Growing up, Christmas Day wasn't the most important day for me. My family did have a small artificial Christmas tree, a few decorations here and there and Christmas lights; but the majority of my memories on December 25th are calm, quiet and peaceful. I've only very recently learned that is not typical. Here's the thing. My mom was … Continue reading Blended Holidays for Blended Families
On May 5th we (my bf and I) got a new kitten. We adopted her from the Toronto Humane Society, she was part of a litter of three. She is a scrawny, squirmy little tortoise shell cat named Bowie. Yes she is named after David Bowie and she is nearly seven-months-old. I know, awesome right? Bowie … Continue reading #LittleBowieCat
I spent this weekend completely reorganizing my bookshelves. I have a lot of books, mostly thanks to growing up in an academic household (my parents are professors) and of course because of my English degree. I also have a bit of a book obsession. I've acquired books over the years by purchasing them on a whim, … Continue reading Bookshelves
Around this time last year, two of my girlfriends mentioned that they were listening to audiobook recordings of Harry Potter. I was blown away by the very notion of such a thing. I read Harry Potter obsessively from the ages of 10 to 18 and then hardly touched the series for nearly seven years. However, last … Continue reading Stephen Fry Reading Harry Potter Will Change Your Life
One of my favourite quotes from one of my favourite poems in one of my favourite books.
The internet is bursting with resources on networking, interviews, salary negotiation, the whole gamut. I like to read about career and professional development in my spare time so I thought I'd share what I think are some of the best websites for anyone on the job hunt (I'm a student right now so this includes me). If … Continue reading Five Professional Development Sites Every Job-Hunter Needs to Bookmark
It’s Passover, so let’s talk about what it means to be 21st-century Jewish. I am Jewish. I’m an atheist, I don’t speak Hebrew, I never had a bat mitzvah, I don’t go to synagogue and my paternal grandfather was a United Church minister. Still, I am Jewish. I’ve grown accustomed to explaining to people how it is … Continue reading 21st-century Jewish: Pesach
Few endeavours inspire me more than entrepreneurship. The idea of jumping off the safe road to start something meaningful, useful, and real just sounds so cool. As we move through the 21st century, entrepreneurship is gradually becoming the new normal. With the emergence of technology and social media, creative thinkers have more room than ever … Continue reading The Power of Entrepreneurial Thinking
I have a lot of experience using LinkedIn as both the hiring manager and the job seeker. I was recruited into my current job via LinkedIn and I get job offers through the site once every few months without fail. I am confident that you can too if you follow the steps below. What is … Continue reading Get Hired with Linkedin: A Step-by-step Guide
Do you love what you do? Lately I've been chatting with a lot of my friends about passion and fulfilment in work and life. I seem to talk about it all the time in fact. And I keep seeing more and more that what it means to 'love your job' is different for everyone. For … Continue reading Labours of Love
“You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." - Wayne Gretzky, highest scoring hockey player of all time. If you know people, you have a network. And that network has a ton of value. Nearly every job I've ever received has been through a connection, including the one that launched my career in the insurance industry. I've helped dozens of … Continue reading Three Sure-Fire Ways to Leverage Your Network to the Max
Gloria Roheim McRae is no ordinary 29-year-old. Not only is she an experienced professional with a wealth of knowledge and skills, a Master’s degree, and her own business... she is unapologetic in everything she does. I had the pleasure of meeting Gloria earlier this year when she and I were involved in the same project (a … Continue reading #BYOBBook: Not Just for the Self-Employed
I graduated from the University of Toronto in 2012 with a degree in English. At that time I had already been working for a travel insurance company for a year and I had completed my studies part time. I got the job at the insurance company through a friend. She had told me that they were in … Continue reading How I Got to Where I Got to… and Where I’m Going Next.