Guest post on This Beautiful Day

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Today I’ve got a guest post featured on This Beautiful Day. I’m talking 10 Tips to Land your Dream Job so head on over and check it out.

Happy Tuesday!



The Memory Jar

A couple years ago Jason sent me an neat idea to keep memories and since in January 2013 we have been keeping a Memory Jar. Ours isn’t anything fancy, just a cool old Mason Jar that my Mom gave me years ago. We keep it in the kitchen on the shelf above the stove so it’s in plain sight to remind us and we keep a pen and paper (an old Moleskine Colour A Month Planner) in it to make it ever easier.

The idea is to write down a memory of something fun that just happened or even a little gratitude for the person you’re sharing the memories with. You fold them up, put them in a jar and save them for a rainy day.

In our house, whenever one of us suggests it, we both write down a happy memory about the very recent past and also write something nice about each other. We’ve been saving them up for a year and reading them at the beginning of January. We’ve also had a couple of friends and my siblings write down a memory when we’ve been hanging out.

It’s been so fun to read what each other remembers about a random moment in time and there were things that we’d forgotten about. Reading other people’s notes have been really funny as well. When we had the big flood in Toronto in the summer of 2013, Kyle & Adam were over at the house and we greeted Jason with homemade BBQ short ribs and beers when he go home from work. Our memories were pretty silly from that evening.

Last year Finn finally destroyed his baby blanket (the one we brought him home with) so we put the last piece of the blanket along with a memory of the time and his weight (80lbs).

Finn still thinks he’s a teensy weensy baby dog

I’ve been keeping each year’s notes in a photo album and I can’t wait to read them all in 10 years or even 20! It really is the little things are the most important and I want to have something that was handwritten and more personal. Funny that we keep them in a photo album too. I’ve had it for years and had nothing to put in it!

Do you do anything special to keep memories? Feel free to share your ideas!




Maintenance Mode

Sorry guys. No post today. Something’s wacky with the first page of my blog – the sidebar is showing up below the posts – and time is being spent sorting it out instead of posting.

Happy Monday :)


Show & Tell for January 09, 2015

It’s been a super busy week and I’m happy that today is Friday. I’ve done great on my personal blog challenge so far, but my yoga challenge has fallen to the wayside. It was difficult to get up early enough to do it before work and I’ve not been motivated to do anything but sit on the couch after work.

I’m going to get back on the yoga wagon this weekend and am going to continue with my earlier to bed and earlier to wake up as well. Next week I want to do yoga before work, to set myself up for a good day.

I’ve got to take a good photo of the dressing recipe so I’ll do that over the week and share early next week as well.

I didn’t spend much time on the internet this week (other than for work) so a short & sweet Show & Tell to get you through til 5pm today.



Current Opportunities as of January 08, 2015

This year has started off very busy for IQ Partners, which is great news! I’ve got some brand new roles that you have to see, so check out the list below.

As always, send resumes and referrals to Fairlie[at] and make sure you check out our Job Board for all current job opportunities that the IQ team is working on.