Category Archives: Ideas at Work

Au Revoir to Connoisseurdelavie.com

Hello dear Connoisseurdelavie.com friends! Merci (thank you) for an amazing five years. This little site started out as a spin-off venture from my web design studies in 2010. Since then connoisseurdelavie.com has surpassed my expectations with your views, feedback, support and projects. It has been a pleasure curating content that was intended to be a […]

10 Questions to Debrief the Year

What are questions that are helpful to you when concluding your goals, events and projects? Do you ever find yourself asking the same questions in the reflective process that eventually become a mainstay of your own personal debriefs? Or, perhaps you’re new to the self-reflective process and not sure where to start, what do you […]

Working It Out

Posting a little less regularly as of late as I have taken time for care giving to family members, self-development and inspiration research so that I may be able to share more here. It has been somewhat of a transformative period, taking new approaches to both professional and personal life. What I have come to […]

Summer Reading List 2015: Game-Changing Inspiration

On a recent trip to Portland, Oregon, I not-so-accidentally landed in my favorite book shop (more like a department store for bookworms like myself). Most of you are probably thinking, why am I still reading the paper stuff? Though I’ve attempted to read from e-readers and my tablet, a book, to me, just has a […]

Beyond the Gold Star Gesture: Recognition & Acknowledgement

My experience as a longtime volunteer to a variety of social and non-profit organizations got me thinking about how leaders rewards its teammates to encourage and develop organizational culture. In a recent dual role as volunteer board member and team leader for an industry association, I made it a point to note the interests and reasons […]

Makes Cents to Support Local Business

It thrills me to see the steady expansion of smart local businesses (not to say that I don’t shop at mega international vendors, that tends to be a given). Smart means local coffee shops like JJ Bean, opening their 16th location in March. These businesses often figured out the region’s market formula. Starting off conservatively, […]

Mapping the Road Ahead

From 2010, I’ve started each year with a rough personal plan on paper, a starting point if you will. I utilized a tool often used in project planning, some know it as mind mapping others know it as road mapping, but instead of diagrams, I combined it with sticky notes. Sticky notes makes sense for […]

Strategies for the Year Ahead

After reviewing the results of last year’s plans, I’m looking at the New Year as a new chapter, new goals to establish and carrying over some from the previous year. Advising a friend of mine who was searching for a way forward, having suffered a huge loss in 2014, I had this to say about […]

Highlights of Lessons Learned from 2014

Looking back on blog posts from the past 12 months there was so much to be learned. Here’s a roundup of five lessons learned from 2014. To read on about how I came across these gems of knowledge you can find related blog posts for these particular lessons referenced in their corresponding links. 5. Wearable […]

Why Geek is Chic in 2014

In the 90s super brainy and socially awkward Steve Urkel from the TV sitcom Family Matters was considered the quintessential geek, a character that none of the cool kids in school aspired to be. According to the Oxford Dictionary a geek is defined as, “An unfashionable or socially inept person” or a knowledgeable and obsessive […]