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Happiness Is..

Bold Steps.

I was completely honoured to be selected to read a WeCanRebuildHer.com post at Blog Out Loud Ottawa, last night.

This reading followed an extremely low week for me and I had barely scraped myself together enough to attend the event, let alone participate.

I’m immensely grateful to the many friends and magical powers that got me through this week of self-inflicted torment.

And I’m grateful to Lynn and the BOLO gang for including me in this fabulous evening.

Wishing you health and happiness.
Andrea
xo

Andrea Posted by Andrea

June 15, 2012 at 1:43 pm.

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Oh BOLO Me-o ♫

I had no idea this event existed.

Thanks to my friend, Laurie, I’ll be there.

I hope you will too.

BLOG OUT LOUD 2011
WHERE: The Prescott, 379 Preston Street, at Preston and Beech
WHEN: Thursday, July 7, 2011 from 7pm to 10pm
WHO: 20+ bloggers reading their favourite post from the past year; plus several photo bloggers displaying their art
WHO’S INVITED: Anyone who likes to hear good writing.

Andrea Posted by Andrea

June 30, 2011 at 3:59 pm.

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Digesting PAB

For the 53 hours since PAB ended, I’ve been squeezing my brain, hoping to shrink the PAB2011 experience down to a blog-post-sized blurb.

My mind, my chest, my eyes are still swelling with swirling ideas and images. Huge laughs, huge smiles, huge buzzing, tingling emotions. Huge gratitude for the privilege of belonging.

This morning, as we attended Lucy’s grade 6 graduation, I realized that the stilted, tension-filled ickiness of that sweltering gym, thick with twelve years of inter-parental encounters, was the anti-PAB. And that helped boil the weekend down to its core…

PAB gets me. It lets me be me when I’m there. And seems to do the same for us all.
PAB’s about expressing, not impressing.
It’s about connecting and creating and stretching and sharing.

It’s a slingshot into life.

Thanks to everybody for the photos (and for the weekend, of course).

More PAB here.

Andrea Posted by Andrea

June 28, 2011 at 5:00 pm.

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Happiness Is…

PAB


Here’s a window into why.

Cannot wait for PAB2011.

Thanks to Bob Goyetche for the photo, above.
And huge thanks to Andree for making my PAB2011 weekend possible.

Andrea Posted by Andrea

June 22, 2011 at 10:01 am.

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Your Story Deserves to be Told. Well.

Stories stick. Stories connect.
Stories deliver. Stories mend.

Your stories and mine.

This month (June 24-26, 2011), I’ll be treating myself to a weekend of narrative nudging, friendly faces and inspiration at the sixth annual PAB conference1 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

I hope you will be too!

1 PAB2011 is an annual three day social/new media conference that includes speaking sessions, discussion, JOLTs2, workshops, panel discussions, Saturday lunch and, typically, a boat cruise. The conference has flourished on a reputation of strong content and a welcoming community, attracting participants from as far away as the U. K. and South America. Online registration for the weekend is CDN$160.

2 A Jolt! is a timed 5-minute, slide-free session during which the speaker wakes up the imaginations, brains and collective energy of the PAB community.  Jolts are meant to get people thinking, talking, connecting and collaborating.

* PAB 2006 was the catalyst for our “Just One More Book!” podcast.

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Andrea Posted by Andrea

May 30, 2011 at 10:21 am.

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I’ll be there. Will you?

Calling all creators — anyone who cooks, sews, knits, produces, paints, writes, designs, composes, sculpts, photographs,…

The first ever CreatorCamp is taking place in Ottawa in exactly three weeks.

CreatorCamp has one organizing principle… sessions MUST be about creating something (and by CREATING, we don’t mean revenue, audience, market share, connections, Twitter-followers).

Sessions should showcase the creative process and highlight key lessons and ideas that can be applied to any creative project.

Have something to share? Have something to learn?

I hope to see you there.

Andrea Posted by Andrea

November 18, 2010 at 5:47 pm.

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Chasing A Cure

On October 6, 2009, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

On October 3, 2010, I will run for the cure.

You can join me in this effort to raise money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation by sponsoring me here.

Many thanks,
Andrea

Andrea Posted by Andrea

July 18, 2010 at 8:58 am.

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Survivor hairstyles and attitudes

We prepared this short video of clips from Andrea’s head shaving party and some thoughts that we live by every day.

Mark Posted by Mark

December 29, 2009 at 10:12 pm.

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Head shaving party

It was 3 a.m. on the second day of her first chemo cycle and Andrea still couldn’t get to sleep. So she occupied herself with plans for shaving her head before her hair falls out — a certainty with breast cancer chemo. That’s when she pitched her idea to me (I was also awake). Inspired by a cancer blogger who lives in our neighbourhood (See going bald), Andrea suggested we invite a number of our family and friends over for munchies, drinks, cake and the opportunity to be a part of her head shaving experience.

That party happened last night (view photos). And with it, comes the launch of this website, WeCanRebuildHer.com.

We invite you to follow our journey to making Andrea a breast cancer survivor. We’ll blog our experiences and thoughts and share audio, video and photographs of the process — from diagnosis on Oct. 6  to Survivor.

Opening theme prepared by John Meadows. Closing song, Session, by the Robert Farrell Band.

Click here to subscribe to our blog/podcast.

Mark Posted by Mark

December 28, 2009 at 4:17 pm.

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