Your world will change once you realize that the best parts of your life are made possible by the work and input of other people.

As a family business, we thrive when our customers are thriving.

As a suburb dweller, I get to sleep well at night because everyone in my community puts in effort to make our area safe and quiet. 

As a user of the internet, I get to be continuously informed by the latest and greatest stories in the world. 

The list can go on and on.

But, the bottom line is that we all have someone to thank. So, thank you for reading this and I hope you show appreciation to someone else today too. 

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving.

It Doesn’t Matter Who You Are—Be Thankful

There are lots of people who feel like they deserve something without appreciating the very thing they’re taking from somebody else. 

Just because you pay for a meal at a restaurant doesn’t mean you can treat the workers poorly.

Just because you have a million followers doesn’t mean you’re entitled to anything you want. 

And just because you have people working for you on the dollar doesn’t mean you should treat them less than their pay.

We still live in a human-driven world. Thank you to all those who’ve given me something to think about and grow from.

365 Of Writing On A Daily Basis

If you could put effort to committing to something creative everyday, what would it be and why?

365 days ago, I made the decision to start writing on a daily basis.

For me, creative writing is something I’ve always wanted to get better at, and the reason behind it is as simple as just because.

I don’t think there always has to be a huge reason behind why we do the things we do, and this is one of them for me.

To be frank, some days were hard because I didn’t know what I’d write about,

And other days everything came out smoothly.

But I knew that if I wanted to keep my momentum going, anything would be better than nothing.

So, thank you to those who took their time to read any post of mine this past year, it means a lot.

Cheers to commitment, practice, and creativity.

What’s it Like to Be Lucky?

As I look around my room, I realize that most of the things I own are either gifts from other people, or things that I’ve made myself. Occasionally it’s something I had to buy with money.

I admit I’ve been on the good side of luck for a lot of my life, and I also admit that I would not be as fortunate as I am without the help of family, friends, teachers, and the internet.

Yes this is a short thank you note, but a thank you note nonetheless. 

If we’ve crossed paths this year, if we had a class together, if we shared time in person before the pandemic, thank you for allowing it and being a part of it.

Opening Doors

It’s always a kind gesture to hold the door open for the person behind us. It’s not something we really think about, but more of an automatic behaviour that says, “I’m acknowledging your presence. Here you go.”

That acknowledgement is at times all it takes for somebody to feel welcome in a group Zoom meeting. Or the key for good customer experience when ordering food at a restaurant. Or the thing that makes or breaks a well-communicated email to your boss.

Being noticed and getting seen by the people we want to be seen by is huge, and it’s the simple act of acknowledgement.

Being in a Family Business

Working with family is good when the family is willing and open to communication. It’s not so good when there’s personal baggage, grudge, greed, ego, and authority involved in the process.

But it’s still worth it to say that when it’s good, it’s great. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

When it’s bad, it feels like the rug has been pulled and we’re all falling into whatever lousy foundation we were standing on in the first place.

With where media sits with entrepreneurship, business, and founder culture as of late, it must be really great to be a business owner.

Except when reality plays out, it’s not all that dreamy and easy.

I’m not really sure where we’ll be in the future, but who’s to say for certain where we’ll be anyway?

At the end of it all, even without the business, we’ll still be family though sometimes even that’s hard to see when we’re so wrapped up in running the day to day operations together.

All of this is to say, I’m grateful for where my family’s hard work has been able to take us. Being part of our family business has been my 1 priority this pandemic, as it’s our main source of income keeping us afloat, and I’m glad it’s been a mostly constructive experience. Lastly, thank you to everyone who’s gone out of their way to support us. It means a lot and we really appreciate it.

Love and good vibes from our family to yours. 

I Turn 23

If I could say one thing today, it’d be this:

It’s not about the gifts, or the compliments, or admiration, or the need for acceptance. All I need is to know is whether or not I feel creatively fulfilled, and if I can help somebody else feel that way too.

Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes. It’s been a great day of “thank you’s”, and I mean every ounce of the phrase.

Thank you (: 

Giving Thanks in 2020

Every year there’s an insurmountable number of things to be thankful for.

The people I’ve gotten to know over the years who make everything much more palatable and interesting, from learning to passion projects, and strangers to friends.

The home I live in that brings security, safety, and comfort.

The friends and family who give acceptance and good times.

And to everything in between: the hot cups of tea, the sunlight, and the blanket I go to bed with.

I know there are a lot of things to be worried over or concerned about, especially now in our current pandemic state, but I don’t want that to overshadow everything else good that’s happening.

I’m taking this time to give thanks to everyone who’s been a part of this tremendous time. Whether if it’s just been an Instagram DM, meeting in person, or if we’ve crossed paths and exchanged a smile, I appreciate you.

Happy Thanksgiving 🙂 

On the Other Side

What comes after 100 days of practice?

There’s no surprise about what comes next, it’s just more of the same thing but different. There’s no external reward for a personal commitment, so nothing really changes. 

However, we get the chance to look back at 100 days of micro advancements. A hundred chances of trying to do better, and making a promise to ourselves that a bigger leap was possible in the midst of all the tinier ones.

After 100, we realize that small is better than none.

That said is better than unsaid.

And, the thing about perfect that we never seem to achieve didn’t matter anyways.

As we approach 101, I want to thank you for taking time to read these posts. You didn’t have to, so I hope it brought you some sort of value.