The 2019 200 — Because if YOU Don’t Get it Done, Who Will?

If you’ve been around a while, you’re probably familiar with the lists of 100 goals I’d write every year. And I saying, “But you missed 2018!” And it’s true—2018 came hot and heavy; I wasn’t in any position to commit to a list that ambitious. And I could probably say the same now—with a bigger and better Live from the 3.5 than ever, Chatting with Casey picking up steam and a slew of other things in the works, I likely wouldn’t be wrong. But if you’ve been around a while, you’ll probably know my Achilles heel—much like Marty McFly, I can’t turn down a good challenge.

Welcome to The 2019 200 — Because When You Skip a Year, 100 Just Won’t Do!

This post? This post has history. Zach and I go way back, and he’s easily one of the people I respect most in this game. We’re talking the guy who had a podcast long before Toronto was anywhere on it and got media coverage when he worked to show what life was really like when you tried to live it all off sponsorships. There’s a lot he sees coming before they blow up and proves unstoppable when he digs his teeth into something.

Which is why I felt a little inspired when he challenged me to tackle 2019 with not one hundred goals, but two.

It won’t be easy, but I’m working a lot harder than I used to—and smarter, too.

With so much going on in my life, slowing down ain’t much of an option, and my to-do lists are the things that keep me going. But I’ve mostly kept them to myself as I work on all the things—I think it’s time to make ’em public again so there’s a chance I can get everything done.

So without further ado, let’s dive into The 2019 200—because no one creates anything innovative without pushing some boundaries first!

The 2019 200 — The List

So first things first—two hundred items make for a really long list, so I knew no one was about to read this thing if I just put them together without any order. What I needed to do was write the 200 items out first, and then find some way to categorise them so they’re easier to keep track of.

And the easiest place to do this? Excel. Not only could I easily keep track of how many items I’d put together with a simple numbering column, but when I was ready to categorise and prepare for the final list, it was a simple sort away!

But you’re not here for any of that; you’re here for the list. So let’s do this!

The Life and Times of Casey Palmer — The Year That Was… 2018.

Real talk? I was done with 2018 months ago, but it wasn’t quite done with me.

The Life and Times of Casey Palmer — The Year That Was... 2018. — Casey Pout

It’s been a challenging year. And not in the regular “working harder than any year before it” kind of way—hard in the losing friends and making enemies kind of way. In the realising you have more work than you have the effort available to do it kind of way. 2018 was a continuous, ongoing gauntlet of activity, and though I’d love to jump forward to 2019 and make a clean break, things aren’t quite that easy.

The Life and Times of Casey Palmer — The Reality that was 2018.

I tried so hard to have less on my plate than everything I’m looking at on December 31st, 2018.

The year had no shortage of curveballs, and my batting average wasn’t exactly amazing—despite my successes, there’s plenty that’s gone to the wayside. Like this being the first year in a while I didn’t start with a list of a hundred goals, too busy travelling and planning to get my act together. Same goes for my annual Black History Month project, which got a few posts out but didn’t reach the potential I had in mind. It was a year full of distractions, and while I started Chatting with Casey and giving some much-needed shape to the unfinished problems in my life, it still showed I was a long way off from sorting it all out— I sensed a very interesting 2019 ahead.

Get Thee to a Mobilist™! — How The Mobile Shop Can Help Get You the Right Device the FIRST Time.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Mobile Shop. All opinions are 100% mine.


You may not appreciate the great phones out there until you see what others can do with theirs. It could be that their phones are good at taking wide-angle photos. Or maybe they rock phones that offer cool augmented reality and 3D photo capabilities. In any case, if you feel stuck with your phone, it may be time to consider a new one.

But how do you choose? If you’re not a tech blogger or don’t obsessively follow news about the latest devices like I do, the number of features and specs out there can be overwhelming.

Which is why you can luckily find someone to do all of the hard work for you.

The Mobilist™ — The Smartphone Expert You Didn’t Even Know You Needed!

Allow me to reintroduce you to the Mobilist™—a smartphone expert at The Mobile Shop who can give you the unbiased advice you need to get the phone and plan you want.

Get Thee to a Mobilist™! — How The Mobile Shop Can Get You the Right Device the FIRST Time. — Phone Display
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That’s the thing about The Mobile Shop—you’re not tied to one kind of phone from one single carrier; you can get your hands on a wide selection of smartphones from major carriers in the same place you get your groceries! And there’s no shortage of places to check them out—found in numerous Loblaws, Fortinos, Zehrs, Atlantic Superstore and Real Canadian Superstore locations across the country; they offer not only great value but the opportunity to earn PC Optimum points on select phones and plans!

And at the centre of it all is the Mobilist™, who can give you advice on the things you might not even think about to make sure that the phone and plan you get are the right ones for you. Like getting the most storage you can on a phone versus unlimited space in the cloud because you’ll just use most of that space for photos. Or maybe you’re looking for more power without overdoing it on size. Whatever the question, there’s a Mobilist™ who can help answer it for you—you just need to take that first step and get thee to The Mobile Shop to make it happen!

This Season’s the Type for Some Help from Boogie Wipes® Saline Nose Wipes!

It’s cold and flu season, y’all, and it’s our job as parents to prepare for the onslaught of microbes ahead!

Good thing we have brands like Nehemiah and their kid-friendly Boogie Wipes® saline nose wipes, right?

Boogie Wipes® — The Science and Why You Need Them!

Let’s drop some quick science on you.

 

This Season's the Type for Some Help from Boogie Wipes! — Man on a Microscope

Lucas Vasques

There’s no shortage of little creepy crawlies out to get you in the world. On top of the fact that a sneeze can travel upward of a hundred miles an hour, check these stats:

  • A single sneeze can send up to 100,000 germs flying into the air
  • One in four kids pick their noses at least once a day, and one in five pick their noses at least five times daily
  • The average preschooler will suffer nine colds a year; the average kindergartener twelve; and kids and adults about seven a year from there on

So when you live in an urban area as densely packed as we are in Toronto (2.8 million people in 630 km²), you’ve gotta keep healthy—it’s so easy to get sick.

But if your parenting experience is anything like mine so far, you’ll probably agree that keeping things clean is one of the last priorities on most kids’ lists.

This Season's the Type for Some Help from Boogie Wipes! — Set of Boogie Wipes

Which is why there’s stuff like Boogie Wipes® saline nose wipes—a mom-invented solution for unhappy noses, gently cleaning runny, stuffy and tender noses with a mix of natural saline, aloe, chamomile and vitamin E.

Kids are Meant to be Heard and Not Just Seen with the VTech Kidi Star Karaoke Machine™!

I’ve never understood the deep discomfort that people have with karaoke, one of my favourite activities from my days before kids. Seal’s “Kiss From a Rose”. Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It”. I used to rock on Magic Mics from the Philippines and shoot for a perfect score with every performance.

Kids are Meant to be Heard and Not Just Seen with the VTech Kidi Star Karaoke Machine™! — Taking a Picture with the VTech KidiBuzz

We worry too much about what others will think. That we might not sing the greatest or that we’ve forgotten a few of the words in a song. Karaoke is meant to be fun, yet societal pressure builds it up as more than what it is. And a lot of that comes from what we pick up as kids—whether the people around us bolstered our confidence or just broke it down. We need to give our kids the space to enjoy their lives, and I feel like I’m doing that with the VTech Kidi Star Karaoke Machine™.

The Mobilist™ Cometh — Getting the Latest Device with the Greatest Advice at The Mobile Shop

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Mobile Shop. All opinions are 100% mine.


I feel like parents do something these days that we rarely saw happen in the generations before us:

We admit to our kids that we don’t know everything.

And it’s true—this generation has more information at its fingertips than any before them; they can quickly call your bluff with a quick Google search if you don’t know what you’re talking about. So it’s best to do away with the lie and leave the answering to the experts—likely where the answer should’ve come from in the first place.

But why should our kids be the only ones benefitting from expert advice? We adults need to make tons of decisions every day—how much easier would it be if we had someone who knew their stuff to lend a helping hand?

And that’s exactly why The Mobile Shop has brought you the Mobilist™ — mobile experts who’ll give you the unbiased advice you need to get the mobile phone and plan that you want.

Chatting with Casey 0011 — Don’t be Afraid of the Doula!

One day, I’ll be able to get a full night’s sleep without feeling like I’m leaving hours on the table because I haven’t written.

Chatting with Casey 0011 — Don't be Afraid of the Doula! — Rhiannon Langford Sitting in the Kitchen

“Don’t be Afraid of the Doula” marks the last of the interviews I did in the summer before life got all wonky and I took an unexpected hiatus. After getting my groove back in October, I’ve spent a lot of time working to make sure it doesn’t happen again, scheduling multiple interviews where I can to get ahead so I’m just not scrambling anymore.

But I’m enjoying the ride. Chatting with Casey’s allowing me to cover the stories I wouldn’t normally  speak to on my own, like what it’s like to grow up gay in Toronto, or why I may have been a little too cavalier in declaring Father’s Day as just for Dads. “Don’t be Afraid of the Doula” is no exception, where I speak with Rhiannon Langford about her business Birth Boss Maternity Care.

Chatting With Casey 0010 — Ain’t No Parents Got Time for That!

The more podcasts I put out, the more I realise just what I’m trying to get out of all this work—the kind of stories you won’t find anywhere else.
Chatting With Casey 0010 — Ain't No Parents Got Time for That! — Kenna Cote in Front of the Bus
Someone recently reminded me of something that got me doing this in the first place that I needed to remember to keep pushing forward—”everyone has a great story in them.” As we round out a year way more about growth in my soul than in my bank account, I finally find myself handling topics I would’ve never imagined before. Nonmonogamous relationships. Modern slavery. Stuff that I never felt qualified to speak on, but found people willing to fill me in.

But it’s also been a stark reminder that I need to do these interviews justice, and my tenth episode with my longtime friend Kendra Côte reminded me about the importance of research and knowing the path you’ll travel once that mic goes live. But you don’t let your missteps hold you back—you learn from them, and you’ll continue to get stronger podcasts from it.

In the meantime, you can hear Kendra and me just having tons of fun while we talk about soap, parenthood, and what it’s like to fit six people in a 270-square foot space every day and survive.

Check it out!

I hope you’ll come back next week when we talk about that time we accidentally delivered a baby at home.

Yeah, I said it.

Be well out there, guys, and until the next, I remain,

–case p.

Chatting with Casey 0009 — The Life and Times of the Single Mom

And then you have the times where you fall off the wagon and scramble to find the way back onto your path.

Chatting with Casey 0009 — The Life and Times of the Single Mom — The Palmer Boys

I never wanted to step away from podcasting as long as I did, but my life had other things in mind. Summertime trips. An office workload dialled up to eleven. Things were piling up on top of the fact that the most recent episode didn’t have the crystal clear audio I was looking for, so I took a step back to try and figure things out while handling the rest of my life. But several months and a good listen-through later, I realised it wasn’t that bad! We’re bringing October to a close, and I’m back and ready to go steady!

The Sweat You Break at the Y Isn’t Just for You — It’s for All of Us!

“I’m going to Mexico next year!”
“Oh, nice!”
“Yeah, we’ll be hitting up the Azul Fives for a wedding!”
“Nice! It gives you a year to take care of…” (looks me up and down) “…that.”

— an uncomfortable conversation between a colleague and I

Ever since becoming a Dad, I’ve admittedly let myself go. Before the kids were around, I did it all—intramural sports, biking in the summers, working on my feet all day… but it all seemed to change so suddenly. I got an office job. I had to start choosing family suppers over sports. My routine suddenly saw considerably less physical activity, and I gained the Fatherhood Fifteen to prove it!

But as with most life changes, you eventually find your groove. Now that the boys are a little older and we’ve returned to some regular routines, it’s up to me to take control and make exercise a part of my life again.

And where better to do it than the YMCA of Greater Toronto?