Category Archives: Art & Design

My 2014 Manifesto for Living

Currently attending an inspiring Amplify your Business conference and one of the things host and business coach extraordinaire Darla LeDoux asked was, “What’s your manifesto for Living?”

I thought about her question and realized I always have had ideas in my head about what might be guiding me, but have never actually written them down.  So, in an effort to do my homework (I have always been one to complete my homework for better or worse!), here is a snippet. To see the whole manifesto, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

See each day as an opportunity to connect, learn & grow.  Be crazy curious & serenely contemplative.  Face forward; look up.  Treat time as the precious commodity it is.  Smile, breathe & move.  Be authentic and genuine.  Just figure it out.  Share stories.  Empower others to take action. Cultivate kindness and curiosity.  Do not waste imagination and creativity on worrying.

For anyone looking to make a difference in the world and amplify their presence in work, play,  family (or other), I highly recommend creating your own version.  If nothing else, sitting down and writing out what you truly believe to be important forces you to think through how to say yes to opportunities and people that serve you well, and no to those that do not.

Retreating to Launch New Ideas

Gang's all here to Launch!

Gang’s all here to Launch!

We’re at Woodhaven Lodge near Buckhorn,Ontario (Jessica working on her book overlooking Sandy lake and her sticky notes above!) for the Launch Pad Retreat Weekend and all things point to getting lots of good work done this weekend.  Designed to help those wanting to move their creative project forward, the novel combination of space, time and support makes doing this “hard work” a reality.  Transforming ideas into actions is happening, while we grapple with questions such as: Continue reading

Transforming Education & Life Through Design Thinking

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Reading “Glimmer” by Warren Berger has been fascinating as it features the ideas of Bruce Mau and other designers who are trying to revolutionize design and create positive change through a specific process. What strikes me is that the concepts and ideas in this book can be applied across disciplines to reinvent, problem-solve, and create new ways of… Continue reading