What the Winspiration Day Speakers Want You to Know

Winspiration Day Vancouver 2018 is less than three weeks away, and we’re so excited to share our speakers’ thoughts with you! We asked our speakers to describe why they are drawn to the globally-celebrated Winspiration Day (why they agreed to speak) in 75 words or less, and this is what they came up with:

Meet the Speakers for Winspiration Day 2018!

Vancouver: we told you we would announce this year’s speakers very soon, and we’re keeping our promise!

Here are the 5 voices you’ll hear at this year’s conference: Global TV’s Coleen Christie, marketing guru Christian Lind, writer Bill Crow, comedian Stephen O’Keefe, and our very own host and business coach Doris Orr!

Coleen Christie

Coleen is excited to share her story, her hopes, her dreams, and her fears. She’s gained prominence and success in an industry which seemed an impossible unreachable dream—and it’s great that she’s already had a chance to share some of her insights as a TEDx Vancouver 2014 speaker!

Christian Lind

Christian is incredibly humble and unpretentious, yet he has incredible depth with an inconceivable range of talents and passions that have led to him doing truly extraordinary things. He continues to dream big and strives to realize his amazing goals.

Bill Crow

Bill has such a great story: a very successful lawyer for more than 20 years, he felt like there was more to life than what he was living. Following his passion of writing, Bill has a great way of telling his story, which included big bumps along his dream journey.

Stephen O’Keefe

Stephen is an amazing person, an incredible role model, and truly an inspiration to all who know him. Born profoundly deaf, he fought the odds of being told he’d never be able to speak, and now he shares his incredible story of becoming a stand-up comedian. Stephen is also a TEDx alumni who spoke at TEDx Stanley Park in 2016.

Doris Orr

This is the first year that Doris will be a speaker as well as our host. The topic of dreams and fulfilling dreams is key to her life purpose which is helping others find and live in their full potential—dreams and dreaming BIG is her starting point for this!

Each one of these speakers are ordinary people having an extraordinary impact on those around them. It is truly an honour to have this incredible speakers’ lineup for our 2018 Winspiration Vancouver’s Your Tomorrow Starts Today!

Remember: this year’s conference will be held at the Vancouver Rowing Club; tickets are $25 and can be purchased on Eventbrite, now.

For up-to-date information on Winspiration Day Vancouver 2018, visit our website often, and get social with us on Twitter and Facebook.

Dare to embark upon a personal journey to dream big and to feel empowered to make your dreams your new reality.

See you there!

Where Will YOU Be in 20 Years?

With planning for this year’s Winspiration Day Vancouver officially under way and off to an exciting start, we’ve been thinking about long-term goals.

While it’s incredibly important to have short-term goals, long-term ones are key to keeping us focused on the bigger picture: what do we want out of life?

Or, in the case of this blog post, where do you see yourself in 20 years?

This is an important question. You see, people generally don’t just stumble upon increased health and happiness. We need to pursue it—to work hard for what we want. When we do, anything is attainable.


In 20 years, where will you be? What’s your dream job, and how do you get it? Where is your favourite place on Earth, and how do you get there? Will you be surrounded by family, or do you prefer solitude? How do you achieve what makes you excited, happy, and inspired?

Short-term goals are the stepping stones to achieving something bigger—the long-term plan. And the plan can change, but the focus on being the best version of yourself and living the life of your dreams should remain relatively unwavering.

20 years from now puts us at 2038. It sounds like it’s really far away, but think about this: where were you 20 years ago? How old were you? What were you doing and thinking and dreaming of, then?

How close are you now to whatever the long-term goal was then? Have things changed or remained somewhat the same? If tomorrow will be yesterday in two days from now, then 20 years from now will eventually pass and become 20 years ago, as well.

What do you want? Where will YOU be in 20 years?

Leave us a comment and let us know, then plan to attend Winspiration Day 2018 on May 6th at the Vancouver Rowing Club. Tickets are only $25 and available on Eventbrite HERE.


Nurturing Your Active Dreams

What is a dream?

It’s an interesting question, because there are two definitions: the first refers to a semi-conscious state we achieve (hopefully) during sleep each night. The second refers to something more active; something that’s rooted in mindful thought, combined with hope and intent and perseverance.

For example, one could say they had a dream about starting their own business and mean that they literally dreamt of a business startup during sleep, but it’s not what they actually want.

Someone else could utter the exact same sentence and mean that it’s been their absolute life’s need and want and hope to open their own business, and that they are actively working on what it takes to get there.

Two different meanings when we talk about dreams—we want to discuss active dreaming: the second kind of dream.

How does one nurture their active dreams? We have a few ideas:

Purposeful Guidance

We don’t mean guidance from another; we’re talking about literally guiding your dream to fruition, like raising a child. No one will do it better than you, so trust yourself to know that you have the power to create the currently intangible.

We all have the ability to take an idea and turn it into reality!

Unwavering Hope

Hope is requirement when it comes to dreams. You must believe in the possibility of success–to have faith that if you work hard enough to achieve your dreams, that the universe will eventually provide because it has to. Because you’re forcing your dreams in the direction of creation, and never giving up.

Lack of hope breeds negativity, and negatively will suffocate your dreams faster than anything else. You must remain positive in knowing that you’re capable.

Hard Work

You gotta work at those dreams!

Arduous work and a lot of elbow grease is what gets the job done, and those who are willing to put in the time and effort and keep going despite everything will be more successful in bringing their active dreams to reality.

Good things generally take time to develop.

Unparalleled Perseverance

(Otherwise known as resiliency and grit.)

Perseverance is the singular difference between those who strive for more and want something really bad, and those who manage to actually attain it. The ability to let setbacks roll off their shoulders and view minute failures as stepping stones is key to dream nurturing.

But there’s more.

Possessing the ability to focus on a long-term outcome and create a life that’s conducive to its success is a major game-changer when it comes to achieving dreams.

Psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth speaks on the importance of grit (perseverance) in relation to lifelong success in achieving one’s dreams; you can view her TED Talk below.

So what’s holding you back? What’s propelling you ahead?

Identifying what motivates and inspires you to keep moving forward with your dreams is a great way to not lose sight of the end game: those dreams becoming reality. Need some inspiration? Join us on May 6th to talk more about dreams and how people achieve them.

Your tomorrow starts TODAY.

Purpose, Motivation, Action

We’re 7 months away from Winspiration Day 2018, and our event planning team has been meeting to discuss possible themes for next year and what we want to inspire within our Vancouver community!

One of the possible threads we’ve been exploring is the idea of purpose, motivation, and action—the linear line of mindful choice that leads to inspiration. Let’s explore this idea a little further:


Bringing an idea to reality is what we consider action. Whether that idea is to unload your dishwasher, sign up for a class, or start volunteering, action is what propels you to go further. Nothing can begin without it; action is the beginning.

In a past blog post, we wrote about the common misconception that motivation inspires actions. In fact, action is what prompts what comes next:


The motivation to do something or make a change comes from action. You begin to do something, is makes you feel good in some way, and that motivates you to continue or take it to another level.

The key is to start. If you don’t start, nothing is accomplished.


Once you’ve acted and felt motivated to continue, then comes purpose. For example, say you decide to further your education, so you sign up for fall classes at your community college.

That’s action.

Then, during those classes, you meet others and develop relationships with your instructors and love your environment, and all this prompts you to finish the semester and register for another one.

You’re now motivated.

And because you’re motivated to finish school, you can see the light at the end of the tunnel—you’re working towards something for a reason.

That’s purpose.

Here’s another example: you decide to do laundry because you have nothing to wear (action). This leads to cleaning your bathroom and making your bed (motivation), which results in spending a couple of hours on housework so that your entire home is clean for the weekend (purpose).

In your own life, how have you used action, motivation, and purpose (whether it be intentionally or unintentionally) to propel yourself to complete a project, strive towards a better life, or inspire yourself to follow your dreams?

This is one of the concepts we want to touch base on, on Winspiration Day 2018. Whether it be community, family, or employment-focused, we want to hear your stories.

Purpose, motivation, Action. What’s yours?

Finding Personal Inspiration in Seasonal Change

Autumn is (almost) upon us, and the cooler weather and warmer colours often produces change in mood and outlook. For many, it’s a positive change: September is correlated with crisp mornings, back-to-school excitement, and some much-needed coziness.

But for equally as many, fall may feel a little depressing. The sunlight is a little scarcer, days get shorter, and not to quote Game of Thrones on purpose, but winter is coming.

For those of us who need to actively look for personal inspiration during these autumn months, here are some ideas that may help:

Change Within Ourselves is Reflected Within the Seasons

As seasonal changes occur, so do changes within ourselves. It’s interesting, because each season can be perceived as representing what we experience within the seasons of our lives. The late and great American writer Henry David Thoreau described it best:

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth…things do not change; we change.” –On Walden Pond

This knowledge provides us with an excellent excuse to look within ourselves and find what emotions may be present. If seasonal changes are something that we perceive as stressful, then perhaps they represent stresses that were already present and bubbling to the forefront.

Instead of hunkering down or running, take this as an opportunity to face these stresses and try to minimize them.

The End is Also the Beginning

However we choose to look at the end of the year, it’s helpful to perceive it as a beginning, not actually an end—as an opportunity for change, because the world around us is also in flux.

Why not join in a conscious way that’s healthy and purposeful?

It’s the end of summer warmth, but the beginning of autumn’s fresh, crispness! Challenge yourself to find the good in the new season, and to recognize what this season represents for various animal and plant species.

“Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.” –Samuel Butler

The Growing Darkness is Necessary for Reflection

It is a fact that without the dark, we cannot appreciate the light. When autumn brings shorter days and more darkness, take advantage of it! Interesting and unexpected things happen in the dark—there’s more time for planning, strategizing, and project completion.

Use the shorter days to your advantage!

By the same token, you can choose to mindfully slow down, hibernate a bit, and recharge. If your days are traditionally crazy and full of stress, then allow yourself to take a step back and enjoy the early shadows that autumn affords us.

If you think you’ll still have trouble with the seasonal changes that fall brings, visit our website to drum up some inspiration. Winspiration Day 2018 is on May 7th—sign up for our newsletter for more information.



The Difference Between Motivation and Inspiration

Winspiration, is, of course, a play on the word inspiration. Inspiration is something that is difficult to cultivate yourself, though, which is why it’s so important to find a local community of like-minded people (your tribe) who can help you to recognize inspiration when it makes an appearance.

Inspiration is also closely tied to motivation. Often, the words ‘inspire’ and ‘motivate’ are exchanged closely, and although they are similar in terms of positive action, they are also intrinsically different.


Well, one would have a challenging time inspiring his or herself, but can be self-motivated. But here’s the thing: motivation comes from within and builds with action. In other words, action comes first, and then passion follows.

Cultivating Motivation

“Once something is a passion, the motivation is there.” –Michael Schumacher

For example, picture yourself cleaning your home or car or office. You start the process out of necessity, but you keep it up and gain momentum—motivation—by experiencing the positive results of your work.

If you can’t relate to this scenario, then how about the example of writing an essay or completing a work project.

We may be excited to begin, but our motivation for finishing comes from within: we begin working and are encouraged by our progress and/or we see the light at the end of the tunnel and become motivated to finish so we can be done with the work.

How It’s Connected

This year’s Winspiration Day was full of positive thoughts, ideas, and personal stories communicated to us by our speakers and hosts. Although we felt motivated at the end of the day, only a percentage of us started something because of that feeling of motivation. When that happened, the feeling gave way to actual motivation, which helped us complete the tasks we set out to do.

The people who felt motivated but did not act upon this feeling never got started. In not acting, those of us who left that day feeling high on life and inspiration did not get to experience the actual motivation that was experienced by those who put feelings into action and received the subsequent reward(s).

Bottom Line

Our advice is this: just start. Just do. Just go and go and soon you’ll want to go farther and faster and you’ll become stronger and happier. If you never start, you can’t finish. If you never begin, you’ll never experience actual motivation.

You make a choice, and then that choice leads to motivation through action.


Starting a Conversation with a Homeless Person

On Winspiration Day Vancouver this year (May 7th), we had the privilege of being spoken to by Trish Garner, Community Organizer for the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition. Her words, as one would imagine, were powerful but simple: talk to a homeless person. Start a conversation. Ask them their name, where they came from, and how they’re doing.

The simple act of treating a homeless person as a human being can evoke incredible and unexpected reactions. Many people don’t realize that for someone living on the street, questions or conversations about their well-being and who they are and what they’re interested in may not occur for months or even years.

When’s the last time that man on the corner of your street uttered his name to anyone? Find out!

We take our friends’ and families’ and coworkers’ interest in us for granted, and because it’s something we don’t typically go without, we don’t notice when others don’t receive the same privilege.

Trish urged us to start a conversation, and to not walk by without making eye contact. In Vancouver (especially in the Downtown Eastside), it’s easy to ignore others’ suffering because our city is busy, and as locals, we become desensitized to the presence of those without homes.

But we need to be inclusive. We’re all people. We all want and deserve the same basic life essentials, such as safety, shelter, food, and social outlets. There are programs in place to provide our community‘s growing homeless population with a few of these things, but having a conversation with someone who hasn’t been able to tell their story is a priceless and unique gift that is offered far less than it should be.

Trish recently reached out to take her challenge further:

“After starting a conversation with a homeless person, if you want to do more, I invite you to dinner through our Connections program where we treat you and someone in poverty to dinner together. The goal is not to help them. The goal is to know them in a small way, and to know yourself in a different way. Connections between people is what life is all about. Make a connection across the line. And let yourself be moved to action.”

So let’s not forget what Trish asked of us on May 7th—let’s actively ensure we all start a conversation—the conversation. The only conversation that might matter to someone who is desperate to just be treated as someone.

Get chatting, Vancouver—you’ve been challenged. Start a conversation with a homeless person, and if you feel so inclined, take it a step further by checking out the Connections program offered by the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition.


27 Ways to Find Inspiration This Summer

Winspiration Day 2017 might be over, but that doesn’t mean the inspiration needs to cease! How are we applying all of those incredible ideas and theories and inspiring stories we heard on May 7th to our everyday lives? How can we live with practical purpose for the next season of life?

For those of us who might need another little push before the summer formally commences, here are 27 ways to find inspiration throughout the summer:

Find Inspiration Once a Day:

  • Incorporate a 5-minute meditation into your day
  • Practice deep breathing
  • Ask yourself what you’re grateful for
  • Remind yourself you are a being of love
  • Spend time in silence
  • Dance to music for 5 minutes

Find Inspiration Once a Week:

  • Watch a TED Talk
  • Search up inspirational quotes
  • Go for a hike by yourself
  • Walk alone
  • Complete a 30-minute guided meditation
  • Attend a yoga class
  • Talk to a homeless person

Find Inspiration Once a Month:

  • Don’t talk for an entire day
  • Fast on water and herbal tea
  • Complete one home improvement project (big or small)
  • Read a book from beginning to end
  • Have a completely screen-free day
  • Treat yourself to something indulgent

Find Inspiration Once this Summer:

  • Identify what is holding you back from living your dreams, and then take steps to let that go
  • Travel by yourself
  • Write a bucket list
  • Create a vision board
  • Create a bullet journal
  • Volunteer somewhere
  • Create a photo book using images you’ve taken yourself on posted on your Instagram page
  • Apply for your dream job

We hope these ideas help you find inspiration throughout your summer; please feel free to leave a comment about your experiences below! Check out our website for new tidbits of information about Winspiration Day Vancouver 2018, and remember to stay social with us throughout the summer on Facebook and Twitter.

Happy summer, Vancouver!