Read about my adventures

2019: The Journey to SeaWheeze

Posted 21 August 2019 by The Six Foot Canasian

There are a lot of reasons why someone would choose to run a half marathon (13.1 miles, 21.1 kilometres, or 69,225 feet). Some want to take their running fitness to a new level. Some do it in preparation for a full marathon. Others are looking for space to spend time alone. For me, I signed up because I needed a reason to take a break from my overwhelming work schedule ... and participate in a once in a lifetime experience. Little did I know, the last six months would ultimately change my life ... FOREVER!

2018: A Celebration of the Human Spirit

Posted 8 October 2018 by The Six Foot Canasian

As we embark on another (Canadian) Thanksgiving, it's hard not to look back and reflect on the last 365 days ... a year filled with successes, disappointments, uncertainty, and new connections, resulting in the greatest education I could have ever experienced!

Making Lemonade Out of (lulu)Lemons

Posted 4 March 2018 by The Six Foot Canasian

With the majority of news programs putting a negative lens on the world (i.e., mass shootings in schools and concerts, Donald Trump's actions in the White House, the environmental crisis, etc.) it's easy to adopt a skeptical view on things. At a time where I, myself, was faced with tough choices and feeling uncertain about my future, one company helped me believe in the power of people and human kindness (again) ... lululemon.

It's Never Too Late - The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer

Posted 21 January 2018 by The Six Foot Canasian

Losing someone to cancer is (sadly) common. Until a few months ago, I was in complete denial of cancer's impact on my own life and the lives of many of the people around me. Considering 43 people hear the words, "You have cancer.", every day in Alberta, and 1 in 2 people in their lifetime receive a positive diagnosis, it was time to face the facts. It wasn't until I met Delores DeSousa ("Lori"), who lost her battle with this terrible disease, that I came to terms with what cancer truly means to me.

No Soy Sauce Required - Goro + Gun

Posted 17 October 2017 by The Six Foot Canasian

From its humble beginnings, thousands of years ago, the marriage of rice and fresh seafood has evolved beyond a means of preserving fish for a quick, Japanese snack. For many of us born and raised in the Western Hemisphere, our exposure to sushi is limited to a short list of sliced raw seafood (sashimi), handcrafted rice topped with fresh fish (nigiri), rice rolls (maki and uramaki), and hand rolls (temaki), each with the expected soy sauce, wasabi and pickled ginger on the side. Much like our dependence on the Heinz Ketchup bottle when we order up a serving of fresh cut french fries, we have also become reliant on a side dish of soy sauce (and accompaniments) with our sushi. At a recent visit to Goro + Gun, for Chef Tomo Matsuna's "Omakaze Sushi Experience", the select group of "foodies" in the room were truly enlightened as each participant was introduced to the true artistry of sushi ... one that didn't need the support of any sauce or side dish!

The Power of "Me Too!"

Posted 11 October 2017 by The Six Foot Canasian

Something special happens when people come together, sit down, and share a meal (just ask Laura Coatsworth and Nicole Jackson).

Where (in the World) is the Six Foot Canasian?

Posted 13 August 2017 by The Six Foot Canasian

Every day we make thousands of decisions that ultimately change the course of our lives. Wake up when the alarm clock goes off or do we hit the "snooze" button? Blue shirt and black pants or pink wrap dress? Answer the phone or let it go to voicemail? Order the greasy fries or the healthy salad? Smile back when a cute guy at the coffee shop smiles at you or look away? Take the regular way home or try a shortcut? Say what's on your mind or stay silent. Accept an invitation to go out or stay home?

2017: The Year of the Phoenix

Posted 19 February 2017 by The Six Foot Canasian

For most people, memories from early childhood are difficult to recall. You may remember images from old photo albums, or even moments from a birthday party or holiday gathering, but most times the details fade away over time. I honestly don't remember much before getting into sports in junior high, but the story of the Phoenix, the majestic "bird of the sun", has stayed with me since a Greek mythology project in grade school (yup ... incredibly "nerdy").

Ballet Gets Interactive - The Hattori/Williamson School of Ballet

Posted 13 February 2017 by The Six Foot Canasian

In the past, when people would ask me about Calgary I would give the typical response, "It's famous for the Calgary Stampede, as the host of the 1988 Winter Olympics, and is the home of three professional sports teams ... the Calgary Flames (National Hockey League), Calgary Stampeders (Canadian Football League), and Calgary Roughnecks (National Lacrosse League)". I would recite things that people would see here and what made us visibly different from other cities. Two years into the Six Foot Canasian project, with all of my experiences getting reconnected to the city and it's many wonders, my response now is VERY DIFFERENT!

MONEY TALKS (so listen close)

Posted 17 January 2017 by The Six Foot Canasian

MONEY. We spend our whole lives wanting it, figuring out how to get it, working hard to earn it, thoughtlessly spending it, wondering where it went, stressing out about not having enough of it, and worrying about not saving it for the future. Considering how important money is to living a happy life, it’s unfortunate that most Canadians carry some form of debt, primarily because they don’t know enough about their finances.

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