Scenario of a Proficient Reader

powerful-education-1Picture yourself as a reader. You relax in a comfortable chair for a few moments with a magazine, perhaps the latest National Geographic. As you thumb through the pages, you encounter an article that describes the excavation of the ancient city of Ashkelon. The title page captures your attention: historic figures such as Samson, Goliath, Herod, Alexander the Great, and Richard the Lion-Hearted may have once walked the streets of this forgotten city.

Immediately your mind begins to make associations as to what you remember about each of these people-Biblical characters, a Greek conqueror, an English Crusader. Although you have never heard of Ashkelon, you begin to place it both historically and geographically. You predict that the excavation is taking place somewhere in the Middle East, and as you read on, a map showing the location of the site …


Is there a relation between introversion and creativity?

High school was a difficult experience. I initially had a large group of friends and would hang out after school with them at a nearby pizza place. I wanted to be social but never enjoyed the large social interactions. I felt that I should have, but didn’t. I wanted to be able to hang out with lots of people and join in on large conversations but couldn’t. It took me a while to learn that there was nothing wrong with me- I was just an introvert.

It pays off to learn about yourself and find out what works. When I took a personality career quiz and then color test on my fave website,  a lot of things became clear. There’s the unfortunate misconception out there that being an introvert means that one is anti-social, a recluse, and shy.

When I …


Those Beauty Boxes to Try out


beauty-box-isolated_v4wrfbYou’ve heard of beauty boxes, right? Those little boxes you receive in the post every month with beauty samples in. Those little boxes cost $10/month. I’m game. And I received my first one last week. There are loads of different boxes you can get, but I opted for the GlossyBox but only because it was the first one I came across! Now… I’m opted in for most of them. Before I go on, I’m all-American. So I’ve made sure I can give anyone across the pond an example – that’ll be the Birch Box.

Onto my box…


  1. HD Brows Eye and Brow Palette
  2. Mary Greenwell Plum Eau de Parfum
  3. L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil
  4. StriVectin SD Eye Concentrate
  5. Nuxe HuileProdigieuse® / HuileProdigieuse Or®

I’ve not tried the HD Brows kit yet because, well, I’m not a fan of powdered …


Learning The Craft: Astral Projection

So the latest skill that I am learning from my Feri teacher is astral projection (or traveling out of body). To prepare me, she had me read a book called Out of Body Adventures, which, while a tad dated, has some great practical how to information on overcoming fears and obstacles and the mechanics of making it happen. It’s an easy read and makes a seemingly daunting subject accessible.

I have traveled out of body before, but the outings were never planned. Sometimes I would start while sleeping and realize that I was not actually dreaming. I’ve met people and been places this way that I could recount in full detail. Another time I was being led in a guided meditation in a high school class and just took off! I reported my adventures to my teacher, who was stupefied …


Five Thoughts

five things i’ve been thinking a lot about:

ga-11) wanderlust :: it’s really beneficial to work/live in a different city if you suffer from wanderlust [definition: a very strong or irresistible impulse to travel] because you’re constantly surrounded by new people, new places, and new things to do. living in the city [toronto] for the summer allows me to reconnect with people i wouldn’t otherwise see often, try different restaurants, shop at different stores, and go different places. i can ride the subway wherever i want [although, i don’t, because i’ve become one of those pretentious people that one goes where i can walk to. i ain’t paying $3 to go 5 blocks!] and pretty much do whatever i want. haha. it’s fun! [i should write about all the places i’ve been so far…]…


The First Step in Entrepreneurship

Josh’s Experience

This was the first Coursera course I ever enrolled in, and I’m currently putting the finishing touches on my last assignment.  If you are looking for something inspiring and informative, I implore you check this class out.

Instructed by James V. Green and hosted by the University of Maryland, College Park, Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies was filmed directly in a classroom, giving this course a more casual feel, as you can see the interaction between the students and professor Green.

I will warn you in advance, the lectures are lengthy.  The quizzes are NOT multiple choice, but involve a degree of essay writing.  Still, after finishing each weeks’ assignments, I feel like I want to go out and light myself on fire because I’m burning up with so many new ideas about how to not only …


Revisiting Curiosity

226ASP3741044129” We educated far above the level of our performance . ” This says I have adapted those wise for me . In that spirit , I would like us to a very important concept for anyone in a leadership position . Curiosity can be defined as : the desire to learn or know about anything ; curiosity . Like children , great people have an innate desire to learn from their environment . Hunger is encouraging them to ask questions and to explore how all this new information affects their lives .

In Clarity : Focusing on What Matters , week 26 is all about how our character is formed by curiosity . Not only is it a trait , but curiosity is an emotion , and it is driven by emotion , you will be guided to explore …


Canada post had had 6 business days my letter

b4bd22e2a0d358e40f3e49e8d822a0a9I’ve driven an automatic vehicle three times in my life, one of them was today. I sat in the driver’s seat and took a few moments to look at the levers and remembering how they worked. When I was a farmer, in another life, I bought a one ton truck to take my lambs to market and bring home one ton bags of barley. The first time I drove it I spent at least ten minutes trying to get the key out of the ignition before realizing I had to put it in park. I feel like again incompetent the same when I went for this test. Uugh. 

Today, after momentarily panicking when I couldn’t find the clutch, I managed to back it out of my employers driveway and drive off. I had to keep reminding myself there were no …


My new life is about to begin And I have no clue what I can expect!!

wine_rackWow. Can I just exclaim how crazy things have been lately? But not in a bad way or anything. Things are just falling into place. And I like it. As you already know, I move o to my new studio apartment (that will have a renovated bathroom and new kitchen ceiling tiles — woot!). I have decided to go ahead and go with John to Traverse City as planned the first week of  September as well. Because I think it’s a last hurrah that we both need. Or something like that.

The subject of me moving has been a very sensitive subject for the two of us and we don’t talk about it much…But he’d have to be completely blind to not notice that I’ve been making preparations for said move. I bought a giant area rug for the main …


Decluttering your life includes your business…

19429-63Yet again, Christine Kane, hits home with her recent newsletter talking about steps to decluttering and the excuses we use to keep clutter in our lives.  This got me thinking how business owners often do the same thing with their business.

With Spring officially only a few weeks away I thought I’d provide some excuses business owners use to keep clutter in their business and what you need to do about it.

Excuse #1 – I can’t stand work with this client!

If you wake up in the morning dreading the client call, meeting or project with a particular client that is difficult to work with it’s time to reassess and deal with it.  If you truly can’t stand to work with them, if they repeat patterns that you’ve had discussions about, or their not listening to your advice that …