When in Oahu

This year will be my family and my fourth time going Honolulu, Hawaii. Each time we go we try to do something different but there are definitely things that we find ourselves doing year after year because we’ve enjoyed them so much. So I thought I would compile a list of things I highly suggest you do if you ever find yourself on the beautiful island of Oahu.

1.Koko Crater:

Koko Crater is a fun yet challenging hike. To get to the top of Koko head, you will need to climb 1048 stairs/railroad tracks. This is definitely one of the cases where it is much easier to go down than it is to go up.

 

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2. Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay is an amazing place to snorkel. If you can go on a day that is not raining your chances of seeing turtles, eels, octopi, starfish and all kinds of fish will be much higher.

 

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3. Dole Plantation

Dole Plantation is a historic pineapple plantation that now has many activities for you to enjoy while you are there (including a pineapple maze!!). Also you HAVE to try their pineapple ice-cream while you are there,  it is amazing.

 

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4. Tropical Farms

Tropical Farms is a cute, little macadamia nut farm that started off as a street vendor and has now expanded into a store. My family and I stumbled upon this place as we were driving around the island and now we make a point to come back every time we are in Oahu.

 

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5. Big Wave Dave Surf Co.

This is where my dad, sister, brother and I all took our first surfing lessons. These guys are super funny, friendly and good at teaching unexperienced Canadians (like my family and I) how to surf. Another awesome element is that they have a photographer come out in the water to take pictures throughout your whole lesson. You can pay extra at the end to get them all on a USB. Best souvenir that money can buy!

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6. Turtle Canyon Snorkel

Turtle Canyon Snorkel takes you on a catamaran and drives you to Turtle Canyon where you can jump off of the boat and snorkel with beautiful turtles. It is amazing to see turtles up close in their natural habitat.

 

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I’m sure I’m going to think of a billion other things I could’ve added to this list once I post this. But this is definitely a good start!

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Fighting for the Story

Spotlight is an Academy Award-winning movie directed by Tom McCarthy that stars Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams. The movie is focused on a Journalist team that works at the Boston Globe. The team is called Spotlight. Spotlight comes across a story centered around priests in the Boston area molesting children. The movie follows the team as they investigate this story further. The movie ends with Spotlight delivering an amazing story that gets a huge response from not only the media but also the people in Boston. Even though Spotlight ended up having a successful story they still had their struggles while trying to pull the information together.

Here are some of the struggles that the team faced:

-A lot of the victims that were molested by priests did not want to talk to Spotlight or have their story shared.

-The lawyers that Spotlight tried to talk to would not give any information about the cases they’ve dealt with including the church.

-They team was told that the church would try and silence them.

-When Spotlight was digging around for information they weren’t allowed to get specific on why they were looking into this story.

-When the team is in the middle of investigating, 911 takes place so they have to drop the story for a bit (which leads to them having to cancel interviews with victims).

-One of their most helpful sources, Phil, was frustrated by how long they were postponing the story after 911 so he threatened to give his information to the Herald.

-Documents that were public were not at the courthouse like they were supposed to be because the church took them.

-Mark Ruffalo’s character wanted to send the story out right when they got the documents. But Michael Keaton’s character wanted them to wait because if they wrote the story wrong, there was a chance that the church could bury it.
Spotlight was able to push past all of these obstacles by being ruthless. They believed in this story so they fought for it.

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10 Cloverfield Lane

10 Cloverfield Lane is a thriller/fantasy movie directed by Dan Trachtenberg. The movie’s plotline is based around the protagonist Michelle and her story after being abducted by a man named Howard. The movie starts with Michelle getting into a car accident and then waking up in an unfamiliar room. She later finds out that Howard has locked them both inside a bunker he has made. He tells her that neither of them can leave because there has been a nuclear attack on the world and that they would need to stay there for a year to ensure their safety. Howard also has many conspiracies about aliens and believes they could be the ones behind the attack. Michelle starts trusting Howard more and more as the movie goes on, but her opinion changes as she starts to believe that Howard is a murderer. This leads to Michelle planning an escape.

The ending of the movie is unexpected and a little bit disappointing. After Michelle kills Howard and escapes from the bunker she realizes that there hasn’t been a nuclear attack but instead an invasion of aliens. Throughout the whole movie viewers get the feeling that Howard is mentally disturbed and that this is just a typical abduction movie. And then putting aliens in at the end adds too many elements to this movie and it gets confusing.

Overall the movie was enjoyable besides the last 10-15 minutes.

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My top ten fav Disney movies

For anyone who loves Disney movies as much as I do, you would know that it is almost impossible to choose a favourite… So I decided to put together a list of my top ten.

(If you haven’t seen one of these movies, I highly suggest you go make yourself some popcorn and watch it!)

10. Monsters Inc

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9. Life Size

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8. Lion King

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7. Jungle Book

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6. Finding Nemo

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5. Inside Out

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4. The Aristocats

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3. Peter Pan

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2. Oliver and Company

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  1. Mulan

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What makes a story newsworthy?

On October 28, 2016 an article about Mayor Brian Bowman took the front page of the Winnipeg Free Press and here’s why:

IMPACT: This story has impact. It talks about the recent passing of development fees, which could affect a lot of people.

TIMELINESS: The development fees were passed on October 26,2016.

PROMINENCE: The article is about our city’s mayor.

CONFLICT: Bowman removed Janice Lukes and Jeff Browaty from the executive policy committee after they voted against passing the fees.

PROXIMITY: This is affecting neighborhoods just outside of Winnipeg.

HUMAN INTEREST: Winnipeggers wanting to build in neighborhoods outside of the city will now be paying an extra $9000.IMG_3644.JPG

Let her do her job. My opinion on the warrant for Amy Goodman’s arrest.

Earlier this week journalist Amy Goodman was charged for taking part in a “riot”, the charges were later dropped.

Goodman was filming at an oil pipeline in North Dakota where Native Americans where holding a protest. She was able to capture protestors as well as security guards spraying protesters with pepper spray. Shortly after the police issued a warrant for her arrest.

Goodman was not trespassing and was not taking part in the protest that she was filming at. She was being a Journalist. Just because she was able to capture the security guards in a less then flattering matter does not give them the right to arrest her.

Goodman was quoted on the situation and said, “I feel vindicated. Most importantly, Journalism is vindicated,” “we have a right to report.”

Goodman received emails from state attorney Ladd Erickson claiming that she was not acting as a journalist, but the original report that was filed identified her as a reporter. A little contradictive.

After hearing about Amy Goodman’s story I looked up the Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Journalists and nowhere did I see anything that would point Goodman to being in the wrong, in this situation.

Amy Goodman did not deserve to be charged after seemingly doing nothing wrong. Hopefully this will be a wakeup call that you cannot arrest a journalist for doing his or her job.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-37676332

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/oct/17/amy-goodman-north-dakota-oil-access-pipeline-protest-arrest-riot

https://accountablejournalism.org/ethics-codes/International-Declaration3828

Organization is KEY!

Staying organized is not always an easy task, especially when you’re trying to juggle eight courses, a social life and your sanity. It also doesn’t help if you are a naturally disorganized person. My mom likes to refer to me as the “slob” in our household… I think that explains my level of organization perfectly.

At the beginning of September, I decided to search the internet in hopes to find a cure for my constant state of disorganization and came across an article by Leo Babauta. In this article he shares 27 tips to help stay organized. I have found that these tips have helped me a lot so I thought that I would share them in hopes that they will help someone else too!

1. 3 Most Important Tasks. Writing down and making mental note of my top 3 tasks to get done for the day. Everything else seems to fall into place if I do that.
2. An easy and workable task list, or to do list. While I love all of these handy web 2.0 apps, computer software, very neat gadgets like palms and really cool cell phones, they just don’t work for me. I’m a lazy woman, with an even lazier attitude. I might put a task in Remember the Milk, another task in my palm, one in my Gcal and send another text to my phone. With all of these different ways of doing things, I end up spending much more time trying to organize my to do list, or consolidate it, that I don’t get much actually done.
3.Keep ubiquitous capture device. It might not be the same device for every location (I have a moleskine for work, but use my mobile for inspiration on the fly) but just being able to write stuff down when you think about it is key for me.
4. Choose one tool and stick with it.
5. Do one thing at a time.
6. Do it now.
7. Make use of the word no.
8. Use the recycling bin/trash basket. Organizing unnecessary items is wasted energy. It is amazing how much more in control I feel just by ridding myself of now outdated articles I’d like to read “someday,” or countless meeting notes from which relevant action items have already been extracted.
9. A (good) place for everything, and everything in its place. By finding places that are easy to get to for all the things I use most often, and places that are pretty easy to get to for the things I use less often, I spend less time dreading doing things and more time actually doing things. And the place for things you never use is elsewhere (trash can, place that accepts donations, etc.).
10. Simplify, simplify, simplify!
11. Put it away now. The single, simplest thing I do to stay personally organized is to put whatever tool, item, clothing, bag, hairbrush etc., away immediately after using it. I always know where everything and anything is so I never waste time looking for something. Very efficient. I could tell a stranger where to find anything in my home.
12. Keep a to-do list that syncs with your mobile phone (so you can add stuff as and when you remember it). And make sure every item has a due date.
13. Change. It obsoletes unimportant things. It brings down any method or idea that isn’t timeless. It brings up newer and more important things that you and others can’t resist anymore. Best of all: it’s an organizing tool that operates itself. You simply have to embrace it.
14. Divide material into red, yellow, blue and green plastic file folders. For example, anything that has to be done today (paperwork to be given to a client, bills to be mailed) go in the red folder. Contact material or anything related to customer field support goes in the yellow folder. Your mileage may vary as to how you organize your briefcase, and like me you may also have project-specific manilla file folders as well, but dividing stuff up into just four color coded folders is a huge help.
15. Flylady.net. She helped me realize that I needed to apply GTD principles to my home life and not just work. I had work under control using checklists, projects and next actions. I tried the same system at home and failed. Then about a month ago I discovered flylady.net courtesy I believe one of your blog posts. Wow, what a difference. My house is clean and so is my desk at work. Many if not most of her basic ideas are just like GTD in a slightly different perspective (control journal, baby steps) and also concrete methods for accomplishing next actions (2 minute hot spots, 15 minute timers). Her most useful tip was to put my daily/weekly lists into shiny page protectors in my control journal. I use a dry erase marker and voila no more killing trees or not doing my list because I can’t print it (or want to avoid the hassle). The best thing about this, I am more relaxed, my blood pressure is finally dropping and I feel less stressed.
16. Unapologetically take control of your time and priorities.
17. Sort at the source. My favorite organizational tool is my post office box. I visit it once a week (usually Saturday), stand at the counter in the lobby and sort my mail. I use the P.O.’s trash bin. What comes into my house is only what I need to have. Bills and letters and checks go into my inbox (which by the way is a box with a lid that is wrapped in lovely fabric and has a yellow bow on it so it looks like a present sitting on my desk). Reading material goes on the table by my chaise lounge which is where I do all my reading.
18. A sheet of paper, a calendar and a white board. I’ve found that the easiest way to organize myself, my days and so forth is a good paper calendar, a sheet of paper that I divide into four sections and a medium sized white board. For my paper the top left section is my actual running to do list for today. The top right section is my running grocery list, or list of things I must purchase. The bottom left is for notes such as calls I made, who I spoke to, appointment dates. The bottom right is whatever I need to move to another day. If I’m told to call back on Monday, then I note that on the calendar. As for the white board, the kids can make notes (Can I spend the night at Brian’s on Friday? Grandma called), and I can jot down things as I think of them to be added to tomorrow’s to do list. My calendar, and the white board are in the same location, so I can transfer short notes if need be. I carry my paper task list with me everywhere, so I can make notes at any given moment.
19. Color coding. I’m a visual person, and I find that color-coding my various lists and calendars minimizes the time I have to spend looking at them. This worked especially well when I was in school: I dumped every class syllabus into Outlook, and then color-coded every class period (blue for paper due, yellow for quiz, red for test, etc). It took awhile to set up, sure, but then for the rest of the semester I only had to glance at Outlook to get a very clear idea of what kind of week I was going to have.
20. One binder. I use a binder cleverly labeled “@ 2007″ with the following divisions:
¥ @ Today – With my Emergent Task Planner from davidseah.com;
¥ @ Week – The remaining days of the week ETP’s as a skeleton;
¥ @ Year – All my historical sheets;
¥ @ Diet – Which tracks what I have eaten for the day;
¥ @ Fitness – Which tracks my workout routine for the day. My binder is with me all the time and it has helped me become a better employee, family member and relationship guy.
21. Write down, execute and tidy up on the way. These are is my organization bible. I’ve been living that way since more than two years and I can say that I’m an organized person.
22. A little whiteboard on my bedroom wall. I have it separated into two sections, a “todo” and a “today”. “Todo” is a list of general things I have to do, like get my car inspected, buy someone a present, etc. Then “today” is what I need to do, obviously, today! Things can be moved back and forth as appropriate. I find having a specific list for today helps push me to get the important things done in a timely manner. I also keep two things permanently on the “today” part, which are meditation and exercise. This seems to help.
23. Note cards. One can write tasks on them — one per card, or in a list (depending on the type of task in question; I do both). When doing one per card, the stack serves as an easy prioritization scheme. But wait, there’s more: They can be arranged on cork boards, shared, annotated, torn up and rearranged. They can be used as placeholders, as mini-white boards and as tokens to model ideas. They are easy to carry around, and to attach to other documents. Further, different colors allow for a visual representation of different kinds of todo’s (as can different annotations). Finally, they are cheap and most importantly of all: easy (much easier than software) to reconfigure as needs and projects change.
24. Never rely on a single point of failure. I’ve seen people pay $1,000 to hear speakers at a conference and only have one pen to take notes. It’s a great feeling when one thing breaks, gets lost, or runs out of power, and you have another one in reserve!
25. Have.. less.. stuff.
26. Delegate. Learn to trust people with critical tasks in all areas of your life. When you learn to effectively delegate tasks you actually find that it is easier to keep the stuff you cannot delegate better organized.
27. You control your life. Whatever electronics or paper you use, make them work for YOU not the other way around. Does Outlook really have to stay checking your email every 5 minutes? Maybe, but I bet you’ll get a whole lot more done if you check it a few times per day. That goes for the Blackberry too! After all, there are so many tools, and one to fit everyone – so use what works, but make it work for you!

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ORIGINAL ARTICLE: https://zenhabits.net/27-great-tips-to-keep-your-life-organized/

Check it out: Goins, Writer

As a CreComm student there is nothing that is more comforting then hearing that we’re not alone when it comes to writers block or lack of motivation to write. It also doesn’t hurt to be told that what we are going through is totally normal and that it’s all part of the process.

I recently came across a blog named Goins, Writer. It is run by Jeff Goins who is an author of the national best seller “The Art of Work.” His blog is filled with posts about personal struggles as a writer, lessons he’s learned and general tips on becoming a better writer.

One particular blog post that stuck out to me was “The Hidden Benefits to Writing Daily and Blogging Consistently.” (WOAH was that title written just for CreComm students?) This blog post shows the key points of his and Andy Traubs podcast where they covered this topic.

I thought I would attach some of the quotes that were highlighted by Jeff in this post.

“If you write infrequently, then your creativity will become inconsistent”

“Writing daily will make you a much better writer than writing a bunch of stuff all at once”

“The best type of writing practise is done in public”

I particularly like and relate to the second quote. I think people often disassociate writing with needing practise, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Just like how a volleyball player needs practise to be good at volleyball, a writer needs practise to be good at writing.

I highly recommend that CreComm students check out Jeff’s blog, whether it’s for tips to improve their writing or if they just need something to relate to http://goinswriter.com/writing-daily/

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