#Chronicle150 & Tales from the 2.9

Last updated on February 19th, 2022 at 12:21 am

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

So—things are about to get real over here at Casey Palmer, Canadian Dad. We’ve been through a lot together:

  • Daily Man Lessons
  • Years of resolution lists 100 tasks deep

…everything the brand’s stood for’s grown exponentially with every passing year, but it’s never been anything like this.

#Chronicle150 & Tales from the 2.9—Making 2017 Memorable One Story at a Time—The Older Palmer Son in Canmore, Alberta for Canada Day

It’s a good time to be Canadian—this July, we celebrate our nation’s 150th birthday, and that’s not something we’re taking lightly! With all too many of those years spent trapped in America’s shadow, it’s only recently that the world’s seen Canada stand on its own two, and it’s up to the 35 million of us north of the 49th parallel to keep reminding them we’ve got our own thing going on.

Which is why I thought, “What better time than now to showcase what makes Canada the amazing country it is?”

February 1st is 150 days before Canada Day—July 1st, marking our nation’s independence without blatantly calling it “Independence Day”1. And what better way to celebrate everything that being Canadian-born and -bred’s done for me than to put 150 pieces out about our country and everything it means to us in 2017.

#Chronicle150 & Tales from the 2.9 — Two Projects Setting the Tone in 2017!

#Chronicle150 & Tales from the 2.9—Making 2017 Memorable One Story at a Time—The Older Palmer Son in Canmore, Alberta for Canada Day

I know what you’re thinking—”150 pieces of content?! Casey, you barely survived putting 29 out last year!” But seldom am I one to step down from a challenge. 150 posts may seem like a lot, but what I think would be worse is to treat 2017 like it was just any other year.

We didn’t even have an internet for our last milestone birthday! For Canada’s 125th back in 1992, as an 8-year old Mississaugan, all I could do was make a nifty school project. 25 years later, there’s so much we can do, but too many of my ilk feel satisfied with a blog post here and a tweet or two there.

But me? I don’t want to look back at 2017 feeling like I missed out on something great because I chose to do the bare minimum.

And so, I’m happy to announce two major projects this year: you already know Tales from the 2.9—The Black Canadians Sharing their Stories in a Digital Age; but for 2017 we’re taking it a step farther, introducing #Chronicle150—150 Truly Canadian Stories for its 150th Birthday!

January Was Just a Warm-up.

I’ll launch Tales more formally tomorrow, but know this—I’ve put a lot of work into making a memorable series, and I hope that shines through as you check it out each day! One thing I learned from last year is that there’re plenty of stories to be told if you bother to sit down, listen, and become willing to share them with others.

And with that, I say so long January and thanks for the prep time—the real work is yet to come!

See you tomorrow, everyone!

Until then, I remain,

The second logo for Casey Palmer, Canadian Dad

1 Just kidding, America—we love you. Really, we do!

The 2017 100

Last updated on April 1st, 2021 at 01:08 am

Unless my life sees some major changes this year, 2017 may mark the last list of 100!

It’s January 13th—I’ve spent nearly two weeks of my new year agonising over 100 items that matter enough to hit a list of goals and aspirations for the year ahead. And that’s a key difference from the lists that came before it.

Before it was a task list—I’d look around at everything that needed doing and jot it down, because my life would obviously be better with them out of the way.

But task lists aren’t inspiring. They’re not motivational. As a creative, that’s like dropping a pile of 100 things I dread on my lap and nagging myself to get ’em done by the year’s end.

Once I realised what I was doing to myself, so much so that I just went through my least successful year yet for my list, I knew I needed to make a change for 2017.

The 2017 100—It's Not WHAT You Do, It's How You DO It.—New Year, New Perspective

I’m particularly proud of the list I’ve put together for The 2017 100. I didn’t take any shortcuts—I wrote out 100 things that’d help me live the life I’d like to lead and prove instrumental along the path there. Rather than hurriedly scrawl out a list I’d likely ignore ’til December, I wrote one that I’d happily check off, knowing that each accomplishment would take me a step closer to a far better 2018. I feel like I’m finally getting it right this time, and I hope that shines through as you give it a look for yourself!

But that’s enough of my chatter—I’ve already made you wait long enough. Here for your consideration is The 2017 100—because it’s not what you do… it’s how you do it!

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