your bravery looks different than you think


This morning I got a Glitterbomb in my email.

(I do every morning, and this is where you can sign up for that glittery goodness from Tiffany Han.)

It said, “Your bravery looks different than you think.”

And that made me stop, and think.

It made me think about how, these last few weeks, what keeps me from opening up a “New Post” page in WordPress and just typing what I’m thinking, feeling and wanting to tell others, and hitting “Publish,” is that there is a voice in my head that tells me, “Maybe you shouldn’t do that.”

It says, “Who do you think you are, to be a so-called leader?”

It says, “You have everyone fooled. You won an award? Big deal.”

It says, “You don’t have all the answers for the problems Cape Breton has, so why are you even trying to help solve them?”

It says lots of things to try and keep me quiet.

And I listen, because I think that bravery in the face of this voice and in the face of (possible) failure must mean a huge blast of courage, or a bold and reckless action taken.

But my bravery isn’t what I think it is. My bravery is the quiet but steady existence of a tree, always reaching for the sky and the sun, flexible enough to sway in the winds.

My bravery is my “willingness to say something out loud, just once.”

And to tell you all — I do not have it all together, all the time. But I have a voice, and a belief strong and crazy: that Cape Breton (and the Earth it is part of) is my beloved home, and that we and it deserve success, and sustainable lives that we can pass on to our children and our grandchildren, and their children too.

And I don’t know what it all looks like yet, but I am willing to put my time and my voice into finding out.

So here’s me being brave: I’m going to write more, despite that voice inside me that tells me all the mean, untrue things to keep me from hitting “Publish”. Instead of stopping writing, and thinking that that will help me figure out what I want to do with my blog, I’m going to figure it out in writing, here on the blog. Take that, voices!

:) Have a good day, friends.


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november delights

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current delights:

  • helping out at the Craft Fair yesterday.
  • sleeping in today.
  • a bit of freelance design work to do (but the knowledge that for the next month or so, after this stuff is wrapped up, I won’t have any.)
  • Chrissy Crowley tunes.
  • a big mug of organic green tea with honey.
  • lunch with my in-laws.
  • having my brother here for the weekend.
  • a view of snow squalls over the harbour.
  • feeling simple, slowed down and minimalistic, and feeling like the woods are feeling the same way.
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oh hey there!


IMG_2480Ha, just me, lying on a floor, like you do. At a Zumba marathon in PEI last weekend. My friend Patti that I was staying with is a Zumba instructor. As you can see, I do not do Zumba, hehe.

(Although it looked fun, and I may give it a try one of these days!)

IMG_2439 IMG_2440 IMG_2465 IMG_2476 IMG_2497 IMG_2519 IMG_2521 IMG_2532 IMG_2544 IMG_2555 IMG_2556My PEI trip was so lovely. Getting away with a girlfriend, going to another Maritime island, and province, and spending time with two other girlfriends that I’ve known for ages, was such good medicine for the soul.

Anyway, I’m still here, still manning the ship at this blog!

I’ve been quiet lately in this space, as I’m mulling some stuff about how I want to do things here. I know I don’t want to do daily posting anymore (at least not for the next few months), but I do still want to post here: I still love blogging, writing, sharing ideas, and talking to y’all.

I’m figuring out what my schedule will look like as I slow my life down a little. I’m preparing a post about what it’s like to do the 100 Rejection Letters program with Tiffany Han, and in that post I will talk more about what’s up in my creative life and what I’m hoping to do in the next year. Which includes this space!

In the meantime, keep on being rad, and keep on loving Cape Breton! Positivity is so important and even if it feels sometimes like there’s nothing but bad news, it’s not true. We have so much going for us. I’m excited for the brilliant future.


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happy Friday!

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Crazy to think it’s already November of this calendar year. The year has flown by! A lot of the time, this fast-time-passing thing makes me feel frantic, like I want to look around me to see where this time is slipping to, and grab at it with my hands. Hang on to it, and slow it down by pulling hard.

Then I get distracted by something and before I know it another day is gone.

That might be why the time goes by so fast.

Poster behind me in my office is this one and the one on the left of the desktop computer is this one.

Today I’m:  …listening to Shakey Graves while I design stuff… Planning to attend the Vital Cape Breton Excellence Awards. … Eating lunch at the Lebanese Flower with two of my co-workers… and looking forward to a mini road trip tomorrow to PEI with my friend Rachael!

I’ve got some thoughts I’ll be sharing in the next week or so about the thinking and planning I’ve been doing on my blog break, about where I want to go with this blog next, and about just my creative life in general. But I haven’t thought and planned it all out yet, so it’s going to need a bit more time in the ‘oven’.

Driving to PEI oughta help…

And yes, I have my snow tires on. :)

Have a great weekend my dears!


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oh hey there!


I’m still on a break from blogging for a little bit, but I just wanted to have a vibrant photo at the top of the blog.

And, to be honest, although I am absolutely loving taking a short break, this blog is almost like my little house on the Internet, and it’s just plain weird not to be in the house for a few weeks.

So think of this as just me coming by to open the door and look around for a minute, and maybe sit down and look out the window.


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annual Fall break

IMG_2336I’d been feeling the need the last few weeks, to stop blogging for a bit. Just, I was feeling not super enthused about writing posts or sharing my life online, and also wanting to free up some of my time and have time that (imagine!) isn’t planned or has no commitments.

Then I looked back at this time last year, and this time the year before, and I realized, hey! It’s a yearly thing!

So, that’s cool. That means it’s normal, and natural. A cycle in a creative ecosystem, if you will. Not something I should overly worry about, but just let it be.

I don’t know how much time I’ll take away, and who knows, maybe I’ll pop back up sooner than I think, but at this point I’m imagining at least two weeks of not blogging.

I’m still on the other social media outlets that are linked to in the right-hand sidebar. And there is tonnes of content on this blog already, if you’re in the mood to look around!

Thanks, as always, for your support of my creative meanderings. I so appreciate it!

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halloween party


Today is the Halloween party at work, for the clients! Everyone is already really excited, and they haven’t even changed into their costumes yet. At noon there will be a meal, and then a dance. Here are the photos from last year’s party. I’m not dressing up, although I may wear a witch’s hat I have tucked away in a desk drawer (for emergencies). I’m excited too!


This post is part of a new Photo A Day series that I started on two weeks ago. See the rest by clicking on the category “Photo A Day.”

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