October 29, 2022

A Bid For Connection

The other morning I was walking my dog along the path by the nearby lagoon. Sitting on a bench were three men who were obviously homeless. As I approached I overheard one of them say to the other two, “ Well, I don’t have a wallet, and I don’t have […]
February 24, 2022

A bird in the hand

The other day I was driving home on the small Island where I live,  just off the coast of Vancouver. I noticed a small bird who seemed to be perched in the middle of the road. Assuming it would fly off, I drove up slowly, but it didn’t move. I […]
June 23, 2021

Blob Box – Interview with Eniye Okah

One of the members of our community recently made us aware of an amazing young female entrepreneur from England, Eniye Okah. She is the creator and CEO of Blob Box, a subscription self-care and period box, full of wonderful products to help you feel fresh and comfortable during your cycle. […]
January 27, 2021

Firing yourself and opening doors:

WRITTEN BY: Zoe Schmooz Before the pandemic hit, I had some big goals for 2020. I wanted to build a more sustainable Schmooz – one that would allow me to step back from the company’s day to day and think bigger. I was imagining levelling up, hiring people who are […]
January 14, 2021

An Open Letter to Entrepreneurs

WRITTEN BY: Marilyn Barefoot Being in business as an entrepreneur is hard. Not to mention ‘living the dream’ during a global pandemic! Sometimes we feel like giving up. Often we feel like no one really understands us — even those closest to us don’t get why exactly we’ve chosen the […]
September 23, 2020

Why does play matter more now than ever?

WRITTEN BY: Janet Omstead I’ve been paying close attention to the mental health crisis that is happening alongside this COVID-19 pandemic.   And, as such, I fundamentally believe that play matters more now than ever? Why?  Well, it hits home for me on a personal level. It doesn’t matter what age […]
September 23, 2020

Is there a poverty of play?

WRITTEN BY: Marilyn Barefoot Play is a basic human need as essential to our well-being as sleep, so when we’re low on play, our minds and bodies notice. Over time, play deprivation (a poverty of play) can reveal itself in certain patterns of behaviour: We might get cranky, rigid, feel […]
September 9, 2020

September: The Gift of Seeing Things in a New Way

WRITTEN BY: Zoe Share As we feel the autumn crispness in the air, there are many things that feel familiar. Apple picking and pumpkin spice lattes are back on the menu, the weather feels misty and darker and pulling out sweaters and planning for hot chocolate nights brings on a […]
June 9, 2020

How Diversity Makes Us More Creative?

WRITTEN BY:Marilyn Barefoot Diversity is key to creativity. Not just diversity in your workplace, but also in your personal life.  It encourages the search for novel information and perspectives, leading to better decision making and problem solving.  Diversity can improve the bottom line of organizations, and lead to incredible discoveries and breakthrough innovations. In […]
April 15, 2020

The After Life

WRITTEN BY: Jessica Wright The arrival of the Covid19 pandemic has changed everything. We all find ourselves living in a strange, scary and unfamiliar world, wondering if we will ever make it back to the life we knew before. No one is unaffected. For me it depends on the day. […]
March 27, 2020

COVID-19, DAY 19

WRITTEN BY: Melinda Wittstock I’ve been sheltering in place now for 19 days. Everything is different, yet for entrepreneurs like me who mostly work from home, it is eerily the same. It does feel a bit weird to not to be on my way to my next adventure in that […]
March 11, 2020

Going Barefoot in later life!

WRITTEN BY: Marilyn Barefoot I started Barefoot Brainstorming when I was 45. It’s actually the second time I have started a business. My first business was an advertising agency called Square Peg Inc. My dream, when I launched Square Peg, was to build a unique, no bullshit, nimble, highly creative […]
February 26, 2020

Takeaways from my first political campaign

I ran for Toronto City Council in the 2018 municipal election. I was 30 years-old and a first-time candidate. As cheesy as it sounds, I had been dreaming of running for City Council for years. I was thrilled that I had the courage to jump into the political world and join the race. I had no politician family or friends, nor had I ever worked in politics. My work experience is as a lawyer and entrepreneur. As intimidating as it was to start out as a complete unknown, I found myself more and more confident in my campaign each day of the election. In a race against an incumbent with 14 candidates, I came in second place. I look back on this time with pure pride.
January 29, 2020

Affairs To Remember

I am just turning 48 years old. A single mom of three kids, ages 10,14 and 15. It’s exam time for them, and for me, it’s a glorious spring morning; perfect weather for my 6 am run through the park, followed by a workout on the back deck. If I may so myself, I am in awesome shape. Except that, during that whole month of May, I just haven’t had the energy to run up the hill. My heart races, and it’s hard just to catch my breath. Never mind though - I can still do my workout routine on my back deck.
January 15, 2020

How Collaborative Ambassadors Can Make Your Brand More Trustworthy!

In my beautiful video with she’s on Top (thank you Tracy and Jessica!), I discussed trust and how consumers (yes, you and me!) are starting to learn, thanks to countless terrifying Facebook news reports, films like The Great Hack and privacy compliance laws like GDPR (and US/Canadian versions of GDPR coming in) how to be more careful with the data we are sharing and who we are sharing it with.
November 27, 2019

Into the Pod-Verse

I was that girl once. The one who found it ridiculous that people could spend hours of their day listening to mindless chatter on their headphones. The concept made little sense to me, and the amount of content was so vast that it felt insurmountable. There was also no guidance on the ‘what’. What would I listen to that could be my thing? Not just listening because I had to, or someone told me to, but because I wanted to.
October 30, 2019

Facing Fear: Open Body, Open Heart

After returning from a Dovetail weekend retreat in Algonquin Park, I shared a personal Facebook post the other day with these photos (Thanks Carin Smolinski Photography for capturing these!) and the following caption:
October 2, 2019

Your Average Jo: You’ve Got Mail

WRITTEN BY: Joanna Track Do you have a love/hate relationship with your inbox? I do. My day typically starts (and ends) with a sweep of my email. I often vent and lament on feeling like a slave to my inbox, but like any good Stockholm syndrome victim, I’m also in […]
September 18, 2019

Back To School Goals For Mom

That time of year has hit again and while we’re busy getting kids organized for back to school, I’m reminding myself of some goals that will help all of us survive the season (and the year!) in a happy and successful way.
September 5, 2019

Getting back to business

WRITTEN BY: Kelsey Ramsden I’ve never been too good at sugar coating aside from icing cakes, so I’ll just come right out and say it…..YAY for the end of my summer schedule! I don’t know about you but I feel a bit of guilt every year when I get less […]
August 12, 2019

‘I can’t brainstorm … I’m not a creative person!!!’

WRITTEN BY: Marilyn Barefoot Did someone ever say to you ‘You’re not a creative person’? Well whomever it was … they were wrong … and I love proving those people wrong every day! When guests walk into a brainstorming session, I regularly hear them say … ‘I don’t know why […]
July 29, 2019

Recovering from feelings of failure

I try not to use the word failure in my life. It’s one of those big bad f words. (I’m sure you can guess which other ones I’m thinking of). In the big wide world of experiences, failure is one of those experiences that forces you to learn. For me, whether in my personal life or in business, the focus should not be on failing, but instead on what you do after you feel you have failed.
July 17, 2019

Invest in yourself

What does investing in yourself really mean? I’ve asked myself that question many times over the years. Jessica and I have even done a vlog on it. But when it really comes down to it, how much am i really worth to myself and why do we shy away from spending money on what seems like frivolities such as getting a massage, taking a day off, or as I just did, going away for a week to a wellness retreat in Mexico?
July 2, 2019

Wom*n and the Fringe

Since 1989 the Toronto Fringe Festival has been a hub for creativity in the performing arts. Bringing people together of all performance mediums, indie or not-so indie, and venues, in an alleyway, a pool, to large scale Toronto stages. Having developed over the years as a member of the theatre community, I felt that Fringe was always an amazing space to make connections and learn about my theatrical “style”. I could find what I liked, appreciated, or was curious to know more about.
June 4, 2019

Elena’s Club and Ethical Entrepreneurs

WRITTEN BY: Bronwyn Schnurr At Elena’s Club we believe in the power of women and community. Women owned and operated small and medium businesses are underrepresented in Canada. Elena’s Club values continued learning and we work to empower women through education, building a community, and making the link between professional […]
April 22, 2019

Leading with your Strengths Instead of your Weaknesses

It often feels like we are living in a world where self-improvement is the only way to get ahead in life. After all, if we aren’t improving in the areas we are weak, how can we be truly be growing or successful?
April 22, 2019

Inspiration: Big or Small

Lately on my personal Facebook page, I have been seeing more and more posts about the environment and getting rid of “single use plastic”.
April 11, 2019

Zoe Share, she’s on Top Ambassador, on the Power of Women Supporting Women!

Between running my company, having a 1-year-old daughter and trying to keep up with all of my family and friends, I live a very full and beautiful life. I have an amazing team at Schmooz and an amazing community of people in my personal life who I love (and who love me). I get so much joy from this, however, running a business is hard work.