I Be Speaking

After much arm-twisting I’ve agreed to speak at an event this week. I say arm-twisting because the event is a little outside my comfort zone. If I were asked to speak to students or writers or anything in the realm of publishing or wanna-be publishing, if I were asked to emcee some sort of reading or awards ceremony or pretty much any event, I’d do it without hesitation, not a problem. I do that kind of stuff all the time … but this is a little different.

This time I’m speaking to a group of young professionals and entrepreneurs, of which, apparently I am one, though I’ve never really identified myself as such. I won’t be the only speaker, so I can be brief, a few minutes. I’m told some of the other speakers are from FatKat, which is cool. I’m really interested in hearing the speakers … scared to death to BE one of them!

Of course, I could have just turned down the invitation, but if I’ve learned one thing through working in the Mighty Community it’s that if it makes you uncomfortable that means you’re growing, and you should always seize the opportunity to grow. I’m as uncomfortable as I’ve ever been, but off I go anyway! Here I grow again!

So if you’re in the area and you’re a young professional (or young at heart!) come hear me and some others speak at the official launch of MYPIE this Wednesday after work at the Rodd Hotel. More details about the group and the event at their website www.mypie.ca.

Mood: uncomfortable
Drinking: black coffee
Listening To: crows cawing
Hair: getting longer and thicker every day

I’m Gonna Win!

Theatre New Brunswick Rocky Horror Show Contest
As you aware, Theatre New Brunswick is proud to present The Rocky Horror Show September 25-28, with a Special Midnight Performance Friday, September 26. Rehearsals starring Tony LePage, Tania Breen, Shawn Henry, and some of Canada’s hottest talents including Canadian Idol finalist Aaron Walpole are well underway. I hope you are as excited as we are!

For all the Rocky Horror Show fans who have picked up their tickets, your purchase has automatically entered you in our fantastic contest to win 2 tickets to our fabulous Midnight Show Pre-Party at the James Joyce Irish Pub PLUS an overnight stay for 2 in an Executive Suite at the Crowne Plaza!

For our fans that have not yet picked up tickets, and any beloved fence-sitters, this is one show you will not want to miss. And with three of these amazing prize packages to be won, wait no longer if you would like to take part in our draw. Tickets are selling fast. Three draws for three prizes will be held next Wednesday, September 24 at 6:30 PM. Please see poster or visit the TNB website tnb.nb.ca for details.

Many of you have been asking about what to wear, what to bring, when to shout. Costumes, props, and enthusiastic participation are encouraged! Everything from newspapers, flashlights, surgical gloves, noisemakers, confetti, toilet paper, party hats, cards, bells, and whistles are welcome. Please leave rice, water, and toast at home.

Strap on your stilettos and warm up for Friday’s Midnight Show at the Official Pre-Party where a $7 admission at the door of the James Joyce includes a pint of Picaroons, Rocky Horror-themed food, a Participation Tutorial Session, and more.

Join us for the most outrageous theatre event of the season.
The Rocky Horror Show. DON’T DREAM IT. BE IT

I have tickets and I am going to win the hotel room and pre-party admission! Oh my God! I have NOTHING to wear! Somebody help me!

Mood: cheerful
Drinking: tea, i am doing the tea thing this week
Listening To: just me, typing
Hair: damp from shower earlier

Freedom to Choose

Sometimes we need a little reminder of the basics of life. Listening to Covey as I write for Sammy … some highlights:

Don’t you feel better when the weather outside is great? What if you could carry your own weather with you? You could always feel great no matter what!

Don’t you feel better when people treat you well? Isn’t that a kind of social weather? When you carry your weather with you, you can choose to be consistent regardless of how people treat you. That’s being proactive. Being reactive is the opposite. You always see yourself as the victim —- of the weather, of your moods, of someone who has it in for you.

Your life is the result of your own decisions, not conditions, not what’s happening around you.

Between what happens to us and our response is a space. In that space lies our power and our freedom to choose our response, and in those choices lay our growth and our happiness.

Even in the midst of challenging circumstances we have this exhilarating power to choose how we will respond. This is the last human freedom, the power to choose your own response to any condition, to anything that happens to you.

It’s not what people do to us that hurts us, it’s our chosen response to what they do that hurts us.

As Gandhi said, “They cannot take away our self respect if we do not give it to them.”

We must simply never build our emotional life around the weaknesses of other people. Otherwise, we give them permission to continue to mess up our lives. We give our future away.

The miserable person at work doesn’t make you miserable, you choose to be miserable.

We have the power and the freedom to choose, to create our own weather each day.

Mood: inspired, sleepy
Drinking: cheap, coarse, black coffee
Listening To: habits of productive people
Hair: tied up