4 Months of Freelance – Taking Time.

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I burnt out. Earlier this year my brain hit a max that I should have identified earlier but thems the learnings. In February I had a lot going on in life that I was going at head down and with the attitude of “onward through the fog” – not great. My job at the time was really stressful (a lot of which I’d put on myself) and my Mother was in the process of moving, all of which I was doing for her. The day her condo sold, I was on the phone with her and the lawyer about 20…

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Inspired.

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I draw a lot on inspiration for working on the web and in my career from places outside the web. Mostly in other creative fields like music and acting and lately cooking. I have been a giant music fan my whole life but have zero musical talent. I wanted to audition for many things throughout my life but I was always shaking in highschool drama class. I can’t cook much more than using a microwave (but I’m learning!). I’ve spent hours watching Hollywood Reporter videos lately. They do these wonderful roundtables with accomplished actors, directors, showrunners and more. I really…

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5 Thoughts on Sigur Rós’ Route One. 

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I was working from home today and had a plan to not listen to any music. Well, after checking the internet streams late in the morning, found I just happened to be lucky enough to catch the lifestream of Sigur Rós’ Route One for quite a few hours and have some thoughts on it.   For a little background… Sigur Rós recorded a Livestream today, on the summer solstice. The longest day of the year, they took all that sunshine and drove throughout Iceland to a soundtrack they created live.   It was broadcast on local stations and streamed directly…

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Radiohead are My Favourite Marketers.

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I remember being 16 years old, sitting in front of my boombox, legs crossed, waiting for Paranoid Android to be played on the radio with a finger on the record button ready to tape the new Radiohead single. Today it’s a bit different, now I use the internet, making recording and accessing much easier. Also not sure really where that boombox is anymore… When OK Computer was released I became a lifetime Radiohead fan and I’ve been fascinated with them since. The Bends is a great album, and we will never know why that guy is laying on the floor…

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Rdio I’ll Miss You & Fav Albums of 2015.

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Music streaming service Rdio is shutting down for now, as it’s been acquired by Pandora. The whole adjustment has felt like a slow breakup to me. Slowly they’ve shut down pieces, including opening the Rdio app on my phone just to receive these sad messages and opening the app at work to finally be cutoff and not be able to play music…

Women in Tech Toronto – Launched.

My lovely developer friend Amanda and I were chatting in a Slack group about a month ago, and found the conversation not what we were expecting. So we ran through a few options in our heads and decided with the rise of slack that we’d start our own. I purchased the domain and she started the Slack group and in a month we’ve grown to about 20 users so far. The group is called Women in Tech Toronto and I just launched a holding page tonight, with master plans going on in the chat room between us all of what will end…

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September #jesslist Playlist – Leave a Trace

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It’s fall! It’s been a really busy month so this list is a bit late, but in time for the colours to change and fall to be upon us as well as some awesome music to go with the change of seasons. Picture Credit goes to Mat Roe, I should use just all his pictures as all his pictures are gorgeous Check them out yourself here Took a look and dislike what you see? Anything you’d add instead? Let me know below! Removed Rdio link. RIP Rdio.

August #jesslist – One Song At A Time

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August is always busy, and in Canada the month you don’t want to spend inside so this list is all over the place of whatever I’d hear out and around 🙂 This list is for sure one of my favourites from the year already though, the mix of genres and some old(er) to really new makes for a great mix! Image credit is to Trey Ratcliff on 500px The Beauty of Zion Take a look & listen at the list and please tell me what you think below! Also check out the playlist on Rdio.

July Playlist – There’s an Energy #jesslist

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It’s July! I’ve been working a lot and there’s a Slack channel at work for #music that I’ve lifted a few songs from for this month’s playlist. I love that music is so sharable. I’m thinking of moving all my listening to Spotify too. I just need to import all my history into it which I know is possible but I have a wedding to go to next week so for August may just be purely Spotify! Image credit goes to Imgur, the picture is from Waterloo! Check it out yourself here Skimmed over the list and enjoy or have…

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June #jesslist Playlist – Look Up To The Sky

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June has been amazing. There’s a lot going on and lots to smile about, so there’s a lot of happy on this mix. As well the picture comes from the Canadian Space Agency who posted that “until June 30, Venus & Jupiter are converging a little each day” reminding us of really how small we are and how incredible our galaxy really is, they’re so far and this is a great sight to see! Also check out the playlist on Rdio.