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 October 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!
A humbling experience.
We have a lot of awards kicking around the Fusion office. They’re proof of an exceptional standard of work we strive for and an accumulation of twenty plus years of trying to meet those standards with every job that comes in the door.
But for me, all of the Telly and Summit and Midas Gold or any other prize pales in comparison to the visitor we had in our office the other day.
I asked our fearless leader, CEO Dave Wilkie, if, by any chance, he could borrow a piece of his family annals for me to include in a meeting.
Dave’s grandfather Haldor “Slim” Halderson was a member of the 1920 Winnipeg Falcons, the winners of the very first Olympic gold medal for hockey. And his gold medal is the picture you see here.
It’s not every day you get to hold a true piece of history in your own hands. I couldn’t help but think that in another 93 years time my own design awards are going to be long forgotten, and likely at the bottom of a pretty deep landfill. But I’m pretty sure this gold medal will be making its rounds with some descendent of Dave, and it will be met with equal awe that it was this week at Fusion.