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Category Archive: Inspiration

The Future of Technology | Google+ The HuffPost Live Story

Something interesting happened yesterday and it turned out to be something pretty awesome! It all involves The Internet, social networks, content, blogging, and a little bit of luck I reckon. It starts with this photo…

Remember my post  about the ‘Other’ folder in Facebook? Well one of the 99+ messages in there was from a video agency in Venice Beach, California (one of my fav places in the WORLD!) and they messaged me a few months ago to use one of my photos in a video. I did not see the message because it was in the ‘Other’ folder, basically the spam department of Facebook.  In the message, they offered to pay me for the use of my photo. I took a chance an emailed her back to see if 1) they used my photo and 2) if the offer still stands.

Turns out it did! Little did I know, the video was for HuffPost Live about the way the web has changed journalism and HuffPost’s use of Google+. Well la di da! I chatted with Tim McDonald from HuffPost Live a few months before I got the email about this video and I don’t think either one is connected. Crazay!

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 The photo used in the vid was a selfie I took at SXSW 2012 in Austin, Texas inside the WordPress booth at the convention centre. If you look closely, you’ll see WordPress in the background, the video doesn’t show the logo for obvious reasons.  Oh man I miss that acid wash denim jacket, it’s long gone now.

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Google+: The HuffPost Live Story

I’m in the first ten seconds, wait for it! Find me on Google+ here btw.

Here’s to the magic of the internet, content that stays online forever, and the power of connecting. You never know what’s gonna happen but if you put out good vibes with a great attitude, you just might get a nice surprise now and again.

Hope something awesome happens to you today!

<3 CASIE

 

#TBT Liberty Village | Inspired by Andy Warhol

A Throwback Thursday Story

I was browsing tumblr last night and I came across this photo of Andy Warhol and was instantly reminded of this old photo of me by Kelly Kruschel from years ago.

It was taken in Liberty Village before all the condos were built, before all the shops, and people took over the neighbourhood. I worked in Liberty Village from 2008-2009  inside the Carpet Factory lofts. I spent lots of time then building my blog, doing events around the city, and making friends. So much time that I used to get in trouble from my boss for blogging at work, and I even took date stamps off my posts so he didn’t know ‘exactly’ when I was posting.

I was determined to get into a media job and applied for a gig via Workopolis w/ MUCH + MTV  and knew I was right for the job. I ended up beating HEAPS of people for the role of Social Media Coordinator and started at 299 Queen street in September 2009.

It’s crazy to think about all the things I’ve done since then. Places I’ve travelled, brands I’ve worked with. At the time these photos were taken all those things  seemed only possible in my dreams.

Just goes to show you really can do anything you put your mind to.

http://www.kellykruschel.com/portfolio/people/

<3 CASIE

Positivity Tuesday! Yeah! Right Here!

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Shake it out. Don’t let this weather get you down. Perk up that attitude and throw the bad one in the garbage. It’s heavy. Find a slice of sunshine and soak it up on your face. Wear sunscreen. Put on a smile and greet the world. This is your life, your movie, you are the director!  Is it is a comedy, a romance,  a documentary about success? YOU DECIDE.

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Don't forget, the universe if listening.

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Positivity baby! 

<3 CASIE

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

It seemed like just another Thursday but it was more than that. Yesterday I had a meeting that was planned two months earlier and the outcome was fantastic!  I accomplished something I’ve been working towards for ages.

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

Soon as my profile is live I’ll share more details. I was reminded once again that you really CAN achieve anything you set your mind to. You must believe you can do it and have the courage and confidence to make it happen.

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Banana Repubic jacket, Burberry scarf, Tiffany & Co. necklace

I’ve gotta set some big goals for this year and the next 5 because over the past few years I’ve crossed so many things off my life list. I’m super excited to get working on my new secret project this weekend.

Me at my desk yesterday. Wearing hearts again today too. ♥

 With love + light,

<3 CASIE DREAMS

 

Rewrite Your Own Destiny

I still have all my Barbies and their clothes, the accessories, cars, living rooms set, pool furniture, and more. While I don’t usually write about things for kids, Mattel always thinks of me when there is something they think I’ll like. Thanks guys!

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I recently got sent these two lovely Ever After High dolls, Meet Apple White (Snow White’s daughter) and Raven Queen (the Evil Queen’s daughter). The line is based upon  characters from fairy tales and fantasy stories.  They each come with inspirational little stories, clothes, and there’s a whole online component at  Everafterhigh.com.  My BF’s daughter is five and she was so happy when I let her open them.

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In the story, the school gets divided in ‘Royals or Rebels’ which is between those who know they will have a happily ever after, those with less favourable destinies, or those who prefer the idea of writing their own destiny. Writing your own destiny is 100% my vote!

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The package arrived with this little locket inscribed “rewrite your own destiny”. This product may be for kids but the message is something that lasts a lifetime. The team at Mattel said they thought of me when learning about this new brand. I’m writing my own destiny each day, found something I love and made my dream a reality.

Go out there and follow your dreams people!

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<3 CASIE

 

A Piece of Powerful Positivity for You Peeps

Love this drawing by Ani Castillo. Us bloggers really are a mix of skills and talent! She is married to one of my colleagues at Community and the talented artist who did our branding on thecommunity.ca. I love her work! See more of it here.

Very busy today so sharing this piece of positivity with you. It’s been a while since I posted this great video. Reminds me of myself every single time I watch it. I really do love life this much. Powerful!

Sending sunshine your way!

<3 CASIE

 

Who Would WANT to Be NORMAL?! Not Normal FTW!

NOT NORMAL! #thisismylife

I woke up to a FB notification from William Jones this morning and he said this ad make him think of me. I don’t know if it’s just because I was half alseep but when I watched this…I felt a little emotional. I’ve alwasy been ‘not normal’, had my own style, made my own path, and done things in my own way. Probably the Taurus in me and strong influence from my parents to ‘be myself’.  It’s great to be part of a world where we embrace the NON NORMAL.

NOT NORMAL is the philosophy that has guided the design of MINI for over 50 years. And it’s the same philosophy that connects the brand to people who drive MINI today. In a world where so many people are trying to fit in, MINI extends an open invitation to those who would rather stand out: http://bit.ly/11gMBY8 .

I  hope my blog inspires you to go out into the world and BE BOLD, BE YOURSELF. Think of your life as a movie, YOU are the director, you decide what scene is next and who is in it. You are the STAR!

HAPPY TIFF! Have a beautiful day!

<3 CASIE

Agility presents ‘Get Digital: Create Great Content’ at The Spoke Club

I’ve been invited to speak with some of my industry peers about creating great content in an upcoming session at The Spoke Club. The event is hosted by Toronto based Agility, they works with media companies and brands to help maximize the value of their online content. Their philosophy, “create great content, build your audience, make more money.” Now that,  is something I can stand behind! Read more about the event on the Agility blog.

The event is free but you have to register! Visit this link and sign up. It’ll be a good discussion, trust me.

<3 CASIE

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