised here in the […]

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 […]

Turn off your marketing, or they’ll do it for you

Turn off your marketing, or they’ll do it for you

Across all the business articles and blogs I read last week, I started noticing a crescendo of comments about shifts in online behaviour. A lot of it had to do with people being too busy to read and retain all the information coming at us. Some of it also had to do with businesses manically […]

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 […]

Your elevator speech: pitch-perfect with practice

How do you deliver a great elevator speech? Practice!

In my worst nightmare, I’m running as hard as I can, but not actually getting anywhere. When I wake up, I’m usually sweating and I feel frustrated, perhaps a little scared, too. This is how I feel when somebody asks me for my elevator speech. I involuntarily react in one of two ways when it […]

{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 […]