• Musings, Essays, Tips & Articles

  • Changing Landscapes

      As I write this, I am gazing at the view over my new balcony. Masts of sailboats bob on sparkling blue water and behind them the treeline of the forests of Newcastle Island spikes the sky. Turning to look the other way, into the living space of this high-ceilinged seaside penthouse apartment and out the sweeping windows that frame it, I have a close-up view of two tall

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    The Heft of a Good Book

    The Heft of a Good Book My husband and I are downsizing and we’re spending the early days of summer sorting and sifting through two decades of household goods. We’re both writers and we have a vast collection of books. We’ve slowed down on new book purchases as we navigate this transition, and I have become extremely grateful for the Kindle app, allowing me to continue to

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    Everyday Happiness

    I believe happy idleness is a pathway to a purposeful life. In North America, particularly, we have come to reject idleness, and yet it is in the pauses between our seemingly urgent tasks and activities that we find our deepest contentment. The everyday happiness philosophy suggests that it is life’s ordinary moments, small victories, and day-to-day joys that provide an infinite source of

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    Yellow is for Hello

    I recently had the opportunity to attend the 10th anniversary of Social Media Camp. The annual conference, held in Victoria B.C., is Canada’s largest social media event. Marking a decade as a leader in the digital and social media space made this particular year uniquely special. It was a reflective conference, with speakers and attendees looking back over a “decade of disruption,” as

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    A Billion Dead on Facebook

    How comfortable are you with the idea that what you post online, stays online? Do you get more or less comfortable with the idea when you consider that what you post today can potentially last well beyond your natural lifespan and into the future forming a kind of digital archeology? Here’s a staggering thought: 100 years from now there will be a billion dead people on Facebook. You may

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    Cooperation and Partnership

    Writing a book is hard work, requiring strong research, organization, and composition skills. Co-authoring a book is hard work halved, but requires the additional skills of cooperation and partnership. My recently released book, Digital Legacy Plan, A Guide to the Personal and Practical Elements of Your Digital Life Before You Die, was released by Self-Counsel Press in March and co-authored

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    Wisdom from the Inbox

    I’m a bit of a Chris Brogan fangirl. If you don’t know his work, you should. He’s a genius, although he would never say so himself. A New York Times bestselling author of nine books and counting, he’s a journalist, speaker and strategist, and the CEO of Owner Media Group. He’s an eagle-eyed trend-watcher, and one of only a handful of modern marketing gurus I allow regular access to my

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    Declutter your Facebook Space

    Facebook Groups are a great tool for building online community, offering value, and encouraging true social media engagement. However, life in Facebook-land means responding to ongoing changes to Facebook’s algorithms, including those that govern groups. As a simple explanation, the algorithm is a process that ranks all available posts that can display on a user’s newsfeed based on how

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    From Chaos to Peace

    As an advocate for a healthy relationship with screens and devices, I consider it a bit of a personal mission to find ways to use the Internet to support positive change. Vast social media networks and the huge reach of the web allows us to coordinate ideas, promote causes, and enlist aid across time and space. Whether our goals are personal, professional or community centred, we can use

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    From Chaos to Peace Challenge 2019

    February is the month of love. Be your own valentine. Give yourself the gift of freedom and peace. Take on four weeks of short and simple decluttering and organizing challenges that will inspire you to create space,  freedom and peace in your day-to-day life. ​Join Conny Graf Lewis and I with the Chaos to Peace Challenge. The clutter clearing challenge will cover 4 areas over

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