Business consultant, coach and strategist. Passionate about helping others be the best they can be, in business and in life.
Best comment in your post? "It’s critical to never plan too much on a trip like this." Part of the adventure should be to adventure...come across things unexpected, get a little lost sometimes, stumble over finds and treasures. When I set out on a "road trip" to take photos, it's never charted out fully. I let the roads take me along with them. Sometimes it's frustrating, most times it's fun, but it's always like opening a package that arrives in the mail unexpectedly...one never knows what will be discovered. Cheers! Kaarina
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Adventure Day 23 – Zion National Park
Your writing makes me feel as if I'm on the journey with you. And re: dirt biking or anything else - go for the gusto - do it all! In the words of William Penn: "I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness or abilities that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again." Cheers! Kaarina
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Adventure Day 18-21 – Last days in Arizona, 4G to the Rescue
I don't know why, but the song Born to be Wild was playing in my mind the whole time I read your post:) Get your motor running....Cheers! Kaarina
2 weeks, 5 days ago on The 987,928 Most Dangerous Job
My running buddy and I run trails where there's a portion we call "the damn dam" because it's a long stretch that borders water but gets quite hot (and did I say long?:), that is a dam. And I was just having some good- natured fun on the spelling:)
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Adventure Day 17 – a Different Place, a Different Pace
Was that the damn dam? Just pulling your leg! I think when we slow down to speed up, the world's a much finer place. I'm enjoying being along for the ride. Keep the good times rolling...at your pace. Cheers! Kaarina
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Adventure Day 17 – a Different Place, a Different Pace
So sorry for your loss:( Shadow became part of our "online family", on the porch and off. Words fail, but know I'm thinking of you at this tough time.
3 weeks ago on Saying Goodbye to a Trusted Friend
Ah, my least favourite thing to do: the techno stuff, because I'm a techno-not. But I do realize how important it is, and I strive to ensure that whatever I put out there is readable on mobile as well as desktop. And of course, you know the most important thing is to: JWBJW :) Cheers! Kaarina
3 weeks, 2 days ago on What Every Aspiring Writer Needs To Remember
Both my sons have them and wear them all the time:) Cheers! Kaarina
3 weeks, 3 days ago on How To Become A Superhero
The Orenda by Canadian Joseph Boyden. It's long, and although quite disturbing in its historical relevance: a book that stayed with me long after I finished it, and the winner of Canada Reads competition. As an aside, I'm reading Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut right now. I picked it up for $1 at a used bookstore:) Cheers! Kaarina
3 weeks, 5 days ago on My June Reading Challenge Update #150Books
@profkrg That makes me happy:)
1 month ago on Quotable: Saying No
Congrats on the house! And hey...you need to provide the flickr link, haha! I did hunt you down and found it though:) Now following. Cheers! Kaarina
1 month ago on Adventure Day 6 – Extended San Diego Stay and a Toast
Yes:) I'm good at saying no. It didn't used to be that way. I over-extended myself for many years, and didn't set clear boundaries for myself and well-being. But that was many years ago. With age and experience comes wisdom. I'm able to clearly see that saying "yes" to things I really don't want to do, aren't a priority or are agreed to out of "guilt" really aren't good reasons to say yes, and in fact, open the doors to more and more abuse (self-permitted) of one's generosity, talents, expertise and kind nature. And I like step #3: when I say no to something, I like to offer an alternative to the asker. For example, if I choose not to take on a client, I suggest peer(s) that I know, like and trust who might be able to take on the work. If someone's looking for volunteer assistance (volunteering is something I do a lot of), and I say no, I try to suggest other ways and means of finding volunteers, through local volunteer associations/sports groups/others who might be interested. I strive to continue a thread of relationship, good will and connection even when I say no to something. Cheers! Kaarina
Remember to play every day:) Cheers! Kaarina
1 month ago on Adventure Day 4 – Unpacking and Office Setup, US Ties Portugal
Stay calm: for every "problem" there are multiple solutions...we just can't see them when we're harried or hurried. Fish, have fun, enjoy:) Cheers! Kaarina
1 month ago on Adventure Day 3 – La Jolla, Friends, Food and Fixing Stuff
Thanks Shonali, for the lovely H/T:) I see I have a few of these posts yet to read:) Cheers! Kaarina
1 month ago on Monday Roundup: Content Rules
Happy trails, wishing you lots of adventure and memory-making experiences. Cheers! Kaarina
1 month, 1 week ago on Saying Goodbye to Danville, for Now
Happy and safe travels to you:) There are many who think and dream about such an adventure, but never take the first step towards it. Kudos to you for having the dream and then taking action. Take lots of photos. Enjoy every moment. Write when the spirit hits. Cheers! Kaarina
1 month, 1 week ago on The Adventure Begins
@Soulati | Hybrid PR Writing a post that I'll publish today that revolves around this topic. You will see a kindred spirit in it:)
1 month, 1 week ago on Should Bloggers Write With Key Words?
Yes, yes, yes! Oh my goodness, I wish every employer would ascribe to his and expect this of their employees.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on The One Thing that You Should Tell Every Employee
My fatigue, overwhelm, disenchantment and disillusionment with the online world, and the constant hue and cry for keywords/SEO/panda/hummingbird/write here/do this/do that/longtail/....has taken so much of my spirit. I haven't blogged in weeks. Can't abide all the regurgitated verbal vomit. Not including you in this. Your writing has been, and is, great. And Jon is absolutely correct in his counsel. I'm just so over working so hard to get it "right" that I don't even feel like getting to it. I'm doing my writing offline, in lined ledgers...poetry/haiku/cinquain/fiction. Maybe it will see light of day one day. You're doing great my #RockHot friend, and you and Jon have worked to create an awesome site. I just can't get enthused about what's going on generally online. And that's a shame, because the gems have to shine so much brighter to cut through the clutter. Cheers! Kaarina
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Should Bloggers Write With Key Words?
Love this, and although #14 seemed like an option I might do the opposite of recently, I got over it:) Cheers! Kaarina
1 month, 2 weeks ago on 29 Ways To Stay Creative Plus Some Other Stuff
I was with, and within, every moment. Thanks for this.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on This Is What Life Is Made Of
@Lori Most definitely something we can teach youngsters, and what a wonderful gift and practice to give them from an early age.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Zen Time Revelations About Grief and Happiness
"Grief distorts the lens through which we look at life." What a true statement, and what a "coming to terms" recognition. I've now completed Mindful Meditation courses and training, which I use in my practice. I meditate daily to guided meditation tapes, and encourage everyone to meditate, even if for only 5 minutes a day. The "monkey mind" will try to creep in, but as with everything, practice allows us to come to a place of peace easier all the time. I know how deeply the loss is felt, but a focus on what brings happiness, peace and contentment is a strong tool, and one I know you are employing.
I think a) I signed up for too many newsletters when I started out online that b) got read in the early days that c) got followed up with more pushes from so many to sign up for newsletters that d) got to be too much white noise that e) prompted me to unsubscribe to many to f) become much wiser about what I need and want online. Cheers! Kaarina
2 months ago on Do You Really Want Another Email Newsletter?
It's like "management by walking around" right? When I work with clients, I have them wander and walk, pause and ponder, ask questions and listen, as if they were entering their business for the first time. I ask them: what did you see? what did you hear? what did you notice for the first time? Asking questions and leading with the senses (including common sense:) is a great way to see one's business through the eyes of the beholder. Congrats again Ken: I know you will bring a wealth of benefit to the business, and enjoy the experience. Cheers! Kaarina
2 months ago on Getting Business Insights from Your New Employees
@KenMueller I've had some change WAY too long a time in coming, and it will be exciting. I look forward to hearing all about your new adventure!
2 months ago on Change is in the Air at Inkling Media
Huge congrats Ken: I can feel the enthusiasm rippling out from this post. Many of us are in a time of personal and professional change, and it's wonderful to hear when people follow the beat of their heart toward their next adventure in life. Couldn't be happier for you, and I wish you every happiness and success in this new chapter in your life. Cheers! Kaarina
Can I come work with you? I'll bring Canadian bacon and maple syrup.
I, too, am backing away from the rabbit hole that is the online world. Not leaving it...just spending less time on it. Cheers! Kaarina
2 months ago on Marketing Notes from the Front Lines
Great post Hessie. I've been reading everything I can get my hands on re: this legislation, and there are many grey areas. For example, the whole issue of "bundling". I couldn't get a straight answer on this question:
What if someone's opt-in box on a website has several things listed, like "updates and special offers". Is this a bundled opt-in? If so, it would be against the rules. And if it isn't considered bundled, and it leads back to a website with commercial offerings, is this against the rules?
The intention of the legislation is good...but we also know what road is paved with good intentions. Definitely the buying of lists will be out of the question, as there is no express consent there. That one's clear. But as for the grey areas...it will indeed be interesting to watch. My sense right now? People aren't thinking this will affect them...and it will. Cheers! Kaarina
2 months, 1 week ago on CASL: The New Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation
Margie, although I do use triberr, I do so much less frequently these days, and I always read posts before sharing. I also don't automate anything. I know...eegads... Not using the tools to schedule? Yep, that's me. When I'm online, I'm online. And I strive to use twitter to converse as much as possible. I thank people. I ask questions. I add my own little comments. There is such a glut of "stuff" online, i'm on a mission to bring bac convo, camaraderie, connection... And fun! Cheers! Kaarina
2 months, 1 week ago on Ten Reasons Why Your Pre-Scheduled Tweets Hurt Instead of Help
And I never want to lose my childlike love of life, so I'm with you Ken: "I don’t even want to lose my childlike love of anything, including what I do for a living. I want to wake up every day and get excited all over again. I get to do THIS for a living?? How cool!"
2 months, 1 week ago on Think Like a Child and Enjoy Your Business
Ah, now I get it:) Cheers! Kaarina
2 months, 1 week ago on Daddy, Why Are You Wearing Make-up?
I think I was a day early, so now I get to wish you a happy-after-birthday! Cheers! Kaarina
2 months, 2 weeks ago on How Do You Celebrate A Birthday On Facebook?
Like @RyanKBiddulph , I'm working to keep the glory days alive and well. I strive to speak with, not talk at, as much as possible, and although I do my share or RTs and shares, I also try as much as possible to inject conversation, 'raderie and connection as much as possible. And BTW...although I wasn't around in 2009, I do know of the Danny/Dino video:) Cheers! Kaarina
2 months, 2 weeks ago on I’ll Never Forget The Glory Days Of Twitter
As you know, I miss the "early days" which for me, is only three years ago...a time when we commented like crazy all over the place, where the 'raderie (cue Jayme Soulati), blogjacking and banter ruled the day. We all had so much fun. Now, I find that, although many of us have kept in touch meaningfully, it's just not as frequent. I can give all kinds of excuses, but I won't. I believe that friends - online and off - "get it" when we're MIA or absent for periods of time.
I stick to the wise words you gave to me, and which sit prominently on my desk: "Just write baby, just write." And that's what I intend to do, even when sporadically. Cheers! Kaarina P.S. I think I wished you and "early" happy birthday my fellow Taurus. It's tomorrow, right? I think I thought it was today.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Are You Burnt Out On Blogging?
I like to think that reciprocating and paying it forward are in my DNA. And I don't give to get: I just think it's important to give, without expectation of return. Sometimes it's depressing or hurtful when the reciprocity isn't returned, but that's life. Some give, some get, and some do both:) Cheers! Kaarina
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Lost Art of Social Media Reciprocation
Fear is an interesting thing. True fear - the kind that debilitates or disables - is something that probably requires assistance to overcome. Another type of "fear"...what I would call butterflies, apprehension, nervous tension...can be very good. It raises endorphins and prepares the body for what used to be flight or fight response. And that kind of "fear" is something I looked for in my athletes: that nervous energy, I'm-ready-to-rumble anticipatory excitement that primes the body, doesn't debilitate it. If a true fear is holding someone back, then working to allay or eliminate that fear is something that probably requires external assistance. Cheers! Kaarina
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Fear and Failure
I guess I'm lucky, but one of the things often said to me (which I take as a compliment) is: "you never judge people".Cheers! Kaarina
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Suspend All Judgment
@profkrg I used to feel compelled/obliged to finish books that I didn't enjoy...but no more! I no longer feel any guilt about not finishing a book that isn't grabbing me. In fact, I was a quarter of the way through a Booker Prize Winner, and I was labouring through it when I thought: what the heck am I doing this for? There are so many other books in the world to read!
Since I spend so much time on non-fiction for my business and my clients, I make sure that I'm reading an equal (if not more) amount of fiction. I think the fiction enhances my overall experience even more then. Cheers! Kaarina
2 months, 3 weeks ago on My April Reading Update #150Books
@Lori Thanks again for the birthday wishes :)
We're still experiencing high winds and earlier today, actually had a fog alert: couldn't even see to the edge of our yard.
I think when I go to take a photography, the essence is what I try to capture. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, and sometimes it's a complete surprise. I don't often take multiple shots of the same thing, looking for angles/light/shade, etc. I'm basically a point and shoot kinda' gal, and most times I'm quite happy with what I capture.
Happy homecoming to your daughter: I'm sure you're delighted to have her home:) Cheers! Kaarina
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Why Does it Feel So Good to Commune With Nature?
I don't have anything on my list: books "find" me, rather than the reverse...especially in intriguing second-hand shops. I did just read the Canada Reads winner, The Orenda: an aboriginal story that both attracted and repelled me. I'm reading a bunch of books that I bought for a buck apiece at a sale: some good, some REALLY bad, all fun. Cheers! Kaarina
2 months, 4 weeks ago on My April Reading Update #150Books
My best "therapy" is to be outdoors, especially among trees. We have a small forest of trees on our property, including white birch: my favourite. I commune with nature through my photography: amateur at best, but so rewarding. We are surrounded by the beauty of nature and wildlife, and I can't imagine living anywhere else.
We had too long and brutal a winter, and I believe that affected us all. With Spring still taunting us with its late arrival, I look forward to the days of sunshine and warmth: often so brief here in Canada, right? Cheers! Kaarina
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Why Does it Feel So Good to Commune With Nature?
@AlaskaChickBlog I'm happy to take credit (or blame, haha!) for your vision board penchant. Keep visioning:)
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Keeping A Team Focused Using A Vision Board
You have a mighty wise son there Amber-Lee :) Cheers! Kaarina
2 months, 4 weeks ago on What’s So SPECIAL About Leadership?
Paying it forward it an everyday activity for me, because I believe to shine the light on (and for) others makes the world a brighter place. Cheers! Kaarina
2 months, 4 weeks ago on When Success Finds You, Pay It Forward
Each client I work with creates a vision board early in our work together. Since pictures speak louder than words, it's amazing what comes through, overtly and subliminally. And every creative process is, in my estimation, a wonderful way to release thoughts, ideas and inspiration. Cheers! Kaarina
3 months ago on Keeping A Team Focused Using A Vision Board
Thanks @AlaskaChickBlog , @CASUDI , @AliRodriguez , @Kristine Ward for your comments. Glad you enjoyed this real-life story, and the lessons contained within:) Cheers! Kaarina
3 months ago on Business and Life Lessons From A Garage Sale
I love the "loading or searching" answer to the busy signal. Shows how far we've come...or have we? Cheers! Kaarina
3 months ago on The Hidden Problems In Your Marketing Materials
Manage things: lead people. :) Cheers! Kaarina
3 months ago on One Part Solid Manager + Two Parts Strong Leader = An Excellent Solution