Happy Birthday to … well ME!

IMG_3030 Yes today is my birthday, 42nd to be exact. Yeah I have no problem telling people how old I am. I still strongly believe it’s how old you feel that is important and I’m enjoying the way I’m feeling lately.

My mom, who suffered a stroke back in November and who we thought we were loosing a few weeks back, is doing better and is stable. If it wasn’t for her, or my father mind you, I wouldn’t be here. It is the way they both brought me up that made me the man I am today. It’s their love, support, and teaching that I am truly thankful for. Being apart from them today and this year will be harder for me.

I don’t have any big plans today. I haven’t had a huge birthday party for many, many, many – did I say many – years. I think the last big birthday party I can remember was when I turned 11 years old and had friends over. I especially invited a guy named Grant over because at all the other parties I would go to, he would always give the birthday boy an awesome Star Wars toy, and by awesome I mean one of the Star Wars ships. Being the Star Wars fan that I was, I wanted a Star Wars ship. Alas it didn’t work out as I planned, but he did give me a couple of cool Star Wars action figures.

So today it will probably just be Russ, Junior and Cyd celebrating my birthday and I’m looking forward to Russ making me some cupcakes. He’s not a big cupcake baker, so this will be a challenge for him, but I’m looking forward to the results.

So here is to 42, granted if Russ had his way he would say I’m actually in my 43rd year, may it bring me great joy and happiness, may it bring me new challenges and excitement, for it is with my loved ones and friends that truly make birthdays special!


9 Years and Counting in Vancouver

More Granville Street Bridge

WOW, it’s hard to believe that 9 years ago today I packed up my bags in Toronto and boarded a plane to Vancouver to begin my new life. Boy 9 years can sneak up on a guy without warning and BAM there it is.

It’s been an amazing journey that I wouldn’t change for anything. I’ve created a great home here with Russ. We have 2 amazing pets, Syd and Junior. I have made so many great friends that have helped me grow both professionally in work and through my volunteering, personally by growing deeper into my photography, as well as my writing through my blog. I have truly grown up in the past 9 years!

What am I going to be doing on my 9th year anniversary? Not sure exactly, but what ever it is will be spent with great people who have meant so much to me.

Thank you all for these past 9 years!

Thanks everyone for making my 9 years in Vancouver so memorable.

My Fourth Year Blogiversary

With everything that has been going on with my professional life lately, I forgot to write up a post on my fourth year blogiversary. Yes that is right folks, I’ve been blogging now for four years.

I have to thank Rebecca Bollwitt (aka Miss 604) for getting me started on blogging. She showed me how it easy it was to get started and showed me how to find my own voice online, and for that Rebecca, I thank you!

At first I wasn’t sure what to call myself. I knew my blog would just be for a select few people, but mainly it was for my family. I wanted to share what was going on in my life and show them what I was up to. Moving from Toronto to Vancouver, they had no real idea what I was doing. This was to be my digital realm, my digital voice.

These past four years I have met some great people from the blogger community, from Raul Pacheco, to Tanya Desrosiers, to Monica Hamburg, to John Bielher, to Tris Hussey, to Tyler Ingram and many more (see my blog roll on the side of this page). You have all been so influential to me and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

I can’t wait to continue to grow my audience and continue to grow as a blogger. These past four years have been amazing and I wouldn’t change my experience on here for anything! You’ve all experienced my trips across the world, my family gatherings, my events I’ve attended, and my photos along the way.

So what was my first blog post? Well here it is folks, my very first blog post – The Beginning

Welcome to GusFosarolli.com

After almost 4 years of GusDigital.com, I thought it was a time for a change, I thought it was a time to just drop the digital, and just add my last name to it. At first I thought it would be hard for people to spell my last name and not find me, but then I began to think that this would be a great way to for people to learn how to spell it, and for me to brand myself.

I’m still not sure on the direction of the blog. I’m not sure if it will change moving forward, but I hope everyone likes the new redesign and likes the new domain name.

So please make sure you change my domain name if you have me on your blog roll. Also please make sure you update your RSS Feed with the new domain as well.

I’ll probably still be tweaking a few things here and there. Please let me know what you think!

Changes are Coming

So I’ve been fairly quiet this past month as you can see with the little to no blog posts this month.

For those that know me personally I’ve been very busy these past few weeks with attending conference after conference after event etc. Some of these conferences took me to Toronto, where I got to visit with my family for a bit, and others took me to Regina. All in all they have been great fun, but a lot of work too.

I’m planning on taking 2 weeks holiday starting this weekend, and I’ll be heading back home to Toronto to be able to spend more time with them. This is not to say that my blog will left alone – no far from it. I’m planning on launching a new blog in the next couple of weeks. I’m taking Gus Digital to a new realm. Hopefully you will all like the change and I think the change will be worth it. I’m currently tweaking a few things and hopefully will take it live during my stay in Toronto.

I’ve sent a few of my friends already a link to the new blog, and hopefully they will let me know how they like it, or hate it. I value my friends opinions and hopefully you will like the new look and name, yes I did say name, of my blog moving forward.

Stay tuned!