What 12 year olds taught us about our tech startup

Remember back to the age when you didn’t have adult responsibilities. How summers were filled with drippy popsicles, skinned knees and wet bathing suits? When you had no worries and everything was kinda sorta fascinating and cool? That seems so long ago. And when...

What a difference a year makes

Blair and I attended the Ontario Writers Conference this weekend in Ajax to talk to writers about our interactive storytelling publishing software StoryStylus. It was fantastic to be greeted by familiar faces who were excited to see us and to show the progress...

Prepare to Pivot

If you’ve read my last post on our crowdfunding “failure” and its lessons, you’ll know that I believe one of our strengths as leaders is our ability to learn from our mistakes and adjust accordingly. One area that I’ve seen us adjust or...

Our Crowdfunding “Failure” & its Lessons

With less than a week left in our Kickstarter campaign and having only raised 14% of our $40,000 CAD goal, I wanted to share some of our observations. It’s still entirely possible a miracle happens this week and we’re fully funded but… just in...

Momentum

How do you get momentum back when you’re feeling bogged, slogged, or just beaten down? After our failed Kickstarter campaign in April, the mood in our office was noticeable. Our team kinda sorta pinned our hopes on this campaign and we really wanted to be able...

Recognizing Burnout

For me, it’s not being able to sleep or a lack of appetite for real food (I’ll quite happily substitute carb-laden things) or I just stop being joyful. That’s how I know I’m careening towards burnout. Towards the middle of our fizzling...
Have more pies, really!

Have more pies, really!

You’ve had enough of whatever that feeling is that has been holding you back from living a joyful life. Maybe you’ve experienced the loss of a loved one, transitioned out of a job, or moved to a new place and you’re a virtual stranger in a sea of new...
Up In the Air

Up In the Air

Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Jean Leggett and I’ll be your chief flight and joy attendant this evening. Welcome aboard Joyful Living Airlines flight 217 non-stop service from here to there. You know those airplane safety demonstrations that you ignore...
Joyful Commute: Is there such a thing?

Joyful Commute: Is there such a thing?

Monday morning bumper to bumper traffic. Potholes, road construction and accidents. All things that slow us down when we get where we want to go. Whether you’re travelling by bus, train or car, here are some fun tips and strategies for making your commute more joyful...
10 Do’s and Don’ts on a First Date

10 Do’s and Don’ts on a First Date

1. DO keep it to just the two of you Inviting your mom/best friend/therapist on your date signals that you may not be ready for a relationship with another adult. Inviting your passing-by comedian friend to your table while dining al fresco signals that you really...