October 9, 2020– As Canadians, we celebrate Thanksgiving this weekend. I certainly have a lot to be thankful for, and as I reflect on how fortunate I am, I hope you will do the same with your own introspection. Please remember, some people won’t be surrounded by their families at Thanksgiving; some will be missing from tables because they’re no longer with us, others won’t be present because of familial tensions, and some can’t be in attendance because of obligations at work. Others will be alone because they have no family or close friends. Remember those who are less fortunate and those who are struggling. Don’t just remember them, though; I urge you to spread kindness this weekend and always, to make a difference in the life of one person. All it takes is one small act by each of us to change things for the better.
I’m grateful for the nights that turned into mornings, the friends that turned into family, and for dreams that turned into reality. I’m grateful for my team, for my health and for being able to do what I love every day. I’m grateful for the people that love and support me and for those who push me to be better. I’m grateful for the unconditional love of my pets and for my wonderful nephews and niece. And I am so grateful for each one of you.
From all of us at Pandamonium Publishing House, we’d like to wish you and yours a very safe and happy Thanksgiving. X LLB
April 19, 2019– About a year ago I read this wonderful little book called F**k It, Do What You Love by John C. Parkin. The basic overview of this book is to take a risk, take a leap, do what you love, and it will all work out. There are some things that I really liked about this book and other things that I didn’t, just as in any other book I’ve ever read. Let’s focus on one really cool exercise that the book gives as homework.
Ask yourself the following questions and write down your answers in a journal…ready?
- What do you love doing? (We aren’t just talking career here, we’re talking EVERYTHING you love to do)
- What did you used to love doing? (Childhood memories or anything in the past that pops into your mind)
- What can you imagine loving to do in the future? (Completely new stuff that you have yet to experience)
What do you notice about your answers? When I did this exercise I noticed that my answers to the first question came very quickly and the list was long! I also noticed that I get to do a lot of things that I love each and every day and for that, I am so grateful. The whole point of the above exercise is to figure out what you love doing and do more of it. For the author of the book, he quit his job, moved to a different country, wrote a book (this one), and started teaching. If we aren’t clear on what we want, how can we ever achieve it? There are many other exercises in this book and it’s definitely worth reading!
August 5, 2017-I’m excited to let everyone know that Deer Diary is COMPLETE! A huge, very special thank you, to Shamayal Hayat, illustrator extraordinaire. She is crazy talented and never missed a deadline, for that, I am so grateful.
Look for Deer Diary in a book store near you, on October 1st, 2017. The book will sell for $12 CAD/US and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to protecting and conserving wildlife. The causes we support include the World Wildlife Fund, the Canadian Wildlife Federation, and the American Wildlife Foundation. I’ll also have limited edition finger puppets of all of the characters from the book! Collect them all!