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Women's Equality Day

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In honour of Roller Coaster Day…

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This week I’m inspired by Roller Coaster Day.  Many people are drawn to roller coasters as a symbol for life’s ups and downs – it is part of the human experience to go through highs and lows, success and defeat, exhilaration and desperation, sometimes simultaneously.  The key difference between a roller coaster and life, however, is that the coaster is relatively safe and it’s your choice to get on: you’re strapped in, the equipment has been tested, and you’re really just pretending to be in danger, which is what makes it fun. What’s interesting in real life is that everyone’s interpretations and attitudes around their own experience are different.  It’s how people deal with their own life’s roller coaster that fascinates me.

I think the general Roller Coaster Attitude that I share is best summarized by the ever-lively and optimistic Grandma in the movie Parenthood:  You know, when I was nineteen, Grandpa took me on a roller coaster.  Up, down, up, down. Oh, what a ride! I always wanted to go again. You know, it was just so interesting to me that a ride could make me so frightened, so scared, so sick, so excited, and so thrilled all together! Some didn’t like it. They went on the merry-go-round. That just goes around. Nothing. I like the roller coaster. You get more out of it.

The things that excite, worry, frighten, and amuse each of us are so different and sometimes we don’t know how we’re going to react until we’re right in it  – there are many different lenses through which to see things, levels of resilience and grit to draw from, and an infinite number of ways to combine optimism, pessimism, and realism.   In every aspect of our lives we experience highs and lows; there are times where we’re on the way up, and others when we feel out of control and terrified, and these are rarely the same for everyone.  Some people lead with ‘why me?’ and others with ‘of course, why not me?’; some are glass half full, others not; some approach a situation with powerlessness, and others with a bull-by-the-horns mindset. Some people push on, and some people hold back.  You might be thrilled and excited to meet new people, and I might be terrified.  You might see a breakup as the worst possible outcome, and I might see it as a wonderful opportunity for a fresh start.

My 93 year old grandmother told me last week that she regrets never jumping out of an airplane or trying a mountain zipline.  I don’t consider myself that kind of risk taker – not interested, thank you.  Having said that, I have fully embraced all of the joy, uncertainty, and cold sweats that come with parenthood and starting a business, and I feel fully awake and engaged when I’m a little bit scared – it keeps me focused and ready.

What I remember from riding roller coasters as a kid at the PNE is that feeling, right after the terror and “oh my god what have I gotten myself into”, after the coaster had slowly chugged back to the loading platform, when I KNEW I NEEDED to go again, RIGHT AWAY.  I’ve long since lost my appetite for rides, but I hold onto the nervous excitement and appreciation of “controlled chaos” – if I can stay just on top of my fear, I can use it to push myself into new things, which, as they say, are only new once.

How do you approach something new?  When has bad news for you turned into good news?  When has watching someone else’s reaction changed your perspective?

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Grow Local

Cambie Village Local business

At Project House, we love supporting local business, and we rely on them for food, coffee, gifts, art supplies, ideas, meeting spaces, information, opportunities, partnerships, team members, and more!

 

We also provide our support by being generous with our time, sharing our experience, using their services, singing their praises, attending their functions, introducing them to people they need, or asking how we can help. We are a proud member of LOCO BC, a non-profit business alliance that works to strengthen the community, and we value the business, entrepreneurship, and community focus of our partners, clients, and other companies in our city.

 

There are many tangible benefits to supporting local companies, beyond meeting amazing people and discovering kick-ass products, including these:

 

  1. Local businesses spend more of their dollars locally, which is referred to as the ‘multiplier effect’ by economists. Every dollar spent at a local business generates two to four times the economic impact compared to a dollar spent at a big-box or chain business.
  2. Local business owners “think local” – because they have a stake in the community, they are more likely to support the community and focus their efforts locally and act as a local business advocate for their neighbourhood.
  3. The presence of local business helps to create a sense of culture and adds to a city’s charm, which helps to bring more resident and tourist dollars.
  4. The presence of a unique and diverse local business community helps foster the growth and health of neighbourhoods and their residents, by boosting commitment to civic life and duty, public health, and social equity.
  5. The support of local business helps to
    1. Reduce environmental impact, as typically less transportation is needed;
    2. Create more jobs;
    3. Ensure healthy competition between small businesses that helps to breed innovation.

With so many benefits to supporting local business, it’s time to start forging relationships and growing communities. Need help with a project? Get in touch and let’s grow local together!

 

Happy BC Day!

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Happy BC Day from Project House!