In with the new


Learning, Personal

I have discovered as an adult that I very much enjoy classes on things. I figured this out when I want back to university, but it’s become more obvious with the little things – a knitting class here and there, painting workshops. This fall I started piano lessons. We put the kid in them last […]

November 13, 2018

Doodle fiercely


Learning, Personal, Work

I was reading this book Fierce Conversations, which is supposed to be about achieving success at work and in life, but I’ve been really struggling to get through it, and I think today was the final straw. There was a section about hosting a meeting, and it suggested starting off by asking everyone to put […]

November 9, 2018

Always remembering


Canadiana, Learning

After we cleaned out my father’s house I became the de facto keeper of papers. Mainly because I have them, and room to store them. I also volunteered to scan all the pictures that we found around the house – hundreds of family pictures, slides. We found, in a bag, the things my father had […]

November 11, 2017

Pride of Place


Learning, Personal

While I find it very difficult to be proud of my own accomplishments, I find it very easy to be proud of others. I also get jealous. I take no great issue with where I am in my life. I have done a lot of things. A lot. I’m tired just thinking about it. But […]

November 9, 2017

Joiner


Learning, Parenting

I have joined the parent council at my kid’s school. This is not something I ever expected myself to do, but then she went to a coop preschool and I got the taste for knowing her teachers and what was going on in her day to day life. When she started kindergarten we just put […]

November 5, 2017

Listen and Learn


Issues, Learning

I have taken to listening to podcast that teach me about cultures different than my own. I’ve loved podcasts for a long time, and they’re a great place to learn. I listen to Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, which keeps me informed on the news of the week. I used to listen to This American […]

November 2, 2017

Once Daily


Learning, Personal

I’ve been trying to get this bullet journal thing down. I love having to-do lists, and when I did a weekly list in university I was usually very successful in getting things done. In theory a bullet journal is just extending my weekly lists into monthly lists. I have also learned a lot about the […]

October 25, 2017

The Why


Issues, Learning

Working with business coaches, the first thing they’ll ask you is about your why – why do you do what you do and why should people hire you to do that instead of anyone else. I have struggled with this question. Why do I do what I do? Because I love doing it. I love […]

June 25, 2016

Dotting Is and crossing Ts


Issues, Learning

I’m working on a grant application today, putting into action all the things I learned from helping my father finalize many a SSHRC proposal. Those who work examining such applications are looking for reasons to deny your application right off the bat. If they can deny your application, they they have a smaller pool to […]

April 25, 2016

Manning Centre Conference: On Comms


Issues, Learning

I had the opportunity to attend the Manning Centre Conference in Ottawa last weekend. A conference like this is a great opportunity to sit back and listen to how others approach certain issues. A bit of opposition research if you will. The first and possibly most interesting session was a journalist panel that touched on […]

March 1, 2016