I’ve been opinionated my whole life, right Dad?
But today, missopinion8td (the Tumblr) turned 4.
Thanks, ya’ll. The love, support and following means so much to me.
I tell you what, you keep tuning in and I’ll keep on with the opinions, deal?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for technology advancements. Bring on the texting and the emailing and the social media connections and all (actually, I can do without the Google glasses, to be honest). But at the end of the day, absolutely nothing beats a hand-written note or card.
Whether to mark a momentous moment, or those times of the year you just want to say “hey”, I still (and will continue to) send them to my family and friends around the world.
I even keep the special ones sent to me in return (I may or may not have one of those old shoe boxes in my closet stuffed full of awesomeness). It could be a simple ‘hello, I’m thinking of you’, a ‘cheers on your special day’, or an ‘I <3 you’ message, they’re all near and dear to me.
Keep the emails coming. But keep the personal, intimate, tangible messages? Definitely keep those coming, too. You can bet I’ll be sure to do the same.
Why is it that so many of us are constantly seeking it?
The truth is you don’t have to channel it or wish it. It’s all around you.
Just open your eyes, your mind and your heart, and you’ll be amazed.
It’s November, people. November! Wow, where did the time go? I can’t believe it’s already November. (wait, I said that already).
Truth be told, the older I get the faster time seems to fly by. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. And it’s scary, isn’t it? But it’s also why just a few months ago, on New Year’s Day, I vowed to make the most of every day; to be the best I can be, to do whatever makes me happy, to live and love with positivity, conviction, and of course, a bit of spontaneity.
Each day is a new day; a chance to start fresh. Life is awesome, I sure am lucky. And that’s something to celebrate.
Here’s a fabulously inspiring article to help you start November off right: http://www.marcandangel.com/2012/08/20/10-things-you-must-give-up-to-move-forward/
are planned by the souls
long before the bodies
see each other.”
I have a pretty strict ingredient list when it comes to creativity and the ways I find in which to re-inspire myself. Of course, I’m always stumbling upon new things, but here’s a look at some of my must-have ingredients:
1. Sleep - I may be a bit of a night owl on the weekend, but during the work week, I need a decent amount of sleep to function. I find 6-7 hours usually does the trick. If that makes me an “uncool” creative, than so be it. Quite frankly, I find functioning at the office much cooler.
2. Spin class - There is nothing like the feeling you get after a crazy good spin class. And I mean a “music blasting, endorphins racing, leave-it-all-on-the-bike” kind of class. (with lots of Britney Spears tracks)
3. Movies - This may sound like an ad for Cineplex or Disney, but there’s nothing like spending a lazy Sunday at the theatre getting lost in a movie. Can we all agree on this one?
4. Books, magazines, websites - Reading in general is a great way to gather new insights and ideas. Much like the movies, I get lost in the written word. And then usually jealous that I actually didn’t write what I’d just read.
5. Travel - The more I travel, the more I push myself and my boundaries, and the more I push myself and my boundaries, the more I learn. And discovering new cultural ways of doing things is always handy when it comes to a global brief.
6. Friends & Family - no explanation needed here. A must-have ingredient according to my (read: any) creative life.
7. Wandering the city - I know this last one sounds a bit weird, but it’s a great way to forget about the day, or a pressing brief and just let your thoughts go. When I lived in NYC, wandering was how I first learned the city. It soon became my go-to weekend activity. You never know what or who you’ll come across. And to me, the possibility of it all is just so exciting.
Thanks to all my family and friends for the beautiful birthday wishes. From east coast to west, the Tdot to Londontown, you sure know how to make a gal feel special.
And for that, I’m grateful. xo
p.s glitter balloons are awesome!
Stumbled upon this little ditty today and it’s more than worthy of a share.
Happy Tuesday and love to all.
- missopionion8td -
My name is Cass. And this is my blog.
You’d figure I would have started it all with this post, but funny enough, it’s just making an appearance now — 300 and some odd entries later.
As I’m sure you’ve come to know, I’m not the funniest gal out there. Witty, yes. But you won’t ‘laugh your ass off’ or quote any jokes here. I’ll leave all that to the pros (Lena, Tina, I’m looking at you).
I’m not the hippest fashionista either, so you won’t get any A’s to your couture Q’s here. I wear black, gray, and lots of pink - especially lipstick. Which I am sure is, like, the biggest fashion faux pas ever (just don’t tell Kelly Cutrone).
I’m not down with the music scene (although I do believe Hova rules!) or hot with the latest Hollywood gossip.
But there are a few things you should know that I am.
I am sincere. Inspired. Grateful. And opinionated. (and yes, it’s true, aggressive, but in all the best ways possible). Life’s too short not to be.
And I hope my words encourage you in ways other blogs can’t.
The next time you need to know who wore what on the red carpet, what the colour of the season is, or the latest health craze of the month, you know where to go. And it’s not here.
But if you’re in need of a witty perspective or opinion on a long lunch line up or the eye contact made with the stranger on the subway, then browse away. Because I’ve got lots to say on all those things.
Opinions matter. Remember that.
- missopionion8td -
Every week or so, I buy a homeless person in my neighbourhood a slice of pizza at the local PIZZA NOVA. Actually, I let them choose their slice (sometimes two), a dipping sauce and a soda, making it the combo. It usually runs me about $5-$6 and I don’t think twice about it.
Am I so financially padded I can afford to throw away the extra cash every few weeks, you ask? Not at all (have you seen my shoes?)…
But I am filthy rich in so many other ways. I’m lucky to have the abundance of love, support and opportunity in my life that I do.
Spreading the love — can you really put price on that? A gold-digging bombshell from the Hollywood Hills might argue you can – and it usually means something sparkly with a lot of zero’s at the end. But I’m a firm believer that if you’re lucky in ways others aren’t, the grateful, honorable thing to do is to give back. And if the price of a pizza combo is what it takes to help another feel good, than order on.
Heck, maybe this is the start a social campaign. We’ll call it ‘Slices of love.’ I’d be the first in line to continue buying slices for others.
I hope you can say the same.
- missopinion8td -
Standing your ground.
Quite possibly one of the hardest things to do these days, especially in our bully-prone society.
But when you believe in something, there’s no better reward than looking back and knowing you took a stance, never wavered. Trust that your opinions and beliefs belong on that pedestal, right next to everyone else’s.
Because at the end of the day, your true self is all you have. And only you can honour it.
So draw your line in the sand, or set your bar where it needs to be, but do it with both your feet firmly on the ground, and own it.
Sunday. I love Sunday.
For one, it’s the “everything goes” day.
You can coop up and watch ten back-to-back-to-back episodes of ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (who, me?), or day drink (yes, it’s completely acceptable on Sunday to have a plethora of caesars in public), or, in my case, plop in front of the TV for a few hours and immerse yourself in all things NFL.
It’s also just a day away from Monday (which I also happen to love). In fact, most weeks I can’t wait to get back to the grind, because for me, it’s not actually ‘the grind’.
On top of all that, it’s generally just a perfect day to get out and about. People are so much friendlier, so much more relaxed, and so much more, well, just human. Even here in Toronto, (where I’ve found people to be harsher, less friendly, stuck up, and just flat out rude — man I miss NY and LA!), Sunday is the perfect day to smile at a stranger without getting the middle finger thrown your way.
So, here’s to your Sunday: may it be a happy and adventurous one filled with as many TV episodes, drinks or ‘smiles at strangers’ as you so choose.
In a overly cluttered world, the best a brand can hope for these days is acknowledgment of their message. “Oh, that billboard for that car, or makeup, or (insert category) you’re talking about? Ya, I think I saw it”…
But tears, goosebumps, a smile? That’s when the brand has truly done its job telling a story. And when people go out of their way to share that story on behalf of the brand, well, those are the kinds of reactions true ads are made of.
This is by far the best ad I’ve seen in a long time. It made me stop, think and react.
Kudos, Guinness. It’s this kind of work that not only gets noticed, but makes me proud to say I work in advertising.
Watch it here:
It’s September, and I’m excited!
I know most people are cringing this Labour Day long weekend. It’s the end of summer, after all. No more four (or five) day weekends at the cottage, no more lazy beach days with friends. no more excuses for endless amounts of ice cream (well, at least not publicly).
But for me, the end of summer is more than just “the beginning of September”. It’s my January — my new year.
It’s the chance to start new, to start fresh. This is the time of year I step back to appreciate all the wonderful opportunities the past year brought and express gratitude for the wonderful people I met.
It’s the time of year I ramp myself up for all the greatness that is to come.
Whether your new year starts now, or in January (or any other time of the year), I wish you all love, health, success and adventure.
Now get out there and give it your all. September is waiting.