Lake Louise2015 was a wonderful yet challenging year for many of us. There were
highs and lows and sometimes exhausting obstacles. There were also some wonderful moments of inspiration. 

So how will you make 2016 a better year than 2015? I’d like to share with you some of what’s working for me. Please take a look at these resources and try on what you like.

5 Easy Ways to Rock Your 2016

  1. Read more. I’ve now been enjoying reading an extra book per month since getting hooked on audio-books. Audible.com Try it. 
  2. Reflect more. I’m writing daily as an exercise to focus more conscious energy on the things that I’m bringing into my life. There have been some wonderful real-world results from this activity alone. 750Words.com can help you with this although for the writing I’m doing now, I’m using the good old pen and paper.
  3. Respect your needs more. I put out quite a lot of energy sometimes without the results I wanted in 2015. Already this year I’ve been able to increase my return on time by doing less. That has involved taking more time for myself. Yes, this involves saying “no” more often. Here is a great article by Scott Fetters on “How People Pleasers Can Learn To Say NO More Often”. 
  4. Recognize what comes easily. After what I can only describe as my spiritual “Awakening” this past New Year’s Eve, I’ve realized that a wonderful and productive way to make decisions is to do what comes EASILY. Until now I’ve pushed against too much resistance. To help find your Flow, do more of what comes easily to you. 
  5. Really listen to your intuition. It can be easy with the busy-ness of life to avoid listening to that intuition. But simply making space and time (most easily through meditation and / or exercise) allows you to connect more easily to that intuition and to make better decisions.  Take a look at this wonderful piece by Carolyn Gregoire called, “10 Things Highly Intuitive People Do Differently”I hope that some of these tactics resonate with you. Wishing you a fun and prosperous 2016 from Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Here is a video montage of the personal and professional escapades from my 2015. This video is longer than most of my videos, but I’m sure that you will enjoy it.

 

I hope that some of these tactics resonate with you. Wishing you a fun and prosperous 2016 from Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Tony Esteves

www.iOnTheBall.ca  Creativity Inspiring Connections

Tony Esteves is an international inspirational speaker and facilitator who brings play back into the workplace. He helps people use their Unexpected Connections and Creativity to move their careers and businesses forward. He is a published author, a videographer and a member of Le Cirque de la Nuit – a Calgary based circus. Connect with Tony for a meaningful face-to-face conversation. 

Are you looking for more adventure in your life? Check out the upcoming Thailand Creativity Camp and join us for a life-changing experience in April 2016.

Early in December 2015, I attended my first national convention of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS) in Halifax, NS.

That was a good move.

Besides getting 5 minutes to perform on the main stage (an honour at any point in one’s speaking career), I met and connected with some wonderful new people.

While being a solo-preneur has its perks, at times there can be a sense of isolation despite constantly being surrounded by crowds of appreciative, curious people.

What this convention allowed me to do was to be myself, have fun and feel like I’ve found my professional family. I haven’t felt something like this since getting introduced to the world of creativity back in 2012.

That first weekend in December 2015 will stand out as one of the most amazing weekends of my professional development. I don’t feel that I was lucky to be there. Rather I was fortunate to have had the foresight to know that I was supposed to be there, and I was prepared to do whatever was necessary to attend.

To make the trip more cost effective I’ll bet that I was the only participant at the convention from out of province who actually didn’t stay at the hotel. Instead I stayed with a wonderful stranger named Scott who was my host through something called Couchsurfing. This is a traveler network with over 10 million members worldwide. He lived a 7 minute bus ride / taxi ride from the hotel and was a superb host. I had my own room, some great conversations, amazing coffee and even a pork roast dinner one night.

Furthermore, I had the privilege of connecting with cousins from both sides of my family and got to catch up over some meals and chats.

So the next time you have an opportunity that you think you should chase after, but don’t quite know how you can make it happen, give it a shot. 

Sometimes it’s just the act of getting ourselves out there that provides the stage for us to shine. 

Love Life.

Danny Devine and Tony Esteves

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Melanie

A new friend from the flight to Halifax

It is with great pleasure that I can announce I’ve met the friendliest people in Halifax since arriving just over 24 hours ago.

I have come here to attend the CAPS (Canadian Association of Professional Speakers) National Convention.

The meeting of great people actually began while on the flight to Halifax from Calgary. I’ve NEVER seen so many people – who did not necessarily know each other before – have conversations on a plane.

I thought that it must have had something to do with the place where I was headed. I was correct.

Although I had arranged for a cousin to meet me in Halifax, I chose to take the bus downtown. This was in part because of the friendly person who I’d just met on the plane, Melanie (pictured above). She was heading downtown as well and could not stop talking about how great Halifax is and how much she missed it while visiting her boyfriend in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. We spoke briefly on the plane and it was as if we’d known each other already for some time. Once downtown we walked a short distance to the beautiful hotel where she works and I was introduced to a number of her colleagues. I felt like some kind of celebrety.

Two If By Sea

Two If By Sea Cafe Halifax

Now that I was fully awake, I decided to get some work done and asked where a good place to do so was. This took me to the “Two If By Sea Cafe” nearby. There I met a young fellow, Paul who struck up a conversation with me. (In my life experience it’s usually the other way around). We chatted about entrepreneurship as he himself is a small business owner and about Canada’s identity. His company is called, “Great White North Leather“.

I then got zipped in a taxi – driven by a cousin who I’d not seen in 20 years – up to the family house to be spoiled with great food, rest and conversation for the evening. What a treat.

Since being back in town today I’ve continued to meet more and more great people and it’s as if the entire town is charmed. It may very well be.

It is my wish that people who visit from all across Canada for this convention take notice of this friendliness and use it as a learning opportunity. It is an opportunity for us to let our guard down and to talk to more people.  I believe that it’s this friendliness and these conversations that really create possibilities.

Just last week I was enjoying a meal in Calgary and I got to chatting with my waitress about how it is that people connect. She commented, “It’s all about those connections isn’t it”. I remembered the statement, “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” and this line of thought popped into my head. Further than that,

“It’s not who you know, but who you talk to”, that matters the most.

This enables individuals to take control of their experience and to create their own possibilities. As it ties in beautifully with my message about the power of unexpected connections, I’ll be sharing this concept more often.

There’s plenty more I could write now, but I’ve got to head out and meet some more people. Below is a piece that Global TV did with Convention Chairs Halina St. James and Ravi Tangri, CSP.

The 2015 CAPS Convention has begun, and I’m ready for the possibilities that we are going to create together, because we believe.

CAPS Convention

And if you know of anyone who would be interested in a Thailand Creativity Camp in April, could you send them my way? Thank you!

I won’t try to water this down.

This 8 day trip to Thailand will positively change the

lives of those who show up for it.

That’s not because of the beautiful setting, the yoga, the meditation, or the creativity workshops. It’s because of how the people who are called to this trip will enhance each other’s lives through face-to-face conversations.

When you bring a group of people together to have an experience, the experience is always more about the people with whom you share that time, than the place itself.

So I feel that my role with this trip is as the facilitator who creates the space for magic to happen.

If you are looking for an opportunity to spend some time with a group of inspired people who want to have an amazing trip, learn some things along the way as well as make fantastic new connections, you should consider the Thailand Creativity Camp.

You can contact me directly by email or phone if you’d like to have a conversation about it. Tony@iOnTheBall.ca +1 587 897 7529.

Thank you,

Tony Esteves

 

I have found that all of the video trainings that I’ve seen on YouTube are dry and boring. Informative, yes. Fun, no. So I’ve added a wee bit of Irish to this introductory video on editing using iMovie on the iPad. Almost all of these instructions are interchangeable while editing on the iPhone. 

Today’s lesson:

  • Starting a new Project
  • Adding video to the Project
  • Cutting the video

On my final day in Vancouver this week, I took some time to visit a circus school called, Circus West. This is a very fun place. You can bounce off of just about every surface and there are helpful people there to keep you safe and to share their knowledge.

So on this day, I learned how to do my first backflip. Here’s a short video on what that looked like.

While on the flight home the next day I got speaking with the gentleman sitting next to me. We got into a discussion about how important it is for people to actually TALK to one another nowadays and he told me this,

“You know Tony, when you get a little introspective, you can see how just about everything important that we do in our lives starts with a conversation”.

No kidding! I completely agreed. Thank you Dwayne for this inspiration. I asked him for permission to use this comment and have done so in 3 presentations since then.

Keep talking to people, keep playing, and keep connecting.

Here is a look at what our adventure in Whistler looked like. Over 20 performers spent over 25 hours on the Bass Bus to get there. And when it was time, we were ready.

 

Part of this video includes the poetic story of how I was introduced to juggling back in 1998 in Whistler by a good friend, Jon Stromberg. I thought that it was wonderful how I now found myself performing with a professional circus using that skill that was taught to me so many years ago.

Thank you Jon. It’s had such a profound impact on my life. What a gift.

 

Le Cirque de la Nuit arrives to Whistler in the Bass Bus.

This was a mega-road trip if I’ve ever had one! Due to the the winter conditions we arrived to Whistler about 6 hours later than planned. In total, we spent 27 hours on the Bass Bus. Today turned into a crafter noon.

There are worse places to be stuck I have to admit. We had a lot of fun. Fortunately, we got a lot of work done as well. On this day there were people updating their social media campaigns, video editing, creating name tags, sewing costumes, doing makeup and everything in between.

This is the circus life and I love it.

Well here we go! This was some of what we experienced on Day 1 of our road trip from Calgary to Whistler.

We stopped in Kamloops for the night just about 8 hours behind schedule due to the winter conditions.
But that didn’t stop the fun. There was dancing, performing, laughter and dining along the way.
All of the over 25 performers and production crew (including the very important props / decorations / support vehicle in tow) agree that this in a once in a lifetime experience.
It is such a privilege to be a part of such a professional group of passionate individuals – from all different backgrounds – brining this circus performance to life.

This trip has been put together in collaboration with Bass Bus and Le Cirque de la Nuit out of Calgary, Alberta.

On November 13th, we will stage the show, “Veradeasi”. Hope to see you there.