Archive for September, 2013

September 8, 2013

Sunday Roundup – September 8

And here we go. But first!

I follow an interesting blog called Seven Sentences – it’s just that – once a day, seven sentences on a topic. Last week there was one on Greatness and it stuck with me.

Greatness is NOT about perfection, it’s about the purity of voice and the singleness of action.

Yet it is not about “self” either, greatness is best defined by the impact that it has on others.
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I would add one thing – unless you realize the sheer amount of work it takes to be great, unless you are willing to commit to that – then please be content with being good or even really good. Because great? Takes more than talk or wishing. Great takes work.

ONWARD – it was a sort week so there you go.

Sunday Roundup on a Tuesday

A Day of Arts PSAs

No Need to Fall Back into the Arms of the Person Behind You

We’re also in the midst of  updating the  Current Projects page (fall is looking fantastic for cool stuff to work on) and we have a new page called PFAQS .

Happy fall!

 

September 6, 2013

No Need to Fall Back into the Arms of the Person Behind You

My partner in crime Lisa and I went on a staff retreat last week. I do one every year in August to sort out what’s happening, what went on last year and make plans for this year.  This time I went with Lisa. COMPANY RETREAT! This is a Lisa post on the day.

Staff Retreat
This was a Staff Retreat Sue-Edworthy style. No trust-exercises, overnight camping or ice breakers. We planned to escape the city for an afternoon on the Island at one of Sue’s favourite places: the Artscape Gibraltar Point Retreat Centre.

The Ferry
Our retreat fell on the Thursday of the long weekend and honestly, I’ve never seen so many families in one place in my life. Strollers, wagons, carts and Sue and me, wide eyed, alternating between ‘awws’ and ‘ewws’.
SE: I also shook my head a lot and closed my eyes several times. We also chose the best behaved children and mentally awarded them prizes.

Pro-tip: Arrive early! The ferry station was PACKED by noon.

The Island
We took the ferry to Centre Island and walked from there to Artscape Gibraltar Point. As the crowds from the dock dispersed and we began to walk, I noticed how spacious the island felt after the cramped ferry ride. Though hundreds of people had chosen that day to visit, the greenery was still quiet and peaceful.
SE: It’s why I love the Island. Ten minutes away and you’d never know you were near a city.

Pro-tip: Wear comfortable shoes and pack a water bottle! There is lots to explore and you’ll want to find the perfect place to relax, so get ready to walk for a while!

The Artists’ Retreat
Artscape rescued the Island Public and Natural Science School building in 1999 and restored it into an Artist’s retreat. It is beautiful. Rustic and simple, the space still resembles an old school, with a few updates to make it inhabitable. The space is decorated with art and artifacts from the school’s past and present and has a quiet magic to it. We bumped into a few artists who were spending their summers working there. They loved it, and I could see why: with plenty of green space, work studios and a private beach it was an ideal place to escape the city. If you’re interested in Artscape’s Gibraltar Point space check out their site!

Protip: We took a quick visit to the beach and Sue mentioned that she goes to the Island in Autumn. The ferry runs all year, I’m definitely going to check it out.

The Work
We really did go to the island to work, I swear! Sue and I set up a ‘desk’ outside the Retreat Centre and got down to the business of the day. We SWOT-ed our past work (what were our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) for both the company and our previous clients and we SMART-ed over new goals (are they specific measurable, attainable and relevant, time-bound) for us and for new clients. We went over my performance review and re-evaluated our company goals. It was intense work, but in the shade of an elm tree, surrounded by flowers and the sounds of waves we hardly even noticed.

Pro tip: Tape. If you’re working outside, count on paper-blowing wind! Sue is a bit of a walking supply-closet, so we had it on hand!

FYI: Pasta salad makes for a delicious afternoon meal! Sue packed also packed us heirloom carrots, and four, I repeat FOUR dips. I brought some strawberries and carrot cake. Never forget the power of a good picnic for company morale!

September 4, 2013

A Day of Arts PSAs

Sorry I’m  late, I had a meeting.

Today’s all about PSAs since school has started and here we are. Cool stuff, upcoming stuff, art stuffs. Let’s begin, shall we?

Love these folks.
Zed.TO Case Study. How to Start a Content Revolution…Design the Future

These folks too.
Storybook Confidential: A Big Benefit for Small Print Toronto

Reminder that Theatre Rusticle has moved from a Facebook group to a brand new page. Go and give it a like.

Registration is open for unConference 2013!

and finally – Because it’s less than 30 degrees with humidex it seems appropriate that the Toronto Fringe has announced a fantastic lineup for the Next Stage Festival 2014 and that the Fringe Lottery Applications will be available Sept 19!

Have a good day all.

September 3, 2013

Sunday Roundup on a Tuesday

Because it was Labour Day and back to school and hopefully we are all now in our places with bright shining faces – or at least not moaning too much about it.

here we go – last week! PS I also made my first ever batch of sauce from scratch without a recipe. Pics below to prove it.  This is not a recipe blog but I am pretty pleased.

So – an (un)conference?

What Is THE GAME, client PSAs and Who’s Using What

A Day That Will Live Forever.

We Are Closed Today but here’s a thought

Since we’re talking back to school, time to think about YOUR back to school, and if you’re thinking social media visit my Panels + Workshops page to find out about three different offerings I’ve got in September: 7 weeks at Ryerson/Chang School, 3 nights with DTRC/Artists Health Centre and a one full day at Humber. Looking forward to all of them, looking forward to seeing you there!

And I now give you – The Evolution – of Sauce. By Sue Edworthy.

SAuce Evolution!-page0001

 

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