New Year, New Changes

Photo Walk  11 When I began the new year, I had a different plan in mind for making it a year of change and growth. With the elimination of my position at work, which I was very proud of doing and had so many great things in mind to make it awesome, I’m now stuck wondering what I’m gonna be doing for the rest of the year.

Well now that things have started to settle and I’m coming to terms with it, I’m starting right here with a refresh, of sorts, of my blog.

I’ve began with changing the theme and changing the cover images you see when you come onto the blog. I’ve also started to add a menu system where you can find specific posts easier and where I can highlight posts I’m proud of.

This is still the early stages of the refresh, but I hope you are enjoying what I’ve done so far and keep coming back as I make small tweaks here and there. I’m not going to have a big launch party like my friend Marc Smith is having for 30 Day Adventures next week, but seeing him refresh his site has given me some ideas of my own.

So 2013 is looking great so far. I’m happy right now and will continue to be happier as the days continue. In the interim, if you know of anyone that is looking for a social media savvy guy that can help with digital strategies, let me know! I’d love to work with you and with your clients to make them the best they can be!

I'm Not Gone, Honestly

Well hello there world. No I’m not gone, I’m still here honestly. I know I have been fairly quiet on my blog this past month, hell, the last couple of months if truth be told. I do have a reason, honestly I do. You see my new position has got me travelling and keeping me busy over the last 45 days and now that things are finally coming into place I think I’ll be able to update more on here.

I’ll try to keep the content coming. After-all I’ve been to Victoria, Chicago and Calgary recently so I do have things to talk about! So please be patient with me as I’ll try not to disappoint you.

Hello Big 4-0!

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Today is my 40th Birthday!

Yes I know it is hard to believe, but 40 years ago today I was popped out of my mother’s womb and began my life as a breathing human being!

I myself find it hard that I just turned 40. I don’t feel it in the least. I feel like I’m still in my 30′s and I’m enjoying what life has thrown at me over the years.

There has been some great moments in my life that I do remember.

  • I remember my father teaching me to ride a bicycle.
  • I remember when I turned 5 years old and eating so much cake that I ended up in the hospital and for many years afterwards I never had any birthday cake, whether they be my own or at friends parties.
  • I remember that when I turned 9 years old, was the last time I really the last time my parents gave me a party with friends. I recall inviting some people specifically to that party as I knew they would give some cool gifts, especially Grant who gave me some cool Star Wars toys (selfish I know).
  • I recall becoming an Uncle for the very first time with the birth of my niece Amanda. This was followed by the birth of Adrian, Samantha, Justin and Stephen in later years (love you all VERY much)
  • I recall the day we got our first dog Kelly in Canada (alas she was lost a few months afterwards) only to get Princess who lived for 12 years with us.
  • I recall my first ski lesson in Ontario (hell I haven’t really skied since).
  • I recall grade 7 and attending my first after school dance and kissing Betty.
  • I recall attending High School in the 80′s and having my wonderful mullet haircut (glad I don’t have any photos to prove that one).
  • I recall our move to Woodbridge Ontario from Mississauga Ontario.
  • I recall learning to drive standard and then getting my drivers licence.
  • I recall attending MacMaster University and attending the awesome Quad-Parties and getting so drunk that I had a hang-over for a week.
  • I recall driving home every weekend from Hamilton to Woodbridge with Joanna Romano and playing our mix tape and singing our lungs out
  • I recall purchasing my very first car a 1987 Nissan 200 SX
  • I recall my Faema Cafe days (you guys made me grow more than you can ever imagine)
  • I recall packing up my things from Woodbridge and moving to Vancouver and moving in with Russ
  • I recall purchasing my first condo and freaking out that I wouldn’t be able to manage it
  • I recall visiting Paris for the very first time
  • I recall getting very close to a pod of humpback whales in Puerto Vallarta Mexico
  • I recall getting Junior 2 years ago
  • I recall travelling through the Rocky Mountains and climbing on a glacier
  • I Recall going back to Argentina and seeing my family that I haven’t seen in over 20 years.
  • I recall meeting all my good friends in this city.

So what are the plans for today? Not sure. I think Russ will be taking me out to dinner and if anyone else wants to tag along I hope you can. I know we had initially planned to have a party on the weekend, but with lots of my friends attending the Opera for Blogger’s Night (which I wasn’t invited, but its ok, really it is..sniff, sniff), or busy with other plans, or not even in the city, we decided to postpone it. Granted I probably will be celebrating for the full year so you can all make it up to me :)

Thank you all for making my 40 years so memorable. I hope to create some great new memories in the coming months and years.

UPDATE: Someone sent me this lovely video telling me that Disney is expecting me :)

Another person sent me this lovely song

Hello Vancouver – 7 Years Later

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Seven years ago today, I packed up my computer and all my clothes, got on a flight and landed in Vancouver where I was going to give it a try for 3 months. I have not looked back since.

The decision wasn’t an easy one as I would be leaving my family and friends behind in Toronto.  I recall my mother saying that I would be back in 3 months, yet here I am. :)  I’m not saying I don’t miss my family, as I do, but I think it was a time in my life when I needed a change.  I don’t know if it had anything to do with September 11th or not, but I was determine to make this work.

I recall moving into my new place, a place that Russ had already be living in for a few months already. I went from a 2,500 sq ft home to a 400 sq ft apartment. You can just picture the two of us living in such a small space.  Our place was so small that we didn’t even have a formal dining room and my computer desk was in the closet.  We did of course live only 1 block away from English Bay and I always enjoyed walking home from work.

Two years One year later we left the apartment and bought ourselves a larger 584 sq ft. condo.

I have had some great times in Vancouver and I’m amazed at all the friends I have been able to get to know.  It hasn’t been easy mind you as I find that it is harder to make friends here than anywhere else I have been.

I have created a home here in Vancouver and it feels great to be able to walk out and see the mountains (when it’s not raining), walk on the beach (when it’s warm), see the ocean, be able have a sushi at any corner, enjoy free wifi at all coffee shops, and the ability to wear shorts year round.

Ahh Vancouver, thanks for a wondeful 7 years!!!

A special thanks to Russ for making my move and stay in Vancouver for 7 years the best 7 years running!