Business consultant, coach and strategist. Passionate about helping others be the best they can be, in business and in life.
Very cool. Very smart. Cheers! Kaarina
1 day, 10 hours ago on Selfie Shootout
Shonali, I don't know the circumstances for your absence, but as I said before: we'll be here. You have a strong, loyal community. Whatever it is that you're going through, I trust that you have people in your life with whom you can share, depend upon and "be there" for you to help you on your journey.I wasn't going to share this publicly, but I too, have gone through a "dark" period. I didn't tell my community about it: I alluded to it, and some people guessed that something was going on and reached out. It definitely affected my work and business, but I trusted that, by maintaining a nominal presence, those in my community would realize that something was cooking...as it was.A lot of the lustre of online has been lost for me. The days of true banter, camaraderie, conversation and exchange seem now to be bits and bytes of shared links, snippets and quick in-and-outs, and I think that's unfortunate. But I see it as the reality of an online world that has exploded in both depth and breadth. I will strive to be the quill pen person in a digital world that I am: writing longhand notes, commenting with sincerity and value when I can, and maintaining a connection and cord to those who have become so special in my life.It's a conundrum. And like you, Shonali, there's a liberating lightness to being removed from it all, even if for difficult, challenging reason. I'm delighted you're back: you were never really gone. Because once someone has become a friend and colleague, distance and time can be withstood. Cheers! Kaarina
2 days, 12 hours ago on While I Was Out: Reflections On a Social Media Hiatus
A wonderful tribute to a wonderful person. Cheers! Kaarina
3 days, 9 hours ago on The Happy Friday Series: She Loves to Heal
Well, although there's been a feeble attempt in Canada to create something of a black Friday atmosphere to keep people shopping locally, what I'm happy about is this: no stampeding crowds, no frenzy, no wild shopping. Just the "normal" Christmas shopping and giving: to the Salvation Army, local food bank, SPCA and donations of used clothing to various organizations. I know several of my friends head south of the border to partake of the buying frenzy, but I'm quite happy to stay here and shop "normally" and give graciously. Cheers! Kaarina
5 days, 12 hours ago on Our Holiday Priorities are Backwards
@Shonali Thanks Shonali. The road's been a tad rocky and will continue to be so for a while, but there is light at the end of the tunnel...always.
1 week ago on Monday Roundup: Small Business Tips
Welcome back! What a delight to see your smiling face, and many thanks for the lovely tip of the hat. Cheers! Kaarina
@AlaskaChickBlog You paint beautiful pictures with words my friend. Leadership IS about riding out into the wilderness, literally and figuratively. Cheers! Kaarina
1 week, 1 day ago on Into The Wilderness With Grace
Meeting IRL would be a treat! Perhaps we can all make it happen somehow in 2014. Cheers! Kaarina
1 week, 1 day ago on The Best Is Yet To Come From Casudi
Beautiful post from a beautiful person. My favourite line? "Grace, to me, is the beautiful canvas our purpose is written on." Wonderful sentiment: wonderful image. Cheers! Kaarina
1 week, 2 days ago on Into The Wilderness With Grace
Ah my kindred spirit...I see us drinking wine in Tuscany, and single malt in the evening. Watching reflections dance off water as the sun rises or sets, and the moon presents itself in all its glory. Coupled with walks in the woods, I can see it all now. Delighted you took up the challenge, my friend. Cheers! Kaarina
1 week, 3 days ago on 99 Things I Love – The Challenge
@Sandi Amorim @Ellen Berg Not a fan of carmel, so I'll stick with dark salted. But it does sound foodgasmic:)
1 week, 3 days ago on 99 Things I Love (because I love a good challenge)
@Sandi Amorim You and me both Sandi:) I find that when I'm in a bookstore or somewhere with books and journals, they literally "find" me. Sometimes it even takes me a while to put that first word on the page, because the pristine page is so beckoning, yet so untouched...like new fallen snow. Now mind you, once I put that first pen to paper, I'm on a roll. And now I must hunt down Lindt dark chocolate with sea salt. Cheers! Kaarina
1 week, 4 days ago on 99 Things I Love (because I love a good challenge)
Yes! to Canadian spelling:) Salted dark chocolate...something I will try. I dislike chocolate (immensely) but I can go for dark chocolate on occasion. Virgin journals...yes, yes, yes...they seem to find me, as do books. I almost wrote the "crunching through autumn leaves" in my list too. I do believe we're kindred spirits on many of these. Cheers! Kaarina
Although I'm not around as much as I used to be, I hold you close in thought and heart @Lori , and I know how challenging it must be, especially at times when Alex's absence is most pointed for you. But you said it well: he is always with you. This year's a bit different for me. My mother suffered a severe stroke last month, and I've spent almost every day commuting back and forth to Toronto to be with her: first in hospital, now in rehab. Christmas is a special time of year for me and our family, so I'm preparing this year by being extra attentive to the "little things" in life. After all, it's the little things that add up to big things. Soon, my ridiculously large collection of Santas will find a place throughout the house, the greenery will fill outdoor buckets and our annual tree trek - heading out and cutting down our tree - will soon be here.It's also the time of year when I purge (although I purge ongoing:), and take items to charitable organizations, support the food bank, and be sure to be "a gentle light" wherever I can. Blessings to you, Kaarina
1 week, 4 days ago on How Do You Get Into the Christmas Spirit?
@AlaskaChickBlog And I'm cheering you on to do so :)
2 weeks, 1 day ago on 5 Simple Steps To Achieve Your Goals
Thanks Agent 86:) I always counsel clients to identify a maximum of 3 priorities daily in the direction of their goals. And you're so right: there's always "stuff" that can pull us off target and off track. Cheers! Snowshoes
2 weeks, 2 days ago on 5 Simple Steps To Achieve Your Goals
#RockinHot AL. Great tribute to a great gal. Cheers! Kaarina
2 weeks, 3 days ago on The Happy Friday Series: Alaska Chick
Happy blogaversary my friend:) As you know, we're both experiencing challenging times right now with the health of our mothers. Seems like it never rains, it pours, when circumstances arise beyond our control, but must be handled with delicacy and care. Wishing you many more years of fun in this roller coaster life online and off. Cheers! Kaarina
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Three Years Of Blogging
Since I don't want you to cry :)...for me, it's all about relationships, communication, friendship, 'raderie (as our friend Jayme would say), #TeamBlogJack, writing from the heart and hoping it touches others, being of service. That means I'm probably never going to be a millionaire in dollars, but I'm a multi-millionaire in the life I live: full, rich and blessed. Cheers! Kaarina
2 weeks, 5 days ago on What Kind Of Blogger Are You?
Behaving with grace, taking the high road is sometimes difficult. But it's always the right road. Cheers! Kaarina
3 weeks ago on When Tragedy Strikes, Will You Lead With Grace?