Sissies Need Not Apply

It’s not exactly a new revelation for me, or in the modern world, however it has just been reaffirmed in my life which is like learning the lesson all over again – and ladies…it’s a lesson worth sharing.

I don’t “need” a man in my life – no woman does. And I’m not talking about the whole feminism movement convincing women they don’t need men to have babies etc. That’s not what I’m getting at – I’m talking about how I don’t need a man in my life to be fulfilled or happy. I don’t need a man to feel worthy or complete. And most importantly I don’t think a man should ever be these things in my life (or anyone’s life!). He should ADD TO my happiness and my completeness…but he should not be the source of them.

Unfortunately today’s society does a very good job on selling the idea to women that they “need” a man to be happy or complete – and it’s such GARBAGE! I don’t hate men either; I’m not about to become some old hermit lady that rants about men and how awful or inadequate they are/can be – far from it. I wholeheartedly believe in romance and on meeting the right guy one day, settling down, getting married, and having kids. I totally believe in that and want it…one day.

Sure it’s nice to cuddle up to someone at night and it’s nice to be able to share my life with someone who really knows me – and more than just a friend. It’s nice to feel happy and giddy with someone – beyond just a casual fling. Ultimately I want someone I can create an emotional connection with, someone I can be totally myself around and they still choose to love me (someone who isn’t family!). And I’m not saying things will be perfect, but it’s worth the fight to get through the obstacles and challenges – it’s worth the effort because I care about and ultimately LOVE them…not just “in lust” or “in infatuation” with them.

But you know what? I’ve tended to settle for SO. MUCH. LESS. than all that! And ladies on a whole can potentially get so scared of being lonely and alone that we’ll settle for a lot less than what we deserve! In my case I actually like being alone. I’m independent and I like to be able to do my own thing without having other people dictate what I can or can’t do with my time – if I don’t want them to that is. However, after I broke up with my last ex and ended our slowly crumbling relationship, I plunged straight into living on my own. At first it was great! I didn’t have to deal with or clean up after anyone but myself. I enjoyed the single life, and while it took some time to adjust back to being on my own again, ultimately I quite liked it! However…somewhere along the way I let a subconscious choice creep in and being alone slowly turned into loneliness. Suddenly being alone was uncomfortable, I ached for someone else to be there, someone more than just a friend. I really let it wreak havoc on my emotions and my “home” became a place I didn’t want to be anymore because it took on those emotions.

So I’m not saying I’m prefect by any means, I’ve been down in the dumps before…and I let myself stay there for a while. But I got sick of being sad and feeling sorry for myself! I wanted off the emotional rollercoaster…so I got off! It takes effort and ultimately you have to learn to recognize when you’re going down that “pity party” path so that you can distract yourself with something positive and after a while it takes less and less effort.

I’m choosing to be alone now because I want to wait for the right guy, not just a guy. I don’t want to chase – I want to be chased. I want someone who knows what he wants – and that I’m a part of that picture. He won’t dick around with my feelings or whether we’re “dating” or not. And I’m not saying the next guy is going to be the one I marry or anything…but I want to move in that direction! I’m done wasting my time on the filler stuff and the “casual.” I want something more real and longer term.

But you see the trick with all this is that in order to attract the type of MAN I want – I need to become the type of woman who will attract him. I can’t expect to have him walk into my life because I’m a “good girl” and I think I deserve it. I need to work on me, improve ME, and become the woman I really want to be – and then I’ll be the caliber of what I want to attract.

Now this is all fine and dandy but it’s just words…and actions speak louder than words. Where’s a good place to start? One of the things that majorly helped me was reading the book “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle. Just read it; go to the library and check it out. It was exactly what I needed when I needed it. And then go put on some upbeat music, something that makes you happy and have a dance party by yourself. Sing. Bake. Read. Do yoga. Play with your dog/cat/rabbit, whatever! Do whatever it is that makes you happy and gives you a surge of positivity. Focus on something other than yourself. You have the wonderful ability and sometimes curse, to be able to choose at any given moment how you feel and how you treat others…so what choice have you made?

And on a slightly different but loosely related note here’s a quote from Rocky that has come up in my life whenever I seem to be letting myself get beaten up over small things:

Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that! … But until you start believing in yourself, you ain’t gonna have a life.


An Attitude of Gratitude

This post has been a long time in coming and maybe it’s just a little timelier now with Thanksgiving around the corner.

I have been going through a lot in my personal life – very emotional and painful things; things that make it hard to see beyond myself, things that make it hard to get out of bed in the morning, things that make it hard to love myself, and things that just make it hard to be happy in a city where I’m practically by myself. It’s been quite a roller-coaster. However I’m practicing having faith in my life – not God related faith (I’m not religiously inclined…that kind of stuff just goes over my head), but just faith in a process; faith that by “cleaning out my closet” I’m moving towards being the person I always wanted to be. So I’m on a road of growth – I’m learning to embrace things about myself, I’m learning to love myself and cut myself a damn break. I am perfectly imperfect, and sure I’ve done some dumb things – WHO HASN’T?! So everything I’m going through is stuff I NEED to go through right now because it’s part of the process and I’m getting closer to my ideal ‘me.’ But that realization still doesn’t make it easier or less painful to go through.

Now, I can choose to continue to dwell on all this – the painful things that make me want to quit and run home, the things I want and haven’t got, the things that haven’t gone how I expected, the poor choices I’ve made, and all those other circumstances. I can (and have) let myself give in to that. I’ve cried about it, ached with it, and let myself go through major emotional upheavals…and I’m not saying I’m totally over all that but I’ve certainly worn that emotion quite enough! I’m endeavoring to not give into the pity party anymore and simply choose to focus on more beautiful things – like all the ways I’m blessed, and all the things I should be thankful for – AKA having an attitude of gratitude.

I have an amazing family (I’m mostly referring to my immediate family here).  It makes my heart swell with love and gratitude to think of how supporting they are of me and I know, without hesitation, that no matter what goes on in my life they will always be there for me. I’ve been able to develop a relationship with my parents where they’re helping me analyze some things in my life and I know I can call them no matter what I’m feeling and just talk it out. My sister and I have recreated a great friendship and have had a blast this summer going around to music festivals and just hanging out. We still squabble – we’re sisters after all, but we’re making that effort to chat and hangout; after all we know everything about each other. It’s also been great to have my brother around more, he’s always upbeat, supportive and is a great listener – he gives you his full attention, which can sometimes be hard to do with family. He goes out of his way for his friends and knows how to have a great time.

I have some beautiful friends (old and new) – and I’m not just referring to physical beauty here. I have always been someone who values the quality of a relationship over having a large quantity of ‘friends.’ When I moved to Vancouver I did lose quite a few people I thought I was closer with…but ultimately the people who have stuck with me through that transition are the friends who are really worth my time – and they know who they are. I don’t always get to see them as often as I’d like…but when I do it’s like we picked up right where we left off. I’m also currently in the process of making some new local friends in Vancouver and so far they’re all lovely people. It can be hard to get chatting with someone in a new city, but when you do and you make a connection it’s so simple to say “Hey, I’m looking for new friends in the city and I’ve enjoyed chatting with you, want to grab a coffee some time?” You’d be surprised how many people are open to that.

As far as jobs go – mine is pretty sweet. I work with a kick ass crew of people who all WANT to be doing what we’re doing and that attitude in the work place is absolute gold. Sure we all have days where we’d simply rather not (especially during the beautiful summer we had) but on the whole we all have a passion for what we’re doing in the Tourism & Online industries. Think! Social Media is a FUN company to work for and it’s embodied in the work we do and the people who work there. I mean…just look at the main image on the website. Not many people can say this about their work but I ENJOY going into the office – plus you never really know what’s going to happen, be it Friday afternoon beer bowling, opening a wine bottle – sans corkscrew, patio lunches, or drawing on walls (don’t worry…they’re whiteboard walls).

There’s much more I’m thankful for, but I’m going to wrap it up with saying how wonderful it is to live in a city as beautiful as Vancouver, BC. Sure it gets called “Raincouver” and there are hilarious sites that take the piss out of it sometimes, but it’s green and beautiful…and sorry but you can’t have that without a little rain (…or a lot). There’s also a large population of young, fit people in Vancouver, and I love that it’s a city that “comes outdoors to play” on beautiful days; how could you not when there are so many beautiful parks and an amazing seawall? There’s always something to do, no matter what you like, rain or shine.

There are many things I’m thankful for in my life so when I’m down I just take some time to thing on these things and it helps to lift my mood and take my eyes off myself. EVERYONE has something they can be thankful for, so next time you’re sweating the small stuff write down what you’re thankful for and post it on your fridge. Having an “attitude of gratitude” helps your day do an about-face. Just try not to sweat the small stuff…and it’s ALL small stuff.

The “Lotus Touts” (aka the simple things)

This came to me through one of those ever annoying chain letters, “Pass this on in 6 minutes or something unpleasant will occur”… etc. However I don’t really subscribe to sending those out since folks these days are getting enough spam as it is! With that said…this one had a lovely message in it so I thought I’d share it a little differently (and format it so it’s not ‘papyrus’ and size 25 text…) These are 21 great practices to living a happy life.

It’s the simple things you can do day-to-day that help you go to sleep with a smile on your face. And really…that’s all that matters. It’s not about how much money you made that day, what the weather was like, or if you got everything done that you wanted to do – if you can be happy that you lived your day with love in your heart, and that you smiled and treated other people well…well that’s more important than anything else in my opinion.

So without further adieu:

  1. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
  2. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.
  3. Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.
  4. When you say, ‘I love you,’ mean it.
  5. When you say, ‘I’m sorry,’ look the person in the eye..
  6. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.
  7. Believe in love at first sight.
  8. Never laugh at anyone’s dreams. People who don’t have dreams don’t have much.
  9. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely.
  10. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name-calling.
  11. Don’t judge people by their relatives.
  12. Talk slowly but think quickly.
  13. When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer, smile and ask, ‘Why do you want to know?’
  14. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  15. Say ‘bless you’ when you hear someone sneeze.
  16. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
  17. Remember the three R’s: Respect for self; Respect for others; and Responsibility for all your actions.
  18. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
  19. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
  20. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice
  21. Spend some time alone.

What do you think? Agree with some and not with others? Why? Would you add any?

Updates From a Slack Blogger

Well I officially fail at trying to keep any semblance of consistency on my blog (for posting that is). But it’s not about being perfect right? (Right??)

So what’s happened since January? Well I turned 22 for a start…a very quiet bday…as in I sat at home and watched movies while being accompanied by wine and cheesecake.

I also got the joy of packing across my bday weekend because I moved into a new apartment at the beginning of February. I’m still in North Van, just waaaayyyyy up at the top end of Lonsdale Ave. It now takes me just under an hour to get to work via transit…but it’s so worth it. I’m in a wonderful and quiet neighbourhood with lots of greenery and flowers. The houses are big and beautiful, plus there’s a park a half block from my place. In the evenings, when I’m walking up the hill from my bus stop, I can turn around and see all of Vancouver lit up in twinkling lights, it’s beautiful. It feels kind of like the living on Vancouver Island but with the convenience of being practically in Vancouver.

I have started a Pinterest account…like I needed another place to waste my time on the internet. I like this more that Tumblr now…it’s my go-to site aside from Facebook and Twitter. I like the idea of grouping “pins” together. It’s basically a virtual scrapbook/pin board, which is great because I tend to collect cool photos (don’t ask me for what purpose…I don’t know…but Pinterest is the answer!) Take a look if you feel so inclined:

I have also started enjoying my nails…as in painting them. A lot.

It’s kind of a way for me to unwind, aside from reading…but I can’t read at watch a movie at the same time. There’s just so many cool ideas out there for nails…I don’t often do plain nails anymore…not when it’s so easy to do something cool with them! Anyways.

Work has also been great, our office expanded, and not just in people…we knocked down a wall and took over the office space next to ours too! It’s pretty cool to have so much more space. We have a lounge now…complete with bean bag chairs! It’s awesome and ridiculous at the same time, and just one more reason why I love Think! Social Media.

I’m looking forward to summer. Hot, sunny days, full of good tunes and days at the beach. Blue sky…NO RAIN OR CLOUDS.

The Delicious Nanaimo Bar Trail

I spent the majority of my life growing up on Vancouver Island in British Columbia and visiting Nanaimo and the surrounding areas. So when I moved away to Vancouver and THEN heard about the Nanaimo Bar Trail I was horrified that there was something like this from a city I grew up near and didn’t know about! However, much to my relief, the Nanaimo Bar Trail is only an invention of recent years.

To give you an idea of WHAT the Nanaimo Bar Trail is…it’s an invention of Chelsea Barr – the champion of Nanaimo. I got to know Chelsea through a bit of work I did with my job with Think! Social Media, and then started hearing about this “Nanaimo Bar Trail” thing. What Chelsea did was hand build a list of local businesses in Nanaimo that have put their own spin on the classic dessert.  So now people can download the list Chelsea created and wander around downtown sampling all things Nanaimo Bar…in Nanaimo. The upside to it mostly being downtown is that it makes a great afternoon of walking so you don’t have to feel so bad about eating sweets.

So now Nanaimo has it’s very own Nanaimo Bar Trail! (and if you’re in Nanaimo you can always reach out to Chelsea on Twitter for her recommendations. She tweets as @NanaimoBarr)

Last month when my mom had her birthday I made arrangements to head over to the Island for the weekend and visit her. I thought it would also be fun to do something special for her birthday, and since her and I both share sweet teeth I thought that the Nanaimo Bar Trail would be a natural choice! Chelsea was amazing enough to lead us on a small tour of the Trail, and we only hit about 6 of the possible 20 places you can go!

Our first Nanaimo Bar at Mon Petite Choux...and probably my favourite!

We met Chelsea at Mon Petite Choux where we had our first Nanaimo Bar. This was probably my favourite one! They do a gluten-free Nanaimo Bar with a cocoa crumble base with what seemed to be nuts and rice crispies; the filling was a fluffy butter cream and the top was a nice smooth chocolate. If you could ever consider a Nanaimo Bar to be light and fluffy…well this was it, plus it was a tad less sweet than your average Nanaimo Bar.

Nanaimo Bar #2 - The deep fried Nanaimo Bar from Pirate Chips

Our second stop was a quick walk down the street to Pirate Chips where they do a deep-fried Nanaimo Bar. Now that might not sound like the most appetizing choice…but it was actually awesome! They deep-fry it in a light cinnamon batter and just long enough to lightly melt the Nanaimo Bar inside…on a dreary day this has got to be the ultimate comfort food!

Nanaimo Bar #3 - This time the Nanaimo Bar Cupcake from A Wee Cupcakery

Our third stop was a bit of a hike uphill away (which was totally fine since my conscience felt better after doing some walking…) this time we went to A Wee Cupcakery for the Nanaimo Bar Cupcake. We also tried their Eggnog Spice cupcake, which was pretty awesome too…I would just recommend going here…period.

Chelsea and I in a Wee Cupcakery

Our fourth stop was literally just across the street at McLean’s Specialty Foods where we got the traditional Nanaimo Bar (we opted not to eat these right away and instead saved them for another day since we still had a couple stops left). This shop is a cheese shop and specialty food store, which is also right up my alley! My mom and I spent a while just wandering up the isles looking at all the delicious imported goods, and of course all the cheese…

I grew up in a house where we always had an array of different cheeses to nibble on. We love imported goods too – olives, crackers, various other snacks etc, so stepping into McLean’s was like stepping into heaven!

Nanaimo Bar #5 - The Nanaimo Bar Latte and Martini from Modern Cafe

My mom (The birthday girl) and myself in Modern Cafe

From McLean’s, the three of us wandered to Modern Café where we decided to have a bit of a break, while sipping our Nanaimo Bar Martini and Lattes (I had the Martini and my mom and Chelsea had the Lattes). Now unfortunately I’m not much of a coffee person otherwise I might have liked the Martini a bit more (it had a shot of coffee in it and otherwise just tasted like harsh alcohol to me…but I prefer sweeter drinks anyway so this was a bit of a miss for me on 2 points).

Nanaimo Bar #6 - The Nanaimo Bar cheesecake from Minnoz Restaurant

Our final stop was Minnoz Restaurant, located in the Coast Bastion Inn. We had their Nanaimo Bar cheesecake, which was just awesome. It came with 2 pieces so it was perfect for sharing! We actually ordered two servings of the cheesecake so we could all share one and then take the other home for the family.

So my favourites of the trail would probably have to be the Nanaimo Bar from Mon Petite Choux in #1, the deep-fried Nanaimo Bar in #2 and the Nanaimo Bar cheesecake from Minnoz in #3 :)

Once again, if you want to see the complete list & map that Chelsea created make sure you download it and bring it with you when you do the Nanaimo Bar Trail! I would recommend picking a few to do at one time instead of attempting to do all the stops…and that way you can come and do more on your next trip to Nanaimo!

And after looking at the list you’ll see that we barely scratched the surface of all the different stops on the Nanaimo Bar Trail. You can also find:

  • Nanaimo Bar ice cream
  • Nanaimo Bar sundaes
  • Nanaimo Bar fudge
  • Vegan Nanaimo Bars
  • Nanaimo Bar shooters

Now…if reading all this info about Nanaimo Bars has given you a craving for them, hopefully this recipe can help tide you over until you can make it to Nanaimo! (It was the winner of a 1985 contest to determine the BEST Nanaimo bar)

Bottom layer

½ cup unsalted butter (European style cultured)

¼ cup sugar

5 tbsp. cocoa

1 egg, beaten

1 ¼ cups graham wafer crumbs

½ c. finely chopped almonds

1 cup coconut

Melt first three ingredients in top of a double boiler. Add egg and stir to cook and thicken. Remove from heat. Stir in crumbs, coconut and nuts. Press firmly into an non-greased 8″ x 8″ pan.

Middle layer

½ cup unsalted butter

2 Tbsp. and 2 Tsp. cream

2 Tbsp. vanilla custard powder

2 cups icing sugar

Cream butter, cream, custard powder and icing sugar together well. Beat until light. Spread over bottom layer.

Top layer

4 squares semi-sweet chocolate (1 oz. each)

2 Tbsp. unsalted butter

Melt chocolate and butter over low heat. Cool. When cool, but still liquid, pour over second layer and chill in refrigerator.


On August 18th, just for fun, I entered a Facebook wall contest from Vancouver, Coast & Mountains (VCMBC) to win a pair of tickets to a music festival called Live@Squamish, or Live at Squamish…whatever.

I’d seen ads for this concert for weeks and weeks advertising the awesome line up at this 2 day festival and promptly checked what tickets cost…only to realize they were a little on the expensive side for me – $149 and I don’t think that included camping. I let the thought of me attending slide right back out of my head and proceeded to just glare at the ads in envy. I had really wanted to see John Butler Trio, Weezer, Metric, Girl Talk, Stars and Hey Ocean (those were the main ones I was interested in seeing – I knew John Butler Trio after my time in Australia, and I know Metric, Weezer and Girl Talk. I was interested in seeing the last 2 after doing a wee bit of research.)

So when I was cruising Facebook at work, while waiting on hold during a phone call I was making, and I saw VCMBC’s facebook post:

“Six hours to win 2 tickets for Live at Squamish Folks! Leave a comment on this post, we pick one winner today, 3 pm!! Ticktockticktock…”

And figured “Ahh what the hell” and added my comment. “OMG Whenever I see the billboards for this concert I get GREEN with envy! Metric….John Butler Trio….Girl Talk…those are some of my favourite musicians!!”

Later on during the day at 3pm I was on another phone call when I got a Skype notification on my mac, but being on the phone call I decided I would check it after. About 5 mins later Helen stuck her head into the room where I was working, saw I was on the phone and deeked out again. This is when I thought that notification might have been important so the called ended and I saw Helen’s comment, which was copied and pasted from VCMBC’s Facebook wall – “Vancouver, Coast & Mountains: Congrats to Dana Marie – you won 2 tickets for Live@Squamish this weekend!”

Needless to say I had a small freak out. Fortunately Patty was happy to come with me and Helen and her boyfriend Adam were going as well, so we started making plans to carpool and camp together.

Neither Patty and I had a tent, and fortunately Canadian Tire was having a sale, so on Friday we went out and got some camping gear – Tent, tarp, LED Battery operated lantern etc. We packed everything up that night and then hit the road Saturday afternoon when Helen and Adam came and picked us up.

There was an initial hiccup once we got to the Logger Sports Grounds, where the festival was being held. My camping pass was for on-site camping and Helen and Adam’s was for off-site camping…which was about 10kms up the road!! This really didn’t fly with us so Geoff – the head campground guy – came and checked us out, figured it would be fine and swapped the off-site camping package for an on-site package so they could be with us! It was super cool of him and definitely was an excellent start to the weekend!

After we had all set up, we simply sat around for a while, made friends with the 2 Russian guys camped next to us, and had a few drinks. The concerts didn’t start until 3:30 and were split between 2 different stages. We didn’t end up heading into the grounds until after 6pm, we caught the tail end of Hey Ocean, followed by the Stars and then my favourite of the whole weekend – John Butler Trio.

Girl Talk was after John Butler Trio, but I left to go hangout at the tents with the 2 Russians, since you could hear the stage just fine from the tents instead of being in the press of the crowd.

The following morning, with a minimum of hangover damage to myself, we did the whole thing again! I was up at 9:30am-ish, so were the 2 Russians next door, so we sat around, had breakfast and enjoyed the cooler morning after the heat of the day before. Our group walked down to a nearby river with the intention of swimming…but it was mountain melt water so it was bone-achingly cold. We didn’t end up doing more than wade up to our knees and splashing about a bit.

We packed up the majority of our camp things before heading into the grounds later that afternoon, and we met up with another coworker – Phil, and then we all cruised the various vendors around the grounds, something we hadn’t done the day before. Then our group split up, Patty and I headed back to the tent (which we hadn’t taken down yet) and ended up playing cards games with the 2 Russians, who taught us a Russian card game called “Durak” – a lot of fun! After we finally tore all our stuff down, we trooped in to see Metric perform. We didn’t stay for Weezer, since they were playing too late for us to still get back to Vancouver at a decent hour, unpack all our stuff and then still be up for work the next day.

All in all it was a very awesome first time experience for me! I’ve been to music concerts…but nothing like this, so it was definitely worth the trip, and I was lucky enough to go on free tickets!!

A BIG thank you to Vancouver Coast and Mountains!!

The Real City of Vancouver

So last night, after the Vancouver Canucks lost their battle for the Stanley Cup to the Boston Bruins, over 100,000 people downtown started to head home. However, sadly quite a few of those thousands stuck around to wreak havoc on our beautiful city…and many more simply stood around and watched, taking pictures. The Riot Act was read, cars were flipped, many things lit on fire, stores fronts were smashed and then looted and worst of all people were actually hurt during this sad escapade. I linked to a few pictures of last night’s vandalism and rioting on my previous blog post.

These people are not Canucks fans…they are criminals and if you know of anyone who acted with the mobs last night you are urged to report them. And this Facebook page is only one of the many places you can upload photos of the devastation and hopefully these people will be tagged and held responsible for their actions.


This morning dawned a somewhat sad day, it feels like there is a slightly subdued atmosphere and most of the true Canucks fans are embarrassed and ashamed of the actions of these criminals. However clean up crews worked through the night to try and restore downtown. As of around 8:00am this morning several people had already started to help with cleanup efforts after City crews worked through the night. There has been a Facebook event made about the post riot clean up as well as a hashtag on Twitter all about the Vancouver clean up.

The true Vancouverites of this city lending a hand cleaning up. Photo Credit to Joshua Berson @bersonphoto

These are the true Vancouverites, the true Canucks fans, and these people are worthy of our thanks and gratitude. They didn’t cause this mess, but they are more than willing to restore this city to its former beauty.

People writing 'Sorry messages' on the boards covering The Bay. Photo Credit to Sam Farahzad @sf14

People have been writing apologies on all the boarded up storefronts, and this was one of the photos of people writing on the storefront of The Bay, downtown.

Thank you to the real Canucks fans, and the real people of Vancouver. It’s people like you that this world needs more of.

Game 7…and a shameful Vancouver

So tonight was the night! Tonight was Game 7, Vancouver Canucks against the Boston Bruins. Everyone in Vancouver was in high spirits and we played a HARD game…there was a little bit of dirty playing…but why wouldn’t there be in a game where neither team had won the Stanley Cup in a handful of decades. We, the Vancouver Canucks lost 4-0. I left while there was still 10 mins left in the 3rd period to try and beat the rush for transit. And once I got home and opened my Mac…I was greeted by reports of mobs of angry rioters in the streets of Vancouver. I was a bit upset myself…but not enough to go around destroying someone else’s property!


We played a hard game. We made it ALL the way to game 7! We have so much to be proud of tonight…and you ruined it with anger and violence. Yes, it was an important game…but it was JUST A GAME! Act like proper sportsmen and women and take it with pride that we made it as far as we did!

Right now I am disappointed in this city…and some of it’s people. Shame on those in Vancouver that rioted, shame on those that destroyed buildings, cars and broke windows. Shame on you for endangering the lives of others.

Here are some of the horrible photos of heinous acts in our fair city.

Car overturned

That same Car on fire

And again

People smashing the BMO

Another car on fire

Another Amazing TED Talk

So I came upon this talk a while ago and totally forgot to post it. This an especially amazing talk I was introduced to by William Bakker one of the Chief Strategists at my internship at Think! Social Media. He posted it on his blog and I watched it from there.

The talk is by Simon Sinek and titled “How Great Leaders Inspire Action”. It talks about…how businesses are going about their business all wrong basically, but the video explains it better than I ever could!

It’s 18 minutes long…but it’s a seriously motivating 18 minutes. I highly recommend just giving it a quick look and you might just end up watching the whole thing like I did.

Simon Sinek – How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Vancouver’s Biggest Bake Sale

Once of the signs at the entrace to the Roundhouse Community Centre

Last week, on April 20th I went to a bake sale fundraiser at the Yaletown Roundhouse Community Centre called “Bake for the Quake”. It was planned by two local food bloggers, Melody Fury of and Joy of, as a collaborative fundraiser for the Japan earthquake and tsunami relief. All proceeds from the bake sale went to Doctors Without Borders. Initially they had hoped to raise $5,000 but after being flooded with over 650 people in a 2.5-hour time frame, they had raised $7,136! So what was expected to be a rather small time bake sale was instead one of, if not the, biggest bake sale in Vancouver’s history.

A few of the bakers and their wares nearest the door

It was a very fun little event! There was live music and a huge array of different goodies to choose from. To find more info on the event, and to see some pictures check out the bake sale’s official website:

One of the cool things I really liked about the event was how they handled the money. As you were waiting in line to get into the actual room of the event, there were volunteers roaming the line up selling tickets. These weren’t raffle tickets…they were your form of money once you got inside! Each ticket you bought was worth a dollar, so instead of fumbling for money and change you simply dealt with tickets, and bought more if you ran out. Most items were worth 2-3 tickets (most cookies and cupcakes) other things like the various loaves and other higher priced goodies could range all the way up to 15 tickets (or $15)!

Almost everything was wrapped...and some vendors put a lot of effort into making theirs look nice

Initially I spent $25, however I ran into a previous coworker, Robyn Hanson, who had been given a bunch of tickets, and she then kindly gave me 5 of her tickets! So I got an extra couple items with that. Other then Robyn I only ran into one other person I knew, Saschie, a classmate of mine. She was there as a baker though and she made some fabulous 2 ticket cookies.

All in all it was a good event aside from the total lack of space…however the organizers were not expecting anywhere near the volume of people that ended up coming…so that I understand.

The following two pictures are of the things that I bought…with the exception of the Chai Cupcake I ate on the Skytrain ride home. The rest of the images are others I took at the event.

These are some of the cuter things that I bought

These are the rest of the goodies I bought...with a more chocolately theme.

I took a picture of these for my sister...she loves cute things like this

This was 45 mins after the start of the event...and this guy was totally sold out!

Annnd this was the shortbread table. All of them were so nicely decorated I didn't know what to pick!