— Jay-Z, “Can’t Knock the Hustle”, Reasonable Doubt (1996)
The first full week in March’s been all about getting organised.
What 2018’s done for me so far is give me a fiery drive to create—it’s the first time in a very long time I’ve felt like I’ve tangible things I can do to improve my brand instead of continuing to produce just because. I can’t put it out there just yet, but I’m looking back a lot these days as I strengthen my brand’s foundations, really seeing how far this journey’s taken me. It’s one thing when you’re living through each day trying to accomplish as much as possible, but when you lay it all out in one place and give it some perspective, it can be really empowering!
But we’re not here to discuss the things that’re yet to come—with 2018’s tenth week officially in the books, it’s time to review The Week That Was and everything that came with it!
So if we don’t already have regular plans pencilled in, it’s very likely you didn’t see hide nor hair from me this week. Save a couple of podcast tapings and giving and receiving career advice, I spent more time keeping house than I did being out and about. (Apologies to Solmaz and the gang at Best Buy Canada that I couldn’t hit up the Home Show this year, but there’s still a long 2018 ahead of us, amirite?)
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.
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!
Being a modern blogger and doing it right means keeping on top of every channel you want to stay active on—even ones predating social media, like the blog.
This summer’s seen a lot go down in the #BloggerLife, including interactions with traditional media that have me stoked to keep growing the brand. Still, it occurred to me that I was missing out on a key opportunity to interact with those of you who only follow the blog and not my various exploits on social media by not sharing them here!
So for any of you who missed it, I spent a few minutes on Global TV’s The Morning Show a little while back to briefly discuss some recent news in the world of parenting! Joined by former co-host Liza Fromer, news anchor Carolyn MacKenzie, and fellow parent blogger Ana-Maria Klizs of Bluebird Kisses, it made for a good start to a Wednesday!
You can check it out below!
Casey Palmer Does Global TV’s The Morning Show!
Until the next!
Tell your wife, tell your kids, tell your husbands:
I watch a lot of TV. A lot. I watch while I work on my content, often up ’til 2 or 3 AM with Netflix as background noise while I create. I’ve watched so many shows that I’ve gotten really picky on what I call a “good show”.
I loveThe Wire — an amazing look into the underbelly of Baltimore and everyone affected by it. It’s great… except for Seasons 2 and 5.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air‘s one of the funniest sitcoms in the history of the genre… well, until they switched Aunt Viv halfway through and it went into the toilet.
They tell me to watch Seinfeld and House, M.D., but the idea of investing 9 seasons into something I won’t love frightens me (ironic, since I’m watching It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia as I write this).
But the one show that never lets me down is One Piece. 15 years into the manga’s run and it’s only drawn me in deeper. It covers everything from the bonds of friendship to standing up for what you believe in — even if it means standing up against a government that runs the entire world.
Though I’ve watched the entire series once, Crunchyroll finally adding the full series to their service 30 episodes a week is amazing for someone who’s had them stored on a heavy external hard drive day for far too long.
Now if they could only get auto-play like Netflix….
Life is full of happy surprises — like the time where a friend dropped my name to a CTV producer, which landed me a spot on the CTV News talking tech news on a Tuesday!
To Scarberia and Beyond
It’ll take a lot to get a kid from Mississauga to step into Scarborough. To a Mississaugan, Scarborough is a place mentioned in hushed whispers at night, meant to scare young children into behaving. You might think you’re the meanest thing on the streets in the ‘Saug, but they’d eat you up for breakfast on the east side of Toronto. And even though I’d spent a little time there when I dated a Scarborough girl in my teens, I hadn’t had much reason to return since that relationship ended.
So when I got the opportunity for a CTV News appearance, it was probably about time that I made my way back east of Victoria Park Ave.
Getting on TV BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.
The next time I’m asked to go somewhere unfamiliar, I’ll make sure I do aerial recon on Google Maps first so I don’t end up jumping a chain-link perimeter fence in my good clothes (yes, it really happened!)
One day I’ll learn how to take really good panoramic shots with my phone, but until then, you get this.
A signed photo of Kunta… er, Jordi… er…
Took a shot of this for my buddy Jaemeel!
Shout-out to my parents and their love for Lionel! think they even managed to catch him in concert 🙂
I’m sure there’s many women my age that found this guy dreamy
I saw this and I immediately thought of Simone and her constant denial of her love for his … craft.
After some waiting time in the green room (I was really early…) and quick banter with host Marcia MacMillan, it was go time. We went right into it and I rambled off a number of facts from the notes I’d made earlier (note: I impressed Marcia in that I hadn’t brought any speaking notes on-stage with me — I didn’t even know it was an option).
It was over as quickly as it started, and my minutes of fame gone to the next would-be-superstar, but for a moment there, I had a lot of fun on a news set at 9 Channel Nine Court in Scarborough.
Apparently I don’t watch enough TV
Had I known that there was more than one CTV channel, I’d have asked which one I’d appear on. Sorry to anyone I led to the wrong channel, but the clip’s right here for anyone who still wants to see it:
Looking at myself with a critical eye, I could’ve been better prepared, but it was a decent effort for a first time doing TV in a live studio!
Overall, I was very happy with the experience and all the love I received from family and friends about my performance — and even happier that they told me to keep my mind open to future opportunities in coming weeks!
Keep your eyes peeled, everyone. This isn’t over!
Thanks for reading,
Tell your wife, tell your kids, tell your husbands: