This is an archived blog from when I ran Conscious Public Relations Inc. from 2008-2018. Excuse the potential outdated-ness!

I haven’t blogged for a while, but it’s because I gave myself a good week off for the holidays to rejuvenate… there are some exciting things I have planned for my business in 2013, but since I only had about a week of vacation earlier this year, I figured I deserve the extra time off, even from blogging.

The great thing about spending much needed quality time with my partner, family, and friends, is that despite 2012 being a tough balancing act between work, volunteer work, and trying to enjoy life, I’ve accomplished and experienced some big and awesome things. Between milestone birthdays and newborn babies, it has truly been year of celebration, overcoming adversity, learning, and continued self-discovery.

FEBRUARY

Went up to Whistler with family for the weekend, and got a good day of boarding in… Leo and I missed the last gondola ride to Whistler, so we had to board all the way down Blackcomb and then pay for a taxi to the base of Whistler. Lesson learned!

MARCH

I spent the last week in March and my 30th birthday in Tokyo, Japan, with Leo and family. On my birthday I ate the most filling $10 lunch at Gonpachi, where Quentin Tarantino got the inspiration for the restaurant scene in Kill Bill Vol. 1, visited the Meiji Shrine near Harajuku to offer up my wishes to the gods of nature, and then had a genuine fresh sushi dinner at Kyubei, a 12-seat exclusive, reservation-only restaurant where some of the world’s biggest celebrities have been. In addition to many days of eating amazing Japanese food and exploring the city in more detail with Leo, it was an awesome way to ring in a new decade.

APRIL

Leo and I celebrated our 5th anniversary at Chambar, where we had our first date. I also took part in my first photo shoot for the cover of the Georgia Straight Newspaper that featured my client, Brishkay Ahmed, who premiered her debut documentary, Story of Burqa, at the DOXA Documentary Film Festival. It was a hindering, but empowering experience to be underneath that burqa, knowing that I was part of spreading an important message.

MAY

I attended Day 1 of the Hay House Conference with some friends and got to see Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, and Doreen Virtue speak. Absorbed, absorbed, absorbed.

JUNE

I worked with the EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival for the second year and along with Global TV’s Erin Cebula, got to be part of creating a showdown between some of Canada’s top food personalities: Rob Feenie, David Rocco, and Bob Blumer. If I had bet money, I would have lost because it wouldn’t have been on Rocco, who won the competition with a spaghetti carbonara dish.

On June 27, Conscious PR was born – a brand almost 8 months in the making. It’s still a work in progress, but something I will always be proud of, no matter what happens to my company.

JULY

Leo and I spent the Canada Day long weekend at Sparkling Hill Resort in Vernon, BC. We got to experience North America’s ONLY cold sauna by walking for a minute in -110 degree temperature. It was an adrenaline rush!

AUGUST

My 5 best friends from elementary and high school and I went on a weekend trip to Vegas. It was short-lived, but in Vegas, 3 days feels like 5.

SEPTEMBER

Having shut down my lifestyle blog, Middle Child Reviews, in anticipation of Conscious PR, I became a contributing blogger on HelloVancity.com on conscious events, profiles, and other social good happenings in the city. I am very much enjoying my experience with Hello Vancity as it allows me to write at leisure instead of always trying to pump out blogs based on wherever I am going. It’s also great to be part of a cool community of bloggers, comprised of foodies, entrepreneurs, and fellow marketers.

OCTOBER

VIFF came and went, I got to see Deepak Chopra speak at The Seed Event, and I directed my last Vancouver Short Film Festival (3rd annual, sixth if you count the 3 years as the Van. Student Film Fest) as Festival Director. I also saw my first TEDx Vancouver event. It was a big month for cultural events! I also joined the board of the Projecting Change Film Festival, where I am helping out on the PR and Youth Day committees.

NOVEMBER

This was a big month for social enterprise events. I joined LOCO BC, and met a lot of wonderful people who reaffirmed my faith in working in this industry.

DECEMBER

We all survived the so-called “end of the world.” But as many scientists and spiritual gurus alike have agreed, December 21 marks the beginning of a new shift in consciousness. It is not going to happen overnight, but like Tolle describes a flower recognizing itself in bloom, I am excited that this is the start of humanity recognizing that we need to realize our connection with one another and the earth.

I hope that 2012 has been a reflective year for you and the 2013 brings much joy and blessings.

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