Hi there. My name is Gord. You’ll soon get to know me well through the experiences and thoughts–both professional and personal–that I will share through this blog. This isn’t my first blog, but since I’ve started on a new career path in recent years, it only makes sense that my digital footprint should also reflect this. That’s me over there (or above if you’re viewing this on a mobile device), doing one of my favourite activities. That’s a walleye. It was delicious. I also hate taking selfies. But if there’s a fish involved, I’ll make an exception!
In addition to fishing, I also love camping, hiking, photography, DJing, music production, and reading epic fantasy novels (I’m also a fan of Stephen King). I’ve also dabbled in a bit of stained glass in the past and took piano lessons for 10 years when I was young. Recently I have returned to school and I am 2 years away from earning an advanced diploma in Advertising and Marketing Communications Management at Algonquin College. Prior to that I have a background in both web/graphic design and telecommunications, with a couple years of Social Media marketing as well. This blog is part of one of my courses there, but my intent is to continue using this blog throughout my professional career.
I’m pretty excited about the prospects the advertising industry holds for my future, and have learned while going through my first year of this program that I’ve finally landed into something that I truly love doing. Incidentally, my main focus of interest is on the creative side of the business. Doing creative things has been my life blood so it is only natural that my choice of career path reflect this as well.
Back to a little more about me. I’m approaching the 9th year of marriage and we have three children, 2 cats, 1 turtle and 4 fish–one of which is a prime suspect in a multiple homicide investigation. In order to keep things relatively private I’ll be referring to my family as W (my wife), L (15 yo), A (6 yo), and O (3yo). At least until I have a severe memory lapse and blow the whole thing wide open.
I’ve also just recently started a Ketogenic diet, which was originally used to treat epilepsy, but in recent years has been becoming widely popular as a way to lose weight and improve general health and wellbeing. I’m on day two, and I have to admit, it’s awful. I feel like a stiff, foul-tempered, drunk, exhausted slug who aches everywhere. That’s normal though, because I’ve been consuming massive amounts of carbs in my regular diet and my body is telling me how much I suck for doing this to it. This feeling should end in less than two weeks, then its off to the races. About three years ago, I did a similar diet called the Whole 30 challenge, and nearly made it the full 30 days until I couldn’t stand it any longer and had to eat cake–or else. I’ll be sharing some posts about my progress as I program better eating habits into my daily regime. Here’s yesterday’s lunch, and this morning’s breakfast.
Here’s some more photos I’ve taken in the last month of some things that bring me joy.
One final note. I thought while at the concert shown above that Canadian Tire sure did a good job making that logo visible. Someone in their marketing department definitely thought that one through.