March 2016

Instagram is one of the fastest growing social networks, with 400 million users and an estimated 71% of American businesses predicted to use it by 2017 (emarketer.com). One of its unique features is allowing you to “push” your grams (posts) to other networks like Facebook and Twitter. Connecting your social accounts is a simple way to not only share posts across platforms when appropriate, but also maximize your time and engagement with others. Not connecting your social accounts with Instagram properly – or at all – can result in lost opportunities for exposure.

To connect your Instagram account with other networks, do the following steps:

We have all listened in on other people’s conversations at one point in time. You could be sitting alone and you can’t help but hear the conversation that is going on at the other table. It could make for interesting entertainment if you are alone especially if you have to cover a smile or stifle a laugh because it tickled your funny bone. But what is your opinion when you hear out right damaging insults and rants about a person, or company? I bet you feel awkward and uncomfortable. Only to add to your misery would be if you know the person, company or situation.

Growing up in Powell River, Joyce Carlson learned to read in nursery school because she wanted to know what all the squiggles were on the pages. By Grade 7 she hand wrote an entire paper and reproduced it on a Gestner machine. One of the other students had written beside her name that she would be a newspaper editor one day. It’s amazing how predictions can come true.

Where do you work? Currently my ‘office’ is in the middle of a bustling coffee shop in Vancouver. There’s loud music playing, lots of conversation and I can hear the sounds of the espresso machine and cups clashing in the background. Maybe you’re in an office or, if you’re lucky, you’re working from a hammock on a beach.

No matter where your location or what you are doing, you have the opportunity to experience a sense of peace or mindfulness right now by using a simple technique called abdominal breathing. Being mindful is about being aware of your experience from moment to moment.