When you find what you love, age isn’t a factor

Returning to school is not something everyone would do. Starting a career at almost 40 years of age may sound even more daunting, but, as Chris Parker ‘99 discovered, when you find what you love to do, age isn’t a factor. A little push from those closest to you to pursue your dreams doesn’t hurt either.

Immediately after graduating from high school, Chris was solely interested in making money. Almost two decades later, he faced the implications of his decision when he became interested in law enforcement. After years of working in factory jobs, Chris’ hope for change came through a volunteer opportunity with his local police service. Continue Reading

6 Tips For Updating Your Website

To get started I must clarify that I am NOT a coder. I don’t know how to code, instead, I rely on web builders to create sites without the need to code anything.

In the last couple years, I moved across the country (from Branford to Vancouver), and have changed the type of clients I work with. However, with these changes I allowed my website to stay the same. It got to the point where I was embarrassed to give out my domain and was surprised when clients wanted to book me based on my old site. Don’t get me wrong it wasn’t because I didn’t offer high-quality work, but rather the look and feel of my site was outdated.

For the past few months, I have been working on a new site, that I proudly launched this spring. This is the 10th website that I’ve created either for myself or for a client and I’ve learned lots the hard way. I wish someone would have shared these with me when I started so I hope this helps. Continue Reading

Time for Good News

I’ve recently started to watch the news more intently – again. I had stopped, because the overwhelming amount of ‘bad news’ was getting to me.

All this bad news made me realize that I was hiding from something that I had the power to change; something I knew would take work and commitment on my part. However, as life became busier, a part of me was convinced that I was “too busy” to be investing my time into someone else life. I was ashamed of feeling that way, because I knew that mentality didn’t depict who I am nor who I want to be.

Unfortunately, it has become a cliché to simply advise someone to change the world, or “be the change that you want to see”; the mature seem to find it a redundant statement, while the young are grappling with the idea of what it truly means.

Frankly, as the world continues to undergo unbelievably tragic events, we continue to subconsciously bury this timeless, life-changing concept far beneath the surface. But do we care enough about not only our future, but the generations to come, to actually work to make change? Continue Reading

How To Properly Load the Dishwasher: The First Six Months of Marriage

My husband and I met at Mohawk, we have enjoyed eight blissful years of courtship, we survived the long distance struggle shortly after graduating while we both moved away to begin our careers, we bought and renovated a home together, we started a business together, and planned a wedding for 250 guests with relative ease. So after saying our “I Do’s” and settling back in to regular every-day life we thought things would continue on in a similar fashion and we were right…for the most part.

When we first got engaged, we received a plethora of unsolicited marriage advice from kind heart-ed well-meaning people who drove me to drink and I promise I won’t subject you to the same nauseating list of fortune cookie sayings. Instead, here’s a list of the things that you won’t find in a fortune cookie, but you sometimes need to hear: Continue Reading