End Of An Era - Toronto FC 2016

Toronto FC - 2016 Media Accreditation Access.

Jozy Altidore (USA). Sebastian Giovinco (ITL).

I wish that when I had this access I knew more so I could do more with my skills and the images I would have an opportunity to capture. I didn’t know what I didn’t know, but I loved every moment of this access.

I might be late with this - Laundry Hub?

Toronto’s eco-friendly, on-demand laundry service that takes care of your laundry so you can spend time doing what you love.

They’re basically the Uber or AirBNB of the laundry and dry cleaning service world. There entire mantra or idea is create more time for their customers or users while they get your laundry done. So thats pick up and dropping off of your laundry and/or dry cleaning.

As if I’m getting paid for this post, I used the service cause I knew I didn’t have the time deal with some dry cleaning that I’ve been sitting on, but I also really needed a few pieces to be dealt with asap.

Here’s my take on Laundry Hub after a few tries of the service:

  1. It’s pretty convenient.

  2. Super easy to use - Scheduling a pick and delivery time is no work at all.

  3. It’s an on demand service. I only paid for what I need so no registration fee or monthly charge.

You when I hate doing laundry the most? Fresh off a vacation or a trip and after a crazy week of work and going to gym.

Check them out via www.laundryhub.ca.

Don’t Force It

“Don’t try to force anything. Let life be a deep let-go. God opens millions of flowers every day without forcing their buds.” —Osho

As human beings on this earth, it’s inevitable that we’ll face ups and downs. In business and in life in general, when things go wrong, it can feel like everything is coming crashing down at once. We’ve all been there before, where you get over one hump, only to realize that there’s a bigger wall to be scaled ahead of you.

After speaking to several friends facing a variety of issues last week, I was reminded that no one can control life’s stresses. We can only control 1) our mindset and 2) the way we deal with them. When going through a rough patch, it’s critical to persevere through it and not try to force things to work in your favour.

The definition of per·se·ver·ance is “persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.

This week, remember that a delay is not denial. Don’t force it, be a force through it.

Sincerely,

CourtneyTRL | #CTRLyourweek


What’s in your Secret Sauce?

“Insist upon yourself, be original.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

When McDonald’s franchise owner Jim Delligatti first came up with his triple patty burger creation in 1967, he needed the perfect sauce to finish it off. By 1968, the Big Mac was launched nationally, featuring the delicious, creamy sauce. 

Despite using two variations of the sauce for years; in 1974, the name “Special Sauce” came into existence. The recipe was further tweaked in 1991 and stayed that way until 2004 when Fred Turner, who worked alongside founder Ray Kroc, wanted it changed back.

After tracking down the original formula in the McDonald’s archives, Turner contacted the original supplier who developed the Special Sauce years ago, and the recipe was returned.

I shared this story because, today we live in a world where it seems like everyone has the blueprint or recipe for success. On social media, we see others winning at what they do and it’s not uncommon to see several people winning at the same thing. While one hundred people may be doing the same thing, what sets them apart and the reason they can all be successful in their own right, is their “secret sauce”. The unique value proposition that only they have.

So what’s in your secret sauce? What’s in you that makes you, your brand, company or vision stand out from the rest? Like McDonald’s, you may find that you tweak it over time but ultimately something always brings you back to what makes you truly original.

This week, think about your secret sauce. How is it packaged and why must people get their hands on it?

Sincerely,

CourtneyTRL | #CTRLyourweek