Monthly Archives: June 2013

Love & Logic

“Logic is like the sword – those who appeal to it, shall perish by it.” – Samuel Butler

There are events in our lives that defy the laws of logic, there are emotions that cause us to be illogical, emotions such as love. And yet we still believe it exist. Dreams we have while we sleep, manifest into our reality and it is evident we become more self-aware of our surroundings & emotional state of mind. Our doubts and fears as humans are all the same, our insecurities as emotional creatures are parallel to one another.

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We have the innate ability to create, re-invent evolve and unravel our future and shape the way our universe unfolds. Be bold, be passionate, be unique. And most of all be the person you know you can be in this world.

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The Day After WordCamp Hamilton

After spending months working with Dale, Roz, Geoff, Martin, Nick, & Kevin on WordCamp Hamilton, the day has come and gone. Months of planning really payed off in the end for a great one day event held at the beautiful Art Gallery of Hamilton & After party at Radius.

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When I woke up this morning, I felt like I was coming down from a high, excited to see it happen, sad to see that it’s over… wondering what will the next big thing is.
I also thought about my past a bit, in terms of how long have I’ve used WordPress and how long I’ve actually had a blog.

When I think back, I really have been blogging since the beginning of highschool, when having a livejournal or deadjournal account was the big thing to have and do! And just how much fun I had writing what I was passionate about or what crazy thing I did on the weekend.

Yesterday’s event was really an eye opener for so many different reason, when you have people speaking like Joey Coleman, Kristin Archer and Seema Narula who shared their stories about entering into this world and why they do what they do, and really exploring their passion for the city it’s not hard to be inspired by their enthusiasm.

Kevin Browne giving the keynote talk about community and developing the connections and collisions necessary to form a strong base or foundation and growing the community as a whole.

Although all four of the morning speakers who talked about different aspects of community and engagement in terms of growing their audience and exploring their passion, which may or may not have anything to do with wordpress per say but has everything to do with it’s just the preferred platform they use because of the easy usability was again truly inspiring.

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Richard Rudy, who started off the more in-depth look at wordpress and technical side by expanding into mobile optimization of your wordpress account and why it is important to make sure you know how your audience is viewing your content and why it’s key to mobilize your site across all platforms was needless to say highly informative.

It’s something that I am no stranger to, as I always make sure that my content is doing just that reaching out, anyway it can be viewed.

Al Davis, Laurie Rauch, Todd Dow were awesome speakers as well, opening up the floor to security, Design, Content and beginners guide to installing wordpress. From the afternoon sessions there was just so much useful information to take in and now as I sit back and writing this blog starting to think about the format in which I write and direction I wish to take this wordpress account in.

In closing, WordCamp Hamilton was truly an amazing experience and learning so much knowledge gave me a new profound appreciation for what people do and what they are capable of doing. And seeing what happens when a small core group of people with different mindsets can achieve and accomplish. I also learned a lot not just in the sense of wordpress but also just in the spirit of community building, something I could easily translate it back into my own passions like Web Series and vlogging (video blogging) and transferred yet again back into the wordpress community.

Ever since I’ve decided to make a point to go out to every single event that helps promote the Startup & creative community I learn something new every single time, I make connections with individuals that I might not know why I’m drawn to them at first but there is good reason why those friendships are forged.

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I’m honestly grateful to be living in a city with so many awesome people, tightly woven in the fabric of a city that is on the verge to achieve great potential in a new frontier. Be mindful to those individuals that you so non-chalently forget about, it’s those people that make a huge difference in the city.

One final thought, Kevin Browne, Joey Coleman, and Dale Mugford are my heros for creating the necessary vehicles to create new opportunities, building friendships & relationships and learning from each others knowledge.

The city of Hamilton should be feel fortunate to having these individuals here and taking the community to the next level of growth

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DemoCamp 12 – An Inspirational Evening

You know sometimes it’s always great to stop and look around you, look at the people you surround yourself with and be absolutely grateful you are alive and full of life. And your friends are alive and full of life too, and your friends are inspiration to you.

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This can sum up what the keynote speaker Dale Mugford of BraveNewCode said in his speech the other night at DemoCamp at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Afterwards I thanked Dale for such an inspirational & Motivational speech.

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I’ve known Dale for sometime now and his fiance Roz of Double Barrel Studios, both individuals are just again one of the two most amazing individuals you will ever meet on this planet.

And I have a lot of respect for what they do within the community and helping the community grow within their own respected fields. They inspire me as both an individual as well as a person who wishes to be apart of the same movement that’s happening in the Hamilton community.

And as I sit here, trying to find words to express my emotions that are rushing through my heart right now and in my mind, I can’t. It’s again another one of those instances where I could tell you all about them, and what they have shown me or what we’ve talked about but really its more than that.

Tonight has opened my eyes to a lot of really good things in this world, about passion, friendship, community, engagement and why these events are important to be able to connect to those individuals that want to make a difference in the world. That want to help others grow and create and prosper.

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I felt a lot of happiness and love in the room tonight at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, hope and dreams and with that my heart, my soul, my entire spirit wants to explode with that emotion. Passion, passion is what makes things happen, drive and determination is what helps us along the way to know not to stop, if it makes you happy to keep driving it! Until it works.

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I have held a camera in my hand capturing various things, people, places, events and it’s those moments where you look around the room and you see no media coverage, no one with a camera to tell the stories that often go untold by media sources.

And to be able to say, I captured an interview or a piece that no one else had at an event. I want to talk about people and their stories, when they were down or looked like they were failing but came back up what brought them back into the game to not struggle anymore.

I want to learn from these individuals and help them spread their message.

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Creative Entrepreneur

So, you want to earn a living doing something you’re truly passionate about, chances are maybe it is something in the creative spectrum.

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While watching television, I thought about something Bob Proctor had said in a seminar I was watching the day earlier. Which was ‘Think’ and he goes on with during this seminar how we don’t use our brain power enough basically.

Which I think is true, we only use as much brain power it takes to take on what ever task we might be under taking at that time. It was at that time I really turned off my television, television really doesn’t help you think. It’s really a form of escapism from our day to day lives.

After I turned off the television set I went for a drive and started thinking about my life and current state it’s been. I thought about all the things I want to do with my life and my future plans. And at that moment I started thinking about the past, as I was heading down a road I use to take all the time that is filled with memories.

It was at that particular moment I realized just how much has changed around me, I instinctively thought but I myself haven’t changed very much. Which is obviously not true and took action to correct that thought.

Physical form, a lot hasn’t changed, environmentally hasn’t really changed a whole lot but both mentally and emotionally I’ve been growing drastically. And then I thought, I wonder why that is? In dealing with all theses shifts and changes that have occurred with my surroundings, I learned how to mentally prepare myself in dealing with change.

Change, regardless of you want it or not in your life is inevitable. Things change all the time, sometimes slow, some times rapidly, so rapidly as such that you don’t even know it has happen.

So getting back to the title ‘creative entrepreneur’ – It’s true, my environment hasn’t changed much sometimes I get a tad bit edge of the seat about this because I want to create movement with my life, so much so, I can actually see the difference.

But what I am coming to understand is through my experiences I am able to call upon these new skill sets in order to really jump start a new life in as a Creative Entrepreneur. I wouldn’t exactly call it a ‘New Life’ really however, after looking at my past once more I have and always had a creative Entrepreneur sensibility to me.

One example came to mind, one of my passions has always been photography and I loved going out and taking shot after shot after shot. I developed a fairly keen eye for what looks good on camera. Any rate, I had taken all these pictures and I had never really done anything with them until one day I decided I was going to create greeting cards out of them. Where I was working at the time agreed to let me use a little corner space to have them on display and I decided to sell them for 2 dollars a piece.

I remember the within the first week of having them up people flocked to the display and they were bought and sold within a matter of a couple weeks.

This kind of creative and entrepreneurial thinking must be revisited in my mind, sure it won’t make me a ‘living’ but it is just one of many income streams that could prove to be lucrative. It’s also more than just selling, it’s about developing these creative ideas, and really brining these ideas to life with precision and direct results.

Now it’s your turn, have you ever been in a similar mind frame? How did you over come it?

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Declaration of Self

Over the course of the last few weeks, I’ve taken time out of being on the computer to go for really long walks. I would go to this one spot, on a bayfront area and I would just stare off into nature’s wondrous miracle.

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I captured this photo last night while watching the sun go down behind the tree line of the mountain landscape. And was mesmerized by the relaxation of watching two younger individuals sitting there fishing. I’m not 100 percent sure if they caught anything but I’m sure they didn’t care.

I realized a few things while sitting there, one we are sometimes too connected to our technology. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email. I would know, because I was in fact using all three of those while I was there when the point was not to.

A friend of mine then came out along and we walked and talked and walked some more and I really enjoyed that moment. The face to face, person to person connectivity we had. She has been a really good friend to me over the last year and tentatively listened to what I was going through. And I in return do the same.

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I began thinking about, happiness, and what does it mean to be happy. Is happiness what we get when we go after what we want and obtain it. Or is Happiness in the journey of the pursuit.

Should we not just be content, but joyful of the abundance we have in our lives, the very simple things that doesn’t cost us any money and is effortless to achieve. Building strong friendships with people, building character within ourselves that actually stand for something. The ability to be free to create and cultivate from our passions.

I declare my vision for my life is that, I am in control of my destiny, my Future and no one else. Using my artistic passions such as Writing, Painting, FilmMaking and my ability to inspire and motivate others will be my ultimate path.

My core values will keep me in line making sure that no matter what I do they are in line with my ultimate vision. People will pay to hear my vision and my story because I feel there are more people out there like me. That really want to live with a sense of passion and purpose.

In return, I declare I will return 25 Percent of profits in the beginning, back into helping those who wish to start building and creating a life as I am doing. After some time that return will increase to 50 percent, until finally we’ve reach 75 percent return in gratitude.

I know how hard it is to be struggling, I know how much passion individuals have for their idea. And there is not a soul to take a chance on them to really help build a future for them. And I want to be that person that provides them that assistance.

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It is my goal to build the foundation & mindset of the ultimate creative entrepreneur and philanthropist. Using my skill sets to lay down brink by brink the building blocks necessary to then help others in my own Devine way.

Now it’s your turn,
What will you do?

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#ProjectAnonymousLove

Inspired by @RachDerp as part of her #ProjectAnonymousLove project. Depression and suicidal thoughts not only effect the individual, but it has a cascading ripple effect. This effects our friends, our family, and including people we haven’t event met before that are waiting for the opportunity to meet you.

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