Not all Bloggers Wear Capes: BlogJam Atlantic 2017 Recap

That’s right. I said it. Bloggers are basically super heroes.

Why? You ask.

Well, first of all, because they are BRAVE AS EFF. Bloggers have the guts to bare their souls on the interwebs for all to consume and critique and criticize. You might be thinking “um how is posting a recipe or a furniture DIY being brave?” And to that I say, “Because they’re showing you their creativity! They’re showing you what works for them, what doesn’t, what they like, how they do it, and it’s all out their for your consumption.”

Blogging is 1 part creative writing, 1 part tech savvy, 1 part visual design, 1 part engagement, and 1 part heart-on-your-sleeve. 

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At BlogJam Atlantic this year, not only did we have an amazing audience of these blogging super heroes, but we also had a line up of amazingly brave folks who stood up to share their stories, give some tips, answer some questions, and generally give the audience a great time. BIG shout outs to all the speakers who took a deep breath and stood up on the BlogJam stage.

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This year we were so fortunate to have some amazing special Keynote speakers including the Maritime Bhangra Dancers who helped us start the day with a “Bhang(ra)” by sharing what fuels their passion. Then we had the extraordinary Elayna Fernández, the Positive MOM, deliver a dynamic morning Keynote before breaking for a whole day of concurrent sessions. Our jam-packed Event wrapped up with a great presentation by Candace Derickx of Life in Pleasantville who shared some fantastic insight on behalf of Sunwing – the audience just ate it up!

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Of course, all this magic was captured by the one and only Michelle Doucette, who has a talent for photography that is second to none. Oh, and she is a blogger too. Obvi.

I have SO MUCH MORE to share and learned so much but I’ll be breaking out my ideas into several future posts. Stay tuned and be sure to check out the other blog post recaps by attendees by following BlogJam on Facebook and Twitter.

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Chasing Rainbows with Fujifilm

**Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Fujifilm who generously provided me with X-A3 camera to facilitate my chasing of rainbows. The opinions, pictures, hopes, and dreams shared in this post are my own.**

Is there anything better than a sunny park on an autumn day?

Now that the worst of the summer heat has burned off, I’ve really started to enjoy taking the dog on daily strolls through our neighbourhood park. Patterson Park in Baltimore is not only sizeable but also contains so many amazing fun features. There are sports fields, a pool, a duck pond, a dog park, a charming fountain, and a lovely pagoda.

Last Sunday, the promise of fall was carried through the air on the first of the dropping leaves and I sensed a bit of magic at the park.

It was my first time oot and aboot with my new Fujifilm X-A3 camera and, though I’m still learning how to make the most of all the amazing features, I was so happy to be able to capture a few moments of that lovely autumnal alchemy.

Like this rainbow in the fountain.

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The Patterson Park Pagoda is only open to the public on Sunday afternoons – and only until mid-October – so I was delighted to finally be able to catch a peek inside, where I was greeted with more flashes of colour.

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The Pagoda is home to gorgeous stained glass that casts the most enchanting reflections all around its interior.

Catching the colour in unusual places made me feel, for the first time since moving to Maryland, like there is going to be plenty of beauty to discover here.

I mean, we all know I left my heart in Halifax and surrounded by the nautical charm of Nova Scotia, so it’s nice to see that I’ll be able to capture some equally unique and lovely moments while I’m here.

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In the meantime, I’ll keep my eyes open and keep searching for more rainbows. 

Stay tuned for more posts as I continue to chase beauty with Fujifilm.

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Shoot Arrows, Hit Bullseyes at Highland Bow and Arrow

What do Susan Pevensie from Chronicles of Narnia, Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games, and Ygritte from Game of Thrones all have in common? They’re all fierce females who can rock a bow and arrow.

I discovered recently that — with a bit of instruction and practice — I can kick ass and hit bullseyes too.

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Last weekend, as part of Creative Soul Weekend, I got to unleash my inner archer at Highland Bow and Arrow near Wreck Cove along the Cabot Trail on the beautiful Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.

I had a bit of experience shooting from my youth, but it had been many, many years since I’d picked up a bow.

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Since I was a little rusty, I benefitted from some expert instruction from the raddest owner/operator, Jay. Seriously, after overshooting the target on my own, it just took some minor correction from Jay and I hit the bullseye on the next shot. She lines the targets with balloons for some extra satisfaction as well!

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As an added bonus, Jay encourages moving around to play with different targets. Can I just point out how awesome some of these are? Um yes that is a scary zombie man and YES THAT IS A DINOSAUR.

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If you’re looking to empower your inner baddass bow-person, then I highly recommend making the trek out to Highland Bow & Arrow.

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Jay’s got something for everyone, including lessons for your little ones (or yourself), or just some straight up shooting practice.

What are you waiting for? Do it. #ShootArrows!

Check out more at highlandbowandarrow.ca or see if you can spot me and the Creative Soul gang on insta!

 

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