[edgtf_dropcaps type="normal" color="" background_color=""]I[/edgtf_dropcaps] listen to podcasts and radio shows of experts and professionals talking about how they got to where they are and what helped them become the successes that they are now. I love learning the stories of the sacrifices they made and advice they can give others. From all of these hours and hours of listening to all these shows, several pieces of advice have resonated with me. One of the best pieces of advice I ever heard (and I wish I could remember who said it so I could credit them) was to eliminate the word aspiring from

We’re all on our own journeys and we’re all at different points in that journey. We’ve chosen paths meant for us. However, our brains like order, we like categorizing things and we love it best when one label or title describes something and we can put things into those categories. And we like to put those labels on people too. I'd like us all to celebrate what makes you happy, because you are not what you do. You’re an accountant, a customer service rep, a senior vice president, an assistant to the vice president … a ____________ fill in the blank. As

This year, I have decided to try to send more mail to friends and strangers around the world. Which evolved into sending a letter a week in a 52 letters mail challenge. It is no secret that I love traditional hand written letters. There is nothing quite like getting a brightly coloured envelope in your mailbox from a loved one or friend. And when you open and read their handwriting it feels like you have just sat down and had a long friendly chat. In such a busy and digital world, we often feel alone and miss the personal connections with other humans.

I challenged myself to send more mail in 2017. So I have been preparing colourful and inspiring decorated happy snail mail envelopes that are ready to send in the mail. I use colourful paper to make envelopes. or use existing envelope designs I love and then add matching washi tape. When I am ready to send out some mail, they only need a stamp and an address. Want more inspiration? Visit my mail art Pinterest board or follow my Insta feed!

Most marathon runners didn’t just wake up one Wednesday morning and say, “Hey, I think I’ll run 42 km today.” If they did, they would most likely quit after their first run because they were so terrible and couldn’t achieve their goal. Sadly, this is how many talented creative people treat their creative confidence. They try something and when they fail their confidence is shot and they give up. Creative people who succeed build their confidence over time and learn to embrace their failures as lovingly as their successes. I want to encourage everyone out there to enjoy the whole experience of

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Happy Hour Makers Market May 27th 4-8pm - The Company House If you were not able to make it to my popup show last month, here's another chance to get your hands on one of my illustrations. I've been accepted as a vendor at Happy Hour Makers Market in a few short weeks. It is the first of its kind organized by Big Pony and The Girl From Away two fellow local small business owners and members of the Maritime Makers Etsy team. They are packing local makers of all varieties into The Company House (see map below) on Gottingen street in Halifax. I will have a large selection of my items there including