The Incredible Power of Words


It is always fascinating to meet a person and learn about his/her business. The knowledge I discover from their “behind the story” on how they started their business, and how they are working at building those businesses are inspiring.  Recently I met such a person who is in the middle of that exciting journey….she gave me the wisdom on the importance of marketing:  POWER OF WORDS.

Please meet Cathleen Fillmore, President of Speakers Gold bureau ( who is a leader and well-respected expert in the speaking and meeting planning industry.  She founded and is past president of the Atlantic branch of the Canadian Association for Professional Speakers.  She also has been an essential mentor in her role marketing consultant to hundreds of speakers – ranging from beginners to Hall of Fame speakers – showing them how to stand out in a crowded marketplace and dramatically increase their income.


The Incredible Power of Words    Words can start wars.  Or end them.  They can attract clients, repel them or leave them indifferent.

Some words inspire, others deflate.  Energetic, enthusiastic, lively are uplifting.  Demoralized, ineffective, dumb just suck your energy. Continue reading

Plant Wall


Thinking about the work during my weekend run NEVER happens!

Maybe it has to do with getting to my favorite coffee shop as fast as I can, or it may be because I cannot think straight due to the exhaustion caused by the run. Whatever the case may be, that was exactly what happen last weekend. Every Saturday morning, I run (more like a really fast walk) along the Yonge Street (Eglinton to Lawrence Ave) for a half an hour, and then stop at the Tim Holten’s coffee shop for my 1st(?) coffee of the day /much needed break for another half an hour or longer….. after the break, I start walking back home. It has been pretty consistent for this whole summer until last week.


For most days, the thought of getting my first coffee in my hand forces me to run/walk as fast as I can, so it is not easy to notice many things along the way.  Continue reading

White Out

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Not sure why I do not like wearing white…

I think I have about five white tops and one white skirt all together in my closet. Yes, ONE white skirt!!! I suppose my avoidance has to do with some practical, as well as psychological reasons; not wanting to try different stain removal detergent for that omni present coffee stain could be the big practical reason. In addition, I somehow bought into the idea that white outfits are not as flattering(?)as dark ones. (There is something about the BLACK outfits that makes the look complete, and even I dare to say they look professional.)   Continue reading

Story of past New Yorker

i_love_new_york_city_silhouette_of_ny_postcard    It was Thanksgiving Holiday  weekend in the year 2006, and I was living in Manhattan upper east side area with two other roommates trying to live the “if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere” life.   At the time, I had already been living in Manhattan for over 10 years….way longer than my original plan; having “a few” years of work experience in NYC after graduate school (Columbia University), and then moving back to Toronto.

Well, that did not happen…. During one of the fateful days in that holiday weekend while having the quiet late lunch by myself at the apartment, it suddenly occurred to me; Why am I doing this?    Why am I here? Why? Why? Why?  There were many “why” questions about my life at that moment.   Continue reading

Whatever happened to the renovation project you worked on for your family?




I found this question to be puzzling…instead of sounding like a question, it sounds more like a comment, in fact more like a STATEMENT that needs to be declared.  Over time, I learned from other architects that they themselves had the same experience working on family member projects, and the results have not been less than perfect(?).  I heard from one architect that he would  NEVER work for family projects!!!   Continue reading

Sustainable Outfit


What is your oldest clothing item in your closet?

Mine happens to be over 20 years!!!  It is the denim skirt I bought for myself in my high school years, and for some reason, I have a difficulty getting rid of it.  Each year, I decided to purge my closet and faced with this particular clothing item, I am paralyzed.  Typically, I can make decisions fairly quickly and decisively; however, when it comes to this ITEM, I am stuck!  While having a conversation in my head about why “I need to keep it for one more year, just in case” talk, I inevitably end up keeping it each year.  I suppose my need to “keep it for one more year” reasons could be varied:  sentimental value, style coming back, and also the ego boosting quality about the item, I CAN STILL FIT into the clothing item I wore in my high school years!   Continue reading