You Never Know Until You Try - by Theresa Riedl

Photos: Amalia Infante / The Maiden Factor

You never know until you try. That goes for anything! But on this journey for me it applied to cooking! … It’s funny, from everything that comes with sailing across an ocean, learning to cook onboard was one of the things I am most proud of.

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Out in Nature, Digitally Disconnected and Mentally Present - by Theresa Riedl

Photos: Amalia Infante / The Maiden Factor

Being out there in the Pacific Ocean we had no way to communicate with the real world except through satellite phone, which was only used for important stuff such as speaking to the Maiden shore team. I was completely digitally unplugged and it felt very nice. You really have a lot of time to think about life and what matters. When you’re not sailing or sleeping you have time to yourself. I usually sat on boat deck and just starred into the majestic ocean.

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Workplace Experiences & Emotions

Photos: Geraldine Sangalang / Leading Presence

Be present for this thought: What brings you back to work each day? What are the rewards?

My work as a recruiter involves frequent travel, visiting different cities each week. With flexibility comes the reward of experiencing different styles of architecture. Some buildings are awe-inspiring while others make me giggle. That’s what brings me back to certain workplaces.

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Fear Is Normal, Don't Let It Stop You - By Theresa Riedl

Photos: Amalia Infante / The Maiden Factor

Even though I was scared I kept on going and I am so extremely happy that I didn’t let fear get in the way of my dream.

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Follow that Spark Within - By Theresa Riedl

Photos: The Maiden Factor / Amalia Infante

Whatever it is you want to do, whatever interest you have that you can’t stop thinking about – pursue it! It’s there in your heart for a reason. As kids we are usually filled with exciting dreams, but as we become adults we tend to shove the spark in our hearts aside. We often follow what is seen as normal by society. We become scared to take a risk or be different as we’re scared of failing.

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Theresa Riedl & The Maiden Factor

Photos: Geraldine Sangalang / Leading Presence

I had the pleasure of meeting Theresa Riedl this summer, as she arrived in Vancouver. Theresa’s brother traveled into town to show his support of her latest adventure, and cheered proudly when the ship was in view. It was a beautiful day, and an empowering experience welcoming the all-female Maiden crew onto shore.   Take some time to hear Theresa discuss her experience with me. I'll be posting articles written by Theresa throughout the week.

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Language Matters! The Inclusive Spotlight

Photos: Geraldine Sangalang / Leading Presence

Language can direct our actions and shape our experience. We can only change our own interpretations of the messages we receive. I challenge you to be mindful of your words and thoughts on being inclusive.“

Which statement is more inclusive? “All people Welcome” or “Trans People Welcome”?

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#whatnow

I caught a glimpse into #whatnow produced by Alley Theatre in partnership with Good Night Out Vancouver. The workshop production provides a safe space to explore feelings that result from sexual assault and harassment.

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Terroir Meets Merroir at 40 Knots

The lively bouquet and complex finish of the 40 Knots Meritage, paired with the delicately braised beef cheeks stole the show. Between the steady vines at 40 Knots, this inviting red wine was a welcome addition to the warm June evening.

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Disrupt HR YVR 2019

As the sun set brilliantly over Vancouver on Thursday night, I was at Science World with hundreds of other HR enthusiasts and professionals at Disrupt HR YVR. The event included Pecha Kucha style presentations focused on mindfulness, leadership and the environment. Talent Advisor for the Vancouver Airport Authority, Emma Bradford, made one of my favourite statements: "I know you hate lunchtime yoga - I do too."

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Relaxed Performance of La Cenerentola (Cinderella): The Playhouse, Thurs May 2nd, 12:30pm

There are so many opportunities to modify the experience of live performances and events to make them accessible for all members of the public. However, the biggest takeaway I'll carry with me from the CAN training session was that oftentimes modifications aren't required. Rather, it's important to plan events anticipating and acknowledging the impact that certain sounds, signs and actions may have on others.

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Join the Leading Presence Vancouver Sun Run 2019 Team!

About a year ago at this time, I met with some old friends for dimsum.  It was a very lovely and relaxed catch-up session.  And at some point, my friend Mitch said one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard in my life. He smiled and said, “Ger, let’s do the Sun Run.”  Our table of friends laughed, but for some blessed reason, I said sure! 

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The Full Light of Day at the Vancouver Playhouse

Last night was quiet and cold in Vancouver.  A friend compared the quiet of the downtown streets to Christmas Day in the city.  Walking from Gastown to the Vancouver Playhouse, I agreed with her.  The cold inspired calm and wonder.  Grateful to watch The Full Light of Day last night, it was our first experience watching an Electric Company Theatre production, and it was worlds away from quiet and cold. Intrigued by the company’s self-prescribed “exploration of how concept and form illuminate content” I was eager to witness how their use of light, set design and film projection would enhance the experience of the play.

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Start Where You Are

A good friend of mine recently revealed that her new year’s resolution is to listen to complete music albums rather than continuing to repeat the playlists and albums she has on repeat. Each year, she chooses an entertainment-focused resolution.  I was inspired by her intention to enjoy something she loves and expand her knowledge and appreciation of music this way.

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Thank you 2018, let's move onwards and upwards!

None of us have built careers alone; we are all standing (teetering at times) on the shoulders of giants. This was my first year truly focused on providing the services I had intended through Leading Presence. If it wasn't for colleagues and supportive friends I wouldn't n have had the gumption to set the goals I have intended for the new year. I'm grateful every day for the hope that thoughtful people have given me.

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Explore Patricia Piccinini's Curious Imaginings

In case this winter day finds you in Vancouver BC, set your expectations aside and explore Patricia Piccinini’s Curious Imaginings art installation at the Patricia Hotel – today is the last day! 

Thoughtfully displayed in an East Vancouver hotel with a footprint of more than 100 years on the city’s landscape, this captivating art exhibit challenges your perception of animal form, visual space and human emotion.

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