I am so excited to announce the arrival of my new book: Passport Project! The premiere edition was launched at TEDxYYC and on the CBC Eye-Opener. It has been exciting to hear about people using the book with their families, as team-building with their co-workers and on their own to explore their city!
All too often we think that we can only have an adventure if we go away to an exotic location. It is easy to feel depressed or bored when we aren’t learning or growing or meeting new people. This book was created so you could explore right in your own city and have amazing adventures and experiences that would remind you that life is awesome! There are so many exciting and inspiring people and places to see and meet. By expanding our worldviews we can break down barriers, misunderstandings and stereotypes and build bridges towards peace. I hope that by completing these challenges you will be inspired to share your positive stories. By sharing our positive stories we can combat mental health issues and become inspired to make positive change in our communities.
If you would like to purchase a copy of the book it is available for purchase at Shelf Life Books in Calgary. We will have a limited number of books available for purchase as we travel across Canada as well. If you would like to make a bulk order of the books please send us an email and we will arrange to have copies shipped to you. For educators and youth leaders please enquire by email about our classroom and school license to receive special discounts on large orders.
I decided to try using some unconventional canvases. It started when one of my neighbours was hauling out window panes to her truck to get rid of them. I looked at them and saw an awesome opportunity – art canvases!
My neighbour told me that the windows had come from her home and were 100 years old. What an amazing chance! I would get to create art on something that was older than me! It’s inspiring to start looking at objects as having potential for art. It changes your perspective to look for beauty and art in everyday objects and find ways to bring out the themes of Worldviews Project in each of them. Now I’m working with wood, bamboo, slate and even an old wash board! Has anyone else found unconventional canvases? I’d love to see what you’ve come up with!
A wise friend of mine told me that the first step towards becoming an artist is to call yourself an artist. I believe that she was exactly right, how often do we under-estimate what we can do and hesitate from calling ourselves what we are. I think far too often I have not done something because I determined I was not good enough, not professional enough or not experienced enough to start. In reality, I think the secret may be in just doing it. In this spirit, I have started creating art.
I have worked as an artist in the past doing both graphic art and free-lance work for textbook publishers however, I have never had my own art show! It’s quite daunting to create pieces and hope, keeping my fingers crossed, that someone will like it enough to want to buy it, especially now that the stakes are higher and I am relying on this money to help me in my social enterprise. Either way though, I’m doing it, I’m going to start. I figure if I’m going to ask others to get involved and take daring first steps towards creating solutions to common global issues, I have to be willing to take those steps myself.