Define Passion & Purpose For Me

Really, when you think about it, the words passion and purpose are fairly ambiguous, imprecise, possibly even shadowy terms. As organizers, you’re probably wondering what Stacey and I were even thinking when we coined our tag line:

PURSUE YOUR PASSION | DISCOVER YOUR PURPOSE | LIVE YOUR DREAM

We began with the assumption, based upon our own experiences, and the stories and insights of our friends and family members that most of a person’s big decisions are made within the framework of societal norms, and family expectations. Laura Koch, Suburban Mom to Rockstar, summed it up so eloquently here: “graduate high school, go to university, get a job, climb the ladder, find a spouse, buy a house, have kids, and get a dog.”

That is not to say, of course, that our journeys don’t become personalized by our lived experiences, our likes and dislikes, and our talents and skills; but when life happens it’s also very easy to lose sight of, and eventually give up on the crazy dreams we secretly nurture.

STOP. RIGHT. THERE.

Why are they crazy? Who said your dreams were crazy? Who told you your dream was too impossibly big? Or too different, and nobody would buy it, or visit it, or read it? Who said there was no money in it, or that we don’t do that in this family? Challenging someone’s dream doesn’t even have to happen in words. It can happen through indifference, or through subtle sabotage that undermines a person’s confidence, their self-esteem, their belief in themselves.

Think about this:

  • Mocha Ochoa-Nana grew up in Edmonton, AB. She currently lives in Washington, DC, and is the Founder and CEO of The Oracle Group International, a literary PR firm. Her clients are world-famous authors. Do you think she believed her dream was too impossibly big?
  • Eyoälha Baker is a Vancouver-based artist, photographer, and muralist with an international reputation. She’s currently the Artist-in-Residence at the Palm Springs Cultural Center in the Coachella Valley, CA. Nobody stopped her from believing in herself, and the possibility of making a living from her art.

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Pursuing your passion is, quite simply, doing something you love. It’s an interest, or an activity that fills your heart with joy, and it’s the dream most closely connected to your heart. We believe, and our Speakers will tell you through their stories, that when you immerse yourself in your passion, by learning, exploring, and participating, you will find your purpose. It will manifest itself in the way you choose to share your passion with other people.

And, the examples:

  • Angie Quaale has worked her entire life in the food and hospitality industry, and she loves it! Now co-owner of Well Seasoned: A Gourmet Food Store, Angie volunteers extensively with local business organizations, serves on the Langley Township Council, and will see her first book, Eating Local in the Fraser Valley, in bookstores in May.
  • Bryan Gidinski has been an educator for more than 20 years, and is also a writer, which has led to the creation of rich writing experiences for his students. He has a graduate degree in Literacy Instruction, and is the Founder of Lost Boys Consulting, through which he shares his innovative strategies for instruction with other educators.
  • Makenzie Chilton was employed as a counselor in the prison system for 4 years, and loved it. Laid off three times, followed by a deeply unfulfilling stint in administration, she decided it was time to take the best of what she loved about her job, supplement it with specific training, and become a business owner/career coach at Love Your Mondays. Now, through Makenzie’s perfect job, she helps others find their perfect job!

If you’ve discovered that your path is not heading towards happiness and fulfillment – and you don’t know how to change that – then the Speakers at The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference may be exactly the people to meet.

~ Debbie MacLeod

Photo via @secrets2success 


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!

Leading by Example: Bryan Gidinski

Leadership is action, not position. – Donald H. McGannon

Being brave enough to take a first step towards anything new is always a challenge. The alternative, though, is to stay on the “path of least resistance,” even though it may be taking you in the wrong direction. If you’ve discovered that your path is not heading towards happiness and fulfillment – and you don’t know how to change that – then the Speakers at The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference may be exactly the people to meet.


BRYAN GIDINSKI (Panel Speaker)

Bryan GidinskiBryan is an educator with more than 20 years of teaching experience. He currently teaches grades 6 and 7, but has also worked as a course instructor for post-secondary education students. In his own classroom, Bryan tries to remain sensitive to the issues that surround boys and their learning. To that end, he’s combined his passion for writing with innovative methods of engagement so that both boys, and girls are motivated to achieve to their highest potential.

Lost Boys Consulting was created as the means by which Bryan could, more formally, share his innovative classroom practices with other teaching professionals. Bryan addresses writing instruction, and issues around boys and literacy learning:

  • through speaking engagements at conferences and conventions;
  • with professional development workshops and accompanying resource packages;
  • by creating new workshops on relevant topics;
  • by maintaining an up-to-date website with access to conference materials; and
  • with website content that includes annotated links, and downloads.

My questions: How much time do you spend on your company? Could Lost Boys Consulting become a full-time job? Have school administrations been receptive to your work? Have you thought about writing a book?

These are just a few of the questions I’ll have for Bryan during the afternoon panel session on May 26th. What will yours look like?

~ Debbie MacLeod


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!

What’s a Side Hustle?

Written for, by, and about the most progressive business leaders, Fast Company inspires readers to think beyond traditional boundaries, lead conversations, and create the future of business… to chronicle how changing companies create and compete, to highlight new business practices, and to showcase the teams and individuals who are inventing the future and reinventing business. – Fast Company

I’ve been receiving Fast Company’s daily newsletter, now, for more than two years. I came across it on Twitter, and even though workplace issues, and co-worker relations are no longer relevant for me, their articles cover just about everything else, too. I’m especially interested in items about the gig economy, being a successful digital nomad, and creating the career that suits me best.

Fast Company covers so much ground that they actually put together over 2 dozen newsletters on a daily/weekly basis. Subject areas include: big ideas, leadership, business news, productivity, creativity, philanthropy, virtual reality, etc. in the worlds of business, entertainment, fashion, technology, financial, and more. Please note this is not a paid endorsement; it’s my explanation for why I link to so many business/entrepreneurial articles – and why I’m doing it again, today.

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Side Hustle: originally, something that brought in extra income outside of your regular job; trending, a self-initiated project, still outside of your main job, but intended to become your full-time business.

If your dream of purposeful work involves self-employment, then a side hustle may be the safest, and most cost effective method to get a business off the ground. In 5 Tips For Launching A Successful Side Hustle (For Real This Time), Ryan Robinson interviewed 5 successful entrepreneurs for their advice, and his article features one best tip from each of them. Business advice is readily available online via newsletters and blogs, through local organizations like Chambers of Commerce, and face-to-face at networking events.

Bryan GidinskiSpeaking of face-to-face, Bryan Gidinski, one of our panel speakers at The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference has established a successful side hustle. An educator in the Burnaby school system, Bryan is also the founder of Lost Boys Consulting. Listen to his story, and ask him questions directly on May 26th, 2018!

~ Debbie MacLeod


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!