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Unpopular Opinion: I Like The New WordPress 5.0

Unpopular Opinion: I Like The New WordPress 5.0

I installed the new WP 5.0 that came out last week right away. I like to be the first to try things out. I’ve always been an early adopter. There are a few glitches but I believe this is the start of a new, modern, flexible WordPress. It gives you so much more customization in the way your work is displayed, photos, galleries, quotes.


Ok there was an issue…

I ran into an issue when I first installed WP 5.0 where it reverted me back to the Classic Editor. I¬†lost Gutenberg when I installed 5.0 then I installed the Classic Editor and couldn’t get Gutenberg back. I searched a whole bunch of WP developer forums and it was VERY CLEAR, people HATE Gutenberg and they HATE Blocks. To fix it I disabled the Classic Editor plugin, and deleted, reinstalled the Gutenberg editor. I also disabled Page Builder (Site Origin) and a couple other plugins that I wasn’t using and probably weren’t updated for WP 5.0.

I blogged about my fav parts of the new Gutenberg Editor back in August when it was released here.


One of my favourite things in the new editor is how you can display images wide across the page. I love the way galleries look stretched out instead of just within the pixel width of your blog text. So pretty. These photos are from Ashley Longshore gallery in New Orleans, LA.

What are your thoughts on the new WordPress, do you love it or do you hate it?

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TELUS Friendly Future Foundation: Helping Youth & Communities Across Canada

Across Canada, 1.5 million children go hungry without access to nutritious food every single day, 30K Canadians are homeless (mostly young people), and 40% of low-income families don’t have internet access putting kids at risk for falling behind in school. We can all do something to help and this year Telus launched the¬†Friendly Future Foundation putting $120 million into addressing the social and economic challenges facing Canadian youth.¬†¬†I am proud to work with Telus and have been a¬†#TeamTelus¬†partner for the last 8 years.¬†¬†


The Foundation will give grants to grassroots charities¬†in communities across Canada who really know their community and how to help. By partnering with smaller charities, they’re able to help out groups that might be missed by huge corporate donors and make a big impact in small communities. I think this is an amazing approach. I work with¬†Brands For¬†Canada, an organization that provides new clothing & basic needs supplies to people across Canada and this method of working with local charities has worked great for them.¬†

The¬†Friendly Future Foundation¬†funding will help kids build up digital literacy skills, get basic healthcare and mental health support to the homeless, and open up other educational opportunities. Here’s an example of doing good in a community not too far from us, Telus donated $20K to the Women’s Shelter in Barrie.


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The $120 million TELUS has provided for the Friendly Future Foundation is the largest donation made by a publicly traded Canadian company in history and one of the largest ever in North America. Way to go team!

Over the past two decades, TELUS, team members and retirees have contributed more than $1 billion of value to Canadians, through $530 million in financial support and 1.21 million days of volunteerism. Last year alone they (we!) volunteered 1 million hours. 

I’m continuously impressed by how Telus gives in communities where they live.¬†I’ve had the opportunity to do some giving back of my own through volunteer programs and they have¬†made over $21,000 in charity donations on my behalf. This year my donation went to Cambridge¬†Montessori (where I went!) and last year my donation went to SKETCH, an art based program for kids in the GTA.¬† I’m hoping to do more with Telus and local programs for 2019.


Have a project that could use some help? You can APPLY for funding here. The deadline for Toronto applications is January with different deadlines across Canada. So, if you want to make a difference, learn more about community grants here and get on it.

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For more information about the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation visit friendlyfuture.com/en/foundation. And for some inspirational stories about people Telus has already helped, check these out.


This post is part of my long-term partnership with Telus sharing great stuff the brand is doing, my favourite things about being a customer, and tech gadgets I love (or want!).

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Money Mindfulness

Last week I went to a¬†wellness¬†workshop hosted by¬†Capital One¬†for¬†Credit Education Week. This year‚Äôs theme is ‚ÄėMoney Mindfulness‚Äô and at the event,¬†we¬†meditated, did¬†yoga, and learned that being mindful about our everyday expenses can help related stress and anxiety.

The event was held on the top floor of the Broadview Hotel and included a joga class by Jana Webb. We enjoyed a Smoothie Station and were sent home with a Mindfulness package. It was very relaxing!

The location was perfect for a gloomy day with huge skylights to brighten the space. It was nice to spend the morning with a bunch of the blog gang doing something other than being on our phones.


I don’t know about you but money stresses me out on a regular basis, waiting for cheques, people not paying on time, bills, taxes, rent/mortgage. Life is expensive and if you don’t have a handle on your¬†finances, your other¬†problems¬†seem much bigger. Even if you have money, mo money, mo problems!

According to Capital One, 44% of Canadians say credit, debt, and finances negatively affect their mental health.

Capital One Canada organized a session on mindfulness with the Centre for Mindfulness Studies,  where we slowly ate a strawberry, thinking about how it felt to the touch, tasted, and smelled. It was a different way to eat then the usually scarf-it-down-and-head-out-the-door mode. The session was hosted by The Centre for Mindfulness Studies and they offer classes & workshops on slowing down and living a more mindful life.

My favourite part second to yoga was meditation. I’ve been using meditation apps to help me sleep for about a year and I’m starting to use more in my daily life. I find taking a few minutes to clear my head really helps with¬†focus¬†and¬†anxiety. We got to test out a¬†Braincap experience used brain sensors to track our ability to focus by blocking out distraction.


I’ve spoken about dealing with¬†my finances a few times over the years. In my 20s I worked really hard to pay back over $30K in post-secondary school debt and am always trying to build up my nest egg to save for an emergency.¬† I used to hide away from dealing with things that stressed me out (like money) but I’ve found that the best way to conquer the stress they give you is to deal with them head-on.¬†

‚ÄúMoney is an emotional topic and is one of the biggest sources of stress in people‚Äôs lives, but it is rarely talked about. During Credit Education Week, we are aiming to help Canadians begin conversations around money, their relationship with it and how actively prioritizing and managing finances can alleviate stress,‚Ä̬†

Patrick Ens, VP of Strategy and Brand, Capital One. 

Credit Education Week runs November 13-16th across Canada. To learn, more about bringing mindfulness into your life and how it can help with money management, visit cewc.ca. You can check out the Money Mindfulness Oasis  at Woodbine Mall in Etobicoke each day from 10am to 9pm. See all event details here!


This post is in partnership with Capital One Canada for Credit Education Week but all the thoughts an opinions are mine, all mine!

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Diary: Sometimes Working from Home

Diary: Sometimes Working from Home

Ever be working from home and then wondering you have been talking to your self out loud or just in your head? I’m on hold with the OCS and it’s been over an hour. I’m watching the Y&R, making soup from scratch. I wonder if they can hear me I should have been on mute lol.

I‚Äôm on mute now. Soup smells amazing,. I had a super day today. I feel like I can‚Äôt tell anyone but mum. It‚Äôs hard when you have exciting things that happen in your day and you want to just yell it out but you know it will seem a certain way so you keep quiet. The only person I usually tell is mum. Rung her 3x at work today and sent a text. I booked a speaking thing, an on-camera deal, a trip overseas, and a directing gig. We also had a great meeting for Occupied VR. This doesn‚Äôt happen every day but the great thing about working for yourself is celebrating when amazing things do happen. Today specifically, celebrating looks a lot like cooking in my jogging pants, putting away laundry, and catching up on the show.¬† Some days it‚Äôs wine in the afternoon! In between the great days, there are days I don‚Äôt want to do anything or I cry and can‚Äôt leave the house. Balance is key. I find yoga really helps. DYK Amazon Prime has yoga shows. I like Yoga For Everyone because it’s fast and they have level variations.¬†

I am still on hold, it’s been so long now I feel like the music is part of my life soundtrack, I’m 10 years older. I hung up after 2.5 hours and sent a tweet. They are yet to respond. Apparently, they only have 5 people manning the phones. yes, 5 for an entire province of millions. 

Tomorrow is a new day. 

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Hall of Fame – 3 Things I Told the Graduating Class

Hall of Fame – 3 Things I Told the Graduating Class

On Friday my closest family members gathered at mum’s house (same house I great up in) to join me at my old high school in Cambridge to speak to the graduating class. I was indicated to the Hall of Fame, joining the ranks of some of Preston High School‘s most esteemed graduates. So cool!¬† Two of my old classmates Scott Thorman (Atlanta Braves) and Nathan Brannen (3x Olympian) are also in the HOF and were in the same graduating class.

It was so weird/cool bring back there. I think the last time I walked those halls it was my very own commencement. My sister reminded me that the kids graduating in 2018 were born the year I graduated. Omg wtf, where did the time go! 

I remember being in high school and a teacher asking what I want to be when I grow up, I said “Casie Stewart” and they said ‘that‚Äôs not a job‘. Well,¬†well there teacher¬†dear, I am here to prove you wrong!

This is my fav photo from the night. 

I spoke for about 5 minutes and then we went home and had Chinese food takeout. It was perfect. Lots of laughs. I was so grateful to have my parents, sister, fairy godmother, and the rest of the gang there. 

We had our own section “RESERVED for Hall of Fame Family”. So cool!¬†

3 Things for the Graduating Class

Don’t worry about what you want to be when you grow up. 

  • You‚Äôre probably going to work in a job that doesn‚Äôt exist yet with technology that‚Äôs not invented yet.¬†
  • Don’t¬†stress.¬†

Find what you love and GO FOR IT. 

  • You have so many tools and talents at your fingertips, you can do anything.¬†
  • Don‚Äôt wait, start today, do something every single day that brings you closer to your goal.¬†
  • When I started my blog I would stay home and work on it every day, my friends made fun of me. I didn’t listen to them, I saw a new thing emerging and I needed to be part of it.¬†

Life is about building relationships.

  • This is the most valuable piece of information I learned from a friend when I was about to graduate university in Australia.
  • The person beside you, behind you, your teacher, you never know when you might cross paths with them again so be kind and help people where you can.¬†
This was in the programme. 

My photo will be up in the hallway near the gym for the rest of time. Thank you PHS Faculty for picking me as the 2018 inductee. It’s an honour!¬†

In November I’ll be back in the Tri-City area to receive an Alumni Award from Conestoga College and address the graduating class.¬† In my wildest dreams, I never thought I would be experiencing¬†this.¬†

Goes to show, don’t listen to people who doubt you, follow your dreams, work hard, and you truly can do anything.¬†

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Turn Your Face to the Sun and Shadows Fall Behind You

Turn Your Face to the Sun and Shadows Fall Behind You

Hello and good morning! I’m feeling good vibes today despite not feeling great the last couple days. Spent the last 24hrs inside the house with Sean doing next to nothing but watching Netflix and taking naps. I feel recharged! Watched a good movie called The Angel, a few more eps of Maniac, and a full season of how to Live Mortgage¬†Free (which really got us thinking!).¬†

The past 2 months have been kind of intense. I went on to Portugal and Mexico, had TIFF and Fashion Week, all on top of my regularly scheduled work. I still have heaps to write about. I know from the outside it all seems like fun and vacation but let me tell you, there is a LOT of behind the scenes things you don’t see.¬†Being on all the time is exhausting.


The start of a new month brings renewal and I am excited. We have 3 months left in the year and before we know it, it’ll be 2019! What’s your 2020 vision?

This week I’m speaking at an event on Wednesday and a TV commercial¬†I’m comes out in a few days. Sean and will be spending the weekend at the cottage and most likely repeating our tradition of Swiss Chalet on Saturday and then hibernating till Tuesday.

I’m working out of the office all week and not doing many events so I can focus on getting into a routine. I’ve booked a few sessions with my trainer and evening yoga. Last week I made it to 2 yoga classes which is more than I’ve done in ages.¬†


Today is a great day to make a change in your life. Don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today. Your¬†life is your movie, you’re the director, it can be any kind of movie you like! Make it happen.¬†¬†

Sending sunshine and warm vibes! 

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About Casie Stewart

Casie Stewart is a Canadian writer, director, and entrepreneur. She’s an award-winning content creator and expert in digital. During her decade-long career in media, she’s been named Canadian Screen Award Winner (Voice Pioneer), Best Travel Blog, and Top 30 Lifestyle Blogs in Canada. Casie¬†has been a keynote speaker at SXSW, NXNE, TEDx, and spoken at YouTube Canada and the United Nations of Canada. She lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and loves summer weekends at the cottage when she’s not travelling.

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