Imagine walking into an auditorium with hundreds of people to learn about taking better photographs with your smartphone. You hope to walk away with all kinds of tools tucked into your belt so you can tackle social media like a wizard or simply capture some of life’s greatest moments with a new feature or function. Everyone sits.  The speaker arrives. The room gets quiet. The first words out of his mouth are (and of course I am paraphrasing)… For the love of all that is good, clean your damn lens before you take a picture! Now, it would seem odd to say that this moment changed the way I take pictures, but that day, at  Adobe MAX- The Creativity Conference in sunny San Diego California, that itty bitty piece of information was worth the long trek all on its own. (Thanks team Paleoethics for the opportunity.) How many times a day…

If you’re reading this, you likely have an existing business that needs some attention to take it to the next level or a great business idea that hasn’t quite come to life. It’s not uncommon to fall into a bit of a creative slump and find yourself at a crossroads with your ideas after your initial excitement. You may be lacking motivation, or perhaps you have run out of ideas to help you grow. That’s when working with a small business strategist can be helpful. If you are not sold on the idea that paying someone to help you declutter the space in your brain that allows your creativity to flow, here are a few things to consider: 1. They keep you focused Your ideas are great. They are, I promise! But sometimes a creative genius like you gets carried away and staying on course becomes difficult. One minute you are…

My husband and I relocated to the United Arab Emirates in the spring. There are a ton of great things about living here, but a key perk of living in the Middle East is that it’s a central hub for travel to Europe, Africa, and Asia. In August, there is a three-day holiday, and Sri Lanka seemed an optimal choice as it’s only a four-hour flight. Our original itinerary included an elephant safari as well as some beach time on Sri Lanka’s East coast; however, through a series of unfortunate events, the airport we needed to transfer to suddenly closed which meant we needed a new itinerary.  My husband decided to cancel, and I opted to fly solo and find alternative accommodations near Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital. I found this great retreat online called, Earthlinks, surrounded by jungle but close to the west coast beaches which are famous for surfing…

I know it feels too early even to be thinking about holiday cards, but trust me, the next month and a half is going to sneak right by us. Before we know it, it’ll be December 8, and we’ll decide to skip the holiday card this year because we don’t have time to put something together to arrive before the holidays are over. Here’s why you shouldn’t wait to get your holiday cards ready. Networking It’s an excellent opportunity to subtly remind your friends, family, colleagues and customers of your existence. There is no easier way to remain top of mind than sending them warm wishes this season with a card tailored with your branding. This is especially true for those contacts you don’t get a chance to see very often. It’s also a great way for families to keep in touch with loved ones far away. You can say…

Hello, quiet one. I see you sitting on the sidelines. Still and silent while your friend’s rambunctious energy floods the air. You would much rather be sitting quietly reading your favourite book or drawing on blank pages, and that’s okay. People will say that you are shy and introverted. Maybe they are right, but you are much more than your discreet nature allows some to see. You are bright and curious. Intelligent and wise. You can accomplish anything you set your mind to because you have the courage of a lion. Rest assured that you don’t need to be loud to be successful. I know you can do this because you are a girl. Hello, bossy girl. Do not think I failed to notice you telling the others what to do with conviction. Some people will tell you that your decisive spirit is too much, but they are wrong. You…