Return of the Artisans

Making stuff used to be the grubby alternative to office work. But now a new breed of makers are quitting good jobs to get their hands dirty. – The World at Work, Reuters

To view the video, please click here.

Leading by Example: Stacey Wakelin

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. – Helen Keller

STACEY WAKELIN (Founder From Passion to Purpose Events)

Stacey’s life changed direction in the fall of 2014. Motivated by the speakers at a Seattle event, and inspired by their courage, Stacey realized the time had come for her to move in the direction of her dreams. Her passion is, and has always been, to help people – and sidetracked by life, as many of us are – she still didn’t have the degree in social work she assumed was essential to making a difference.

But, with examples from the 2014 conference fresh in her mind, Stacey decided to create her own path! Take a look at what she’s accomplished without that degree – using her available resources, her skills and talents, and with the support of her family and friends:

  • Compassion 604: The Compassion Collective, a loosely organized group of co-workers and friends who get together semi-regularly to help people experiencing homelessness.
  • Creativity Counts, a series of crafting workshops, primarily for refugees, through the Literacy through Arts & Crafts program at Options Community Services.
  • BC Families for Inclusivity, a group whose “core belief is that every human being, without exception, deserves to feel safe, accepted and appreciated” and to that end voice their support for, and promote the inclusion of “LGBTQ youth and community members who face intolerance or discrimination.”

Bridges out of Poverty

A few months ago, Stacey attended a Bridges out of Poverty workshop, which provides insights into, and strategies aimed at reducing poverty. She came away from the experience feeling it was really important that more people in the community have an opportunity to attend one of these day-long workshops. On Tuesday, June 12, in Langley, Stacey Wakelin and the AYAM Civic Society will host a Bridges out of Poverty workshop led by Gayle Montgomery and Kim Godin.

For people who work or volunteer in the not-for-profit sector, social services, education, etc., this day-long workshop is for you! For more info, to attend, or to sponsor the seminar, please click here.

~ Debbie MacLeod

Connecting the Wrong Dots

Listen to silence. It has so much to say. Rumi

I thought I had it all figured out. I thought I knew exactly which path I was on, and exactly where I was going – but now I believe I connected the wrong dots.

My passions are books, history, and travel. Absolutely no question that I love these things; I’ve been crazy about them for the past 45 years! I suspect, though, that within these large loves, I’ve picked the wrong connecting thread. In fact, I know that this is what happened because even though I’ve already set up the preliminary framework online, and rearranged the house to create a dedicated work space, I’m stalled. I can’t seem to move forward.

I can’t move forward because I keep thinking of an alternate path to take, one that is also rooted in books, history, and travel, but mixes them in a different way. I’ve spent much time reflecting on what I want to do, how I want to do it, and now, why I’m hesitating. I suspect I was sidetracked by opting for the route that will more readily produce an income. I feel, though, that if I continue with book selling as the primary path, it will be a betrayal, a defeat of the purpose of reinventing my life.

Books to Travel

So. I’m starting over, again. Collecting and selling books about historic trails will be a side hustle, travelling the trails myself, and possibly with others will by the main thing.

And, I feel so much better having said that out loud!

~ Debbie MacLeod

Action Looks Like This

This year, my #onelittleword is going to be ACTION. I’m hoping for new challenges, opportunities, adventures, and change-making. – Stacey Wakelin, January 8, 2018

Stacey Wakelin
Stacey Wakelin

In January, I wrote about New Year’s resolutions and procrastination, and how, for so many of us, those two words go hand-in-glove, which means, then, that we never really move beyond the wish-stage of a resolution. Of course, on the other side of that, are people like Stacey, who declare their intentions i.e. ACTION (see above), banish procrastination from their vocabularies, and set the stage to make a change.

For almost 4 years, I’ve devoted much of my spare time to creating opportunities to give back to my community. Now, it’s time to serve in a new way. Public service carries with it a huge responsibility. It’s a challenge that I respect, and my sole motivation, as it has always been, is to strengthen this community. – Stacey Wakelin

Stacey has followed her heart with commitment, with honesty and integrity, and with joy. In retrospect, her journey since 2014, could not have led her to any other place than where she is right now. Yesterday, on May 1, 2018, she announced her candidacy for the Township of Langley Council. Now, how exciting is that!

Stacey invites any woman who may be considering an election run in their future to step up as a volunteer and join her journey. – Media Release

~ Debbie MacLeod

Colouring within the Lines

… And he would know then that God was a kid with a box of crayons; that the orderly lines of existence were just there for reference, and that only adults colored within them.

R.K. Musings

By @rkmusings via @mytypewriterapp (Instagram)


We deeply regret to announce that The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference has been CANCELLED. We are currently in the process of contacting ticket holders to arrange full refunds.

Our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation go out to the six amazing individuals who agreed to share their journeys with us: Eyoälha Baker, Makenzie Chilton, Bryan Gidinski, Laura Koch, Mocha Ochoa-Nana, and Angie Quaale.

Many thanks, also, to everyone who purchased tickets, who supported us on social media, and who followed our blog.

~ Stacey Wakelin and Debbie MacLeod

A Reason for Being

… more and more people are falling victim to ennui. This dreadful feeling of bitter disillusionment stems from the loss of meaning in their lives… Perhaps rather than happiness, which is generally momentary and fleeting, we should seek a purposeful life. – Philip Perry, Searching for meaning in your life? This Japanese concept can help you find it.

“What do you love? What are you good at? What does the world need from you? What can you get paid for?” To read Philip Perry’s article, please click here.


The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference has been organized to showcase local heroes, individuals from within our own communities, who are creating their own path, leading by example, and following their dreams through purposeful work.

Intrigued? Come listen to the stories. Ask questions. Be inspired to change your life!

The Other Side of Tonight

The moment that connects you to your true passion might be on the other side of tonight. – Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manuel Miranda quote

The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference has been organized to showcase local heroes, individuals from within our own communities, who are creating their own path, leading by example, and following their dreams through purposeful work.

Intrigued? Come listen to the stories. Ask questions. Be inspired to change your life!

Sharing Your Passion

… your passion is… an interest, or an activity that fills your heart with joy, and it’s the dream most closely connected to your heart… when you immerse yourself in your passion, you will find your purpose. It will manifest itself in the way you choose to share it with other people. – Define Passion & Purpose For Me

If you’re just not able to reinvent your life at this point, or to start a side hustle that focuses on your passion, but you really want to do something in that direction, I came across an article that might help. In Gwen Moran‘s 10 Ways To Change The World, Even When You Think You’re Too Busy, she connects giving back to helping your favorite causes, and to making a difference, both of which figure hugely in the idea of purposeful work.

10 ways to change the world

We talked about volunteer work in an earlier post, and listed a bunch of resources for individuals living in the Lower Mainland. Moran lists volunteering, as well, and specifically encourages people “to look at how you can devote a few hours of what you know you do well to an organization that matters to you.” The additional list items are as follows:

  1. Focus your giving: There are three general categories of gift giving, the third of which is “where your values and personal interests align.” Moran suggests evaluating where your gift giving dollars are going, and adjust as necessary for the biggest impact.
  2. Team up: Does your employer have a social responsibility team? This is a great way to give back, and encourage others to work along with you.
  3. Look at your ties: Ties refers to your network, the people you know. For example, “Making connections and helping organizations find the people who can assist with the advice and resources they need is invaluable.”
  4. Give a gift: Moran suggests a number of different ways that presents can become a “gift of giving back.”
  5. Check your organization: Will your employer match your donations? “You may find that each donation you give to a qualified nonprofit could be doubled.”
  6. Grow an endeavor: A few organizations finance business start-ups in developing countries. For example, since 2007, Kaytlyn Sanders has contributed to, and “has grown her investment of $548 into $1,650 and has loaned money to 66 women and groups.”
  7. Shop right: “Look for brands that give a portion of their proceeds to charitable causes or which have a ‘buy one, give one’ model.”
  8. Use your voice: Advocate. “Add your voice to their cause” through lobbying, letter writing, phone calls, etc.
  9. Give blood“Giving blood is the ultimate pay-it-forward opportunity. It just may save a life.”

To read the entire article, please click here.

~ Debbie MacLeod

Photo: Benjamin Combs/Unsplash

The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference has been organized to showcase local heroes, individuals from within our own communities, who are creating their own path, leading by example, and following their dreams through purposeful work.

Intrigued? Come listen to the stories. Ask questions. Be inspired to change your life!