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Our amazing October speaker, Danielle Laporte will be joining us to talk about Creativity and Flow.


Danielle LaPorte is a poet, ‘entrepreneurial badass’ (Entrepreneur Magazine) and a member of Oprah’s Super Soul 100.

Specializing in conscious living, she is the author of ‘The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul,’ ’The Fire Starter Sessions: Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success, and ‘White Hot Truth: Clarity for Keeping It Real on Your Spiritual Path — from One Seeker to Another’.

Her Desire Map Series has been translated into 10 different languages, and includes a day planner, multimedia course, and a Top 10 iTunes app. There are 700 Desire Map facilitators and coaches in 15+ countries around the world. 250,000 people have participated in her program and ‘desire-mapped’ their goals.

Forbes named ’ as one of the ’Top 100 Websites for Women” for her daily #truthbombs and poetry. Her website hosts an impressive 5 million visitors a month and has been called “the best place online for kickass spirituality.”

Danielle lives in Vancouver, Canada. You can find her on Instagram @daniellelaporte.Q&A

How do you define creativity and apply it in your life and career?

Creativity is concretizing energy.We’re all creating all the time. The higher aim is to intentionally make things that will lessen suffering, or bring ease, beauty, insight and connectivity to other living beings. I’m most interested in using my creative skills to generate conversations about consciousness, compassion, and service. I write and speak about stuff that I find in the cosmos, mostly love.

Where do you find your best creative inspiration or energy?

In pain. And joy. No in-between.

What’s one piece of creative advice or a tip you wish you’d known as a young person?

More stillness leads greater creative depth. And the most effective stillness is about sequencing––it’s not about the amount of stillness you have, it’s about docking in before you begin, and after you end. The Stillness Sandwich is a powerful thing.

Who (living or dead) would you most enjoy hearing speak at CreativeMornings?

Francesco Clemente. Mary Magdalene. Rumi. DaVinci. Leonard Cohen. Joan of Arc.

What are you proudest of in your life?

I still have an open heart.

What music are you listening to these days?

Daniel Caesar, H.E.R, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Glen Hansard, The Highwomen, Pink Floyd

Where is your favourite place to escape?

Ten Thousand Waves Japanese Spa in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

What was the best advice you were ever given?

It’s not my problem to fix.

When you get stuck creatively, what is the first thing you do to get unstuck?

Crank the music and dance.

What object would you put in a time capsule that best represents who you are today?

My Vesica Pisces ring.

What is the one movie or book every creative must see/read?

Wings of Desire by Wim Wenders

Join us for an exciting Sept 6th. when TJ Dawe will be talking about Muse and Creativity.

TJ Dawe is a Vancouver based writer, director, dramaturg and performer of new theatre.

He’s toured more than one hundred theatre festivals around the world. He co-wrote a play that became the feature film The F Word, starring Daniel Radcliffe as the TJ character. He co-created and directed The One Man Star Wars Trilogy, which has been touring the world since 2002, including runs in New York, London, Sydney and at Simon Cowell’s birthday party.

He recently co-created and moderated a multimedia interactive career retrospective with Richard Dreyfuss. He teaches a course at Langara on how to create a solo show.

He and his partner lead workshops on creativity and on the Enneagram.Q&A

How do you define creativity and apply it in your life and career?

Creativity is bringing something into existence that wasn’t there before. I create new theatre as my career - and help others translate their stories and ideas into stage shows.

Where do you find your best creative inspiration or energy?

Either from taking in other creative works - books, movies, music, theatre, etc, or by going for long walks.

What’s one piece of creative advice or a tip you wish you’d known as a young person?

Your belief that it’s better to work on your own rather than in a group is a belief - it’s not the truth. Your unstated belief that you work better on your own than with a group - also a belief, not the truth. Not a law of nature.

Who (living or dead) would you most enjoy hearing speak at CreativeMornings?

George Carlin

What did you learn from your most memorable creative failure?

I did an elaborate drawing as part of an art class in university. I came up with the concept before I drew it. I could elaborately expound on the theme and significance of it, but it wasn’t really much to look at, compared with my classmates’ work, many of whom couldn’t tell you the theme of their drawings. Ever since then I’ve let inspiration lead, and figured out the themes and justifications as I go, or after the fact.

What books made a difference in your life and why?

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller got me addicted to literature, and taught me about out of sequence storytelling, multiple points of view, that comedy and tragedy can co-exist, and about building a theme and paying it off.

The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields got me seeking out the writings of women and other people with points of view and experiences different from mine. It also taught me about innovative storytelling that still hit you right in the heart - as have her other novels and stories.

Do the Work by Stephen Pressfield got me understanding the creative process in a new way, honouring and including the inevitable anxiety that’s part of it all. I’ve recommended this book countless times, and frequently reread it, like a spiritual vitamin shot.

We’re excited for August. Nayeli Jimenez will be speaking on our theme of Justice. Please join us.

Nayeli is originally from Mexico, and works as a graphic designer and art director in Vancouver, BC. She has been organizing for climate justice locally and internationally for the last 5 years, mostly focusing on climate resilience and opposition to fossil fuel expansion.

Nayeli has dedicated most of her design career to projects related to social and environmental justice, and is currently the Art Director at Greystone Books, a leading publisher of books about nature and the environment, social issues, science, and health. She is also an organizer with Our Time, a national youth-led campaign pushing for a Green New Deal for Canada.

We are honoured to present Carys Cragg as she shares her journey on July’s topic of End.

Carys Cragg writes narrative nonfiction, teaches in child and youth care, and mothers a wonderful young boy. Her essays, opinions, and reviews have appeared in The Globe & Mail, The Tyee, Understorey, New York Post, and The Ormsby Review, amongst others. She holds a BA in Human & Social Development and MA in Child & Youth Care from the University of Victoria, is faculty in Douglas College’s Child, Family, and Community Studies programs, and recently volunteered with Roots of Empathy and the DTES Writers Collective.Her first book - a true crime literary memoir that follows alongside her journey to correspond with and meet the man who murdered her father 20 years after the crime - was a Globe & Mail Best 100 Book of 2017, and finalist for the 2018 Hubert Evans BC Book Prize and 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award. She speaks to postsecondary classrooms and social service agencies about her experience as a survivor of crime and of restorative justice.As she finished writing her first book, she feared: will she ever write another? Soon after, she began to write more essays and book reviews; children’s books for her son, nieces, and nephews; an academic textbook for her students; and is excited for what she will be inspired to create next.Carys lives with her young son along the river in Port Coquitlam.QA

How do you define creativity and apply it in your life and career?

I believe creativity is the expression of oneself and how we contribute what we have to offer the world. Sure, creativity can be linked to aesthetics, design, fine arts, etc. but it’s also about how we create relationships, families, solve problems, find joy, and envision our world and its future. I liken creativity to an energy, a compelling force inside all of us. What we decide to do with that force is up to us. Will we create something – anything – that contributes to the world in some way? Will you build a building, care for a family, tell a story, go on an adventure, solve a problem…? Will you stay idle, and do nothing with what you have to offer the world? Or worse, will you destroy? I believe creativity has an ethical component: that we should listen to that creative energy, listen to what you want to contribute, and then go out and do that. And then try to shape the world so that other people have the opportunity to do that too.Where do you find your best creative inspiration or energy?
Dreams. Problems. Frustrations. Conflict. Difficulty. Desire. Hope. I find my best creative energy comes from intense emotional moments. I believe they are trying to teach me something: to do something with that moment. Make it better. Solve a problem. Respond to an issue. Address the conflict. Express oneself. Tell a story. Have one’s voice heard. How that energy takes shape & form is up to the context in which it appears. At my work, it may be a lesson plan or a project proposal that solves the frustration I’m experiencing. I wrote a children’s book for my nieces, nephews, and son when I wanted them to know my deceased father – their grandpa – but I didn’t know how to bring him up naturally in daily conversation. When I wrote Dead Reckoning, it was in part to respond to the question I received from many people: “How did that go?” I didn’t know how to respond in 3 minutes. How do you tell the story of how corresponding with and meeting your father’s murderer went? For me, a book was the solution. I used to be confused and afraid of these feelings. And now I do something with them.

What is one piece of creative advice or a tip you wish you’d known as a young person?

“Never feel bad for asking: Why?” “Keep doing what you are drawn to!” and “You don’t know this now, but eventually, you will direct and shape your entire personal and professional life around things you want to create. So keep going.”

Who (living or dead) would you most enjoy hearing speak at CreativeMornings?

I’d love to listen to someone who works creatively with kids. I just spoke at a book club gathering at Christianne’s Lyceum of Literature and Art (Vancouver). They do amazing literature and art programs with kids of all ages. I’d love to hear how Christianne creates her programs, the stories of kids’ engagement and brilliance, and how that contributes to our community.

What’s your one guilty creative indulgence?

I love purchasing design magazines. Domino & Livingetc are my favourite indulgences. I flag the pages, collect tear sheets, and browse them when I want to look at something beautiful or envision the fabrics, furniture, artwork, and colours I want to be surrounded by. In another life, I would have been an interior designer. When I was a kid, I used to draw floor plans, rearrange furniture, and ask why buildings were one storey in this part of the world and not in another. Reading a design magazine on the patio, in the shade, with my kid playing beside me is my version of heaven. I also have an obsession with stationery – pens, paper, notebooks, planners, cards – I spend too much money on these items and I have no plans to stop.

What practices, rituals, or habits contribute to your creative work?

When I’m working on a creative writing project or want to be inspired to create something new, I read widely, write, and take myself on artist-dates (Julia Cameron’s Artist’s Way). I keep a creative-projects notebook and record the various ideas that come to mind. I take my pen and notebook everywhere.

When I’m working on a specific creative writing project, I need an externally-imposed deadline. I tend to binge-write as opposed to sticking to any specific schedule. It takes me a while to get into a specific writerly voice, so I like to have long stretches of time to stay in that voice. I tend to write my first drafts of essays in notebooks. When I transfer those notes to my computer, that’s when I begin to shape, edit, build, and re-structure.

When I’m stuck during a project I free-write through the problem. I quite literally try to pose the problem as a question and then free-write a response to that problem. It can take pages and pages of writing to get to the solution but I always get to the solution or something better. When I procrastinate on a specific project, I tend to be pulled to work on another creative project. They all pull my attention in different directions. And I like it that way.

I also have the privilege of only working on writing projects that I want to work on. For me, to write something well, I must write it. That is: I only work on projects that somewhere deep inside me desperately, joyously, and determinedly must be written. If there isn’t that desire, I wait patiently until it appears. Once it appears, it doesn’t go away and I must see it through to its finish.

Ema Peter is a photographer based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Over the past 15 years, Ema has established herself as one of the leading architectural and interior photographers in Canada and has worked with many of the leading architects in the country.Ema’s work has been published in the top international magazines including Architectural Record, Azure, Dwell, Western Living, Object and many more. Ema has won the Architizer A+ Awards 2018 both the jury and public vote, she has won the inaugural Architectural photography award, 2019 Canadian Architect. Ema’s key goal is creating architectural images that have a strong impact and include human element.Ema has a masters degree in applied photography from the National Academy of Theatre and Film art in Sofia, Bulgaria and PhD in Photojournalism. She was an intern in Magnum photo agency in Paris where she learned from some of the most famous photojournalists in the world like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Koudelka, Abbas, Rene Burri and Eliott Erwitt. Ema was head of the international photography team for VRX studios, the biggest provider for images to the hospitality industry and was responsible for creating the photography guidelines for brands like Fairmont, Hilton, Hyatt and lead photographer for their ad campaigns.Q&AHow do you define creativity and apply it in your life and career?
Creativity for me is finding that magic that you feel as a child in every new thing; the pure innocent excitement, the lack of any judgement, the freedom of expression. Creativity thrives in people that stay children forever. I have this theory that our minds really create the world and whatever world we want to create it starts from the moment we open our eyes in the morning.Where do you find your best creative inspiration or energy?
Light and clouds. I love chasing the light and seeing how it changes a building. You almost create a relationship with it and when you catch that perfect moment nothing compares to it. I am truly the biggest fan of clouds. Clouds are for dreamers and they help us see the world in a very different way. I keep posting them on Instagram and now I have so many people that say they are starting to notice them and that every time they look at them, it reminds them of me.What’s one piece of creative advice or a tip you wish you’d known as a young person?
Nothing really has changed in me since I was young. I had the same determination to succeed and I feel the opposite must happen. I must remember how my younger self was not scared of anything. It is my younger self that must give me creative advice to keep going and to keep believing.Who (living or dead) would you most enjoy hearing speak at CreativeMornings?
I would have love to hear Henri Cartier-Bresson talk about the Decisive moment. He truly is one of those people that waited for that perfect moment to happen. As he said, “It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head.”What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
Craziest thing I have done is climbing 7 and a half months pregnant on a rooftop on a ladder in Oxford circus to capture a shot and all this with a tripod on my back to balance me. I did get the shot!What books made a difference in your life and why?
The book that made the greatest difference in my life is the Art of War by Sun Tzu. Strategy is the best way to be successful. I truly enjoy doing my own strategy, managing to navigate every situation and be victorious

Linda Solomon Wood is an innovator, entrepreneur, and award-winning journalist.

As CEO of Observer Media Group and founder and editor-in-chief of the National Observer, she works to strengthen public service journalism that investigates corruption, celebrates innovation, and illuminates and helps to make sense of the complex political and social challenges people face today. She previously founded Vancouver Observer and has led both publications to win Canada’s top awards for public service, investigative journalism and excellence in reporting. She sits on the Board of Governors of the National Newspaper Awards, representing digital media and Western Canada. She has participated in the Public Policy Forum’s roundtables on the state of journalism. She started her career as an investigative reporter at The Tennessean in Nashville, where she won the United Press International awards for Best Public Service Reporting and Best Investigative Reporting. She later freelanced for publications including The Los Angeles Times, Orion, and the International Herald Tribune. She studied journalism and American Culture at Northwestern University and received her MFA in literary nonfiction from Vermont College. Born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, she’s lived and worked in Paris, New York City and now, Vancouver, where she enjoys Canada’s West Coast with her husband, two sons and two stepdaughters. She immigrated to Canada shortly after 9/11 and became a Canadian citizen in 2012.Q&A

How do you define creativity and apply it in your life and career?

From nothing comes something. That’s creation. The process of making something from nothing (or something out of nothing) is creativity. I love collaborations. Creating together. Everybody has a unique gift.  Together we make something. It is born, grows, and ultimately, exceeds me, and us. Then there is the letting go process, the realization that the creation has a life of its own.

Where do you find your best creative inspiration or energy?

I get my best ideas when moving: walking, cycling but especially running. However, I think my creative energy comes from quiet, even getting bored. Things arise in silence, reflection, repose. On the other hand, I get a lot of inspiration from engaging with my children and my step-children. They are infinitely inspiring.

What’s one piece of creative advice or a tip you wish you’d known as a young person?

Get behind yourself 100%!!!!  Don’t let people’s reactions to you or what you think THEY think derail you. That’s the most important thing I wish I’d been able to fully absorb as a young person.

Who (living or dead) would you most enjoy hearing speak at CreativeMornings?

If I could hear anyone speak at creative mornings it would probably be AOC or Nancy Pelosi. I guess that’s my American side coming out.

Who has been the biggest influence on your life? What lessons did that person teach you?

My mother has been the biggest influence. She’s a photographer and she has lived like a nun in the temple of photography. I watched her struggle a lot with self-doubt, insecurity, fear of success, while creating an epic body of work. Now she’s collected in museums around the world and at 89 is publishing books, taking on commissions and winning awards. She told me last week: ‘Good things come to those who wait.’

What are you proudest of in your life?

My children.  Second to them, National Observer.

If you could interview anyone living or dead, but not a celebrity, who would it be and why?

I’d like to sit down and talk with Martin Luther King and ask him what it was like, was he afraid and what does the world look like to him now.

If you could do anything now, what would you do?  

Spend a month in New York City going to a different musical or drama every night.

Where was the last place you travelled?

New York City.

What music are you listening to these days?

My tastes are eclectic.

What was the best surprise you’ve experienced so far in life?

Having two really wonderful sons VERY late in life, then divorcing and remarrying and getting two really wonderful stepdaughters even later in life.

Where is your favourite place to escape?

The upper trail at Lynn Canyon Headwaters Park.

What was the best advice you were ever given?

“Live on the edge.”

What books made a difference in your life and why?

Too many to count. Lately, Sapiens.

What practises, rituals or habits contribute to your creative work?

Working out.

When you get stuck creatively, what is the first thing you do to get unstuck?

Take a walk..

If you had fifteen extra minutes each day, what would you do with them?

Probably meditate.

What has been one of your biggest Aha! moments in life?

I was sitting on the edge of continent, in Point Reyes, California, watching the ocean, the birds, the waves against the shore, crashing, receding, rising up again, and I had my aha. Everything in life is transient. Everything is constantly changing. Transience underlies all forms of life.

What object would you put in a time capsule that best represents who you are today?

My  iPhone. (Ouch.)

What is the one movie or book every creative must see/read?

The movies and books that are running through our own heads; I mean, the narrative that is one’s own life.

Book I’ve been reading The Recovering: Intoxication and It’s Aftermath - A brilliant illuminating memoir that is also an examination of alcoholism and creativity and gender and destruction in literature by Leslie Jamison

How do you define creativity and apply it in your life and career?As someone who grew up in poverty, both of material and spirit, creativity is mother of necessity. As a result, I’ve honed valuable skills in finding inventive and creative ways to accomplish my goals. This has served me very well as a community organizer that works with and for the Two-Spirit community: locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. My community is one of most under-resourced communities; however, this has never deterred or inhibited me for working for a better tomorrow for my Two-Spirit relatives – I’ve just had to work smarter (and sometimes harder).

Where do you find your best creative inspiration or energy?

Quite simply creative inspiration dwells in places, spaces and situations of scarcity. When I hear, you can’t do that, or we don’t have a budget to “fill in the blank”, my thinking cap goes on in order to find a work around!

What’s one piece of creative advice or a tip you wish you’d known as a young person? 

Simply, I’d offer and have offered the following advice: Know your creation story My Cree creation story tells me where come from, who am I, and what are my scared teachings:

• Wisdom, to cherish all knowledge;

• Love, to know peace,

• Respect, to honor all of the Creation;

• Courage, to face the foe with integrity;

• Honesty, with himself and the world,

• Humility, to know himself as a sacred part of the Creation; and finally,

• Truth, to know all of these things. 

Know who your people are.

This answer provides a rooting and grounding, humility, accountability, respect, transparency and a lived and embodied truth or medicine.

Know your purpose, gift(s) and medicine(s).

This answer this question; you have the motivation and guide for all your actions.

Always yourself, “why?”.

Just because something is done in the past, does not exempt it from questioning and that it must always be done that way. The answer to this “WHY” question also carries a responsibility, if no one else is saying what you are thinking, sit tall, square your shoulders, hold your head high and speak your truth – find your voice! When you this, you’ll know your purpose, will be for great good of your people and rooted in your creation story – everything is connected.

If not me, then who?.

If you are asked to do something or about something, ask yourself if you’re the right person to fulfil the request. If there is no one else, then the responsibility falls upon you.

Finally, believe and trust in yourself.

(this is the hardest teaching we all must walk) It’s scary walk on a new path, but that is often what a leader needs to do. Take for example, one of my current projects of first-ever Two-Spirit children’s book. What??? Who am I to write a children’s book??? What gives me the right is there is no Two-Spirit children’s book and there is a need for a Two-Spirit children’s book! 

Who (living or dead) would you most enjoy hearing speak at Creative Mornings? 

I would want to hear from voiceless and those pushed to the fringes of our society. At a recent national conference, I had the honor to work with and support a person struggling with a crystal meth addiction to share their truth – when this person was given the opportunity to show up in all their fullness – there was a not peep in the audience as they hung on every word. The medicine that was dispensed was everyone witnessed and honored the humanity of this individual. 

What did you learn from your most memorable creative failure?* 

I offer the three F’s of failure: 1) Figure out what happened, 2) Find a way or ways to not repeat this failure (therefore, a failure is not a failure, but a learning opportunity), and 3) forget the failure and dwell in the solution(s) and/or the lesson(s) learned. 

How does your life and career compare to what you envisioned for your future when you were a sixth grader? 

Oh my goodness, I could never imagine or dream of the life that I am living. When I was young, the two things I was most ashamed of was being an Indian: Wab Kinew notes that Indian always had an adjective: dirty Indian, drunk Indian or dumb Indian. And, me being a sissy boy and called many nasty words. After sobering up, my healing journey allowed me to pull those two things close and to own them and today are great strengths. I was called upon by President Obama was appointed to USA Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, where worked to provide advice and guidance to White House and Secretary of Health and Human Services. Why? Because I’m a sissy-boy Indian who does policy work! The overall lesson from my experience is it’s our secret that keep up sick. Things that we may think are our weaknesses may be our great strengths – all we have to do is make peace with them and call them home. Every day, I ask myself how did get to be so lucky and blessed to have the life that I have.

How would you describe what you do in a single sentence to a stranger?

I work with and for the Two-Spirit community: locally, regionally, nationally and internationally for a better tomorrow for my Two-Spirit relatives, so they may not know or walk the journey that walked.

If I could open a door and go anywhere where would that be?

To a time when all my Two-Spirit relatives know honor, respect and dignity within their respective Nations and people, as they once had and enjoyed before the colonizer totally messed it up for us.

What keeps you awake at night?

Sugar and carbs… just joking, no really! Nothing really keeps me awake at night. I think one of the main reasons is because during my waking hours I acknowledge both past and current wrongs and then actively work for a better tomorrow – all the while knowing that I may never witness or experience what I am working for or towards, but I know that one day the seeds I plant will bear fruit.

We’re so thrilled to have Harlan Pruden talking on the theme of Creativity and Inclusive in April.

Harlan Pruden is a proud member of the Cree Nation, or nēhiyaw, in Cree. Harlan’s mother is from the Beaver Lake Reservation and father is from the Whitefish Lake Reservation, both located in northeastern Alberta – Treaty 6 territory. Harlan works with, and for, the Two-Spirit community locally, nationally and internationally.Currently, Harlan is a PhD student at the University of British Columbia and an Educator at Chee Mamuk, an Indigenous public health program at the BC Center for Disease Control. Harlan is also the Managing Editor of the, an interactive multi-platform Two-Spirit media/news site, and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Vancouver Public Library. Harlan was just appointed as an Advisory Member for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Gender and Health.Harlan also serves as a representative to the International Indigenous Peoples Working Group on HIV/AIDS. Before moving to Vancouver, Harlan was a co-founder and Director of the New York City’s NorthEast Two Spirit Society.In August 2014, Harlan was appointed by President Obama to the US Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) and provided advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary of Health & Human Services and the White House. (In December 2018, Harlan was (happily) fired from PACHA by Trump via Fedex.)

Juno Kim is known for being a conscious chef whose unique approach to food has garnered him awards, accolades and a reputation as one of the best caterers and food stylists in Vancouver. He’s called upon by the top tastemakers, brands, artists, publications, films and tech companies when they’re in the need for unique food experiences or visuals.

Approaching his sixth year in this role, he looks towards the future with an evolving mindset. Juno is currently exploring novel entrepreneurial and creative projects that capitalize on the multi-disciplinary approach he has cultivated throughout his life.Q&A

How do you define creativity and apply it in your life and career?Creativity is the ability to create something novel by integrating your past experiences, your knowledge base, and your sense of self. My personal approach to creativity is multi-disciplinary; diving deep in many subjects that resonate with me helps me find a unique perspective to express myself.Where do you find your best creative inspiration or energy?

I find my best creative energy comes from a place of mindfulness and well-being, both mental and physical. Treating your body and your mind like a temple makes a world of difference.

What’s one piece of creative advice or a tip you wish you’d known as a young person?

The process is more important than the end goal. Take care of yourself along the way, and find the pleasure in your grind, whatever it is.

Who (living or dead) would you most enjoy hearing speak at CreativeMornings?

Dave Chappelle. Not many people walk away from $50 million dollars in order to retain their creative integrity and well-being.

What books made a difference in your life and why?

Mindset by Carol Dweck, Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, The Daily Stoic + Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R Covey

What practices, rituals or habits contribute to your creative work?

Optimal sleep, walking after every meal, daily meditation, and regular exercise. My life changed when I finally adopted these into my life.

Did you miss Kevin Vallely’s emotional presentation on Friday? Don’t fret, the video will be on the event page very soon! Meanwhile, here are a few upcoming events we recommend you check out:

Community Summit: Confronting the Disinformation Age (SFU Public Square, Apr 10–11)SFU Public Square’s 7th Community Summit will consider how the proliferation of disinformation is impacting society and challenging our capacity to make informed decisions about our economic, social, and political lives. Info and tickets at Grand Opening: Freespace (Tuc Craft Kitchen, Feb 4) Come check out the latest location of Freespace, a local company that transforms restaurants and lounges into affordable coworking solutions. Info at Blood On The Dance Floor by Jacob Boehme (SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Feb 6–9, 8pm) Presented by Ilbijerri Theatre Company from Australia. “There are many large issues at play in Blood on the Dance Floor, but the work’s emotional pulse is in the ordinariness of Boehme’s need for love and for a sense of belonging.” – Real Time Magazine. Info and tickets at Creative Industry Showcase (Mitchell Press, Feb 7, 4pm) Create, share, collaborate. Come check out this free event and meet creative professionals from across the design spectrum. Info and tickets via Eventbrite. Public Salon (Vancouver Playhouse, Feb 7, 7:30pm) The Public Salon reminds us just what a remarkable place Metro Vancouver is. We are expecting another audience of over 500 people that is as eclectic as the presenters. Join us at the beautiful Vancouver Playhouse for a celebration of the place we call home. Info and tickets at Likemind Vancouver (Chambar, Feb 15) Members of Vancouver’s creative community will be gathering on Fri, Feb 18 for coffee, connections, and conversation (and hopefully some delicious waffles!). As always, this community event is FREE. More info here. Children of God musical (The Cultch, Feb 20–Mar 10) In this powerful musical, the children of an Oji-Cree family are sent to a residential school in Northern Ontario. Info and tickets at Transformative Technology Vancouver Chapter Launch (Mobify, Feb 27) Are you working on medically and scientifically validated technologies supporting mental health, emotional wellbeing, and human thriving? Then you will want to be at this event featuring Nichol Bradford. Info and tickets via Eventbrite. Panel Discussion: Digital Production Management (Brainstation, Feb 27, 6:30) The panel will provide real-world insights and actionable tips into the skills you need to become an effective product manager, and what you can apply to your team’s next project. Info and tickets at CreativeMornings: Juno Kim (SFU Woodward’s, Mar 1, 8:30am) Juno Kim is known for being a conscious chef whose unique approach to food has garnered him awards, accolades and a reputation as one of the best caterers and food stylists in Vancouver. Info and tickets at Restoration & Stories: Opening Reception (Britannia Art Gallery, Mar 6–29) The panel will provide real-world insights and actionable tips into the skills you need to become an effective product manager, and what you can apply to your team’s next project. More info at Have a creative day!