Sometimes We Get Sick

It happens. You’re cruising along really great with your workouts and healthy eating and then WHAM! You get struck with sickness. For whatever reason, you’ve caught something nasty and now you feel awful. So, what do you do? Tough it out and push through your workouts because you don’t want to lose any ground you’ve gained? What about those people who swear that “sweating it out” is the best cure for being sick?

Maybe for some people, at certain points of some sickness, doing some exercise might help them get rid of whatever it is they’ve got, but most of the time, the best thing really is to rest. Whatever illness your body is fighting against, working out will likely wear you down further. You’re making your body’s energy go to the workout and repair from that workout, rather than getting you healthy again. The last thing you want to do is drag out your sickness or make it worse. Rest up! Don’t feel guilty for missing workouts, that’s never worth it. The workouts will still be there when you recover, and your body will thank you.


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Goal: 100 Preemie Caps

My first creative charity project of the year is to make preemie caps for the hospital. My last post about the 100 Happy Days Challenge has inspired me to not just make the caps but to set a goal for how many I’d like to donate. The number 100 seemed crazy enough to go for. It won’t be just me making the hats, thank goodness! I’ve recruited my mom, who’s already done several lovely little knitted caps. I’m also hosting a Preemie Hat Geek Craft event this Sunday at Nerd Headquarters. With seventeen people RSVP’d to attend, I’m expecting lots of little caps to be made. I’ll continue to make and collect the caps until we reach one hundred, then will take them to various hospitals.

If you’re in the Vancouver/Lower Mainland area and want to join us (or any of the fabulous Nerd HQ events) check us out here:

If you’re crafty and would like to do something similar in your area (don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be 100!) I’ve provided a list of links below I’ve found helpful. Have fun being creative for a good cause!

Bev’s Country Cottage: A full resource of knit and crochet patterns as well as a list of where you can send them:

Tips for making items for preemie donation:

Great pattern for beginning crocheters!

Red Heart Crochet and Knit preemie hat patterns:

Carrisa Knits Blog:

Creative Preemie Hat (one of my favs!)

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100 Happy Days

I’ve just started participating in the 100 Happy Days Challenge. It’s a simple concept, you take a photo every day of something that makes you happy, for one hundred days in a row. The one hundred part is a bit daunting, but I figure if I can do 100 pushups, 100 sit ups and 100 deep squats for my black belt fitness test, I can do this.

Day One: Making preemie caps for the hospital

Day One: Making preemie caps for the hospital

I’m in the early stages of 100 Happy Days and right now it seems easy. I find myself excited to pick something to post and even thinking ahead to what I can post the next day, and the next day. That’s the point, really, to get yourself focused on the good things in your life. We’ll see how I feel about it when it’s day seventy, but I hope to see this out to the one hundred day finish line. Wish me luck. And also happiness.

My Mom

My Mom

Uncle Fatih's pizza on cheat food night.

Uncle Fatih’s pizza on cheat food night.

Today’s is easy. I’m currently at our Ink Club meeting for January, something I started up to give writers, artists and creative people of all types, the peer pressure nudge to sit down and actually be productive! This is our sixth meeting, I absolutely love it and I think everyone else does too. The atmosphere is fantastic, we get to socialize with like minded people during our breaks and work hard on our creative endeavours. No question, it makes me ridiculously happy.

Ink Club!

Ink Club!

Ink Club!

Ink Club!

Have I sparked your interest in it? Check it out over at All you have to do is sign up and start. You can post your photos to twitter, facebook or instagram, or if you don’t want to publicize them, you can email them in to 100 Happy Days. Let me know if you decide to join in! We shall all be happy together. Big thanks to Andrea Westaway for bringing this to my attention. I know she’ll finish her 100 days and it will be spectacular.

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The 2013 Sandra Wickham Fall Classic

If I’ve been a bit absent on social media, slow on email responses and generally missing in action, this is why. The 10th annual Sandra Wickham Fall Classic is happening this weekend! The growth in this show over the years has been astounding. I remember when we were amazed when we had 140 athletes entered. This year, we’ve got over 320 athletes competing! The evening show was sold out last week and prejudging tickets are becoming a hot commodity. Our volunteers are all set and excited to help, our sponsors have given generously and the athletes are pumped (literally) to hit the stage. It’s been a ton of work, tons more still to go, but we’re working hard to make this, our tenth event, the best one yet.

Good luck to all the athletes!

2013 SWFC


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Ninja test number two, passed!

Okay, so I realize I’m not and never will be an actual ninja, but it’s still fun to say. Last month we were tested on ten combinations and two forms. Our second one was last Saturday, the big test that everyone fears from the first time they hear about it, the fitness and endurance test. Here’s what it looks like, and yes, this is all in one day, in a row:

1 mile run in under 8 mins
100 pushups, 100 crunches, 100 squats
Sparring the black belts
Reaction drill
Self Defence
Board Breaking

I survived and I passed! Here’s a few pictures my brother snapped during our sparring with the black belts. I know it’s really hard to tell, but that’s me, honest, fighting one of our past instructors in the white tank top. I love how concerned my fellow apprentice belts (on the left in the background) look while watching me. The girlfriend of one of my training partners also video taped my sparring, I’m thinking maybe I’ll see if I can do a montage of all my best bits and of course take out the parts where I’m getting kicked in the head. 🙂




Next up we have anatomy testing, a written essay (going to nail that part, or at least, I better) and then our final show in December. If all goes well, I will receive my black belt by mid-December.

For now, it’s back to class, including our Saturday morning two hour apprentice class we’ve been attending since January. Phew! It’s a tough road, but it’s going to be worth it. As the juniors say, “What’s our goal? Black belt! Around our waist and in our hearts.”

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How to Scare People

It’s my turn over at the Inkpunks blog and I’m going to send you over there to check out my post. I wrote about what I learned from the workshop at VCon with Dan Wells on how to scare people. It’s great stuff, you should read it. I can say that without bragging because it’s really all just Dan’s great advice I’m repeating. Go! Now! Learn How to Scare People.

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My Website Makeover

It seems kind of odd to be blogging about my website that links to this blog, but I know some people only see the blog posts.  Therefore I’m happy to say my author website has a brand new look!

I’d been working on putting up a new design for a while, then got a kick of motivation when my site got hacked (boo) and needed a complete overhaul. It did force me to put the time and effort in and voila! I have a new site.

I’m still working on it, but I’m pretty pleased with it right now. I think. It’s a work in progress. You know, just like writing.




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