Category Archives: project management

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.

 

Why Living Upside Down is Fliptastic!

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“Kids like me, just wanna be free, upside down, you and me!”This tune, Kika the Upside Down Girl’s theme song, is central to the story of an adventurous girl who loves living upside down in a right side up world.

Geared to 4-10 year olds, with a message that transcends age, Kika the Upside Down Girl is an entertaining and empowering story that will inspire kids to explore their unique interests, despite the pressure they may feel to conform. Some incredible upside down adventures and heartfelt explorations at home, school, outside and in a “fliptastic place” are shown in vibrant and quirky detail in this 32-page hardcover picture book.

As an Olympian, educator & Mom, I created this story to Continue reading

Forget Hiring a Business Coach – Commit to Kickstarter!

KSIf you really want to get your creative project done, look no further than kickstarter, your new business coach… along with Jessica’s 1-page project check sheet below.

Kickstarter is an online crowdfunding platform that solicits funds “from the collective” to realize creative dreams and projects.

As the creator of Kika the Upside Down Girl, a kid’s book about a young gymnast-in-the-making who loves living her life upside down despite the pressures to remain right side up, I thought long and hard about how I could get this story published. Once I decided self-publishing was the way to go, and that kickstarter was the best platform for my project, the real work began Continue reading