beat goes on

beat goes on

This morning we welcome another morning and the opportunity to do things we’ve never done. We can’t waste this opportunity but that doesn’t mean we have to do something grand or visible even. Our days should not be judged by how productive we are, even though that has...

the lesson

the lesson

If I had limited time and could teach only one thing, the lesson would be to never quit. It’s the only unforgivable sin, a dark place from which we can’t return. And I’m not talking about those times we tell ourselves that this is it, we are done with this, only to...

rubber and horses

rubber and horses

It was a full week last week, not that when you have children they are not all full weeks, but there was a little more to deal with this time. My daughter has started riding horses and she absolutely loves it. She loves everything about it and is really good at it....

fiction

fiction

It pains me to say that my desire to write fiction is not working out as much as I hoped it would and that I have not written anything  but that has to change in the near future. I’m not sure why I haven’t written any fiction but it might have something to do with my...

you

you

This morning I am very grateful for the life I have, the life I live, and the life I continuously discover. I’m not sure why I am so grateful this early in the morning, as the snow keeps falling, and my poor little car has a tough time to maneuver all of that snow....

arctic wind

arctic wind

I can’t believe how cold it is and that winter has snuck up on me when I wasn’t looking. The seasonal temperatures for this time of year are around eight degrees Celsius, but this morning my car dash read fourteen below zero and I’m not one to agree with cars, but my...

that afternoon in Chicago

that afternoon in Chicago

I had the pleasure of doing some headshots for the cast of Chicago yesterday morning and early afternoon. Typically I like to have an hour or two with a client and ask for multiple wardrobe options. It’s a bit strange because it is a portrait of a face, but the...

beneath the ground

beneath the ground

I asked one of my students how she was today and she responded that she was ok. I pressed a little and we bantered for a while. At the end she jokingly or half jokingly said, I could not tell, that her happiness was buried several feet beneath the ground. She said...

red cup

red cup

Well holy spitballs. My quiet oasis in Ajax has been overrun with people buying reusable red cups for Christmas. Usually it is me and one other gentleman, doing our thing on our laptops, but day, I count about twenty people along with me, all buying red cups so they...

1+1=2

1+1=2

1+1 is 2.  This obvious, certain and undeniable. 1 + 1 is always going to be 2, but what of it? I am conscious of this formula because I have heard it all my life. Anytime someone is trying to justify something or tell you that something is obvious they give you this...

a whisper

a whisper

Happy Tuesday! Let’s keep happy thoughts going as it gets colder and darker. If we could be honest with one other instead of pretending that everything is fine all the time, we would admit that we need each other and realize that human kindness is always just a...

daylight savings

daylight savings

I have written about the stories we tell ourselves before. We create the life we live in our mind and then we set out to prove ourselves right. If we say we suck at something, you can bet that you will suck at something. We all do it. We are story tellers, but its...

tomorrow

tomorrow

Welcome to November 1st! A new day of the month but the last day of the week. A bit of a contradiction or juxtaposition if you will but I guess its all a matter what story we want to tell ourselves about today. Is this the beginning of something or a continuation...

happy halloween

happy halloween

Happy Halloween. So what are we going to dress up as for the rest of the year? Are we going to continue being our ordinary selves or are we going to put on new clothes, a new attitude that fits better with the vision of who we want to be. Let me repeat that. Going...

and just like that

and just like that

And just like that… All of my marking got somehow done because report cards are due on Friday. I find that amazing. I set many days and times to get to the task of reading and correcting but those times never happened. Not the way I imagined they would anyway. It was...

winter is coming

winter is coming

There is little doubt about the coming of winter and that’s perfectly ok. I will be honest with you that the older I get the cold gets to me more and more, but that might be because I have no choice and have to go to work every morning. If I had the choice to stay in...

little victories

little victories

I am hoping this week is full of little victories because it seems that I have lost momentum in many of the things that are very dear to me. Nothing is wrong of course, it just feels like I’m in the middle of a lake paddling hard but in no particular direction. Now,...

long term vs short term

long term vs short term

It’s not easy to be told you’re not good enough or that someone else is better, but there is a worse consequence. What you do going forward once someone tells you that you don’t quite measure up will be the difference between success and regret. The one thing I keep...

train your brain

train your brain

I read a great post on instagram yesterday that has made me interested in neurochemistry.  It was a quote by Doctor Joe Dispenza who said that ‘your brain and body don’t know the difference between having an actual experience in your life and just thinking about the...

right now

right now

Right now I am sitting at Starbucks writing this journal entry. Coffee in hand and an everything bagel with butter and strawberry jam. I wish I had a pair of headphones with me because although the music is great, it is distracting my poor mind and interfering with...

no excuses

no excuses

No excuses. This is a statement that bears repeating and staking your dreams to. And it’s not negative in any way although it has been used in such a fashion by people who yell at you and tear strips off of you, but they misunderstand the phrase. They have a mindset...

blank page

blank page

The last few minutes I’ve had my coffee in hand, settled into my usual morning place at my favourite coffee shop and once again I am facing down a blank page. Sometimes I don’t know what to write. Do I write what I am feeling and what is going on in my life, or do I...

parent/teacher interviews

parent/teacher interviews

Tonight is parent teacher interviews, and I being a teacher am staying behind to have a very brief, under seven minutes, conversation with the parents and guardians of the students that have been entrusted to me. Truth be told, I’ve never had a bad parent/teacher...

two brothers

two brothers

I gave a speech yesterday at the Cobourg Toastmasters Open House. I spoke about the short story Two Brothers by Russian writer Leo Tolstoy.  If we’ve talked about literature at some point, it is no surprise to you how much I am in love with the Russian writers of the...

better

better

It’s getting better every day. That is my daily mantra no matter the weather or my mood. When I am up it is a reminder to celebrate and be grateful for the life I live. When I am down it is a reminder that being down doesn’t mean defeat because every day and in every...

accountability

accountability

I can’t say enough nice things about the photography workshop I took this summer. It was a small investment but it was and is unbelievable. I didn’t even go through all of it. There was so much information that I wasn’t able to get to all of it. Partly because I’m not...

just stories

just stories

The things that seem to hold us back from living the life we want are not out there, but quite honestly inside all of us. Our minds hold us back, or our thinking to be more precise. We tell ourselves and each other stories of how the world is and what our role in it...

got some sleep

got some sleep

I know I have written about sleep before and how important it is to our happiness and it’s worth noting that after several late nights, I finally managed to get a decent set of hours in deep sleep. What a difference that makes. My mind feels clear and rested. I can...

a smile from heaven

a smile from heaven

First, I thought I would be smart by doing a Quintessential Quotable entry yesterday instead of a journal reflection but for some reason I decided to clean up some files and lost a few entries. But no matter, I always look forward and will get at things this weekend....

people and details

people and details

Details are important. As a matter of fact, they may be more important than the important things provided you have mastered the important things.  Details matter a lot because it shows that you are paying attention. It shows that you care enough to take the time to...