A WEEK IN THE LIFE… Sodas, Saving and Bowling

Sunday, May 5th – May 11th, 2013

Not all weeks are created equal. Some have events that you may have waited ages for, like a vacation, a birthday or a milestone in your life – but some will pass by in the blink of an eye, without you fully realising what you did or why you did it.

So, in the spirit of making the most of the life I have, every now and then I’d like to put together posts called “A Week in the Life…”, a quick look at the madness I get up to and the lessons I learn from my experiences (if any).

Let’s start with May 5th through 11th!

SUNDAY the 5th

Saw Iron Man 3, and despite some clever one-liners, was generally underwhelmed by the closing act of the Iron Man trilogy. Also planned some downtime — a picnic down at the Toronto Islands, because you can’t be on “go time” all the time.

MONDAY the 6th

Went to ING Canada’s #SaverSearch as a +1 and got to see the launch of their ING Superstar Saver Search with their special guests and partners, Walk Off the Earth 🙂

TUESDAY the 7th

Hit up the Scarborough Dishcrawl to see what Wexford Heights had to offer.

WEDNESDAY the 8th

Got an email from Nicole letting me know that we were only a week away from BiSC and to get ready!

THURSDAY the 9th

I took Sarah to Kraft’s SodaStream promo events at 2nd Floor Events.

What we got:

  • SodaStream-carbonated drinks
  • appetizers
  • a SodaStream source and Country Time lemonade mix
  • candy

How it was:

Okay. Mostly mingled and took photos; we had a good chat with someone we met named Avery about travel, Twitter and how the Internet is changing the way we live. But the SodaStream is ridiculously amazing! We’d put it in action at Sarah’s birthday party later in the week (see below)

Danforth Pizza House

FRIDAY the 10th

Got together with some fellow Ingress players from the Enlightened faction at Pour Girl to socialize…

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…and later hit up Bite Bar to get what would turn out to be some delicious miniature cupcakes… (Buytopia Deal: http://www.buytopia.ca/deal/3546/?a_aid=4de9b34e683ca?skip=true&a_aid=casepam)

 

 

…ending the day with some Indian from Banjara Indian Cuisine, eaten with Sarah’s siblings to celebrate her birthday 🙂

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SATURDAY the 11th

We wrapped up the week with Sarah and a number of her friends to celebrate a milestone birthday that I won’t mention any more specifics on. It was a good time at the house and at Danforth Bowl, and I’m prettysure she enjoyed herself!

Until next time,

–case p.

10 Random Things, Volume 1

Unlike the 10 Things You May Not Know About Me, this is just stuff that’s been on my mind as of late:

  1. Who do I have to sleep with to get a good deal on a camera lens? I’m not paying $2500 for a Canon EF 2.8L II USM. Guess I’ll need to wait until Henry’s next Exposure Show and see what deals they have (or check out used lens deals across the city).
  2. Paying $600 return to Las Vegas for BiSC is something that drives me insane when I paid $750 return to fly to Tanzania just last year. Currently exploring standby options and waiting on my haunches for something better to come along! Fortunately, Graham has some good suggestions for this.
  3. If I could find the time to learn how to play the drums, I totally would.
  4. Infinite Cables — a Canadian equivalent to Monoprice — may very well be my new favourite thing.
  5. To switch things up, I joined The Scintilla Project — a two-week blogging project focusing on storytelling. Hopefully it’ll have me explore some parts of myself that I haven’t visited in a while. [pause]
  6. I don’t know whether anyone’s noticed, but I’ve taken a short break from putting Man Lessons out — I’ve been working at taking all my Mansformation ideas and committing to getting an actual website launched by mid-April.
  7. Just bought tickets for a National Geographic show at Roy Thomson Hall; learning from other photographers — especially the extreme ones — can really add to how you pursue your own compositions.
  8. I think we decided that we might finally trek out to San Francisco sometime this year — it’s been on my list since forever, and it didn’t take our friends very much to convince us to go.
  9. Some days I write and wonder if the Age of the Blog is gone and dead. I see things like RebelMouse and wonder whether our attention spans have grown so short that we rather just consume bite-sized pieces of information and not focus on an entire argument or discussion.
  10. I’m weird and old school. If I want to do my best writing and editing, I need to do it on paper. I am the worst enemy of forests everywhere.

–case p.

Becoming a Better Blogger

Great People Talk About Ideas; Average People Talk About Things; Small People Talk About Other People
I need to remember to repeat this to myself all the time.

Every time I write; every time I come up with new ideas and spend hours putting them together into the most coherent and compelling stories that I can muster, one core thought runs through my head:

“I want to be a better blogger.”

We are our brand. We are the sum of the things we’ve done in life, what we’ve learned from them, and how other people see us because of these things. The sum total of these is the personal brand that’s associated with us individually.

But if our brands are so precious and define how people see us, isn’t it our duty to make sure we do all that we can to make them stunning?

The Importance of the Personal Brand

When I was young, my parents wanted me to be a professional — a doctor, a lawyer, or even an actuary — but there was an underlying lesson they were always teaching me:

Be the best there is at what you do.

Being the best means constant learning. It means improving your craft with every new thing you learn and never truly being satisfied with what you offer to the world. Just as the world never stops progressing, neither should you.

It’s ignorant to think that you’ll always be the best — it takes all types to make the world work, and eventually someone will come along who’s faster, stronger, smarter, or just plain better than you are.

But you never stop trying. Never.

If you’re passionate about something — if you’ve got the drive to keep wanting to put the very best that you can out in the world — whatever that is at any given time — then it’s a feeling that’ll never leave you alone. It’s an itch that you’ll never truly scratch, but it’s that very itch that keeps you going.

And it’s because of that itch that I want to take advantage of opportunities like Bloggers in Sin City and Brandgasm 101.

What IS “A Better Blogger?”

But what is “a better blogger”?

Does it mean increasing my Alexa ranking? Does it mean getting more shares and retweets on Facebook and Twitter? Or having your audience show you love through a flood of comments when you post something new?

It means different things to different people.

Me? I want my blog to mean something. I want to know when I shuffle off of the mortal coil at some point in the future that my blog somehow made the world a better place.

So that’s why I grind. That’s why I hustle away, trying to make this blog better and better when I can work on it.

And that’s why I want to join Brandgasm 101.

Brandgasm 101 — How to take your design and copywriting game to the next level

Much like making sure the clothes on my back are as fly as I can get ’em, who’s gonna remember a blog that fails to make an impact on them?

You can buy all the tools in the world to become a better designer, but they won’t do you any good if you don’t know what you’re doing. That’s why I’d love to join Brandgasm 101 — to go back to basics, unlearn bad habits and build something I’ll be proud of. Something that’ll stand the test of time.

While the pricing hasn’t been revealed for Brandgasm 101, I think that anyone who’s serious about taking their presence anywhere — both digitally and physically — should consider making the investment in learning great design!

Hopefully I’ll see you there!

–case p.

[disclaimer: this reflection’s inspired by a call for entries in a Brandgasm 101 contest which I hope to win so I can kick my design game up a few levels]