Imagine standing on a rocky beach, dressed in about 4 layers of clothing, looking out over a snowy landscape covered with a few thousand penguins, and some icebergs floating off in the background. This is my office for about a quarter of the year. It may seem a bit odd on first glance that a… Read More

We were to refer to them as La Doctora and El Ingeniero (The Doctor and The Engineer). They were my bosses, and they were criminals. Everyone in the middle-of-nowhere Mexican desert town where I lived knew the truth about them: they had embezzled a shit-ton of money from the city's water department during El Ingeniero's long… Read More

I stood there at a complete loss for words, overwhelmed by the feeling of three decades of weight lifting off my chest while simultaneously feeling a sort of warm glow just underneath my skin spread all over my body, kind of like the feeling when you're about to faint, but pleasant instead of scary. All… Read More

I know I know…everyone says in order to be a better writer you need to write more. True dat. But it's tough to write when you don't know what to write about, or what your audience wants to hear.   Maybe you don't even have an audience (no blog, no Facebook friends - boo, etc)… Read More

© Ok ok, I have no idea what you shouldn't give a shit about anymore. But I'll tell you a few things I don't give a shit about anymore and then you can chime in in the comments. I no longer give a shit about: The 'what if's' and the 'shoulds' Things not turning… Read More

© I can't say that I have a ton of time to read blogs because I try to stay off the computer if I'm not working. But some blogs (read: writers) I love so much that I think about them when they're not even near…like a good book or that movie The Grand Budapest… Read More

I consider myself rather the anti-capitalist. I don't want to earn well in order to have more stuff. I'm somewhat of a minimalist. I want to earn well so that I can do better and be better. My earning goals are almost exclusively centred around giving me the freedom of free time to be a… Read More

From a cartoon by The Oatmeal Ever get that holy-mother-of-pearl feeling in your gut when you look at how many emails are in your inbox? Yeah, me too. For a couple of years I somehow managed to hover around 2000 emails in my inbox. I know. How does that even happen? Then it sneakily climbed… Read More

© You're my hero if you've ever…. spoken or performed in front of a crowd of enough people that it scared you eaten some questionable local delicacy just to appease your hosts moved to another part of the country, or a whole *new* country for the sake of school, a job, or love left… Read More

© So I'm driving in Calgary last month, I pull up to a stop light and I see a truck parked across the way that says Men in Kilts Window Cleaning. I look up and sure enough, there's a dude in a kilt, cleaning the windows of an office building. I can't say whether… Read More

© A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post called "You'll always fail - a love letter" and it sparked some interesting offshoot conversations around the concept of bravery which got me thinking… It's easy to think of bravery as something reserved for soldiers going out to battle or someone saving a child… Read More

Picture this: I'm standing on stage, 12 years old, shoulder to shoulder with a few of my classmates who are also trying out for a part in our annual school musical. I had never sung in public before but I kinda wanted one of the good roles in the musical, so I kinda had to… Read More