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7 May

“Mental Health is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all.” Bill Clinton

May 7 to 13 we are celebrating Mental Health Week,!  Let’s take a few minutes to talk about a subject that that makes people uneasy and uncomfortable. Isn’t it fun to watch people squirm! 

Do you love to exercise? When was the last time you did any mental exercise? Canadian Mental Health Association has posted some excellent ideas. http://www.mentalhealthweek.ca/mental_health_for_all.php

Keeping ourselves healthy includes a balance of physical exercise, healthy eating and keeping our minds well and strong. It’s easy to find tips and tricks on the first two, but how often do you hear people standing around the water cooler talking about how they keep themselves mentally agile and healthy? Minding Our Bodies is a great website that talks about wonderful ideas that help us maintain that balance. 

Take some time this week to learn more about keeping our minds healthy and share some information with a friend. If we share with one friend and they share with another friend we can go a long way to helping improve the mental health of our community as a whole. Creating awareness is the first step. Cheers to all who choose to work on improving their mental health this week. 

 

Burlington Performing Arts Centre

26 Apr

I just want to share with you a little gem that I discovered tonight tucked in the delightful downtown core of Burlington.  Just like their tag line promises, it was an “experience that inspired” at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre on Locust Street just off Lakeshore. What a fantastic evening. 

We were fortunate to enjoy the absolutely amazing talents of 11 young Brazilian men who charmed and enthralled the audience with their passion, endless energy, drama and humour. The Compagnie Kafig is the name of the group and Corrieria and Agwa was the performance. It means ‘running’ and ‘water’. This group of men, who have been performing together for 6 years, is comprised of talents and skills learned by practicing on the street and in formal training. They are dedicated to their art and committed to thoroughly entertaining their audience. 

What a lovely venue for an enjoyable evening. I know it won’t be our last time visiting the Burlington PAC. 

Earth Day 2012

21 Apr

Well it’s finally here, Earth Day Weekend 2012! I woke up this morning to the sound of chirping birds and knew I couldn’t stay in bed one more minute. I had to rise and enjoy a beautiful spring day (and yes, it’s 5:30am). The birds singing in the early morning is one of the things I miss most during those long winter months, perhaps when I need them the most. They seem to inspire me to get up and get going instead of rolling over and hiding deeper under the covers. 

As I am writing, I wonder what about nature inspires you to get up and get moving? Is it the sounds of spring, or the urge to get out and get your hands dirty in the garden? Maybe you are eager to push away the dead leaves that are covering the new plants that are already peaking out of the ground. I get excited to see that too. The trees and bushes are beginning to bud and colour is appearing everywhere. It is beautiful just to stand and look around. 

In Hamilton, people will celebrate Earth Day in so many ways, with family, friends and community. There are organized clean ups and tree planting and rain barrel sales just to name a few events. Yesterday I know of schools and daycare centers that organized grounds clean up and celebrated new water refilling stations. That is exciting news! It is important to get everyone involved and caring for our earth, from the very young to the very old. We can all make a difference and every little bit helps.

Last night, as I was browsing online Earth Day articles, I read a post on Facebook about the amazing David Suzuki and his decision to step down from the Board of Directors for the David Suzuki Foundation. If you wish, you can read his open letter on the David Suzuki Foundation page.  I was saddened to understand that, in short, it was political and societal bullying that caused him to decide to remove himself from his life’s work and passion in order to protect it.  In order to allow him to openly share his knowledge and understanding about protecting the environment, he chose to make a change, and a difficult one it was. 

Isn’t that what Earth Day is really all about? It is a reminder to all of us that we need to make changes in our lifestyle and the daily decision we make that affect our earth, our environment. Sometimes those changes can be difficult and require sacrifice, commitment and courage, but they can have long lasting impact…for our children and our grandchildren. If nothing else, this weekend I challenge you to think about what changes you can make around home, or work or your local community centre that can positively impact our world, our city, our neighbourhood.

 I was recently at a showing of The Lorax, the wonderful story by Dr. Seuss. It is a fabulous and highly entertaining movie about “environment vs business” and I highly recommend you watch it, or pick up the book for an inspirational bed time read with the kids. I must applaud Dr. Seuss for such forward thinking when he wrote this story many years ago.  Also inspired by the story is the Lorax Project and I encourage you to check it out with your kids. I want to leave you with a few of my favorite quotes: 

“I am the Lorax and I’ll yell and I’ll shout for the fine things on earth that are on their way out!”

“I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.”

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Happy Earth day my friends!  Celebrate the changes you will make for your life today and celebrate the earth around us that sustains us and brings us beauty and life.  Be inspired, and be the change needed today. Care a whole awful lot!

Fold up the mystery fitted sheet

11 Jan

I am so excited to tell you what I just discovered on Facebook. When I stumbled upon this video post from Style at Home.com on how to fold a fitted sheet, I knew immediately that I had to share it with you on my blog. If you are anything like me, this chore has been a constant source of frustration, feeling like an ancient mystery, never to be mastered. Well, mystery solved! Check out how easy it is!!

How to fold a fitted sheet

Thanks Style at Home for sharing this video and thanks Peggy Byron of Au Lit Fine Linens in Toronto for teaching us how to fold the dreaded fitted sheet!!

New Year, New Look, New Beginnings

8 Jan

Welcome back! Let me wish you a very happy 2011! I am so glad you dropped in to visit and check out the new look at kimberleychapman.com. I am hoping a fresh makeover will inspire me to ‘keep at it’ and post more often about lots of fun stuff.  I decided to open my focus and explore new concepts and ideas in social media so I hope you will join me and feel welcome to interact.

January 2011 is full to the brim with lots of new adventures for me and my family, some just around the corner and others that have just begun.  I am sure they will make for some interesting stories to share.  Stay tuned!

Happy New Year!

Kim

Seven Things I Learned from Tony Hsieh | Spin Sucks

8 Sep

Seven Things I Learned from Tony Hsieh | Spin Sucks

via Seven Things I Learned from Tony Hsieh | Spin Sucks.

Great read all about Community building from the ground up! Thanks Gini Dietrich

Good Neighbour Day

1 Sep

I am eager to tell you about a delightful community event that has occurred for more than a decade in our city.  Jean’s Flower Shop started “Good Neighbour Day”, 11 years ago, giving out 1 dozen free roses with the intention that you keep one and pass on 11 roses to a ‘neighbour’, whomever you so choose. 

#1, Brilliant marketing – 10, 000 free roses is a lot of word of mouth about a flower shop in one day! #2, this encourages people to share with each other, making your co-workers, friends, family, neighbours, or even a stranger you might give a rose to feel good and smile (hey, who wouldn’t smile when handed a beautiful rose just out of the blue).   #3, it’s a wonderful way to give back to their community as a local business. The event is one that has become anticipated by the local neighbourhood. Around Mid August as you drive by you start looking for the sign announcement and planning your time to work to include a quick stop in at Jean’s along the way.  They have also begun a food drive to give to Neighbour to Neighbour, the local community food bank.  So many people benefit from this wonderful event. 

You might be wondering why I am sharing this with you when I am ‘supposed’ to be talking about social media on this site.  It’s because I believe that this is a wonderful example of community building and year after year it develops and blossoms and affects more and more people in the community.  This is exactly what you can do with Social Media.  Use it to build and develop and blossom your local community.  Share, educate, support, build together and watch your business or organization grow, blossom and develop over time. 

I want to keep this post short and sweet, so I will just share one more comment and then close.  Remember this, as Ralph Waldo Emerson says “Earth laughs in flowers”