Category Archives: RESOLVE 2016

Hashtag Talk #7 – #PokemonGo & Flash #Mentoring


#DoingGood #SomethingGood

#karma #inspiration

#brainstorming #networking

#mentoring #coaching

#jobskillsforyouth #disabilities

This week @HBKidsHospital reception,  I found #inspiration! I spotted a young girl in her wheelchair, swiping fast and furious on her smartphone.

So I sidled over, “Are there any  #Pokemons here?”  She grinned, “Nope!”  I showed her my screenshots of the Pokemons caught at @hudsonsbay the day before and said, “Look, they got me another 20% off!”  We introduced ourselves and laughed!

I was meeting the CEO and Ms M was checking into her Youth@Work, an incredible program for high school students, age 15 through 20, (she’s 16) with #disabilities the opportunity to learn practical work skills through #coaching and short term placements. #jobskillsforyouth

In thoughtful detail as an event planner for a charity,  she described how she was planning a fundraising dinner for 20 for her placement.  The menu was difficult for her so we did a bit of  #brainstorming.

“How about food reflecting her colour theme – green and white?”  Ms M lit up! “Marshmallows! S’mores with shortbread cookies! Ice cream sandwiches with dairy-free gelato – vanilla, pistachio AND donated by my gelato-producing clients! #DoingGood Chicken, mushroom and white wine sauce, kale almond salad, spinach” We were on a roll. #SomethingGood

She  suddenly stopped, “Oh, I have to get permission.”  I said, “Of course.”

Did she know the word for what just happened?  “Advocacy?” she hinted.  Impressive! “How does #brainstorming and #networking sound?”  She nodded happily.

I jotted a few notes on my business card, handed it to her, and suggested she pass along to the Program.  Will they call?  Let’s see.

The CEO thought it was #karma !

In 2016, I resolve to …

  1. Narrow my niche market. Focus on emerging food entrepreneurs.
  2. Know my limits and stretching just beyond is enough.  AGO_Staircase_20151030_173934 (2)
  3. Be kinder.
  4. Learn acceptance is not surrendering but wisdom and compassion.
  5. Be curious  – data science, design thinking, forensics, art appreciation, floral.Floral_20151219_115115
  6. Age is not just a number but a privilege.  After all, it’s Fire Monkey Year! Fire_Monkey_20160101_120652
  7. Be healthy, mind, body, and soul.
  8. Visit Italy, France, Fogo Island, NYC, and SFO in 2016.
  9. Breathe throughout the day and get plenty (7+ hours) of sleep each night.fireinthesky20150927_190921