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planning for the ultimate adventure.

it’s time.

I’m about to go somewhere
I need to go
but I’ve been avoiding.

I’m great at finding
random projects
to keep me busy
and away from the place
that’s been calling me.

What is it?

A place with scary shit.

A place with
anger,
sadness,
fear,
and hurt.

A place I try to move beyond
but end up back where I started.
I’m lost
and going in endless
circles.

But I know
it’s on the way
to this amazing place
I want to go.

A place that is bright
and beautiful,
full of inspiration
and pure joy.

A place where I feel
at ease,
playful,
and grounded.

I’m going to pack my bags.

What will I need?

Hiking shoes,
my turquoise ones.
The ones I wore in Iceland.
A bright splash of colour on my feet
as I trudge through this rough terrain.

I’ll bring my notebook and pen.
I will record and observe
what I see and feel.
I don’t want to forget these things,
they will be important.

I’ll pack a camera.
I want to document everything.
I want to remember what I came across
so I can write about it later.

I will pack layers of clothing.
A light coat.
My bright pink fleece.
Depending on how I’m feeling,
I can either shed some heaviness
or add a layer for warmth.
I’ll see what I need
as I go.

And I want to go alone.

I don’t want to be distracted.
I don’t want to worry about others
and their experience.

Are they okay?
What do they need?
Would they like to do something different?

I need to focus
and take it all in.

I need to see
that I can do this
on my own.

What’s Ahead?

I might come across
things that scare me.
I’m going to be unsure at times,
but I’m going to trust
my gut.

I will want to push myself
to go
as far as I can
in a day.

Instead,
I will tell myself
to soak it up.
I’m only going through this
once.
I need to make the most of it.

And in the end,
I’ll come out the other side
with the most unbelievable story
and a sense of accomplishment.

I did it.
I’m better for it.

I’m ready to get started.


I wrote this over a year ago.

It has definitely been an adventure – the last 12+ months. Through writing and making, I continue to work my way through the scary shit and I’m starting to see the beginning glimpses of that amazing place where I want to be.

So I’m ready to begin my next adventure.

In the fall of 2019, I will begin writing a book for our kids. The kind of book that every mom should write for their children – the story of their life. I’ve decided to create a space where others can join me as I tell my story. My hope is that others might feel inspired to write for their kids or for themselves. coming soon!

3 magazines for creatives to check out.

  1. Flow Magazine

Celebrating creativity, imperfection and life’s simple pleasures…

This Dutch magazine is a gift. With monthly international issues (available in English), it’s filled with surprises. You might find cute stickers tucked inside, a little notebook to jot down your gratitudes, or bookmarks for your next read. The articles span topics of self care, enjoying life, and creativity.

They are pricey at $24.99 but I find them well worth it. They can be hard to find at times. You can order them online but I’ve also found them at: Walmart, some Shoppers Drugmarts, and Chapters.

2. smith JOURNAL


smith JOURNAL is published quarterly out of Australia. It’s filled with great little stories and eccentric pieces. For example, in the issue above, was the story of an artist who loved the typography and design on old racing cars. He found old cars and removed their doors to create an exhibit. It’s a fun read that aims to take unexpected, interesting, funny and sometimes complicated stories and tell them the way you would to a bunch of friends at the pub.

3. In Her Studio


In Her Studio is just a fun one to flip through. The magazine gives tours of creative spaces of female artists, designers, and makers. It’s fun to see where they create and what they make.

the Lainie List.

my favourite moment of the month. kids in pajamas. at Walmart. being able to choose one toy each. absolute excitement and joy.
  1. Company of One: why staying small is the next big thing.
  2. 7 quick ways to stop being irritable.
  3. business basics by Wandering Aimfully: expenses
  4. 3 ways that writing with a pen positively affects your brain.
  5. incredible typography cheat sheets
  6. a really interesting interview with Elizabeth Gilbert and how she wrote City of Girls. so cool to hear her creative process.
  7. my new Printmaking on Fabric course is live now! get crafty and learn a new skill right from your own home.

the Lainie List.

being good brothers.
  1. my Creative Type. a fun creativity test.
  2. window box goals.
  3. 3 keys to selling with confidence
  4. overlooked. obituaries overlooked in the NY Times
  5. prompt talking. it might change how you tell stories.
  6. we’re all making parenting harder than it needs to be.
  7. Canadian play money for kids
  8. create a professional looking email address with gmail.
  9. healthy snacks for kids
  10. Bob + Paige. I want to get my haircut here sometime.
  11. Teva Harrison remembered.
  12. How to use your enneagram type for content creation.
  13. why flight attendants don’t drink coffee or tea on flights. and why you shouldn’t either.

the Lainie List.

just over here, playing with playdough in a captain’s hat.
  1. Business owners, don’t build your digital castle on someone else’s land.
  2. Google’s CEO Doesn’t Use Bullet Points and Neither Should You | Inc.com
  3. Olympic medalist, Rebecca Twig, is homeless in Seattle.
  4. would love to do this in our house.
  5. this quilt is gorgeous.
  6. mycreativetype.com is a fun and insightful quiz for creatives. Try it.
  7. incredibly meaningful gifts you can give to your kids.

Listen to the Universe.

I hear you.  Message received.

I was working on my computer one day, when suddenly a document appeared on the screen. It was someone’s academic paper…



I didn’t recognize any of the names.

Did someone send it to me by accident?
I went to my Shared with Me folder.
Nothing.  
The document wasn’t there.

Did I click on it when doing a search?
I Google searched the title.
Nothing.
How the hell did I get this?

And how amazing
to get a random paper
about a topic I’ve been thinking about
for 3 years

Something that I know
deep down
is what I’m supposed to do,

I just don’t know how
to bring it all together
yet.

I also love that the paper was written December 3, 2014.
December 3rd was my Grandpa Pud’s birthday.  
December 3rd was the day he proposed to Grandma Lainie.  

I’ll take it as a sign.

I’m not usually a big woo woo person,
but I’ll take this.
I’ll hold this one close.
I’m going to figure it out.

a wall in our bedroom where I collect inspiration and ideas.
the front cover of the paper is top right.

Note from Lainie:

I did a search of the course code.  It seems as though THEA 250 is a course code for an undergraduate course out of The University of Fraser Valley.

And I told my Mom the story of getting this paper. She smiled. She told me about her experience with something similar. While she was working one day, a window popped up on her screen with a job posting. She had no idea how it got there. It ended up being for the job that she’s currently in.