multitude monday / june 2

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My friend and classmate Katie MacLennan writes a great blog called Polka Dot Soup. On it she writes a post some Mondays called “Multitude Monday.” About the feature, she writes, “Mondays are about documenting the little (or big!) things in life that make me oh-so-happy. Let’s make Mondays a day to reflect on the goodies, and not the baddies.”

A few months ago I read Brené Brown’s book “Daring Greatly,” in which she writes, “The shudder of vulnerability that accompanies joy is an invitation to practice gratitude, to acknowledge how truly grateful we are for the person, the beauty, the connection, or simply the moment before us.”

(The last Multitude Monday post I wrote, last week, is here.)

Here are the ten things right now that I’m thankful for:

81. Visiting with four-month-old “Commander Xander” on Sunday (and his mama, Catriona, and her parents Joan and Norman).

82. Sunshine!!

83. Mowing our lawn for the first time this year. I was itching for it the way I do for a haircut.

84. Planting transplants from my Mama and also from her hairdresser Debbie. (Lilies, valerian, periwinkle.)

85. Driving around, and looking at all the new fresh green on the trees, while listening to Feist’s album “The Reminder” on repeat.

86. Free lobster dinner on Saturday night — a function put on by the company Adam works for.

87. Talented musicians, good local beer and new friends — The Old Triangle on Saturday night.

88. A bit more free time in the calendar coming up! Ahhhhh…

89. Watching hockey with Adam and eating ice cream.

90. Learning the sounds of Gaelic and using them easily and normally in conversation here and there. “Ciamar a thu?” “Gle mhath!”

Have a great Monday!

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links loved / may 31

linksloved(This is some beautiful weaving which I had nothing to do with, but which I saw at the Gaelic College last week.)

Inspired by Elise Blaha Cripe’s series “weekend links,” each Saturday I post a list of fun things like articles, blog posts by others, and goodies that I got a kick out of, and that I hope you will like too. Spread the love! And have a great weekend. xo Leah

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This “best of” list of Rage Against the Minivan’s posts look like a perfect way to while away a weekend afternoon.

I loved my cousin Maile’s post about her Mexico girl’s trip, and the importance of just going out with girlfriends, no matter how much time has passed.

A place called “The Man Cave Cafe” just opened in Glace Bay, and if that’s not enough to convince you that the world is a crazy, crazy place, well, I don’t know what is. 🙂 I’m curious enough to go check it out one day!

This tee is way too expensive to buy but I want it anyway.

Erika Ray on creative ups and downs, and learning to accept the downs.

If I could have a summer uniform, this would be it. Or this.

 

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CBC Cape Breton is too important to cut!

 

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This is my little radio, in its place of honour on the windowsill above the sink, this morning, broadcasting true Cape Breton content as I drink my coffee and make my breakfast.

CBC Cape Breton, through its hard-working reporters and staff, keeps me connected to the island I live on and the communities around me! It is a rare morning when I don’t turn on the radio as I get ready for my day, and when I’m listening to the radio, I’m always educated and entertained. CBC is an important voice for everyone in our community, all groups and sectors, and is a space for public debate and discussion, a role they play with true professionalism. What we have on this island is unique and needs to be represented with its own CBC station.

I’m scared that my little radio will not always broadcast such quality Cape Breton content, however! I was frustrated to learn this week that our local station is in danger, yet again, of funding cuts which would hurt it further and possibly lead to closing. (Article in the Halifax Media Co-Op here.)

All of this is to tell you that there is a rally today in Sydney to show support of CBC Cape Breton. While I can’t physically make it there (a meeting at school to wrap up our work terms is unfortunately more important to me today), I’m showing my support by both posting this post, sharing the information about the rally, and drafting a letter which I’ll be sending to the appropriate people. (Email list follows.)

So, the rally is from 12-1 in Sydney, downtown, behind at the Civic Centre on Esplanade. In case of rain — which, thank goodness, looks unlikely at this point! — it will be in the Round Room at the Civic Centre.

To send letters showing your support of CBC Cape Breton, write to the following:

Minister of Culture and Heritage Shelly Glover: shelly@shellyglover.ca
CBC President Hubert LaCrois: ht.lacroix@cbc.ca
CBC Board Chair Remi Racine: remi.racine@bhvr.com
CBC Board Member for Nova Scotia: george.cooper@mcinniscooper.com
CBC Atlantic Canada Managing Director Andrew Cochran: Andrew.Cochran@cbc.ca
Peter MacKay, MP Central Nova: peter.mackay.C1@parl.gc.ca
MP Sydney-Victoria Mark Eyking: mark.eyking.a1@parl.gc.ca
MP Cape Breton -Canso Rodger Cuzner: Rodger.Cuzner.c1a@parl.gc.ca

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and all that jazz!

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Sometimes on a Wednesday night a girl just needs to go to fabulous, sparkly musical!

After my workday at the Gaelic College ended up at 4:30, I hopped into my car and drove over Kelly’s Mountain, across to Sydney, picked up a friend, and then on to Glace Bay. We met up with three other friends at Venice Pizzeria, right across from the Savoy Theatre, and quickly scarfed down two delicious combo and veggie pies, before the show at 7.

We found our seats in the lower portion of the Savoy and waited excitedly for the beautiful red velvet curtain to rise. I looked up and all around at the stunning interior of the Savoy and thought about how amazing it is that we have places like this to come and enjoy the hard work and entertainment of community members. I asked my friend, “Is that a band playing?” since I couldn’t see where the music was coming from. She told me about how last year the band pit had been opened up, for the Les Miserables show, and now they keep it open. Neat!

And then the show began, and I was blown away by the talent. I don’t know if those italics do it justice, really, so I’ll say it again: blown away. There was not a single sour note in the whole show! The dancers, the choreography, the leads, the music, the whole thing made us laugh and clap and tap our feet! The talent and the preparation were professional-level. I left singing, “Give ’em the old razzle-dazzle!”

Tonight is the last night you can see Chicago: The Musical at the Savoy Theatre. Check out the Facebook page or call (902)842-1577 or go to www.tickets.capebreton.ca .

Speaking of jazz, I’m jazzed about the sunshine we’re finally getting, and hoping I get outside a bit today!

 

 

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four simple goals // figure out the next step

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Back in January I got feeling rather ambitious and I set out four simple goals for myself for this year. They were: use my sketchbook more, plant a garden, move every day, and ‘figure out the next step’. My intention was to write an update on each of these goals fairly often, but of course, my intentions with blogging are often grander than my time allows.

In April I did write an update on the “move every day” goal, and you can read it here.

This goal, “figure out the next step”, refers to what I will do, job-wise, after school ends, and since that’s coming up rather soon (my work term ends this week!) I figured I better write an update on the goal! While I can’t yet share some of the specific details of what is going on, I can share a bit about what I’ve been doing since January towards this goal.

IMG_1022 First of all, working on my schoolwork and doing my best to make it look awesome, is important. My design work is what I rely on to get a job! So lots of time spent here, in front of the computer with a coffee and some good music, was a part of this goal.

IMG_1023Second of all, job-searching. I aimed to do more of this, but time was precious and often got spent on the first part, working on my schoolwork. I did visit the local job resource centre in North Sydney, and wrote a post about that here. I’m lucky in that I’ve got lots of connections, and once I made it known that I was looking for work, a few people sent me links to jobs they had seen that they thought I would be a good fit for, which I did apply for. But this is a good strategy even if you don’t write a popular blog and know lots of people: make it known to the people you know that you’re looking for work. You never know what lead will turn out to be a perfect fit!

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And then of course there is the resume! As part of my course we had to create both a two-page and a one-page resume. In Graphic Design, your resume can be a bit more “splashy” than an ordinary resume, simply because the discipline is creative. That’s what we do! I wanted mine to be both well-designed but also simple. I ended up tweaking it slightly for each job I applied for, but leaving the main portion of it the same. Above is a screenshot of my resume in editing mode in InDesign.

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Something else that’s important is networking. My classmates and I fundraised and attended the Growing a Creative Economy conference last month, which was a great chance for us to get our faces known, and chat with people about the local creative economy, and find out what other people are up to. Again, like with job leads, you never know how a contact can help you find work, so the more people in your community know about you and how awesome you are, the better!

Another thing I did that I don’t have a photo to represent is that I met with a business development counsellor at the Small Business Development Center in Sydney, and took a one-evening course that they offered for free. The folks that work there are really awesome, resourceful and helpful. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to open my own business or not, but wanted to find out what was available to me if I did go that route! And I met some other folks who are starting their own businesses, which was great networking.

So, with my work term ending this week, I’ve got some things in the works, job-wise, but can’t share them just yet. Once I can, I’ll be a bit more open about the details of that, like preparing for job interviews, etc.

Overall, I think an important part of this goal is actually to “figure out how to relax with not-knowing”, because as much as planning and research is important, I will never be able to plan and research all of the future! So trust that things will work out is almost as important as working hard towards your goal.

Happy Wednesday and I’ll leave you with a link to a great podcast series that’s taught me a lot about owning your own small, creative business: Elise Gets Crafty!

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Alyce MacLean and the “Making a Difference” project

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My rad friend Alyce MacLean, a native of Sydney, has recently started her radio career by interviewing people who are choosing to make their lives on Cape Breton, for CBC’s afternoon show Mainstreet. The series is called Making a Difference, and you can listen to all the short interviews here! And yup, I’m one of the folks she interviewed. My interview originally aired April 30th.

A new interview airs every Tuesday at 4:45 pm or thereabouts, on CBC Radio 1 in Cape Breton, so you can tune in today to hear a brand-new one! Or bookmark that website linked to above, and check back weekly.

Here is a fun, very short Q+A with Alyce! And if you want to contact her with ideas for people to interview, or thoughts on her interviews, you can email her at: alyce.maclean@cbc.ca

Name: Alyce MacLean
Age: 27
Location: Sydney, NS
Favourite beach on CB: Three-way tie for different reasons: 1) South Harbour Beach: outrageous beauty 2) Chimney Corner: Also crazy beautiful, but smaller, cozier and has the magic of being between Inverness and Margaree 3) John Maclean beach in Boisdale- the week day “go-to” beach amongst my friends; so, there’s always a friendly face and usually a grill.
Favourite local musician: Hrmm….. tough decision, because they’re all my friends! I’d have to say currently I’m always impressed with Jordan Musycsyn. His songwriting is so brilliant.
Guilty pleasure: Listening to really terrible (read: really awesome) pop music. Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, Robyn, I love it!

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multitude monday / may 26

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This was the view from our deck last night, Sunday evening.

My friend and classmate Katie MacLennan writes a great blog called Polka Dot Soup. On it she writes a post some Mondays called “Multitude Monday.” About the feature, she writes, “Mondays are about documenting the little (or big!) things in life that make me oh-so-happy. Let’s make Mondays a day to reflect on the goodies, and not the baddies.”

A few months ago I read Brené Brown’s book “Daring Greatly,” in which she writes, “The shudder of vulnerability that accompanies joy is an invitation to practice gratitude, to acknowledge how truly grateful we are for the person, the beauty, the connection, or simply the moment before us.”

(The last Multitude Monday post I wrote, three weeks ago, is here.)

Here are the ten things right now that I’m thankful for:

71. Baby Violet, whose shower I went to on Saturday in Blues Mills.

72. Spending that whole day with Jacquie, Aleena & Hollie, driving to the shower, being there with them, and coming home again.

73. Going to a greenhouse on the way home and getting two honeysuckle plants for my garden. I’m a sucker for vines and beautiful flowers! I planted them on Sunday and can’t wait to watch them grow and twine themselves around the railings to our steps, front and back.

74. Spending a lazy Sunday morning to myself, marathon-watching the show “Girls”, and later on doing some work in the garden.

75. I’m heading into my last week of my work term. The time has flown but I’ve learned a bunch!

76. Yoga starts up again tonight with my teacher Sherry Finney, at the new studio, Yellow Dog. (Commercial Street, North Sydney.)

77. Wednesday night I’m heading to the Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay with some gal pals to see the musical Chicago! I’ve heard great things about this production and I’m excited.

78. Looking forward to a grad-photo session next month with my classmates, done by my teacher, Wendy McElmon. Her photography is stunning!

79. Couch-time with Adam, watching hockey. Chicago, his team, is still in the playoffs!

80. Fresh leaves unfurling.

Have a great Monday!

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