I’ve spent this last week aimlessly writing, figuring out what I should do next.
- My career of eleven years that I pretty much fell into and what I do with it some seventeen jobs later
- All the content that still needs producing and how to make each one special in an age where we value immediacy over innovation
- And, of course, whether I’m living up to my role as a husband, father, brother, friend and son as I try to find time for everyone while sorting all of this out.
Logically, I know it’s all a process. I spend a lot of my time thinking about the things I’d eventually like to accomplish, and none of it’s happening overnight. I’ve long since decided to stop investing my time in content that takes five minutes to make—there’s more than enough on the internet already. What I want to do is create things worth remembering—content whose impact we’ll feel months and years down the road. It’s a slow process, but I’ve made it this far—what’s a little bit more, right?
But that’s enough introspection for one post. Let’s get right to it with The Week That Was… March 18th-24th, 2018, and everything that went down in those seven days. Spoiler alert—lots of it had to do with food.
The Week That Was — A Blog, A Blog, My Kingdom for a Blog!
Maybe part of what’s had me feeling disconcerted is not putting out any new blog posts last week. I know there’s social, but my blog’s where I put a ton of my time and energy, so not getting any solid stories out through there always has me feel some kind of way.
But a slow week it was not—it saw me reconnect with old high school friends and titans of industry in social media and speaking. It saw me spend quality time with friends and peers from church and my eldest son as we hit up a Rooks to Cooks kids’ cooking class with Chef Shai Mandel who’d teach us how to make some killer butter tarts! But what probably kept me busiest were some very active Facebook posts—most notably one looking to help a friend from Vancouver craft the perfect trip to Toronto.
Check it out!
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I mean, there was a time we worried about them stumbling as they tried to walk, and now they're zipping around the neighbourhood on their @microkickboard scooters! I don't actively think about how far we've come from those first days 4½ years ago where we had NO idea of what we'd be in for, but we're spending our time now with two boys joined at the hip, not even realising how much they enrich each other's lives as they adventure together. "The days are long, but the years go by quickly"—and that's why I love capturing moments like these, their bond frozen in time for them to see years from now. #brothers #bros #Toronto #mixedkids #mixed #Black #Blackboys #Blackisbeautiful #sons #boys #love #family #scooters #helmets #kids #cute #outside
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Fortunately, I’ve tempered my expectations CONSIDERABLY since spending a week alone with my eldest son last summer, and set my bar low when I took him to a special @rooks2cooks kids’ cooking class hosted by @chefshaimandel. But you know what? The little guy stepped up! He’d get his hands a little dirty when using the “chicken-pecking” method to coat the lard with flour and toss the mix together as we put the shaved butter in… though it took him a while to warm up (baking pun!), but he wound up with a dozen butter tarts to share with the fam when he got home! As a Dad, I need my kids to have the skills they’ll need to stand on their own two when they grow up. Classes like this are a GREAT start! If you need a summer camp for your kids, make sure to check it out! #ad #cooking #chef #kid #kids #Black #BlackIsBeautiful #blackkid #blackboy #boy #child #son #mixedkid #mixedkidmagic #kitchen #cook #cute #family #love #curlyhair #curlyhairdontcare #curls
Question of the Day:
Who's your favourite blogger and why is it not me?
— Casey E. Palmer (@CaseP) March 20, 2018
— Casey E. Palmer (@CaseP) March 23, 2018
Other People’s Platforms (You Down With OPP???)
Character is what you do when nobody’s looking.
Though I might not always publish my work doesn’t mean I’m not hustling in the background. I’m typing upward of 100,000 words each week and writing several thousand more by hand. I spend plenty of time mentoring others to find their voices and tell better stories so they can communicate to their potential. And now and then, I end up on a podcast discussing a movie I hadn’t seen in a bajillion years!
It's the circle of life and it moves us all to talk about THE LION KING, the 1994 Disney animated classic! Joining us is dad-blogger Casey Palmer! This movie was king of the jungle in its prime, but can it feel the love today? https://t.co/23gxurz2Cc
— Rewatchability (@Rewatchability) March 21, 2018
After hitting Entertainment One’s headquarters as a guest on Sam Kemp-Jackson’s Parenting Then and Now podcast, her producer invited me back for a podcast far different from the ones I’d been on of late.
Rewatchability is a podcast is a show hosted by JM McNab, Rob LaRonde and Blain Watters, where they rewatch the movies of their past and see what they think of them now as their current selves. It’s a very interesting experience—a mix of Dad Joke-worthy humour, little-known trivia, and introspection as we understood things about ourselves and the world around us we’d never pick up on as kids.
My movie of choice? The Lion King—a flick etching Jeremy Irons’ “Be Prepared” in my memory after watching it entirely too many times. I won’t spoil the podcast, but the movie was a lot quicker than I remembered, and offered a surprising perspective now that I’m watching it as a Dad! So kick back, relax, and prepare to be entertained—Rewatchability 316 is worth the listen! Check out some of the praise it’s already gotten!
Another great episode – really enjoyed the discussion!
— Glen Gracia (@GlenGracia) March 25, 2018
Umm @Rewatchability did The Lion King this week and I’ve had a few glasses of wine tonight so I guess I’m just feeling really blessed right now
— ? ayla (@noworkzone) March 22, 2018
Here’s to a Restful Weekend.
And that’s what’s up. It’s been tough fitting everything in with things so chaotic at the j-o-b, but better late than never, and I’m looking forward to the wealth of stuff that’s coming next!
So Happy Easter one and all—I hope you have a solid weekend with family and friends, and we’ll catch you on Easter Monday, or as I like to call it, “A Fine Day for Discounted Ferrero Rochers!”
Until the next!