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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

 

3 Reasons to Fling into Spring with Kika!

Revolution girlsSo many reasons to celebrate spring – warmer weather, more outdoor play, lots of Easter chocolate & new opportunities to hang with Kika the Upside Down Girl!

# 1.  Kika has a few new homes to share with you, including a permanent spot in the Archives of Canada Library, which I feel honoured and grateful for.  Books are now for sale @ CHAPTERS / INDIGO Bay/Bloor and at the amazing TYPE BOOKS. Books also for sale @ amazon.ca and through Jessica directly for organizations/bulk orders.

What should we do next? Having sold 750 of my original 1000 books, I’m going to Continue reading

Talking to Kids About the Olympics – Sochi style!

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Jessica Tudos and her son Sebastian ready to cheer on Team Canada in Sochi!

As the Winter Games unfold over the next two weeks, this is a great opportunity to bring kids together through sport.  But you may be wondering what to talk to  kids about while you watch?  Human rights? Security threats? Palm tress at the Winter Olympics? Classiest outfits at the Opening Ceremonies? Perhaps, but I think there is more…

Drawing on my 1984 Olympic gymnastics past and Mommy-to-a-preschooler present (as seen in our Go Team Canada Go Olympic picture above!), here are my Sochi-specific recommendations: Continue reading

Kika the Upside Down Girl kickstarter campaign runs Sept 30 – Oct 30

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CLICK HERE to go directly to our kickstarter page.   More at www.jessicatudos.com

Our campaign runs Sept. 30 to Oct. 30 – great rewards for supporters who pre-order; including 1st edition books, readings & workshops with Jessica, a lunch with Olympians and more!  With your help we can publish this entertaining and inspiring kids story about an adventurous girl who loves living upside down, despite the pressure she feels to remain right side up. It’s time for Kika the Upside down Girl’s debut on the global online stage!

Off the Couch and onto the Bars!

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As the proud parent of a preschooler enrolled in recreational gymnastics at the Birchmount Gymnastics Club, I often get asked if I think my son will compete in the Olympics as I did in 1984.  He’s not even 3 so who knows…but what I do know is that gymnastics is building his confidence and enhancing his physical, mental and social/emotional wellbeing.  He is learning skills and behaviours that will serve him well in whatever he chooses to do in his life.  Continue reading