Monthly Archives: January 2014

Be Bold, Be Brave, Be Bright

  1. in·spire
    inˈspīr/
    verb
    1. 1. fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, esp. to do something creative.
      “his passion for romantic literature inspired him to begin writing”
      synonyms: stimulatemotivateencourage,

      influence

      rousemovestirenergize,galvanize,

      incite;

      These are all states that Terra and I hope people will experience after spending the day at the 3rd Annual Inspiring Women Conference, February 19, 2014 at the Stockade Convention Center on the Lloydminster Exhibiiton Grounds from 9 – 4.

      The day opens with a panel of local women sharing their stories. Participants can then chose from on of three break-out sessions. These include Melanie Mutter speaking on communication and personality types; Georgina Altman presenting on leadership and goal setting and Donna Schellenberg energizing us with talk on fitness. After a networking lunch, there will be another round of breakouts followed by keynote speaker, Jody Urquhart.

      jody urquhart

      As a humorous motivational speaker, Jody has been presenting her motivational speeches around the world for over 13 years. She is passionate about spreading the message of fun, and meaningful work. She addresses over 50 organizations and associations annually, and is one of Canada’s top female motivational keynote speakers.

      “A great inspirational speaker.You have such energy and passion, and were funny – we could have listened to you forever”-John Marmina, GlaxoSmithKline”

      Jody is always my favorite motivational keynote speaker; she brings comedy to real-word issues”-Pam Neifibons, NPEI

      And from Jody herself, “Join us as we demonstrate how humor helps you stay in control, stay positive and maintain balance and perspective.”

      Of course each person will come away with something different from the day. For us the ultimate satisfaction is the feeling of enthusiasm, excitement and energy from participants who are motivated to make positive changes to “Be Bold, Be Brave, Be Bright.

      Check out KT & Company’s Facebook page for more information.

      -Kelly

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Funny Women

mad about the boy If you liked the Bridget Jones’ Diary stories by Helen Fielding, you are sure to get some laughs out of Mad About The Boy.  Jones has experienced some significant changes since we last met her and finds herself at a tough spot in life. She is older and perhaps wiser but still seems to encounter many of the comedic disasters that we are used to. It is written in an almost texting type style, which did take some getting used to but the British humour overshadows. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it.

takedown twenty Another humorous female author is Janet Evanovich.  Her first book from the Stephanie Plum series,  One For The Money,  was made into a movie awhile ago and we watched it over the holidays. Evanovich is a truly laugh out loud author and I am currently reading her 20th book in the series, Takedown Twenty. The books are quite similar and I actually could not remember all the details from the first book but all the favorite characters are there. They were not all quite as I expected but definitely unique and colorful. Think Grandma and Lula if you have read the books.

In keeping with the humorous women theme, we also watched Admission with Tina Fey. I had not actually heard of this one before, but had read her book Bossy Pants and liked it. Admission centers around the daunting procedure of getting accepted into Princeton University.  Fey is one of the admission readers and makes a number of discoveries about herself along the way.  Of course there is a love interest. Fey’s mother is played by Lily Tomlin and as you may expect she is funny, eccentric and quirky. If anyone’s New Year’s resolutions include having a few more laughs in 2014, any of these books or movies would fit the bill.

– Kelly

“When I was growing up I always wanted to be someone. Now I realize I should have been more specific.” Lily Tomlin

Into the New Year

year of theJanuary 1 definitely seems to be a time for renewal.  From what I can discern everyone approaches it differently. Some develop a complete and detailed list of goals and resolutions. The internet is inundated with tips and pointers on how to best achieve these. Others don’t like to set them at all. Then there are those in between. One blog I follow, Wild Women Expeditions, refers to Revolutions. Picking themes or words of significance is yet another strategy.  For me, there seems to be a yearning back to order,  work and more structure after the quieter time of the holidays. Though, I am not sure if the pace of Christmas prep and execution can be considered as quiet. I like the idea of aspirations for 2014.

Whatever, your approach to the New Year, I hope it is filled with optimism and a great deal to look forward to. After all, what more can we ask for, it is the Year of the Horse.

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-Kelly