*By Ro Nwosu*
This Summer, my goal was to get out camping in Ontario at least once. In the past two years, I’ve been quite fortunate to visit a few provincial parks – except I haven’t really touched many within Ontario. Camping is one of those things where you move efficiently, and with more purpose because the regular amenities that you would normally have around you are gone. Things like fancy toilet paper (you know what I’m talking about!), fridges, your entire closet and the gym.
*By Jennifer Morris*
Being busy does not mean that you are also being productive. There I said it… come at me “I’m just soooo busy” people. I cannot go a day without someone mentioning how “busy” they are and I too find myself falling into this trap from time to time. There are times when I am truly busy, meaning I am at that moment engaged in something and therefore cannot do something else. Or yes there are a lot of things I have on my to-do list, but are they all pressing at that moment? No of course not, that’s not possible.
Listen, I know we’re all busy and that it can be quite hard to stay on track sometimes. But I honestly believe that you make time for what’s important to you. Now, I’m gonna repeat that one again: you make time for what’s important to you. And your health just has to be important to you. This isn’t me trying to shame you here, I’m just trying to advocate for you when you’ve dropped the ball on doing it for yourself. We spend so much time and energy taking care of others, that we often forget to take care of ourselves. Well, you can’t pour from an empty cup, folks. It’s that simple.
Winter in Canada isn’t always the most forgiving experience, to say the least. It can be cold, feel somewhat unrelenting and abundantly unpredictable. But over the years, I’ve worked hard on complaining less about it and rather started focusing on making the most out of it instead. Easier said than done for the most part, right? Well ultimately, the key is to be as prepared as you possibly can be, while remembering to always have fun – no matter what it throws at you. It’s that simple.
*By Jennifer Morris*
Networking is invaluable in every part of life. In business, if you think networking is not “necessary” or “worth your time”, you are wrong. So wrong. So why are there people out there that either don’t want to do it or find no value in it? Well it’s likely they are doing it all wrong. Before you stop reading, hear me out. Have you ever gone to a networking event with the intention of meeting someone specific?
Women sure have come a long way. And although we’ve made some pretty major strides over the years, we still have quite a long way to go. I love how easily we can band together in order to support each other, rather than trying to tear each other down. That’s why community is so darn important, my friends. It’s our duty to help each other out, but sometimes we just don’t know how to do it.
Growing up, I mostly lived in the city. But, I was frequently exposed to nature and had the opportunity to explore the great outdoors on a fairly regular basis. Whether it was camping or cabins with family, staying on friends properties out in the country, or even dedicated adventures – I always knew that I loved it. And now, it has brought me to a point in my life where connecting with it helps me to thrive, while pushing myself out of my comfort zone and learning about how truly resilient I am. Combine all of that with a whole heck of a lot of memories and fun along the way, and I’m absolutely hooked for life.
*By Jennifer Morris*
So, I’ve been running my business for a couple of years now, and I have come to a conclusion: There are a lot of people in business that are complete dicks about everything. I know that some people are nodding along and agreeing with me, but this article is not for you – cause you likely already get it. This article is for the people shaking their heads at my use of the word “dick” and that I even have the balls to say something so “vulgar”.
This last year, I’ve spent a lot of time dedicated to exploring my local area, rather than just jumping ship (or plane, really) in order to head off to another country. Although I still really love to do that, I recently realized that I haven’t seen very much of what’s right in my own backyard. Growing up in Ottawa, I spent a lot of time out in the country as a kid. We used to go for hikes or walks in the forest, head off to farms or cottages, bike around trails, canoe local lakes and even snowmobile from time to time. But one of my favourite things to do has always been to go camping.
I love gardening, but I have to admit that I haven’t always been very good at it. Growing up, I watched as my grandmothers planted flowers every year and tended to them lovingly. As a child, I visited many farms belonging to close friends or family, in order to help out and watch their tasty veggies grow. But then I would head back to my little basement city apartment where just my mother and I lived. We would then grab a can of something or some store-bought veggies from the fridge for dinner. I never really put two and two together on where any my food came from or on the importance of what you put into your body. I wanted to learn, but never knew where to start.