Jan 09, 2023
I have always seen art, career and experience as a work in progress. To say that I would never change anything I have done because of where I am today would be false. Learning and evolving unveil new perspectives that were not available in the past. In my view to have a second crack at changing the good, the bad and the ugly would always be welcome if only to experience something different. This leads me to the first book I wrote, Bake Something, The Book of Sins, Easy Dough Recipes Made From Scratch. Sometimes, if you don't show up,...
Jan 09, 2023
Moments of Joy
Arthur Ashe offered words of wisdom when he said "Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." We have had some tough ones....years of change, but transformative on many levels. While acknowledging the incredible challenges for all of us in the last few years, I wanted to wish all more moments of joy. We have had to deal with considerable grief from losses in all shapes and forms, but in some instances we have had incredible opportunities to spend more time with those we love, and by contrast, so little with others we care so deeply for. We have had...
Aug 25, 2021
Start Where You Are
I love placeholders. It's easy to feel overwhelmed when an idea sparks a vision that shows up in bits and pieces, with no clear path to completion. It's a myth that you have to wait for the whole picture to appear. You can start where you are, one foot in front of the other, move forward and circle back. That is the best strategy to get an elephant of a task done and that's what placeholders give you the time and space to do. Zig Ziglar said it best "Go as far as you can see, and when you get...
Apr 21, 2021
Kids are like beautiful, wild tumbleweeds. They have a way of reminding you, that you are the student. They reveal you to yourself. I was totally mesmerized the other day as I waited in the checkout line at a local store. A mom with her three little masketeers, ranging in age from about 2 to 6 years old, were ahead of me. Just the fact that these little guys were doing their part, wearing their tiny masks without a fuss, in very challenging times was momentous. As she patiently waited for her turn, I could see her multitasking. She clearly remembered something...
Apr 01, 2020
There's something about a pandemic that moves you to clean house, evaluate life and try new things... and maybe that's the best way to stay well and sane during this time. The projects hovering on my to-do pile finally have the opportunity to take root. One of these progressing along, is a follow-up to my cookbook, Bake Something, The Book of Sins, Easy Dough Recipes Made from Scratch. Like the yin and the yang, the shadows and the light, I felt the call to compile a healthy version to offset my first self-publication of indulgences. Nourish, Real and Simple, Everyday Recipes Made From...
Nov 10, 2019
What's your why?
I recently met two dynamic entrepreneurs who have managed to scale their business to a level I have never done, and this, only in a few short years. Needless to say I was impressed and maybe even a little envious. After questioning and comparing my business model choices full on for three days, I finally landed face to face with my ikigai. Ikigai is where your passions meet your mission. Ikigai is the merging of what you love, with what you are good at, what the world needs and what you can make a living from. As an artist and an...
Oct 28, 2018
The two most frequently asked questions
I would like to thank all of you who have reached out to me over the past few years to see what I have been up to and to inquire whether I will be returning to Sussex. Since leaving Sussex, I took the time to rest, refocus and explore the different ideas and mediums I had forgone while managing the store. Where Sussex is concerned, it was my full intention to return, but after two years of frustrating negotiations, it became clear that, that door would not open. I am still working towards finding a location and look forward to reconnecting...
Jul 11, 2017
dent de lion
There is something about nature... On a recent walk, I felt like an intergalactic being landing in this place called Earth. Everything seemed to jump out at me. I wasn't on anything aside from a good dose of gratitude for such a beautiful morning and enjoying a peaceful walk. My eyes, like macro lenses noticed every detail. All my senses were heightened. The wind seemed to be whispering things while the birds chirped back in agreement. Then there, inconspicuously in front of me, I noticed dandelions all around at various stages in their life processes. My philosophical and creative minds, charged with inspiration,...
Mar 13, 2016
Jan 18, 2016
The art of relocating
After 10 years at 463 Sussex Drive, we said goodbye on January 5th to this beloved location as a result of the major year long renovation project planned for our block in between Clarence and Murray. But for the love of labour, I was still sewing the last few stiches while packing up, knowing that my loyal machines would be resting in storage for a while. How long, is really not clear as the art of finding the right location is a mix of patience, persistence and trust. For now it's a welcome rest in off peak season in the...