I Love Oshawa

*UPDATE: Emporium of I and I Mugs

“I Love Oshawa”, for some residents its too hard to say, because they seem to have joy about calling Oshawa ‘The Dirty Shwa’ or ‘Armpit of Ontario.’ Language is a big part of culture, its how society understands or identifies with itself, other communities, towns, Cities, etc. I Love Oshawa I guess is a campaign for the City to love itself and be whole. I worked with a friend to create an “I Love Oshawa” design I want to have on t-shirts and mugs. The original design (see below image) was created at The Open Vault, 2014, with my design concept, by MoxArt. I will update in another blog post with a preview of the new “I Love Oshawa” design. Stay tune.

Small notes of Entrepreneurial Wisdom

I been working on how to launch EOII for 6+ years. During those years, I read and study from lots of books. See Resources and browse EOII Bookshelf. I often would have a date with a book over coffee and jot down notes. I have many journals, duo tangs, binders and loose papers to account for. Because I was lazy (lol), I hardly left a reference to where I got those notes from. I recently been organizing my entrepreneurial notes and discovered 3 small pieces of ringed journal paper with 4 written notes stapled together. When I find out where I got them from, I will post an update to this blog post. I believe I got them from, The Organic Entrepreneur by Maxine Hyndman.

 

Creativity
Merge ideas with Purpose, the best ideas are collaborated and connected with nature.
Visualize the outcome your evoking, take stock of accomplishments, get past the wall.

 

Your Thoughts Create Reality
Your imagination is fueled by desires and passions to manifest thoughts out of actions. By aligning life with thoughts you will create the reality from intentions and discipline.

The committment to your vision is a challenge. It has to be because value comes from the fruits of labour. Its not the task at hand that matter – its the end result. Success is relied on focus on goals and decision making. Identify your talents, work to your strengthens, and ask for help. (Just asK). Don’t make assumptions or presume others will help, ask and speak up to make it known. You are responsible for your own actions.

 

7 Market Questions
1. what do i do each day to attract customers?
2. what do i do each day to turn potential opportunities into actual business?
3. what do i do to monitor my business everyday?
4. what do i do to nurture the love factor in my customer relationship?
5. how discipline am i about my time?
6. how do i build on my curent knowledge and skill?
7. how am i turning information in knowledge and knowledge into wisdom for myself and for my customer?

 

Emotion Motivate Through Consciousness
1. identify the feeling or emotion
2. do something, one tiny thing, to maintain conscious movemment, even if it is to stop and breath awhile.
3. find out how you really feel about success now.
4. decide if you still want the goal.
5. detach from fear, imbue transformation for good to empower yourself and environment.
6. have empathy and tcm. be vigilant and evaluate your emotional state.

Culture Meet up at Berry Hill Food Company and Other Happenings

Sunday September, 17, 2017 – I attended 3rd Culture Meet-up of the year at Berry Hill Food Company, 82 King Street West, Oshawa, hosted by the Cultural Leadership Council!

It was a fun atmosphere. I knew most the attendees. We all work in the arts, culture or heritage sector. We wore name tags. That was great because I had a hard time hearing. We were all there to socialize, network, “to know how you can get involved and become more connected with the many cultural organizations Oshawa has to offer.” It was a great opportunity to learn more about the cultural scene in Oshawa.

Annual Cultural Summit 2017

The Cultural Summit is an event organized by the City of Oshawa. The aim of the Cultural Summit is to provide an update on the City’s activities as well as to provide a learning exchange opportunity for cultural workers and supporters in the community.

The event will take place on Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Arts Resource Centre.

Please stay tuned for more information.

Hand outs from Culture Meetup, Culture Days and Opend Doors Oshawa

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I left at 3pmish. I took my wild berry smooches and lemon danish I ordered at Berry Hill and headed out to find a nice nature spot to eat and meditate; yet, I saw a commotion on King St., between Centre St. and Simcoe St. I saw that that part was blocked and patrol by security. I walked over to where the Michael Star build is, a crew member approached me, said this was a live film set and had to leave. I said I just like to take a picture and leave. I was allowed and I left without complaint.

I drank my wild berry smoothie, ate the lemon danish at the tables behind the Michael Star building than walked to Brew Wizards to study, work on my tablet and draft a “founders profile” for eoii.org.

At Brew Wizards, i ordered a medium double roost coffee, 2 cream, 1 raw sugar cube, and apple turnover.

Around 6pm, I left, went to Cocoa & Joe for open mic. my friend Shannon performed some songs on her uke. I request jewel – who could save your soul. it was great to hear. I ordered an avocado sandwich. i did karaoke: conway twitty – hello darlin’, crowded house – don’t dream it’s over and james blunt – you’re beautiful. sometime later, new friends showed up, randell and kate, and randell performed some tunes on his acoustic guitar.

i left around 8:40pm, I thought I may do karaoke. My buddy Mike decided to stay home. When I walked over to Gravity Lounge, I had second thoughts…I decided I would buy chinese food from family wok and go home.

I got to Family Wok, ordered a C2: sweet and sour chicken balls, general toa chicken and ask for veggie fried rice with sweet and sour sauce on it. Oh, and i get a spring roll, can of ginger ale and fortune cookie. i was told 5minutes. i left to sit outside infront of UOIT building Faculty of Education (11 Simcoe St. N).

As I was walking, an acquaintance bumped my right shoulder from behind, it startled me for a moment. he shook my hand, I don’t know his name. he asked to use my phone, but my phone was left at home. And that was actually an inconvenience, but i had my tablet.

So, after that I sat on the bench facing uoit building. alittle after, two friends came out of 15 Simcoe Sportbar & Grill and sat on a cement block apart of uoit building’s facade. they waved and smiled at me. i soon got up and walked over. we made little hearted conversation. i mention i was waiting on chinese food and had to leave. i ask them to watch for the Go Bus eastbound on King St. for me. They said okay.

when i got through the first door at Family Wok, an employee just mopped, and i was noway entering. i told him i would wait here for my order. i was soon give my order and left.

as i approached my friends, i ask them did they see the go bus, they said nope. we than wished each other a good night and i hurried to the Go Bus stop on King St. and Simcoe St.

The bus soon came. I ask for a request stop and the bus driver knew my request drop-off destination. And I’m home now. ready to eat, Peace.

Website Improvements, A Labour of Love

Since the jumpstarting of eoii.org. on Monday September 11, 2017, I been spending time everyday relearning how to tweak EOII.org using WordPress to be a great portal of capturing happenings, stories and knowledge about arts and culture movement downtown.

Some improvements into eoii.org worth mentioning are:

-Social media icons on top centre of page, linking to EOII Facebook page, eoii Twitter and personal Instagram account and RSS Feed for Village Vibes.
-Social media share buttons on top right column
-Font enlarger widget in Top right column
-Moon phase widget to bottom right column
-adding hypertext to blog posts
-adding more content to “Resources” page
-enbedding Google Maps into my blog post

I wish I could change the font colour on Menu Titles to a bold yellow or light green. The customization meni in themes doesn’t list that function. I also like to revise the “About EOII” to add EOII’s values, “Earth Love” list of propose projects, and “Knowledge Cafe” with list of proposed learning/teaching topics.

Since moving to Oshawa in November 2010, I been been dreaming and half living in an’Intentional Community‘ in Downtown Oshawa. Its being apart of a variety of grassroots events, happenings and joining community based organizations. I post these moments to the Gallery.

I am happy about the journey I’m on how its bought me back to EOII to focus on sharing experiences about a growing arts and culture movement in Oshawa and Durhamn.