Going Green

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The world is ready to go green again

I get emails on a fairly regular basis from individuals and companies who would like to see me try out, read or review their product/book/event. Some go to my spam box and stay there. I am not kind enough to give decent reviews to everything and everyone out there. While I try to be honest, I also try to offer some modicum of positivity and if your event is too far, your book needs too much more editing, or your product just doesn’t jive in my world, I can’t help you. I don’t need to waste either of our time.

That being said, I have also come across some great offers. One of them was an offer to attend the upcoming Green Living Show in Toronto, Ontario. This year’s show is being held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from April 7-9, 2017. It features simple solutions for leading a healthy and sustainable lifestyle, which is something I already support. With vendors including green-living chefs, exhibitors in the fashion and beauty industry, and artisans in the Ontario Wood section, I am excited to see what’s on offer.

The Green Living Show is Canada’s largest consumer show dedicated to simple solutions for leading a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.

What will I come away with? The opportunity to get an insider look into a successful trade show. A chance to meet green leaders in my community. Ideas for upcoming posts for existing clients. Maybe the opportunity to meet other bloggers, freelance writers, or potential clients who need someone to give a little oomph to their social media platforms. Or maybe just some green produce bags that I’ve been eyeing for a while.

The date is coming up fast, so stay tuned to hear how the show turns out. I can’t wait to share some of the green living products and ideas I come across with you and hope to maybe find some products that resonate with my family. Can’t wait to go Green!

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Return

As the birds return, so too does my writing
As the birds return, so too does my writing

Oh my, it seems my plan to not write for a day backfired. Instead of a one-day hiatus to take in the Olympics (who am I kidding, I was stuck to them most of the two weeks they were on), we are now working on one month. Egad!

I suppose at the time I also got caught up in promoting the story I wrote for the CBC ‘Defining Moments‘ challenge, but really it shouldn’t make a difference. Every time I plugged my story, I knew it was a training ground for any promoting I will have to do for any writing I share along the way. And what better way to promote yourself, than by writing or blogging on a regular basis, so that people can read more of what you have written.

I am forever telling people that if they don’t post regularly, they get forgotten in the avalanche of data that streams through our social media sites on a daily basis. And what did I do, but quietly press “erase” in anyone’s mind that might have been interested in what I’ve got to say.

I shake a finger at myself in shame…

Excuses are just that. No one cares that it was March Break, that there were doctor appointments, snow storms, or personal dramas to attend to. Don’t they all make for interesting fodder in the grand scheme of things? Do I need to remind you that the void speaks higher volumes, than brief snippets tossed out to remind people that you exist? Post pictures, poems, share daily/weekly insights, or tidbits from the bizarre. It doesn’t always matter the what, rather in our age of fast-paced consumption of everything, it matters that you are at the table at all.

That is my lesson for today.

The proof might be in a lack of response from readers or a lack of readers at all. If I’m lucky, people will be able to relate and empathize with me. I know of plenty of other writers who have struggled with lack of motivation, drive or other reasons that take them away from their writing. No more excuses. Today I have written.

Care to share what you’ve written recently?