On the Big Magic of Creativity

On the Big Magic of Creativity

Disclaimer: If you’ve read any of my book reviews before, you know it’s less review and more reflection. I also only ‘review’ books that compel me to rant.

There are only two books on the subject of creativity that have thrilled me, renewed my desire to keep being creative, and became books I literally absorbed. Big Magic has joined their ranks: Continue reading

How to Deploy WordPress Themes using Git

How to Deploy WordPress themes using Git

So if you’re a developer worth your feed, you version control your projects. When I started using Git to version control my projects (custom WordPress themes) I quickly discovered deploybot.com, which let me deploy all updates and changes directly to the Wanderoak staging server where we test/debug sites and share with the client before an actual launch. It’s also the best way for my business partner, Bobbi, to view what I’m up to and give design feedback if I need it.

DeployBot is awesome, but you can only have one free repository and we usually have more than one project going at once. I almost signed up for the paid tier, but you see, I’m a cheap-skate sometimes, so I figured, there has to be a way for me to do this with git natively, I mean remote pushes are something I do all the time!

It took about 2 hours, 7 billion Chrome tabs and a lot of frowning at my computer but I figured it out! This is only the first version so it may be a bit more verbose than it needs to be, but it works and is easy to replicate. Continue reading

Getting Stronger – Weightlifting is my Favourite

I was introduced to resistance/strength training in grade 9 by the fantastic Mrs. Haswell at The Woodlands School. We used free weights but a lot of our strength training revolved around machines. I distinctly remember hating the pec deck but also wanting to use it as much as possible because I hated how weak it made me feel. I don’t remember how much stronger I got because we didn’t really measure, it was just a general introduction. But I felt comfortable with the machines and felt very cool doing bicep curls with the dumbbells. :D

After that, strength training didn’t really factor into my life. I gravitate towards dance and general have-active-fun type of activities. In Alberta, high school doesn’t start until grade 10, so in grade 12, we discovered I couldn’t graduate because I didn’t have the one physical education class, it was arranged that I would take it in summer school after grade 12, and so I did graduate. I’ve loved gym class ever since I can remember. Now I was in summer school gym, which meant that the whole day was basically a day of lots of fun. We biked, played basketball, soccer, tennis, went camping for a few days, and did all sorts of fun stuff. It was a blast. We also went to the local YMCA for some strength training here and there.

There I learned how to figure out how much weight you should be lifting in the machines, what training to failure meant (and the pros and cons of such training), and discovered that I don’t really like the treadmill (the elliptical is just more interesting). During university, I think I set foot in the university gym all of once. Or maybe twice. (The University of Alberta gym at the time royally sucked. I’ve since heard it has undergone renovations and is pretty great now!)

After my surgery and the weird side effects of weight gain plus a bunch of weight gain that was my own emotional-eating doing, I started to pay more attention to my health. Some of it had to do with the fact that I would like to fit into my own clothes again and some of it had to do with the medical stuff I underwent. I just couldn’t take my health for granted anymore. Continue reading

You Need A Damn Website, Yes You

I’m tired of googling people and not finding anything except an inactive Twitter account and a private Instagram feed. Let me say this straight up, guys:

The Internet is not a separate world from Real Life, it is an extension of the same reality, the same life and world you inhabit ‘offline’.

Offline. What does that mean, anyway? Unless you’re in a Mennonite village (full disclosure: I’ve never been to one) without electricity, the world you live in is never offline. Every time you ‘unplug’, you’re still plugged in because the world you live in is plugged in.

If I Google you and find nothing, I take that as a not-so-great sign. If I Google you and find inactive accounts or stupid shit, then I think you’re an idiot without regard for how the world sees you. Continue reading