Rdio Export (to Spotify)

Rdio has been my main music machine for the past 3 years. I joined back in January 2012 and they have added so much joy to my life! Music matters, folks!

So if you haven’t heard… Rdio has been acquired (by Pandora) and it’s been shut down (insert super sad face here). (In other music streaming news… Songza will be evolving to Google Play Music in January 2016. :/ They were acquired by Google back in 2014).

So what to do if you’ve been a loyal Rdio fan?

  • Tweet them some love! Gratitude matters! Say thank you via #RdioFarewell!
  • Export your playlists out of Rdio
  • Import your playlists into Spotify

What’s the best (ie. simplest) way to export and import?

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On Repeat

A friend of a friend aka a coworker’s friend aka my internet friend… is named Rob Masefield (more commonly known as, Masey). So Rob and I have never met, but he regularly lands in my inbox with a touch of musical tunes and two doses of soul. Yep, Rob is the music lover behind #MusicMonday – five fresh tracks delivered to you (from Brisbane, Australia!) weekly.

I’m not sure who originally talked me into subscribing to #MusicMonday (likely Michelle, Katie or Jen – bless their souls), but it was one of the best decisions EVER. I have always loved music, but never been tapped into best of the best. Seriously, I think I used to put poison in my ears. I won’t even tell you what I listened to throughout most of my 20’s, but think of the absolute worst and then you’re probably on the right track. And uh yeah {insert transparency here}, I still have Kesha on my 10k run playlist… “because your love, your love, your love is my drug”  ♫ ♪. Forgive me Rob, for I have sinned. ;)

Nowadays, I get lost in music. It calms me to my core. Hours past by and I don’t even realize that I’ve been listening to the same song on repeat.  I keep my eyes on new artists performing at intimate venues. I get caught up in concerts – talented musicians doing what they love fills my heart to the brim.

When a day is going to shit, I crave my headphones. Give me music and all will be well again. Music has turned bad days to good days. Music has turned good days to great days.

Music has been my sanctuary.

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” – Plato

Rob, thank you for continually filling my inbox with musical delights.  Much gratitude to you. xo

PS – A few tracks that I can’t get enough of:

A Great Big World – Say Something

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James Vincent McMorrow – Higher Love

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Bear Mountain – Congo

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… also regularly on my playlist: Lumineers, Passenger, Passion Pit, Angus & Julia Stone, The XX, Bahamas, St. Lucia, Lighthouse & the Whalers, Imagine Dragons, Of Monsters & Men, Ben Howard, Van She, Evening Hymns, Josh Pyke, Tegan & Sara, The Paper Kites, Said the Whale, Michael Franti and Kodaline. Love love.

Going Against the Grain

Sometimes when I’m hiding out from the world… {also known as laying in my bed on a Sunday afternoon with my iPhone on silent}… :)

I listen to John Hiatt – Have a Little Faith in Me on repeat.

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Recently I was thinking about why I love this song so much… {…totally gave myself a complex.}

Is it as straightforward as wanting someone to have faith in me?

Or is it because I really want to be understood? I really want people to believe in why I do what I do?

I’m not sure.

For the majority of my life, I’ve felt alone.

I’ve felt like no one understands me.

A colleague recently said to me:

I understand feeling misunderstood.

It’s easy to feel that way when you’re challenging convention.

Simple.

In my day to day, I often don’t feel like I’m ‘challenging convention.’ I feel like I’m doing what I need to do. This week I spoke with a few colleagues in the HR profession about our industry. We were talking about HR roles in organizations and I approached the conversation as my usual balls to the wall self. The conversation hit me smack in the face, continually reinforcing that I don’t fit in my profession.

HR isn’t progressive, proactive or entrepreneurial. And I want it to be. 

I often think, do I leave the profession — or do I change it?

In the past few years, I’ve begun to meet like-minded people. I’ve finally been able to identity with a community of people who relate to my want to challenge past history. To change the way we handle our day to day. To rethink what we work towards. To focus on on what matters. To do what you love. {By the way, I totally think the more you put yourself out there, the more people you find who are just like you.}

In the last 24 hours, I’ve had the opportunity to attend Startup Canada’s Grand Finale and TEDxSFU (via live stream). I learned from many notable change makers, but a few who hit my heart were Terry McBride, Natacha Beim and Mark Brand.

All three of them continually challenge the status quo. They’re all in completely different fields — but all headed in the same direction. They don’t see barriers or challenges as negatives, they see them as opportunities. They dream big. They achieve one goal and they create another. They push forward making their mark on the community and the lives that they touch.

Natacha said something to the effect of… “When you think differently, everyone questions it. Then you doubt yourself and think you’re wrong. You think to yourself — how can everyone else in the industry be wrong and I’m the right one?” {…story of my life}. For whatever reason you do this self-talk, but the fuel in you keeps you going. You know what’s not working and you know you have to change it. You listen to your voice, push forward… challenging the norm.

“Being remarkable requires the strength of character and courage to stand alone, to go against the tide of criticism, but the reward is greater than riches—it is the satisfaction that you have stood up to be counted, you have brought positive change to your own life, your profession, your world.”

Going against the grain is what will make the world a better place to live.

Embrace the people around you who are just doing their thing.

Have a little faith that one day — they just might change the world.

Gangnam, What?

Things I don’t understand in this world…

Part 1:

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Part 2:

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Part 3:

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Gangnam is a district in Korea? Psy is pronounced ‘Sai?’

This brilliant post is brought to you by Wednesday. Very long bizarro day.

PS – I hope Jeph Maystruck reads this blog — excellent podcast topic.

Music Matters

Picture by: http://JEvansPhotography.com

This weekend was incredible. On Saturday I headed up to Squamish to volunteer with Keep A Breast Canada’s education team at LIVE at Squamish. The lineup for the music festival included: The Tragically Hip, City & Colour, Mother Mother, Chromeo, The Sheepdogs, Lights, LP, The Airborne Toxic Event, Wintersleep, Mark Farina and more. A total of 40 artists/bands and 20,000 people — over 2 and a half days.

The plan was that I would help Keep A Breast Canada for few hours each afternoon and then get to take in the festival at night. A few friends were up for the weekend — and Miss Katie S working the event — so I knew it would be a gooder.

The weekend flew by and before you knew it, Sunday night came along and Katie talked me into staying an extra night. Best decision.

The band that I was most looking forward to was City & Colour. Swoon. We headed over to the Bacardi Canada beer gardens to soak up Dallas and the boys over a few glasses of wine. City & Colour are the type of band that make my heart full. Warm fuzzy full. They played a great set on the Stawamus stage — and then we headed over to the Garibaldi stage for the final artist of the night, DJ Mark Farina. We danced our hearts out in the rain and had one hell of a good time.

A few hours later we ended up at the after party where DJ Henry Mah filled the room with solid beats in preparation for the mighty Mark Farina closing down the night. Music, dancing {and a few yoga moves} consumed the evening. City & Colour joined us for the after party and it was great to have some one on one time with Dallas and the band — such a solid crew!

The party continued until the wee hours. Katie and I woke up this morning to mighty big headaches, pleading with each other for food and caffeine. The conclusion: shut the curtains — and wow, that was a fun night.

Last night I had an opportunity to get to know a few incredible people. Here’s what I know…

People come into your life for a reason, season or lifetime.

Yep they do.

Everything happens for a reason.

Yep it does.

Happiness is the ultimate goal.

Figure out what you need — and just be. You deserve to — be.

Thank you to LIVE at Squamish and Brand Live Group for an incredible weekend.

Headed to bed with a full heart. Until next time… xx

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Beauty and her Walls

Last night I had a conversation that went something like this:

Me: Hi boyfriend!

Him: Hi beauty! {actually it was “kid” but beauty sounds way better}

<< Insert random cute chit chat >>

Him: You’re a heartbreaker.

Me: Oui.

Him: Trust is hardball with you. Why the walls?

<< Insert heavy discussion >>

<< And more >>

<< And more >>

Aye.

Earlier this year I blogged on men, relationships and trust. Two to Tango was the topic… and I touched on dating, emotional baggage, crazy women, crazy men and moving on. It generally takes me a long time to write each post — and that one took me an exceptionally long time. It was an opportunity to reflect on my past relationships, learn from the past and close a chapter. Reflecting and writing is how I move forward.

This guy {who isn’t actually my boyfriend by the way} pegged me exactly right. He saw right through my texts and right into my heart. He read my mind and called me out on my shit {which by the way… that’s super refreshing}. In a few sentences, I downloaded my baggage {call it whatever you want, it’s still baggage}… promised him I wasn’t actually crazy… and hoped for the best.

If I trust you, I’ll tell you anything. I’ll tell you the good, the bad, the awesome and the overwhelming.

Everyone has history. Everyone has baggage. Everyone has that thing that sticks with them.

Don’t let your baggage define you.

This guy told me it’s really quite simple:

People want to love you. 

All you gotta do is let them in.

Assuming ” the Boyfriend” still reads my blog and hasn’t unsubscribed yet… :)  Thank you for pushing me.  Thank you for listening. Thank you for showing me the light.

Thank you for being you.

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In other news, my super amazing and super pregnant friend, Jen, sent me this song this week:

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SUPER LOVE for Ed Sheeran.

Like so much so that I have listened to Wake Me Up 112 times this week …just might be a crazy card actually.

PS – Also a fan of Drunk and Small Bump. Enjoy.

A Little Escape

Grateful for conversation.

Grateful for life lessons.

Grateful for a new friend.

Grateful for being giving a moment to escape.

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Tonight I went to heaven.

And it meant the world.

Giveaway: Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project

The Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project is an ambitious attempt to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience on the same night all over the globe. On Saturday November 12, Vancouver will host the Canadian Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project with a one-of-a kind Vietnamese themed event taking place at the Salt Building in downtown Vancouver, headlined by world-renowned Canadian DJ A-TRAK and Saigon’s DJ Jase. The Salt Building will be transformed to recreate the heart of Vietnam’s urban lifestyle where the hipster and Bui (street style) scene collide, including a Vietnamese market brought to life, with fresh food karts, a karaoke booth, a souvenir shop and a clothing market.

I’ve been given two pairs of tickets and I want to give them to you!

It’s easy to enter:

  • Tweet or Re-Tweet “Win a pair of tix to the #SmirnoffXchange Project in Vancouver on Nov 12: http://wp.me/pQ9jN-mh via @jillianwalker RT to Enter!”
  • Leave a comment below telling me why you want to attend this event!

Two pairs of tickets are up for grabs. Winners will be selected at random.

Contest closes November 9th at 12pm PST.

Please note: Entry is subject to capacity, so guests must arrive by 10:30pm for guaranteed entry.

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