According to Forbe's magazine just 8% of people achieve their New Year's Resolution. That's as far as Forbe's goes with getting into numbers related to improving individual success. That's really sad given that they are so good at defining percentages of profits within a given industry and the millions or billions a company is worth. Personally, I get irritated when people place importance on one set of numbers yet totally ignore the numbers they were born with. So if you're one of the 92% of people making New Years Resolutions that fail there is still an opportunity for success. Success by your numbers.
Save your New Year's Resolution for your personal new year .... Your birthday.
The formula for calculating your Personal Year is simple. You take your birth month and day (mine's 03/10) as well as the appropriate calendar year (2016). Find the single digit sum of all the numbers. 3 + 1 + 0 + 2 + 0 + 1 + 6 = 13, (Don't be afraid of the double digit numbers. Keep adding across until you are reduced to a single digit.) Breaking down the 13 to 1 + 3 = 4. So my personal year which will come into affect on March 10th will be a four year. The four signifies what my resolution should be about for the following year.
Beware! If you miss the importance of your Personal Year it will be another nine years before you get the opportunity to work on, or out, those issues again.
Briefly this is what you can work through on each of your Personal Years.
1 Personal Year - New Beginnings
2 Personal Year - Relationship Building
3 Personal Year - Self Expression
4 Personal Year - Solidifying Foundation
5 Personal Year - Personal Freedom
6 Personal Year - Responsibility
7 Personal Year - Reflection
8 Personal Year - Strength and Leadership
9 Personal Year - Completion
Imagine how much more successful people would be with their resolutions if they made them on their birthday in accordance with their Personal Year. My best advice for New Year's Eve would be to enjoy the fireworks, champagne, and general frivolity of ushering in 2016. The hard work can wait until later ... Unless, of course, your birthday is January 1, 2016.
If you need any assistance with figuring out your Personal Year please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Simply include your birth day and month. I will respond as quickly as possible. In the meantime, CHEERS!
The week before Christmas I took my spare mother (The original was a dud. Since then I have been fortunate enough to find another.) to Allan Gardens. We both agree that this is one of our favourite places.
Platinum Blonde found themselves on stage at the Danforth Music Hall on Boxing Day. They themselves had questioned whether or not people would show up to a concert the day after Christmas. Thankfully, there were a number of Hungry Eyes (and ears) in attendance making it abundantly clear that It Doesn't Really Matter what day of the year it is true fans will be Standing In The Dark right along with them. .
The extended article is available at Fresh Print Magazine.
I know many people's Christmas wish is for peace on Earth, Mine is simply for peace and quiet. That's exactly what I got all wrapped up with my English bully Daisy. I just wanted to be left alone.
Leading up to Christmas I was very busy. I was shooting Christmas concerts. I was taking pics at the best dessert sampling night ever. I was delivering food hampers that an area city councillor (Michael Thompson) had dropped off at my building. Amidst all that I was planning, co-ordinating, supplying, and finally, hosting a Nog 'N' Toy give away in my lobby. Then, Christmas Eve was spent trying not to have a full blown Christmas breakdown, as I arranged for my boys to get their art desks under their trees. (For the record I was not so successful on the breakdown part. Given everything else I accomplished I'm sure a momentary lapse of sanity will be forgiven.)
For a million and one reasons Christmas day has never been about celebrating for me. When I was growing up any gifts I received were second hand items that would have been half price at the local Sally Ann. That wouldn't have been a big deal if the brand new price tags weren't still attached to my brother's gifts. Any new items from distant relatives broke in transport (my tea set and my box of perfume) or were confiscated by my mother (my battery operated barking dog).
The fact that I am still able to function at all this time of year is extraordinary. The fact that I organized that Nog 'N' Toy event in my building lobby in an effort to teach my grandsons
about giving is beyond extraordinary. The fact that, despite my Christmas breakdown brought on a full 24 hrs ahead of schedule,, my boys (THE most important people in my life) still had their art desks under their trees, is a miracle.
So, after all that giving, does it really matter if I don't show up for Christmas dinner? I'm not going to apologize for my lack of attendance. Today I thoroughly enjoyed having nothing to do except curl up with my English bully Daisy.
Sometimes, the best things in life are free.
A couple weeks back a friend tagged me in response to a Classified Instagram post requesting pictures. It took me a minute to schedule a day to edit one set of photographs that hadn't seen the light of day, search through my external hard drive for the other sets of Classified pictures, remove logo detes from one set dating back to my Black Hat Media days, and then forwarded links to the albums to Classified. Here's a single image from each set I could locate.
Classified @ Toronto Skate Park
Classified @ The CNE Bandshell
Classified @ Yonge & Dundas Square
Classified @ The 100th Grey Cup Festival
Classified @ The Captain Morgan Rock The Boat Party
As a fan I'm sure I don't have to tell you that Classified is coming back to Toronto for a date at the Phoenix Concert Theatre on February 13th, 2016.. As a photographer I hope to be there getting the best pics possible. No Pressure.
On Saturday, December 12th, 2015 Scarborough Historical Museum held their Desserts by Lamplight event. Plenty of evidence could be found that forks are some pretty serious weapons of mass destruction. None of the desserts survived without significant damage. .
Just found out earlier today that one of my pieces titled Flight Lights was accepted into the En Route, Scarborough Arts' 30th Annual Juried Exhibition and BIG ART BOOK! The opening reception and the book launch is on Thursday, January 14, 2016, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Papermill Gallery at Todmorden Mills.
Save the Date: Wavelength Music Festival 16
February 11-14, 2016 - Toronto
Wavelength celebrates its Sweet 16 with four nights of the best new music in Canada. Mark off Family Day Long Weekend (February 11-14) for #WL16, your live mixtape of 2016's addictive new sounds. Stay tuned for the festival line-up announcement.
Today was the Riverdale Share concert at Danforth Music Hall. I thought if I finished these pictures quick enough I could get photo access to the sold out Justin Bieber acoustic performance tomorrow night at the same venue. Never Say Never.
Speaking of celebrity performances I managed to snap a picture of Mayor John Tory doing the dance (as directed by Sharon of Sharon, Lois and Bram) to the Twelve Days of Christmas. 'Tis included.
I have been a fan of Andy Warhol's since I completed a paper on him as an undergrad at the University of Toronto. The fact that he had a movement disorder and you could clearly see signs of it in his work intrigued me. As someone who has a similar diagnosis, who hides it behind perfected images, it was good to know that despite everything I too could be an artist.
He may not have been hands-on with all his works but his influence definitely dictated the lack of perfection with the finished product. One thing you can say about his portfolio is that no matter what you can always tell exactly what the focal point of the individual pieces were. Whether that be an Elvis, a Marilyn, or a Campbell's soup can.
Andy Warhol Visited
Speaking of Campbell's soup, you can receive complimentary admission every Tuesday to Andy Warhol Revisited if you bring a can of Campbell's soup to the Revolver Gallery. All cans will be donated to Toronto's Daily Bread Food Bank.
To date I have been to the exhibit twice. As you can tell from some of the images within this post works have been rotating (or revolving) around the gallery as some pieces are added or removed.
Andy Warhol Revisited