It’s Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada – and for those of you, like me, who had no idea why we celebrate Thanksgiving on a different day than our friends to the South, here’s a little explanation. Now, what is consistent is that our goal for the day is to give thanks for our blessings.
A few weeks ago I was honored to be selected by the TedxToronto team to attend their conference. I feel blessed to have shared a room with so many smart, progressive, young people. But one of the experiences that impacted me the most was an honest story from the creator of 1000 Awesome Things, Neil Pasricha. If his blog sounds familiar, you might be familiar with The Book of Awesome which has been sitting on Amazon’s bestsellers list for (I think) about 20+ weeks now.
When Neil started his blog, though, things were not so awesome. His wife had just left him, his best friend had just committed suicide and he felt utterly alone and sad. During this time, he was searching for something to be happy about. His mind kept going back to his father who, as a young adult, immigrated to Canada from Africa. His father spent this time in his new country like a child experiencing things for the first time. This appreciation of the little things was the impetus of Neil’s blog: 1000 Awesome Things. Each day Neil shares small things that makes us happy. From putting your own shoes on after going bowling to living with someone who doesn’t mind killing spiders, each anecdote is guaranteed to put a little smile on your face and retrain you to love the little things in life.
As I write this post, I’m preparing to celebrate my birthday with my closest friends. Friends, along with family, are the most important things to me. But I also cherish the friends that I’ve made throughout my career. People like Richard Foulkes, who even if I don’t get the opportunity to see him often, has the wonderful ability to always put a smile on my face. Or, Carol Moxam who is one of the brightest lights I think I’ve ever met. Samuel J Smith and Ray Hanson who have totally inspired me to take more risks – and Ray’s beautiful wife Nicole, an amazing lady who just had a baby boy. All of the #eventprofs who challenge me with new ideas. And, my incredible clients – I can’t believe that READY2SPARK will be celebrating our 1 year anniversary in just a few months.
I’m extremely thankful to you for sticking with me. For reading my thoughts and for challenging me with great ideas, hearty questions and amazing comments.
I’m truly thankful.
As you may have noticed, I added a toolbar by Wibiya to my blog. I loved this toolbar because it lets you customize how your viewers can interact with your site – it includes social sharing, allows viewers to translate your site, subscribe to your blog, it shows recent posts and allows users to donate to a cause…all without having to leave your blog. For the blog author it offers basic analytics for each of your customized plugins.
Today, Wibiya announced the launch of their social analytics for all of your social apps. Now in addition to its already useful features, Wibiya lets you:
Wibiya is still in Beta testing and as a result is a free plugin. Click to add this social sharing toolbar to your blog.
I’ve come across some great blog series lately that offer you a month of helpful hints to better yourself or your business. Here are 5 of my favourites:
1. 30 Days to Better Meetings by Quorky
2. 30 Days of Branding by Liz King Events
3. 31 Days to Build a Better Blog by Pro Blogger (it’s from 2007, but still a relevant a solid resource)
4. 30 Days to Better Business Writing by Bad Language
5. 30 Days to Better SEO by The Keyword Academy
That’s a good 5 months of resources. Sounds like you’ll be busy for a while :)
I came across this brilliantly hued dessert on the Luxirare blog…which is a must-bookmark site on extreme fashion & cuisine. What is it, you say? Why it’s chilled citrus consomme with blue curacao poached baby pear. The photo was scanned from The Colors of Dessert published by Battman studios, 2008. Photographs by Alan Batt.
So, the question is: