Choosing happy

Choosing happy, blog post by Roshan James

On a cool October day in 2012, I made a choice to follow an inkling of an idea. I can’t say it was a big dream, or that I even had a clear picture of what I was aiming for. It was the kind of now-or-never moment when a single step in a new direction […]

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 […]

The augmented reality of Cloak and Curio

Layar instructions for Cloak and Curio augmented reality AR

** Note to readers – As of May 2013 we’ve unpublished the AR media for this project since we went through a full redesign of the Cloak and Curio website. We will be re-publishing our AR with the updated site information by July 2013. ** Sounds a bit like “cloak and dagger” meets “sci fi,” […]

Avoiding identity crisis in business communications

Paper dolls with speaking bubbles - two dolls are red

I had an “a-ha” moment this past weekend – my 2.5 year old daughter has her own story! It’s not the story I tell about her (even though it’s cute), or the story that I would like to write about her life (as controlling as I can be). It is her own perspective, and it’s […]

Standard English, please.

I’ve been reading a lot of articles lately about what not to do when it comes to business communications. PR News even posted a list of words that repel reporters and, I have to admit, I silently cheered as I went through the words they cited as repellent. I’m sure we’ve all resorted to some of […]

From cubicle to “couch”

I’ve imagined this day a bunch of times and it usually involved a lot of fist-pumping and high-fiving. But today I’m feeling excitement as well as melancholy, with a good dose of end-of-the-year nostalgia. After eight and a half years of working for a large Canadian insurer, with the past year spent on maternity leave, […]

The fascinating {and inspirational} minutiae of baby life

I am constantly entertained by the smallest details of life with a baby…and how a kid can find and fixate on the weirdest things. Not that my little guy isn’t insanely cute, but he can still do some strange stuff. I shot this video to share with my husband who was away for the weekend. […]

My first week as a WAHM and why I’m not so sure now that WAHM is even a “thing”

It was my son’s first week of daycare and my first week with long stretches of time during the day to focus on my businesses (yes, more than one). I was looking forward to being a work-at-home-mom (WAHM)…yet another label to add to my collection since I started a new path alongside other bloggers and […]

Social-media-marketing-induced multiple personality disorder

I just finished updating Cloak and Curio with more gently used children’s clothing. Blearily I stare at the clock and realize that I have just enough time to post a quick business message on Facebook and Twitter before clocking out for the night. So, I shoot off my chipper missives about updates to the store […]

Think blank thoughts

Some nights, I wish I had an “off” switch for my brain. Tonight is one such night considering I started “writing” this post in my head, while I was already tucked under my comfy duvet. Not cool, brain…not cool. While my husband saws logs, I generate content. When I’m changing diapers, I’m thinking about my […]