Category Archives: Entrepreneurship & Business

Five Things That Are Inspiring

When the weather shifts from 10 below to 10 plus, I am reminded of just how quickly things change and how life is full of surprises and inspiration – here are 5 of mine right now!


1.  Darling, You Can’t Do Both, or CAN YOU?

Loved listening to Darling, You Can’t Do Both authors, SWIM strategists & DOVE Campaign for Real Beauty co-creators Janet Kestin & Nancy Vonk at the recent McGill Alumni Luncheon. They encourage breaking the rules, mentoring others, speaking up and recognizing that  motherhood can mean better work.

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2. LOOK UP – A video plea by Gary Turk

Two students in my persuasive presentations class shared the LOOK UP VIDEO, an incredibly powerful visual poem by Gary Turk that addresses our increasing use of technology and social media and diminishing ability to connect with fellow humans. As he says, “stop watching this video, live life the real way.” I was so moved by this video and think you’ll be too. REQUIRED VIEWING!


3.  Toronto Mini Maker Faire

The greatest show (and tell) on Earth is how they describe this festival – and how true that is! Sebastian is completely in awe of meeting his hero, giant storm trooper guy!  A mighty collection of do-it-yourselfers, tech enthusiasts, crafters, homesteaders, scientists and garage tinkerers of all ages and backgrounds, this faire inspires magnificent making for all!

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4.  Inspire! International Book Festival

Kika the Upside-Down Girl author (me!) and publisher, Genevieve Rossignol of Domnizelles Publishing Inc., share a fun moment “in the park” at the recent INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Festival.  Great to see so many young readers enjoying the tenting and reading – kids just like to sit, relax and read, quite simple really. So grateful and inspired to be part of it all.


5.  Year-End Review

As hard as it is to complete a thorough and meaningful year-end review, it is totally worth it! I get excited thinking about the process – thinking about what went well, what did not go so well, what can be better next year, what i can focus on, what can shift, and most importantly – what can be celebrated as 2014 accomplishments.  Many different ways to do this; personally I like big paper, coloured markers, lot of scribbles, some wine and a friend or two to share in the fun.


Join Kika & Jessica’s Fliptastic Fall!


KIKA the Upside-Down Girl – we are going to have a fliptastic fall!

So many great events coming up and I’m so honoured to be part of them – as a speaker, presenter, fan, panel guest and all around creative innovator. Please consider joining in the fun  – these events are sure to ignite, inspire and empower you to make the world a more creative, active and healthy place!  btw – the new book cover pictured above is pretty fun isn’t it?

Fall highlights below:

An Inspired Future – From Sustainability to Restoration & Regeneration

Had the opportunity to attend the “An Inspired Future Conference” with colleagues from Clean Air Champions February 6, 2013 and upon reflection, one of my biggest takeaways is that the term sustainability is somewhat limiting when it comes to… Continue reading

Making Waves in Education – Educators Unite @ Toronto Un-Conference

Who wouldn’t be totally intrigued by an invitation to speak at the Make Waves education innovation catalyst event? Not this educator! I signed up to be one of 8 speakers at the Islands of Excellence un-conference, an event designed to bring together thought leaders, communities and organizations who are changing the world, igniting new connections and inspiring agile strategies….and making waves.

Hosted at The Academy, an innovative YMCA inspired and supported secondary school serving the needs of students with diverse learning styles, the kickoff Pecha Kucha event showcased the unique ideas of educators like myself involved in a variety of innovative initiatives. Continue reading

10 Business Books That Have Shaped My Recent Thinking

I’ve been doing some reading…focused on business books (none of which are pictured below btw) so below, in no particular order, are 10 that have made me think and blog!

1.  In Search of Excellence by Tom Peters & Robert Waterman – a classic.

2.  Linchpin by Seth Godin – why becoming indispensable is a great idea

3.  The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma – self-help for business folk

4.  The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau – how being unique can work

5.  Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill – the grandaddy of them all….

6.  Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin – with this you can do so much more…

7.  Get Unstuck and Get Going by Michael Bungay-Stanier – funky, fun and helpful

8.  Do The Work! by Steven Pressfiled – Feel the resistance and do it anyway

9.  New Radicals by Julia Moulden – new era, new way of doing business

10.  The Lean Startup by Eric Reis – economical and practical lessons to learn