What path did you take on your business journey?

What path did you take on your business journey? Anyone who has started a business or chosen a career can almost certainly tell you a story about the journey that brought them to that […]

By |September 18th, 2017|0 Comments

What does bearing witness mean?

When Bob told me stories of his time in the Middle East, I felt like we were both experiencing the feeling of bearing witness. For me it was in my role as Memory Collector, […]

By |August 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Must Read Books for Summer

Summertime and the living is easy. Such a great cliché but I just had to use it. I attempted to sing that song this past week as I lay in sick bay with shingles […]

By |August 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Telling Your Business Story

I’ve talked in the past about collecting the memories of your life, and for many people in particular entrepreneurs, their business is quite integrated with their life. So why not tell the history of […]

By |July 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Tips for celebrating milestones, like a 150th birthday for instance

For the past 25 years a gaggle of friends has gathered on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. It all started when dear friends invited us on their honeymoon. The cabins along the shore […]

By |June 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Who is on your crew?

Picture this. You are standing on the deck of a small ship when a whale breaks through the watery surface and splashes back with magnificent bravado. Your heart starts pounding. The experience is truly […]

I’m a graphic journalist. You’re a what???

When people ask me what I do and I tell them I’m a graphic journalist, I often see their eyes widen a little as if to say “You’re a what?”. It’s not a common […]

Travel memory – Lago Maggiore

Where do the places in our memories come from? Life experience of course but where else? I have a strong memory that was born while watching a black and white movie, and yes that […]

By |March 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Cherished memories – Meeting your love

The story of meeting your true love, your first real love, your wife, your husband, your partner in crime and life… now that’s a story to share. We are happy to share these cherished […]

By |March 28th, 2017|0 Comments

It’s been a blast! The power of nostalgia

When we finished helping Bob tell his life story, the title for his book just had to be, “It’s been a blast”. He was living in rural PEI when at the age of 15 […]

By |March 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Learning to play with the Lion’s testicles

I can take no credit for this intriguing title but I’m pretty sure it caught your attention. It comes from an African saying prompting you to face your fears. Author Melissa Haynes learned this […]

By |February 21st, 2017|0 Comments

I’m wearing my lucky underpants. Are you?

Isabelle Mercier-Turcotte had a fantastic presence on stage at SOHO Victoria last Friday. She rocked the house with her message to “Live Out Loud By Design Not Default”. Sharing real life principles that […]

By |January 31st, 2017|0 Comments

Visual Events to add to your Bullet Journal

If you’ve seen my visual newsletter before, you have heard me talk about the Bullet Journal. For me, visual prompts are a powerful way to keep inspired and focused on my goals. Late last […]

By |January 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Let The Light In

I don’t know about you but it feels like we need more light this year. 2016 has had too many moments of shock and sadness. The potential of darkness is around us in the […]

By |December 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Are You A Good Listener?

This image is from our free download of 17 Magic Questions from the early years of life. Once you’ve asked a great question and someone starts down their story trail, where does your mind […]

By |November 28th, 2016|0 Comments

How do you collect your memories?

In my last newsletter I wrote about my addiction to email and my device, (it seems I’m not alone). This time I’m talking about another one of my obsessions, collecting memories.

I know there are […]

By |November 9th, 2016|0 Comments

Are You Addicted Too?

How often do you check email every day? How many times an hour? What about Facebook or Instagram or Snapchat or whatever favourite app you have on your device or computer? It’s all pretty […]

By |October 18th, 2016|0 Comments

Bullet Journals = Productivity

Like many people, especially small business people, productivity is a concern. I have a lot on my to do list every week. For years I tried various systems to keep track of what needed […]

By |September 27th, 2016|0 Comments

Doodling will change your note taking

Last January I spent a day at SOHO, not the New York suburb, but a conference day here in Victoria focused on Small and Home Office businesses. It was the first year for SOHO […]

By |September 6th, 2016|0 Comments

What the heck is a Virtual Assistant?

I’ve been on a hiking holiday in a beautiful part of British Colombia called Cathedral Lakes. Everyday we headed out to explore the alpine meadows and vistas. But what does that have to do […]

By |August 16th, 2016|0 Comments

Collecting Memories & Preserving Your Ancestry

Summer is often that time of year when family reunions happen. It’s a chance to see far-flung relatives, to live and revive traditions and to share stories from the past keeping your ancestry alive. […]

By |July 26th, 2016|0 Comments

Nature Journaling – Collecting Nature Memories

Have you ever been in nature and thought, “this is so beautiful, I don’t want to forget it”. I certainly had that experience last summer on Haida Gwaii where we travelled in the footsteps […]

Celebrating Community

For the last five years I have received a calendar created by Blue Heron Art for Christmas. The message of celebrating community was clear and I needed to meet this woman who is also […]

By |June 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Who is on Your Team?

The ship is sailing with a dynamic crew at the helm. That’s a daily occurrence for the folks at Maple Leaf Adventures. We are delighted to continue our relationship with this award winning company. […]

Fear is a Super Charged Feeling

I woke up last Sunday morning and declared, “I am a truck driver”. With this new story in my head, I knew I’d be just fine driving an almost 30’ long moving van through […]

Living Without Regret

Living life without regret is a big concept, a huge challenge and significant undertaking. But I am 100% certain that you, and me, are worth it.

I really enjoy the weekly podcasts from Marie Forleo […]

By |April 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Your Life is a Story – How to Tell it Well

A client has been telling me stories about life in rural Prince Edward Island during the mid 19th century. This mini autobiography depicts how growing up on a farm located half a mile from […]

By |March 21st, 2016|0 Comments

“How to List” for Collecting Memories, Your Life Story

Every life is a story. A journey from place to place, from relationship to relationship, from job to job, the list is often long, interesting and full of surprises.

A favourite Visual Life Story is […]

By |March 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

Boring notes vs Sketchnotes

This sketchnote is from the final keynote address at the inaugural SOHO Victoria – Small Office Home Office conference held January 21, 2016. In true entrepreneurial style, Mandy Farmer from Accent Inns and Hotel […]

By |February 9th, 2016|0 Comments

Living like an astronaut

I am striving to live like an astronaut.  Not just any astronaut but like Chris Hadfield. I highly recommend this book by a remarkable human and engaging writer.

It’s full of insights surrounded by great […]

By |January 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

What does “new” year mean to you?

It was an amazing year. It was a helluva year. The quote above reflects both of these feelings in me. The background map is  Paris, the city of light that became ground zero for […]

By |December 29th, 2015|0 Comments

Count Your Blessings, Celebrate Often

I love this message so much that I’ve used it for the last two years on my seasonal card. Who knows? It could become my annual wish just for you. And why not, it’s […]

By |December 8th, 2015|0 Comments

Gathering family together for a family reunion

Who is sitting around your table as the season of gathering begins? Family reunions can be fun and stressful. They are often memorable in some way. It’s something about the quirks of those very […]

By |November 26th, 2015|0 Comments

Is Prosecco part of your training program?

Have you ever tasted Prosecco?  It’s light and sparkling, a fantastic refresher for your taste buds and spirit. And when shared with others it brings a round of smiles. Perfecto.

On a rowing tour in […]

By |October 29th, 2015|0 Comments

Where are you going next?

Which direction do you want to go? That’s one of life’s challenging questions for sure. You’re standing at the crossroads of a decision. With so many pathways to choose from, having a visual map can […]

By |September 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

Collecting Travel Memories

Do you love to travel? Did you travel somewhere this summer that you want to remember – an adventure to re-live during the cold winter months?

I’m pretty crazy about travel – I love to […]

By |September 4th, 2015|0 Comments

Do You Have A Travel Bucket List?

After a recent trip to Haida Gwaii, I have been contemplating my travel bucket list, places I long to visit. Haida Gwaii is a dream destination.
This beautiful archipelago off the northwest coast of Canada, […]

By |August 10th, 2015|0 Comments

Create Your Own Font with A Font Generator

I love this image of the hand reaching from the earth and wish I could find out who the artist is. Do you know? There are so many interpretations one could have for this […]

By |July 20th, 2015|0 Comments

What Is Your Definition Of A Legacy?

How would you like others to remember you?
How do you honour the legacy of your loved ones?
I recently heard about Daniel Mermoud a master craftsmen and model ship builder. In the last 50+ years he has created 61 ships of […]

By |June 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

Looking for an travel adventure of a lifetime?

Living in Victoria, BC on southern Vancouver Island surrounded by the cool waters of the Pacific Ocean, the opportunities for adventure travel are never far away.
I first heard about Maple Leaf Adventures from my colleague Briony […]

Retirement or Accomplishment? What do you call it?

It’s interesting to hear the choice of words used when a career journey ends. Maybe its the “tire” in Retirement that I find kind of tiring. It’s so much more positive to focus on Accomplishment!
The end […]

By |April 8th, 2015|0 Comments

Need to tell your business story? Try Visual.

I used this strategy to illustrate my skills as a Graphic Journalist while explaining the design process of a Landscape Architect.
Describing to potential clients what you do and the process you are going to […]

By |March 18th, 2015|0 Comments

Sketchnotes, Business notes, Visual notes

Earlier this year, business students from 12 Western Canadian Universities gathered for JDC West, a weekend of meeting, competing and connecting culminating in a Dragons Den style “pitch your best idea” competition. They were given 3 hours […]

By |February 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

Business Messages That Stick

Getting important messages across to employees is pretty darned challenging. There is so much competition for their attention.
A local grocery store chain, well known for their exceptional customer service, struggled to get their busy employees to read […]

By |February 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

Celebrating a Life & a Lifestyle Choice

At an early age Leah fell in love with bicycling and the love affair continues today.  This passion for cycling has shaped her values, her lifestyle and influenced personal choices.
This visual story chronicles the first 50 years of […]

By |January 13th, 2015|1 Comment

Which house this Christmas season?

How many different homes have you celebrated the holidays in?
For Heather who has lived in 30 different homes over the course of her life so far, the possibilities to contemplate are pretty significant.
Over the course […]

By |December 23rd, 2014|0 Comments

Do you have a story-teller in the family?

If you met my father, within five minutes he would be telling you a story. He’s that kind of a person – curious, smart and memorable.
Whenever I saw him or we spoke on the phone, he […]

By |December 1st, 2014|0 Comments

The Power of Images

Photographs, sketches, doodles, graphics – there are so many ways to use images to tell stories.  The explosion of visual storytelling and infographics reaffirms the power of images.
We’ve all heard the quote “a picture […]

By |November 11th, 2014|0 Comments

Travel + Culture = Strong Memories

I love to travel and visiting galleries and museums is often a highlight.  But here is the dilemma, when you’ve only got a few hours to absorb it all, how do you appreciate and remember the […]

By |October 21st, 2014|0 Comments