Check out this sweet article I wrote for the Globe and Mail:
Attractions Ontario sent me and a friend to Playdium last weekend and we totally had a blast! The idea of visiting an “arcade” may seem like something for kids, but what it really does it bring out the kid in you. You can’t help it when you’re there: running around and smiling along with everyone else comes easy.
When we first got there, we headed straight for zombies. This is really the only place you can fully experience immersing yourself in the feeling the characters in The Walking Dead must have. Spine chilling adrenaline!
After shooting for a bit and my arm feeling tired, we decided to switch it up and do some racing. Even though it was a Saturday night and it was really busy, we had no problem finding games to play without having to wait in long lines. It was awesome.
I actually ride a motorcycle so I thought the motorcycle racing game would be an easy win for me – turns out I’m not as good at racing bikes over cliffs and around obstacles as I am driving them around the slow traffic of Toronto. We also played this really neat version of Mario Kart (I am a huge Mario Kart fan). The best part is that the game takes a picture of your face before you play and imposes it on your character’s head. Literally could not stop laughing about it.
Did the “Dark Escape 4D” and almost died with fear. SO SCARY and really need to play in a completely dark booth with 3D glasses, and wind and stuff moving at you. Makes it all feel very realistic. The best part about playing at Playdium is that when you die, you can scan your card and just keep on playing. It is way easier than using tokens or cash.
For any Star Wars junkies they have battle pods, which are really neat. And there is an entire section where you can play more classic arcade games and win tickets to get prizes etc…
Honestly can’t wait to go back – was such a great time and actually had a great weekend night without drinking! Definitely fully recommend for date nights or nights out with kids too! The kids all looked like they were having a blast!
When we first ordered our Leesa mattress online – a new luxury mattress delivered to your door, made custom to order – I was a bit skeptical.
I kept on seeing these photos:
And I was thinking – all these people look way too happy with their mattress delivery. I mean, it’s just a mattress.
But I have to admit, when we got the box delivered to our door, I probably looked as happy as all the models laying on the mattresses on the Leesa website.
Firstly, the entire process is super fun. The mattress comes vacuum sealed in plastic, and it is hard to believe that the box you get is the size of mattress you ordered at all. The first thing I said when I opened the box was “Is this a queen? Did they maybe send us a twin or double instead?” But when we put the mattress down on our current mattress, it did look the same size, just completely compressed.
Then it got even more fun!
When we cut open the plastic, air rushed in and everything started expanding. We rushed to cut and pull the plastic off – and we watched the mattress rise and turn into the perfection we currently sleep on.
The first night of sleeping on the Leesa was soft, but over the next few days the mattress continued to expand and turned into perfection. We love our Leesa and will never go back to the traditional spring mattress!
* This post was sponsored by Leesa Mattress
About 6 months ago I was experiencing something I’m sure most entrepreneurs (or really, anyone with a busy life) experiences: the full voicemail inbox. Having to check voicemail was a pretty constant theme in my life – scrambling for a pen to write a number down or not recognizing the voice on the other end and being confused. I resented seeing an unknown number call and knowing that when I ignored it, they were going to leave a voice message I had to check.
I know this seems like a massive “First-world-problem” but I was literally finding it draining and exhausting having people expect me to be available all the time. Here are my problems with voicemail:
- When people left me voicemails, if I didn’t reply the next day, they would call back saying “I left you a voicemail yesterday – did you not get it?”. The whole pattern of people calling, leaving messages, and wanting a return call immediately, was proving to drive me insane. I wanted some “off time”. I wanted to reply to people on my own schedule.
- Usually if someone leaves you a voicemail, if you e-mail them back, they are not happy. They expect a call back.
- If you do call someone back you never know how long that call is going to be. Even if they say they just need a quick 2 minutes, it may end up being half an hour. For someone who charges for their time, this is not something that works for me.
- I prefer having calls scheduled. If everyone could just call me at random all the time I probably wouldn’t be able to get anything done during the day. Random phone calls disrupt my productivity and off-time.
- Having a full voicemail inbox was leaving this burning feeling in my gut – even if I want to ignore the messages for the day and relax, I know I should check all the messages because then nobody else can leave me messages. It is a vicious cycle.
- Voicemail was invented before e-mail (1970s). It just makes sense that if you call someone and they don’t pick up, you send them an e-mail that can be as long and clear as you want 🙂
I’ve never had an issue with turning off the internet – being away from Facebook for a day is like heaven to me since my business is Facebook 24/7. I love curling up in bed for the day with a good book, or Netflix. I can ignore notifications. For some reason the general public has grown to expect there to be some delay when it comes to e-mail – there is a “Get back to me later” feel to them. There is even an automatic “Follow-up” label in my gmail that serves this very purpose. So when e-mails come in and I’m relaxing, I have no problem getting back to them when I decide it is my work time.
I actually got rid of my voicemail accidentally – it wasn’t by choice. I got a new phone a couple months ago, and I had to reload my voicemail settings and I decided to give myself a vacation from voicemail for a week. It was the best week! I saw people calling and actually chose if I wanted to answer or not, knowing that if I didn’t pick up, they wouldn’t leave a message. I truly feel as though if someone wants to get in touch with me, they can e-mail me – it is the new standard of communication. I can read an e-mail title and gauge for myself it’s level of importance in my day. It gives me control.
After a week of no voicemail, I decided that it was a change I should stick with. I left it completely off. A few people called me and then e-mailed me saying “Hey, your voicemail isn’t working!” which I think is a bit ironic… but I simply let them know they could reach me by e-mail whenever they wanted to.
The last few months have actually been incredible – I’ve managed to take full days off, and the only time I’ve been spending with the phone to my ear has been for scheduled calls, or for family. It has been one of the best changes for my business and for my general well-being.
Anyway, let me know if you make this change too! And if you ever want to e-mail me to discuss… firstname.lastname@example.org 🙂
Lots of fun stuff going on. I just started working with The 48 at One King West – the most gorgeous offices, available for hourly, daily or weekly rentals. Definitely check those out, especially if you have a home office and may need to rent some space for meetings or events.
I also did this sweet podcast for Camp Tech —-> http://camptech.ca/blogs/podcast/episode-009-social-media-tips
AND I will be teaching the Digital Marketing course at Seneca College this semester which I am extra stoked about. It will be a great opportunity to change the industry starting from the ground up, and give some kids creative inspiration!
Shot this cute video for a new band called Across the wasteland!
Made this music video for the lovely and talented Jordan B Wright!