While I’ve (mostly) been managing to keep up with consulting and writing, I’ve also spent about seven weeks on the road so far this year. I’ve been lucky to visit Belize, Sicily and New York, as well as three Canadian winter destinations: Silver Star, BC; Canmore, AB; and Le Massif, QC. Watch for stories in the Globe and Mail, Sweat Equity, Vitamin Daily, Travel and Escape and Best Health.
Pick up the January/February issue of Sweat Equity at stores including Chapters/Indigo for my piece on learning to ski – a process that is still ongoing, a year after that first trip.
And in the winter issue of Ensemble Vacations, available at affiliated travel agents, my piece on Penticton, B.C., distillery Maple Leaf Spirits, a must-visit if you’re in the area.
Look for the January issue of Reader’s Digest – yoga teacher Eoin Finn is on the cover – and flip to page 36 for my travel piece on hit TV show Downton Abbey. I was in England in September and visited a few key spots that are featured in the piece, including Bampton Village, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and Highclere Castle, which stands in for Downton Abbey itself in the show. You’ll find this photo I took of the castle in the story as well. Happy (almost) New Year!
Some fun news for winter: I’ve been working with HarperCollins on a pair of short lifestyle ebooks and they’re now available for pre-order on Kindle and iBooks. Why Diets Don’t Work is based on a story I wrote for Glow that appeared this summer; Meditation: A Beginner’s Journey started with a story you might have seen in the June issue of Chatelaine. Thanks to HarperCollins for giving me the chance to experiment in the ebook space and for designing such excellent covers. You know you want
one two or three!
The unseasonably warm weather in Toronto the past couple days had me thinking of summer – and especially, of my time in Whistler attending yoga festival Wanderlust in August, the story about which has just come out in the November/December issue of Sweat Equity. Check it out, on newsstands (I just spotted it at Whole Foods today) and in Lululemon stores.
• In addition to my duties as new media editor for Food & Drink, I’m now contributing a regular front-of-book piece, Trendspotting. You can see the first iteration in the autumn issue, out now.
• Other stories out this fall include a piece on energy in the September Reader’s Digest, a fall travel feature in Sweat Equity and a look at Ontario apples in Fresh Juice.
• Also coming up: a couple of consulting projects for Magazines Canada, some deadlines for awesome stories to appear in 2013, a 99.9%-confirmed amazing food-oriented trip back to Europe in October and the first distance-ed version of my web editorial class at Ryerson, beginning October 27.
In the July issue of Chatelaine, I wrote the Do Diet piece on eating for happiness. (My favourite? The cherry-almond smoothie.) And in the July issue of Flare, a piece on the truth behind yoga injuries – plus I’m proud to be one of the featured contributors in the issue.
Also watch for the summer issue of Sweat Equity, in which I profile the raw-food cleanse at Rawlicious and highlight some upcoming fit events, including Lululemon’s Seawheeze half marathon in Vancouver in August and the Wanderlust yoga festival in Whistler, also in August.
Last year I did a lot of tweeting from my sessions at MagNet, Canada’s magazine conference, so this year they asked me to be the official conference live-tweeter from the @MagNetCanada handle. Unfortunately the technology doesn’t exist yet for me to attend every session, so I had to pick and choose, but I think I managed to cover a decent variety of topics. It was a busy week but very enjoyable – if you want to catch up on the conference you can check out the tweets from @MagNetCanada or browse the conference hashtag at #magnet12.
One of my main projects this year has been helping Allergic Living magazine with their digital properties, including social media. The primary goal is to increase awareness of the magazine – which is targeted at people with food allergies and gluten issues, and their families – among its potential audience, and turn them into regular website readers and subscribers to the print edition. Strategies we’ve been working on include search engine optimization (on the editorial side), social media optimization and staff training. And last night, the Facebook page made it to 7,000 likes, an achievement we’re pretty proud of. (Incidentally, if food allergies, celiac disease or gluten intolerance is relevant to you or someone you know, you should check out Allergic Living – it’s a very supportive community for people who really do need it.)
I’m pretty thrilled to have stories in not one, not two, but three excellent June issues, all on newsstands now:
• Canadian Living: “@canadian_living Guide to #JobHunting in a Digital World”
• Chatelaine: “Yes, You Can Master Meditation”
• Flare: “Baby (Road) Bumps: The surprising causes of infertility”
All also available on your iPad for the paper haters. Enjoy!