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Deeper Business

8 Mar

As it is International Woman’s Day, I thought I would share this video I came across today. As it acknowledges what it means to be a beautiful woman, I truly believe that the beauty she speaks about — our inner beauty is not something that is held only for woman — it is something that mankind must cultivate.





5 Nov

Happy to report that the COOP Network is back!

Please see the link below and join us on November 18th, 2013.

Finish Strong

10 Oct


I received a few treats today in my inbox. I found them to be so good, they inspired me to get back on this page and post!

Treat #1 was a blog post from Seth Godin and the second treat – a challenge.

What I enjoyed the most from treat #1 were the last few lines in Mr. Godin’s acknowledgement to Mr. Levinson – attitude/the application of generosity. I started thinking about my attitude and what I need to work on to finish strong in 2013. That’s when the second treat arrived, a big chunk of Peanut Butter n’ Chocolate. Care to join me?





The Intertidal Harvester

22 Feb



Question: What do you want to BE when you grow Up?… An Intertidal Harvester?

Ah, the BIG life question that has stumped me since I was a little girl. I wanted to be a Doctor…till I saw blood. I wanted to be a teacher, huh, don’t know why I moved away from that one. I wanted to be the next Pauline Kael; I know why I moved away from that one. The BIG life question is one I still ask myself daily and while I celebrated my 40th birthday last fall (a glorious celebration) I realized that night I would discover what I will BE when I grow up within the next 40 years.

As I try to attain my life goal, I explore all the possibilities and opportunities available to me each day. I meet some fascinating people, in all kinds of places & I continue to learn. Today, I’d like to introduce you to one of my favourite discoveries, The Selby and an interesting cat I met through the Selby.  As I was reading the New York Times I came across an article in the Arts section about a photographer and his website The Selby. I loved what the photographer, Todd Selby, chose to create for himself with his business. I’ve been following The Selby for a few years now and I’m always happy when his name appears in my mailbox. I know when I open the email I will meet another fascinating, unique character, actively participating in the game of Life. The Selby rarely disappoints and what I love most about my almost weekly dose of TheSelby is that it has become a source of inspiration for me. Each new person I learn about creatively drives me and helps me stay focused on what I want for my life, both professionally and personally (enter: The Intertidal Harvester). I get totally fired UP to go after ALL that I can for myself and that does not mean just taking from this wonderful life, it means giving to it as well. So each day, I wake UP, I show UP and I participate. Some days are golden, some days are kinda like copper and some days are bleak but in each one I play and simply give what I can. What do you do for inspiration? How do you show UP? Who was the last person you met that inspired you to reach, to go that little bit further or simply motivated you to START? I’m fortunate to have many people in my life inspiring me on a daily basis and I look forward to introducing them to you as I/we go.

So, without further adieu, I’d like to introduce you to that interesting cat I met one day last September. The Intertidal Harvester. courtesy of  TheSelby. I absolutely adore this guy. I love what he does, I love his sense of humour and I love how he & his wife enjoy one another and their life….together. I hope they entertain and inspire you to go after WHATEVER you want from life. Accordions & all!

And, as I continue on in my search for “what I’ll be when I grow up,” I will check in from time to time and let you know how I am doing and enlighten you as I get closer to my discovery.

At this moment, all I know is that in the end I want to have as great a handle as Mr. Kirk Lombard’s, The Intertidal Harvester. 

Enjoy the film.




21 Days In – Don’t Give UP!

24 Jan


It’s exactly a month since my last post. It’s funny, I thought it would be great to share all the wonderful things I discover in my day to day travels, yet I seem to be editing things way too much. As I thought about this default habit of mine, I realized what I would post for January.

As I drove home from work on Monday night, I learned that it was the saddest day of the year. It struck me as odd…we are only 21 days into the New Year, it’s a brand new year, how can we be depressed 21 days into it? Then I remembered a few years ago I tried to do a Cleanse and I remember reading it takes 21 days to change your palate. I found that to be an interesting bit of trivia and also a ploy to make me believe the bland food would eventually taste wonderful. Then, I read that it takes 21 days to change a habit. Aha! I don’t know about you but breaking the habits that do not work for me has taken me much longer than 21 days. It got me thinking, are we putting too much pressure on ourselves at the beginning of a new year to instantly change harden facts about ourselves in a matter of a few days?  Are we doing things in extremes? The report listed the reasons for the blues: credit card bills, holiday burn out, failed resolutions and the lousy weather. I’m sure there are many other reasons because not everyone lives in the Great White North. I know Dude sitting at the beach is not bummed out because of the weather…perhaps he is out of board wax. Anyway, I’ve been thinking about it for the past few days and all is not lost. I believe it is a blessing in disguise and it’s actually quite remarkable that in 21 days we realize that what we’ve set ourselves up for in the year ahead is unrealistic; we simply need to adjust our goals. So, here are a few suggestions. Pick up a pen and start writing out intentions for the year ahead, forget resolutions, think about how you want to show up in 2013. Find words that best describe that for you and narrow it down to one word. Then start BE-ing that word in all the things you do and want to do. Pick up the credit card bills and make a plan to start paying them off (good luck with that – c’mon it sounds good) and look at the areas where you can cut back. Find an activity you can do in any kind of weather and as far as festivities go, call an old pal you haven’t spoken to in a while and catch up. Hey! Why not go one step further and meet that friend for a fun activity in any kind of weather. Smiles, exercise and a good dose of laughter are always the best medicine for the blues.

If you’re like most of us, you’ll put it off. Thank goodness you’ve got 344 days left in the year!  Woo Hoo!

Interesting thing to note, to ignite a change in the way you do things, you need to practice the positive new habit for 21 consecutive days. Ah, I know that app! Commitment.



Winter Warmers for the Holidays!

24 Dec



Happy Holidays!

Now that the shopping is done I hope you take some time to kick back and enjoy quality time with your family and friends. Personally, I like to relax with a blanket, a comfy chair, a warm crackling fire and a nice bottle of beer. This time of year we have the pleasure of enjoying some bolder brews that please the palate with more robust flavours. I’ve listed a few of my favourite winter warmers and what I love about these brews are the extra malts which add chocolate, toffee & nutty notes to the beer. These gems have a richer, bolder taste and the alcohol adds a nice heat to the beer bringing you just the right amount of warmth to the finish. You can find one out of the three beers listed below at the LCBO. Unfortunately, Uncommon Brewer’s Baltic Porter and Junction Craft are currently not available at the LCBO…but they will be!

I suggest having some cheese with these brews. SHe’s Choice:  Blue Haze on a ginger snap.!

To add a touch of class to your tasting experience, serve the following beers in a stemmed glass.

Junction Craft Brewing’s Stout & Porter – please visit the Tap Room at Junction Craft Brewing and pick up a Growler!


St. Ambroise Scotch Ale


Uncommon Brewer’s Baltic Porter



Please drink responsibly this holiday season and look for community drive home programs in your neighbourhood.

A Taxi, Operation Red Nose and Safe-T-Ride are great resources for the smart ride home.







Don’t Get Cooked in the Squat

28 Nov

I couldn’t let the day pass without acknowledging a true gentleman and a person of inspiration who died today. The One. The Only. Zig Ziglar. His goal setting formula is the easiest and perhaps the most effective goal map out there but like any goal setting strategy, it is only effective when applied. I’ve attached a clip from one of his motivational seminars and while the piece may seem dated, his message still applies today.  Act. Do it. Do it Now. Don’t get cooked in the Squat.

Thanks, Zig!

SHe Launched a New Site!

13 Nov

Welcome to SHe!

I am very fortunate to have designed a career that allows me to explore and participate in local communities in Toronto and San Francisco. Each day I meet interesting people, discover new products and learn new insights into how people engage or indulge in their environments. I’ve shared many of my discoveries with my friends and family but I feel it is time to tell more people about the amazing things I find.

I’ll be posting my finds fairly regularly, so please check in and check out my latest find @ What SHe Saw.

Thanks for stopping by & I’ll see you soon!


Beer Review: Gringo Cerveza

21 Jun

What I had: Gringo Cerveza

Where I had it: Joey’s Restaurant, Yonge & Dundas, Toronto

Monday’s at Joey’s means $3.99 for either a Gringo Cerveza or their Cocktail Pale Ale. The Gringo is a Mexican style beer, quite similar to Corona, and also served with a lime. There’s no particularly unique flavour about it, but it’s quite refreshing on a hot day, and the giant open windows in the front of the restaurant turn the whole veranda into a very comfortable covered patio. Your other Monday drink deal is a Bellini, but on a hot day, you’d probably drink them too fast then have to deal with the inevitable brain-freeze.

What I liked: It was refreshing, cheap, and featured some Mexican Day of the Dead artwork in their logo.

What I didn’t like: Nothing terribly unique about it.