News and Views: TedxDistilleryDistrictWomen

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Today was super uber fantastically awesome and the team and I finally saw TedxDDWomen coming to fruition. It was a day of many firsts that started off with a cup of coffee and awesome Awake Chocolate bars that are chocolates and caffeine all wrapped into one! Awake

As I munched onto these yummy pieces of heaven… < cause chocolate + caffeine = heaven (duh!)>… I had no idea that I was going to meet so many familiar faces! Until I bumped into this gorgeous lady, Gwen Elliot!

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Awesome Tedx color coordinated nails with Tedx painted on!

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Jennifer Kelly, Dr. Sylvia and I

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Of course there were new people too and the cutest one of them all (no offense everyone!) was Hannah Alper! The notable 10 year old environmentalist who has her very own site and who very graciously offered me her business card! Way to go! I recall when I was 10 I was still making mud pies in my backyard!!!

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She talked about her love for environment and animals and urged everyone to find their passion and their community and grow together as one! Truly a young visionary!

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There were these yummy wraps, courtesy of EnVille Catering in Toronto and then I just remember going into the longest food coma!

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oooh ooooh and ooooh! Did I mention that all this took place at Arta Gallery located in the Distillery District and that I saw this awesome scultpure? Huzzah!

For those of you who are wondering, the first picture is of Pam, the official photographer for the day’s shenanigans and she refused to look up! Go find her on her webbie cause she is awesome and has a great eye for photography!

We had the good fortune of getting really amazing speakers and for the full list please visit TedxDDWomen’s Speakers’ Page.

One last thing before I log off and call it a day. Jennifer Moss, one of the amazing speakers and, as I mentioned on twitter, Gini Dietrich‘s doppelganger, <don’t believe me? go see for yourself!>  told us to make happiness a state and not just a trait. Hence, here is my happy thought of the day: I am grateful for every single person in my life, those who are good to me, those who are negative and everyone in between cause if not for you, I wouldn’t be who I am today. So thank you for loving me, making me stronger and everything else. Cheerios!

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Dreamers and Doers

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‘Be the change you want to see.’

You probably have heard this quote a gazillion times and for good reason, because it holds true.

No one ever did achieve anything great by resting on their laurels. You have to get up. You have to tell yourself, ‘I can do this’ and chances are you probably will and even if you don’t, you will feel better knowing that you tried.

I recall my first day of college, it was a new place, a new environment and I had no freaking idea where my first class was. I nervously looked around and I saw a hundred faces with an expression not too different from mine. An expression of – is this it? what the hell happens after this?

Fast forward to graduation day, with a scroll in our hands we once again asked, ‘What the hell happens after this?’

Some of us chose to take the first jobs that came our way, some of us got lucky and found what we were destined for and others took their time to figure out where they wanted to be and to pursue their passions.

…and yet there are the rest who are still trying to choose the road that they should take.

I am one of them.

…but that is the road I am on and I am staying put. I refuse to quit and I refuse to give up.

Being at FITC will be an opportunity of a lifetime for me to meet likeminded women who refuse to quit and soldier on in the world of technology.

I have this burning desire inside of me to make something happen. I often ask myself, ‘why am I here? there is something bigger than this right?’ and with technology the answer is always yes! I want to be able to make something happen. Scratch that, I WILL make it happen!

Never stop learning. Never stop dreaming.

Finding My Spot

As you guys know, I love love love going to conferences because these things are like networking heavens and provide a chance for meeting awesome people! Also, free food. HEY! A girl’s gotta eat ok?

Hence, when Alex from I DON’T BLOG decided to give away a free ticket to BlissDom  I jumped, quite literally, and submitted an entry to stand a chance to win it! Here’s my entry…

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Yesterday while walking down aimlessly through the halls of my college, because that’s what every hard working student does a week before exams, something unusual happened…

Now you know how there is so much talk about the importance of finding your own voice and your own spot in the world and how it’s easier said than done right? Right.

Back in le undergraduate days, I used to have a study spot in the library that I used to call my own, friends I used to call me own and a blogging voice that was my own but since I shifted from Singapore to Toronto, last year, things have been a little more than complicated.

Now I know that life is only as complicated as you make it to be and that you have to give things time but how much time is considered enough time? Surely, a week before exams was high time that I found a study spot!

As I was walking past a quiet study corner, I saw it, there it was… Sweet Jesus, give me a moment to compose myself… You know how you find a perfect house and you just know it that you want to live there forever? That is exactly how I felt about my spot, as it shall be known as from now on.

Right in front of the loo, next to a vending machine and the water cooler and with a view to die for; yes, that is my study spot.  Hey! It’s all about LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION OKAY!?

What is this incoherent story you ask? How is it related to going to BlissDom you ask? Well, good question my friend! Well, you see, it’s high time that I met more bloggers in real life and found my spot and my voice in the blogging world! I am looking for a community and friends and what better friends to have then fellow bloggers?

As to what I will be bringing to BlissDom? A lot of energy! I am already excited! So where is my ticket? 😉

Oh and just in case you are wondering, here is a picture of the view from my study spot.

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P.S: Like what you read? Then, please vote for this entry over at Alex’s blog! Here is the link!

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