Let’s make this a quickie.

Last updated on September 9th, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Alright, it’s come to my attention that managing finances might not be something everyone’s well-versed in, here. I’m hoping to do a series of blog posts on financial management, but I’ll need everyone’s help.

A little about me before we start:

  • worked at TD Canada Trust for 6.5 years, finishing up as a Financial Sales Representative
  • have an Honours Bachelor of Arts from York University, majoring in Business & Society with a focus in the Economics and Mathematics/Statistics streams
  • spent two years as a Business/Financial Planning intern for the Government of Ontario, currently employed there as a Project Planning Coordinator

With all that said, please fire off your questions, concerns and ideas for financial management. What do you want to know more about? Where can I help?

Let me know so I can start writing to help you!


–case p.

We Be Bloggin’!

Last updated on October 7th, 2020 at 12:15 pm

Last Updated: October 7, 2020

Hey all,

So it looks like I have ample time on my hands to get dumpin’ all this stuff in my cranium into something a little more… tangible. Currently, I’m over at my girlfriend’s scanning docs that’ve been sitting around and just sketching and writing so I don’t have so much physical clutter around me. To streamline, you’ll be seeing a lot of things point back to my site (to be resurrected soon), such as an embedded FriendFeed (housing things like my Flickr, Tumblr and Twitter accounts, etc.) and the blog I direly need to start to express myself.

What am I hoping to get out of the Ontario League of Artists? I worked with WordPress a bit when I was still working for the provincial government, so I already have an idea of its potential. I’m looking forward to having a mini-community to really discuss what’s going on in my art life, share my sketches, get feedback from my peers, etc. I think we can make this place as good as we want it to be.

For now, you’ll have to make do with this vague sliver of my thoughts, but I intend to bring more.

In due time, my friends. In due time.

Fresh Start?

Last updated on October 18th, 2020 at 02:53 am

I don’t really blog that much at all these days. Life got a hold of me, and I lost my way. I’ve been relying on others to make my days work for me, and just not really paying attention in general.

Is this the way to lead life? Is that what I’m striving for daily? To exist and not quite reach a level of contentedness, but instead aim to just make a living day-to-day?

I think that living that way would be a farce. Who are we without our values, our goals and our dreams?

Reading a Xanga blog I follow, the topic was raised of a blogger that blogs regularly on things that make her happy. I think it’s a great thing to focus on.

Recently, I’ve been thinking of ventures I could segue into, and the problem keeps arising that for most ventures to be successful, they need to be something that one is passionate about.

I don’t feel that I have a passion for anything, but I’m likely wrong. I think I’ve become so hung up on self-doubt and putting up walls between myself and my accomplishments that I’m beginning to believe a fallacy.

So no more. I need to find what makes me happy.

I know for sure, one thing that makes me happy is helping people. In the office setting, I try to assist others with putting files together in Excel, Access or Word, because I know I know a fair bit and believe that I can be of assistance. I’m the type of person who’ll usually stop to help someone out on the street if they look lost. I help friends out when possible because I’d want someone to help make my life easier if it were at all possible. Helping people fuels me. When I worked in banking, I loved knowing that at the end of the day, I’d done everything possible to improve the lives of the clients who I saw regularly.

I want to keep helping people. I will find a way.

Thanks for listening, Internet 🙂

–case p.

Conquest went under?!

My trip to the Bahamas next week is now cancelled 🙁

Trying to find a new trip. Ugh. Stomachache from this stupid incident.

–case p.

An Inspiring Story Told at a Quiznos

I sent this story about my lunchtime to my girlfriend because it was just so unbelievable:

“You won’t BELIEVE the story I heard today.

So I went to Quizno’s for lunch on my manager’s recommendation (not so much of a recommendation, but she had it for lunch, I saw the bag, turns out that her kids were thinking about starting up a Quizno’s franchise but were dismayed by their business practises—NONE of which is relevant for this story), and the guy who runs the shop (the one just south of College on Yonge), Oskar, is a pretty nice guy. We made small talk about the poor state of the world and such, and all was well.

Then his employee came to ring out my sandwich at the till, and I decided to pay debit (as I’m not carrying any cash), and she said it would be an extra 12 cents. I did the patented Palmer Shrug of the Shoulders and said—”I think I can afford that.” And we laughed. Oskar then proceeded to tell me a story.

A while ago, a man had come in and the same thing had happened, where he was going to be charged the extra 12 cents. When he learned this, he told Oskar, “I don’t think I’m going to make it to the end of the week.” Oskar laughed it off at first, but when he looked at the man, he saw that he was serious! Now, Oskar felt bad, and he’s a firm believer in God, so he said, “You know—if things are that bad, here you go. Just take the sandwich, and I hope things get better.” The man was shocked, and said, “Thank you.” Oskar felt good that he was able to help someone else in a time of need.

A few days pass, and Oskar sees the man again. He comes up to the till and hands Oskar a $100 bill. Oskar said, “I can’t take this—I just opened and there’s no way I can change it for you!” The man said, “No, don’t worry about it.” Oskar asks “What is this for? Surely you want the change.” The man goes, “It’s for you, take it.” Oskar was very confused—this was more than ten times the value of the sandwich he’d given him a few days back and he’d been on hard times. Turns out that after Oskar had given him the sandwich, this man had played the lottery and won $125,000.

Oskar was never prouder to be holding a $100 in his life.”

The Lord is good and truth is stranger than fiction. Craziness.

–case p.