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Monday, February 25, 2013

My Journey Back on Stage

I finally got a haircut last Wednesday. Yes, I had my funny hair fashion for seventy two hours. I guess it was for a reason as when I  got to the barbershop, guess who was there getting his haircut? Toronto Raptors' (and Toronto native) Jamaal Magloire. This guy is HUGE. At first I wanted to go to him and ask for an autograph, a picture or something, but I remembered my funny haircut and I decided to stay away from him. He seems to be a nice guy though. Maybe he would have said yes to my request. I guess I will see him around again soon.

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine invited me to speak to a group of professional immigrants from Haiti. It was a couple of minutes away from home, so I said yes. It was really fun. I made very good contacts there, one of them hooked me up to a Speakers Bureau, and long story short, I am part of their speakers now. The first engagement was last week when I spoke to an amazing group of students about the Black History Month.

Two days after my presentation, I was on stage again doing a workshop for French speaking new immigrants to Toronto. It was two hours of pure fun. A few days later, Jim my friend sent me an e-mail asking me if I would share the stage with him, speaking about blogging. Done deal. Yesterday, Jim and I were entertaining a group of blog savvy people.

I have to say that I haven't been speaking as often as I would like to the last several months due to time constraint. Getting back on stage the last few weeks felt so good. I have a feeling that this is only the beginning

After my presentation with Jim (he rocked the house by the way), we went downstairs to see how other speakers perform. The whole two day conference was about Social Media. Man was I impressed! It's crazy how technology changes so fast. It was like listening to a foreign language. I have been out of the loop for a few months, now I was looking like an alien. Blogging is no longer enough for me. I have to learn how to keep up with technology. Fortunately, Jim seems to be up to date with everything. I better hang around with him more (yes Jim, I know you also miss me as you have been drinking your Iced Cappuccino alone lol).

That's the thing with any goal. If we don't focus enough, we loose our momentum and it becomes hard to catch up. Distractions are of many kinds, some of them can even be out of our control, but it is crucial to keep our focus as much as we can. The rest is not even up to us. Our job is to focus our energy towards what we are creating, with high expectation. The rest is in God's hands.

Moral of the story? Do you want to meet a professional Basketball player? Just have a haircut and you will be talking about blogging.

Always a pleasure
The Journeyman.

Monday, February 18, 2013

My Journey to a Haircut.

Hello there.
It's been a while since I posted my blog on Monday. It feels really good. I have to admit that the inspiration is not there all the time. Sometimes I have to wait until I have an
idea of what I am going to write about.

This week, the idea came to me just yesterday when I was having my haircut.

You see, it has been almost seven years that I cut my hair myself. Every two weeks, all I have to do is getting my machine, and ten minutes later I am better looking (at least that is what the survey says lol).

So, here I was yesterday evening, in front of my mirror, ready to do a job that I have been doing for almost a decade now. Can you guess what happened? Two minutes into mjob, the machine died. Are you kidding me!! There was nothing I could do. My hair looked exactly like that bush we always see on TV while watching people on Safari in Kenya. The only thing missing was those wild animals lol.

I went in the living room to show my wife my new haircut and she exploded with laughter. I think that I have just invented a new hair fashion. Good thing that the paparazzi were not around, you would have waken up with my picture on the front page of your favourite newspaper.

Do you know the funny thing? All the barbershops were closed today. Yes it was a day off here in Ontario. I just spent the last twenty four hours with my new haircut. I am lucky we did nopt have any visitor today. That would have been so funny. The only thing I missed was my morning visit to the gym. I did not want to scare people with my new hair fashion. I can't wait to see the face of the guy who is going to cut my hair tomorrow. He will certainly have some questions to ask me

Life is full of surprises. Stuff happen. We can plan all we want, but sometimes we can be caught by surprise. We have to know how to deal with those things. I guess the solution could be to learn to laugh at ourselves when the unexpected happens.

Moral of the story? Do you want to know how to deal with life's surprises? Just get a new haircut and you will stay home for twenty four hours.

Always a pleasure,
The Journeyman.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

My Journey to an Achieved Goal

Here am again after a week off. I know that you really missed me. Do you want to know how I know? Because I received a text from my friend Jeff in Kigali asking me why I did not post my blog last week. He asked me what many of you wanted to know.

The truth is that I had my blog ready but my phone could not allow me to post it. Now I am using my wife's phone. My computer h as been down for a while, I think that I will have to replace it.

So, Jeff, by the time you wake up, the blog will be waiting for you.

This week, my friend Emmanuel Lopez, a.k.a Motivatorman, made my life so easy. He shared in his blog what I wanted to write about this week.

How about I let you see it by yourself?

Here it is. Hope you will enjoy it.

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