hey there 10-year-old me!

by cynthia on June 11, 2013

10 year old meWatching this video last week inspired me to think…what would I write to 10-year-old me?

What do I know that would be valuable to that awkward, curious, adorable, all-knees-and-elbows, bookworm?

In true 10-year-old form, out came the markers and giant pad of paper. I sat in the middle of the floor and thought about that girl: Who she is now. What she needs to know. What she’ll learn. What she loves. Who is is important and what matters?

letter to 10 year old me

Sitting here in my 30′s, the things I have learned on this wild ride so far are easy to discount. But after 24 years, it’s remarkable how things have changed, and essentially stayed the same, for that awkward, adorable, all-knees-and-elbows, bookworm.


Startup Weekend Okanagan 2013

by cynthia on March 24, 2013


It has taken some time to re-calibrate after Startup Week AND Startup Weekend here in the Okanagan. 10 days of all action, no talk had the technology and business communities hopping. Our friends at Accelerate Okanagan were instrumental in the week’s success, alongside the awesome people at Digital Okanagan and Creative Okanagan.

The biggest success, by far, was sheer amount of participation along with collaboration and support from community, local business, and government. A year ago there was talk about a SXSW-esque event, and in true form, the tech-business-creative-education community took action. 

The second year for Startup Weekend Okanagan found a platoon of rockstar volunteers, power teams, well-developed ideas and an overflow of burritos. These were my favourite moments.

1. The Brent Lachman Show

Hashtagged #thebrentlachmanshow: this programming was part testing Vine, part teasing our wonderbar organizer Brent, and part “see who we can make do it!” The #swokanagan organizers laughed our butts off making these episodes (the full season here!)

2. March + BBQ = Glorious

Last year there was a bit of a fiasco: one grill, 75 people. This year we smartened up: 2 grills, parking lot and a heck of a lot of meat! Add beer, sunshine and a very warm Okanagan afternoon and…*magic*

swokanagan bbq3. The Volunteers

Volunteers set up the live stream. They took out the garbage, cleaned up behind the masses, dished out food. Volunteers photographed, tweeted, schlepped and ran. They did Startup Yoga and did dishes. Thank you so much volunteers from the Center for Arts and Technology, the amazing Jay and Brent, Jon, Sarah, Andrew, Kazia, and, and, and…You are amazing. Thank you.


4. Ball Pit!

Our pals at Just Be Friends were super supporters throughout the week/end. The hand crafted  ’JBF Ball pit of Friendship’ was a universal problem-solver. Need a stress reliever? To the ball pit. Require extra work space? Pit! Burritos nap/high jumps/location for a startup promo video? Hello, ball pit. At one point, a child even got in there. Awesome work!


5. Energy

Being sponsored by Cherry Hill, Beaver Buzz and Big Surf Beer certainly helped keep energy levels up throughout the week (#stinkyT). Coaches and volunteers jumping in with teams, community mentors stopping by with snacks, sponsors checking in and having some chats, roving reporters, live streamed shenanigans, required yoga-breaks, and facilitators with a lot of energy and heart lit up this 10 day Startup Week through to the Final Call.

I am hella grateful for all of the ass-kicking awesomeness that went down in March. Way to light up a grey month #startupweekokanagan.

If you are thinking next year, get in contact with @digitalokanagan.


Digging Up New Dreams

February 28, 2013

I help people dig up their dreams. Then they take action on those that are close and dream more about the ones that are far away. It is truly a great job. One of the side effects of playing in the dream, vision, and planning space as a coach is that it trickles over into [...]

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The Dirt Honesty: Your Thoughts Can Screw You Over

October 14, 2012

Feeling quite horn-tooting good of late with lots of projects on the move, opportunities on the horizon and some settling-in feelings coming to roost. My thoughts have been so perky and rainbow-covered-unicorn that I didn’t anticipate the GREMLIN ATTACK! One (to be honest) super-awesome-productive-goodness day this week I was driving home and realized that a [...]

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October Dreamboard

October 1, 2012

The Full Corn Moon. This full moon was wild nestled here in the mountains with festivities and weirdness alike. Things are calmer this week, and cooler: the first week I have had to wear real shoes instead of sandals. Got down and dirty Pinning My Dreams for the month ahead. Can you believe it’s October? [...]

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Harvesting Up Some Goodness!

September 23, 2012

It has been chillier and I have been getting my garden and kitchen nerding on. The lavender that I dried according to these instructions filled a ten cup jar that will make little sachets and (I think) some lavender and mint tea baggies for holiday treats. The mint is drying now… Damson plums were getting snatched [...]

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Pivoting Actions and Goals – The Dirt Honest Series

August 13, 2012

Calling it in from the middle of Okanagan lake, this episode of the Dirt Honest Video series I own up to pivoting on goals and actions. You know when you have established a goal or a course of action and it just doesn’t feel right once you are in it? (Not: you are scared to [...]

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Comparison and Overwhelm – The Dirt Honest Series

August 10, 2012

Week two of the Dirt Honest Series. Early this week some yuck crept in and I was trying to figure out what stirred up my mojo. I had just spent the weekend on Gunsinger Island, chilling out and playing with my family and friends and was a fat, happy little bird. But why the yucks?  [...]

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Dealing With Anxiety – The Dirt Honest Series

July 29, 2012

So, here’s the scoop. I love love love doing little video tidbits and am often inspired to pick up the camera and just riff about something. But, a little gremlin gets in my way. The little gremlin tells me to wait until I have time to fix my hair and put some makeup on, and make [...]

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The Beach House

July 20, 2012

Full disclosure: I know that in a lot of respects, I live in the lap of luxury. Not just first world, white people luxury, but yumma yumma living luxury. And this month has to be luxe beyond the pale. I am spending the month beach house hopping. Between camp reunions, friends’ resorts, family cottages, there [...]

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