A feisty human easily excited by good food, beautiful landscapes, cool people, sustainable cities, and wicked awesome handiwork. Determined not to die a bitter old crone. Adventure is out there! (but home is awesome too)
Toronto. Rocky Mountains. Things to do. Finding ways to amuse yourself. Having a social life on any budget. Nonprofits. Do-gooders. Food. Sustainability. School. Home renos. Things crafted by hand.
Abolishing daylight savings time. Because that's just wrong.
Someday is not a day of the week
Currently professionally crushing on Jen Keesmaat. Because she restored my faith in government sometimes getting it right and hiring bright, ambitious, bold, creative, insanely competent people for the job. She is living proof that you can actually have it all and do it all, and still be totally awesome.
Olena’s CreativeMornings activity
There is no courage in playing it safe.
In having the courage to try something new, that also includes the courage to fail.
If you survived middle school, you have courage.
Those moments that we're scared of are just that: they're moments. That one hour will be gone but the six months you spent leading up to that hour is actually the majority of your life.
It's not about my limit, it's about opening up a whole new pathway to explore.
Anxiety and excitement come from the same place in the brain. It's just the lens through which you're looking at it.
You're always going to be trying to create something you've never done before. It's the nature of humanity. You just have to have the tools to cope with it,
These coping mechanisms we learn throughout life become our operating system, and it's actually how we end up showing up everywhere in the world.
You're always going to be the common denominator in any environment that you're in.
The thing about anxiety that bothers me is that we are not taught how to deal with it.
Futuring [is] where you create this fake future of failure and then you live into it because the interesting thing is that the pictures you create in your head, your body thinks they're real, no matter what they are, and starts to react to it.
It's not that long that you get to live and why would you wait until retirement to do the things that you care about?
No one knows what you want to do - you need to tell them.
It doesn't matter what your job is, you have privilege and it's such a privilege to use that privilege [to lift others up].
I'm a big proponent of starting before you're ready because then you don't really know what you're in for and you can't talk yourself out of it.
Worrying means you suffer twice.
[When asking for help}, the trick is to not expect them to take you from 0 to 100, expect them to take you from 70% to 80%.
To be interesting, you have to be interested.
You can love something, you can love the job and you can realize that it's not perfect for you and move on.
It's ok to do something you've never done before.