Builds Character or Puts Hair on your Chest or Something

I worked at Willy’s Hamburgers out on Gasoline Alley for 2 years. I always felt somewhat demeaned by that. I was in my 20s and working in a fast food restaurant.

I busted my ass at that job. Seriously. It would be crazy busy there in the summer and you were literally ran off your feet for 8-10 hours a day. Ya it was a fast food joint, but I liked the “regulars” that came in for breakfast every morning, the really rammy miserable dude that treated me like crap until I stood up to him and he smiled like I FINALLY got it, and my co-workers… Except for that chick who used to make up totally off-the-wall bs stories about horses eating at the table and stuff. She was too odd, even for me.

I’m always super defensive when someone makes a rude remark about a fast food worker or disrespects them because you know what? My bet is that some of them bust their ass at their job 10 times more than you do at yours.

So be nice, your choice of work is no better than the next guy’s.

Listen. Acknowledge. Save the Crazytown

I used to work for Fluor during the Joffre 2000 Projects. There I met a man who taught me more than any person I’ve ever met. I don’t think he knows that.

The job was in Labour Relations. He was the manager and he hired me as his assistant. He was SMART. And not annoying smart (you know the type) but socially smart. Always friendly, always REALLY listened – stopped what he was doing and focussed on what you were saying, and always genuine in his responses. Always. But not a pushover. If you were an ass, he’d make you aware of it. But not in a passive aggressive way, in a direct concise way. No bullshit, no beating around the bush.

We’d have a job steward come in, sit for an hour to get to see him, only to put in a complaint that there was no lemon pie in the Camp Kitchen. OMG. My first EMOTIONAL response was always “Are you frickin kidding me? Get your ass out there and get to work and be grateful you get pie at all you lazy ass”… or something like that šŸ˜‰

Not my boss, he would listen. He would understand that these men were away from their families for considerable lengths of time. They missed their kids, they missed being cared for by their spouses. He acknowledged their complaints. Which is all they really wanted. Someone to listen and acknowledge them. He never was quick to the emotional off-the-top response…he always took time to consider where they were coming from. Amazing talent. Needless to say, I’m crazy jealous of that talent and whenever I find myself going crazytown over something that REALLY isn’t that big of a deal, I try to remind myself of his awesomeness.

Stay calm. Breath. Listen. React. And if someone’s an ass, tell them straight up šŸ™‚

Thank you Mark McCullough for the impact you’ve had on my world.


Website Maintenance

Something to consider…

You’re ready! It’s time to get your business on the internet! Turns out people are only using the yellow pages as a step stool. You’re excited. You dive in, hire a web designer and it’s go time.

Site’s done. You pay. Part ways.

Now what?

Your site NEEDS upkeep. And not just writing a blog now and then. WordPress has regular updates, for the actual system and for any plugins you may have installed (such as newsletter sign ups, gallery slideshows, calendars, etc.) It’s as simple as clicking “Install Updates”. HOWEVER, sometimes when you run updates, some of your other add-ons don’t like it. Things need tweaking, re-installed, fixed.

When your designer offers to maintain and keep your site at the top of it’s game, consider it. Keep that relationship open. I’ve already talked to so many people who have lost touch of the person who created their site, and their site is a mess. Features not working and the site is becoming more and more unprofessional in appearance and functionality.

Consider updating your content on a regular basis as well…if not monthly, seasonally. Commit to 4 updates a year to start. Keeping your site fresh and updated puts your website dollars to the best use. Monthly or seasonal updates to your site will keep it from becoming stale and ineffective.

Website Maintenance…as important as brushing your teeth. Necessary monthly or at least quarterly šŸ˜›

Goat’s Stomach

My dad had surgery for a hernia when I was probably 4 or 5 years old. It left a HUGE scar on his belly. He always told us kids that he had to have part of his stomach removed and they replaced it with a goat’s stomach. He was dead serious and stuck to his story for year. YEARS.

My dad is the original no BS. He tells it like it is and never beats around the bush or lies. Teases, yes. Lies, no. So I believed him. Of course!

Fast forward…college years…drinking with a group of friends and I share that my dad has part goat’s stomach. They laugh at me. A LOT. huh. I’m pissed they don’t believe me. Call my dad. I’m 19 years old and I’m calling my dad to prove that he has a goat’s stomach to all my drunk friends.

My dad doesn’t have a goat’s stomach.

This blog is for any of you out there that believe everything your parents tell you. Parents lie. I’m going to go tell my son right now that I have a lizard in my ear and every time he doesn’t listen to me it eats another chunk of my brain. Take that.



MenĀ·tor – noun

1.Ā aĀ wiseĀ andĀ trustedĀ counsellorĀ orĀ teacher.
2.Ā anĀ influentialĀ seniorĀ sponsorĀ orĀ supporter.

I have a really fabulous mentor. A fellow nerd if you will. He has given me a wealth of info coming from a place of experience, knowledge and understanding. Love that I have someone in the industry that knows their shit and freely gives it to me in exchange for a cupcake or some chickpeas now and then. That is AWESOME.

If you’re just starting out like me, find someone you can trust and someone who knows their way around the cage. Ask for help. Ask for advice. It’s benefits areĀ immeasurable.

To my wise and trusted counsellor, thank you for continually letting me pick at your awesome brain.

Tweet Tweet!

The first of probably 10 million blog posts about twitter.

Two things you NEED if you are a small business:

  1. A website! I happen to know an affordable website designer that can hook you up

When I first thought about starting a web design business, I thought I’d offer Twitter 101 to my clients too because I see such HUGE value in it.

So here it is, your Twitter 101 Ā —> Ā DIVE IN! That’s my BS twitter course.

Don’t be freaked out that you have to engage everyone the first week. It’s not going to happen. Just converse….re-tweet…find people who offer you humour, advice, opinions, and knowledge and follow them.


Twitter is an AMAZING tool. The thing is no one can make it amazing for you….you need to take all that is YOU (okay, maybe not ALL, I may be an “extreme tweeter”) and put it out there. Let people see who you are and what you and your business are about. I can’t say enough about letting your personalty show, letting people get to know you makes them want to know about your business even more. I can honestly say I’ve gained not only clients, but friends through twitter (<—I know you just groaned at that statement, but it’s true!)

You hear a lot about engaging people on twitter, so I’m not going to use that word. You need to suck them in with your awesomeness. Be You. If you are passionate about what your business has to offer, share it. People will respond. I guarantee it. Give it 30 days and you’ll be hooked.

If you still think you need more than that 30 second intro to twitter, just ask, I’d be happy to show you around my second home. If you need more than that or aren’t willing to jump in that aggressively, I can point you in the direction of local peeps who offer detailed courses of all things social media.


Here’s where the magic is going to happen. OK, not really. But I am excited to start blogging again! I was a hardcore, faithful, every day blogger about 5 years ago and then just petered out…I miss it. A LOT.

What am I going to blog about? Guess you’ll have to stay tuned in to see. (that’s my teaser, I actually have no idea either!)

Welcome to Unlimited BS! I look forward to all that is to come in this new venture, I’ve never felt so right about something and it only took me 38 years to figure this whole “what I want to be when I grow up” thing. Not bad.