Ms. Movember 2013
I was thinking in October that it might be a good idea to put the challenge out to the men of Fusion to do our part and get involved with Movember this year.
I looked around the room at a staff meeting and soon realized it wasn’t doable. Most of the guys already have moustaches and beards and I didn’t think they would’ve shaved and started over for this.
I thought if we can’t be all in I’d scratch the idea.
And then a new idea hit me.
We have some amazing women in our office. Very talented and exceptional ladies who always seem to be going above and beyond the calls of duty in all parts of their lives. I trust that they could do pretty much anything they put their minds to. So why not Ms. Movember?
This is how my imagination plays that scenario out. The last day of November photos.
No peach fuzz or cheezy caterpillars here. Just a big hairy idea of a way to try and honour the fight against prostate cancer and other men’s health issues. (Though my own physical well being might be in jeopardy once the moustachioed six get hold of this blog post.)
Creative Commons: The Library of Congress. Bain News Service, publisher. Thanksgiving turkey [between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915]
I'm thankful for two Thanksgivings in one year.
Although I've lived in Canada for more than two decades, I still feel the pull of this day as the true kick-off to the holiday season. A feast, football, floats in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, and a festive season is launched.
In the holiday hubub, it can be a challenge to remember to be thankful... to feel gratitude for what I have while working in an industry that is often about creating a desire for the new, or the one item that will make your life that much better. Meanwhile, gratitude may be the real heart of happiness.
In Gretchen Rubin's book, The Happiness Project, she writes: "Studies show that consistently grateful people are happier and more satisfied with their lives; they even feel more physically healthy and sped more time exercising. Gratitude brings freedom from envy, becuase when you're grateful for what you have, you're not consumed with wanting something different or something more. That, in turn, makes it easier to live within your means and also to be generous to others."
Today, I'm taking time to be thankful. Tomorrow, too. Let's keep this going.
Thanks for reading.
My retirement announcement…
On Ocotober 30th sports legend Alan Iverson officially announced his retirement from professional basketball. He hasn’t played in a couple of years so it actually took him a while to come to grips with the fact that he was passed due. But he finally has.
I can relate.
So, after two weeks of soul searching I thought the timing was right for me to also announce my retirement… of my avatar.
And I thought I’d put it out to all of you Fusion blog readers (Is anybody out there?) to help pick a replacement for me.
Here are your choices...
Voting is easy. All you have to do is post a comment with your pick.
1. Social Media Morris*
2. Morris Manitoba Morris**
3. Television Commercial Morris
4. Morris Rod Weeder Morris***
5. Sock Monkey Morris
6. a mushroom
7. Freddy Krueger
8. Muscle Man Morris****
* I was told mentioning social media along with Fusion, Winnipeg, advertising agency in a blog post helps SEO
** I’m not from there - but I ate at Chicken Delight there once
*** mentioning logo and branding and graphic design along with Fusion is also good for SEO
**** not my actual bicep
Voting closes next Friday. Vote as often as you’d like.
Thanks, with respect.
My fathers’ Uncle George was in World War II. So was Dad’s brother, my Uncle Nick. So were my old golf pals Mr. Brumwell and Mr. Mortimore. Mr. Dixon from down the street growing up was in the Boer War and World War I. He was a little man, but we kids looked up to him. Alison’s great uncle never came back from the first World War. Neither did my friend’s uncle Clare Kines from the second World War. Or Theresa’s great uncle, if I remember correctly.
I’m old enough to have been touched directly by many people who made great sacrifice for our country and I’ve always appreciated what they did and what they had to go through.
I also know many people who had to work yesterday. I greatly appreciate that Fusion allows us the day off to mark Remembrance Day. It’s not a requirement to do that, but we do, and I think that’s awesome.
Max, working hard at Fusion!
If you told me when I graduated university that I would be working in an ad agency, I never would have believed you. And yet, that's where I've been the last four years. I think most of my friends think I work at Mad Men when I tell them what I do. Sadly, the industry isn't quite as dramatic and glamorous as the show portrays, but it is exciting, challenging and exhausting all at once. And for me, advertising is where I finally found myself. Who knew my quirks like being obsessively organized and ruthlessly critical of spelling errors would actually be valuable to a company?
I've been able to be part of some awesome projects for amazing clients during my time here at Fusion - all while working with people I genuinely call my friends. I say, if you're able to find that in your job, you're pretty darn lucky. But after four years, I feel like I'm ready to spread my wings and challenge myself in other areas. I will always look back at Fusion fondly and know it's where my "career" actually started. Here's to the future and hoping that my future coworkers don't scoff at my quirks!