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Nicole Dawe
Social innovator who believes in people-driven, place-based solutions to make our world a better place.
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Tomorrow I'm heading home to Newfoundland. It's going to be full of family, friends, food and fish and chips. Usually when I head away I manage to keep up my daily blogging. I've decided this time though to give myself a little break. It's been busy getting to this point... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2018 at Being a Force for Good
A little inspiration from a dear friend. Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at Being a Force for Good
I'm so fortunate to have a job that allows me to be of service to the greater good. To get to spend my days dreaming and bringing to life ways of making the world a better place is a truly amazing thing. To be able to fully commit myself to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at Being a Force for Good
Tonight I got to help out at Inn from the Cold's Big Refresh. The shelter is re-doing all of the floors that families live on who are guests of the shelter. It was a good reminder that sometimes the best thing to do is just get in there with our... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2018 at Being a Force for Good
It's not an easy thing to figure out how to meld new parts of our identity in. Those times when our life leaps forward in a moment and we'll never be the same again. Whether it's losing a loved one, starting a totally new career or becoming a parent. For... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2018 at Being a Force for Good
Post-Mamma Mia, I got to thinking about the amazing and diverse career of Meryl Streep. I have loved her in so many movies and her characters in all of them could not have been more different. From Miranda in The Devil Wears Prada to Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2018 at Being a Force for Good
Something to uplift you this weekend. Because I got to spend part of my afternoon in a movie theatre watching the Mamma Mia sequel and it's apparently scientifically one of the most uplifting songs on the go. Be your own dancing royalty. Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2018 at Being a Force for Good
I'm often hit and miss on my subscriptions to newsletters and blogs. I read like 60% of them and usually assume that those are the ones I was supposed to connect with. Ozan Varol's latest article about why to stop looking for a mentor is what I got to spend... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2018 at Being a Force for Good
Sometimes it's easy to quickly jump to the reason that someone else is being mean, cruel or selfish because they are a bad person. More often than not it's because there's an insecurity that stems from not belonging. That comes from being unsure of if they love themselves or if... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2018 at Being a Force for Good
I was initially inspired tonight by what turned out to be a fake Buddha quote. A good reminder to always look a little below the surface of any information you encounter. However, I did find this legit one to be inspired by today. It drove home the idea that if... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2018 at Being a Force for Good
As someone who loves to research, learn and ask questions, I can get caught up in a world of ideas. What one's the right one? How do you know? Medium recommended this short post for me this evening on just that topic. " In the end, the only thing that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2018 at Being a Force for Good
I can get trapped in my head. It's been a habit since I was quite young. It means that the decisions I make at times can suffer from too much cerebral thinking and not enough heart. When we got the call we all needed to head home to be with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2018 at Being a Force for Good
In all things in life there is a balance. A Yin to the Yang of a situation, person or event. When we push things too far to one side we end up on the low end of the curve manifesting the negative aspects of one side of a continuum. Whether... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2018 at Being a Force for Good
Re-frame on how we look at a popular topic. Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2018 at Being a Force for Good
The world is intent on pushing us to compete. To understand value through something being better than something else. People and organizations who can rise above this to be confident in their own offering and value are more likely to stand the test of time. Competition forces us to react... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2018 at Being a Force for Good
Hopefully we can start looking at edges as a gift. Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2018 at Being a Force for Good
At some point in my life I learned that being direct was bad. That the way around things was through diplomacy, which involved trying to massage and go around something to hopefully get through it. Or even worse, we can brush things under the rug and hope that they go... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at Being a Force for Good
I have been thinking about this for a while - months - and here's what I have come to: in all ways, be you, unapologetically. You are the reason you are here, wherever here is. Alanna Maria Are you lucky enough to have kindred spirits in your life that fill... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2018 at Being a Force for Good
I try to be a fairly empathic person, it's the well of where I draw my patience. My issue with the depth of that well is often when someone defines their worth around status. In reality I understand that status (however you define it) is important for some individuals. It's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2018 at Being a Force for Good
I've shared this song before. It's one of my go-to's when I need a musical pep talk. Today I found it stuck in my head, specifically one part of the song. I'm gonna live and live now Get what I want, I know how One roll for the whole show... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2018 at Being a Force for Good
My brain is usually buzzing onto the next thing. It has it's pros and cons. It's great to be able to think quickly and make connections when that's required. It's not so great when you should be focusing on whatever is happening in front of you at the moment. Being... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2018 at Being a Force for Good
This is why it's important to have a vision. Not to just focus on the everyday tactics that we need to execute, but to understand the big rocks you're trying to reach in the next 5-10 years. When we only focus on what we need to deliver in the present,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at Being a Force for Good
It's amazing how quickly a new (and possibly initially scary) routine can settle in over time. At first everything seems overwhelming. We're unsure how we'll ever get through and the reflex to just bury our head seems warranted. If we keep putting one foot in front of the other though... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2018 at Being a Force for Good
The critical question is not "How can I achieve?", but "What can I contribute." Jim Collins This quote appears at the top of Part One in Bernadette Jiwa's Story Driven. For me it always makes more sense to think about leadership and work in terms of contributions than achievements. It... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2018 at Being a Force for Good
Cover of a great song by a band that I love. Reminding us to keep those close who really love the authentic version of us and that in the end we need to be the ones pouring that love into ourselves to see us through. Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at Being a Force for Good