It’s Blue Monday

Feelin’ it today… stayed up too late to watch the moon be its wolfiest…. it was a beautiful, clear night to watch it all happen.  Busy weekend… a little @nuellacharles one of my absolute fav music babes from YEG, wine tasting with a great group! Emails in between… planning for the launch of my VLOG this week on the 23rd.   Looking for talented YEG music peeps to come out to night market in June.

First vendor call is out the door, and a little @garyvee says if you don’t have nothing to say then record your day… 140 stairs, sleepy eyes that coffee doesn’t help, application reviews and typy typy all day long.

AGLC approvals getting closer, Artisian market approval completed… accounting not started, social media posts to be updated… sponsorship requests to go out the door.  That’s just Monday…. sheesh!

Hugs my peeps.

Brrr baby it’s Cold out there!

Today is another day in typy typy land…. glad to be indoors with a -30 0/c wind chill outside.  Being in business means figuring things out yourself, or having a network of people you can call in to assist.

Today, I needed to figure out how to map my domain to my existing word press site.  Thanks to awesome help pages … I think I got that stuff covered.  I will wait 24-72 hours to see how it goes.

Vendor calls to go out this week, wine tastings to be performed… wine to be bought & drank, birthday’s to be celebrated.  All in a weeks work.

What Does A Head Mermaid Do All Day ?

Well, first off…. this Head Mermaid’s side hustle is not her full-time gig… I will get there, and “not one day” if you know what I mean.  This is all training for the beast that will take over.  Mornings start with predawn work on my side hustle, followed by “adulting” involving making breakfasts and lunches for the day, quick cleaning, mothering and scooting out the door.

Today I submitted a proposal, worked on my marketing strategy… plotted and pontificated on permanent space, did some social media.

I take my electric scooter whenever possible as it brings me joy everyday I get to ride it.  Nothing finer than gliding down the street with my back pack on ready to take on the day.  Coffee is packed, food is packed and I will go to typy typy land and try to do a little good for others.

Lunch is spent working on my side hustle, breaks are spent working on my side hustle… Lunch is spent trying to fit some time to get my nail fixed ~ an hour wait sheesh no time for that! Scooting to the Corporate Registry and now I am writing this blog post…

Supper is spent working on my side hustle, I get home and after a little more “adulting” which involves listening to too much @GaryVee lately on podcast while I cook, mothering I go back to more side hustle work.

Everytime I watch a little television.. I can hear Gary screaming in my head… “not successful yet? how much tv do you watch”… well sorry Gary F** U a little….sometimes you just need to recharge the battery… chillax and netflix if you know what I mean.  The back of my brain is always working on my side hustle so it doesn’t really matter anyways… I have to carry a notebook around to write the ideas down as they pop up in my head or they will be lost forever….

Tonight is a charity event to support homeless women… and I think I might just go right to bed when this hump day is over. #justsayin

 

Sometimes it just takes one….New Public Market Bylaws #justsayin

Finally some equity for Public Markets in the City of Edmonton

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On April 23,2018 Just A Little Night Market Ltd., after a 5 year wait was issued the first Public Market Organizer license.  The battle began in 2013, when Just A Little Night Market (NME) became the first public (night) market in the city of Edmonton.  The city had no category for a public markets and this meant NME’s  journey began as a flea market and bore all the headaches associated with operating in a category that does not fit.
In March, NME attended the Urban Planning Committee to speak to Council, the proposed bylaws and highlight how they were not only inequitable but, as well preventing public markets to flourish.  NME was the only public market organizer who attended.  Frustrated by the lack of support from other organizers and the lack of stakeholder engagement NME raised the numerous concerns alone for the benefit of all.
The result?
Five years later, after numerous hurdles, inequitable rules, a lot of frustration and confusion; city Council on April 10, 2018, passed the a new bylaw that better balances the interests of all markets.
What does that mean for Public Markets?
Previous Bylaw
Flea Market
  • Every market vendor requires a business license
  • Food vendor must obtain a business license and provide food made from a commercial kitchen
  • Annual Criminal Records checks for vendors, organizers, managers and representatives
Farmers Market, Festival, Special Event
  • Vendors are not required to obtain a business license
  • Food vendors are not required to obtain a business license
  • Food does not have to be prepared from a commercial kitchen
  • Criminal Records checks are not required
New Bylaw
 
Public Market
  • Artisans are exempt from obtaining a business license
  • Items not handcrafted or cultivated will require a business license
  • Criminal record check has been removed
  • Food vendors do not require a business license
Farmers Market, Festival, Special Event (No changes)
  • Vendors are not required to obtain a business license
  • Food vendors are not required to obtain a business license
  • Food does not have to be prepared from a commercial kitchen
  • Criminal Records checks are not required

Artisan, Public, Farmer… Which Are You?

It is not widely known that in the City of Edmonton there are 3 different types of market categories.  Here’s the down low:

Artisan Market

Artisan market: is where highly person skilled crafts persons market a variety of high-quality, distinctive product in small quantities, which may or may not include food. Many arts and crafts fall under this label.

Food Vendors: Must be made in a commercial kitchen or onsite. Requires licensing by AHS both as a market and food vendor.

Beer & Wine: Can be purchased for takeaway.

Products: Can not include second-hand, or turnkey businesses, ratio applied to artisan vs non-artisan products.

Public Market

Public market: is a diversity of vendor tables. Public markets exist to fulfill a public purpose, showcase a community’s unique character and culture. Public markets may include a mixture of crafts, art, food, antiques and garage sale tables.

Food Vendors: Must be made in a commercial kitchen or onsite. Requires licensing by AHS both as a market and food vendor.

Beer & Wine: Can not be purchased for takeaway.

Products: Can be from any category and type.

Farmer’s Market

Alberta approved farmers’ markets have been approved by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. More than 125 Alberta approved farmers’ markets operate across the province.

Food Vendors: Can be made in your home, no licensing,  no inspections required.

Beer & Wine: Can be purchased for takeaway.

Products: Can not include second-hand goods, ratio applied to hand-made vs non hand-made.

#Just Saying

Today, while lost in the vastness of the internet,  I discovered that our federal government is supporting the US-Canada Alliance for the Advancement of Women in Business. It is a good start. However, I have to admit I am somewhat disappointed because the deep rooted issues that face women in business are not identified in the report. Women need to be taught the small steps first for a measurable impact in the appropriate demographic. They will likely start small businesses and build up. They need basic skill training and networks of women in similar situations. Alas, it seems as if there has been a slight misstep… #justsaying

 

Just Sayn’

I am proud of my family.  We have many firsts.  Maybe this is what drives me to take advantage of the opportunities that I would not have had if my family didn’t decide to be the master of their lives.  It is pretty humbling.  Whenever I think ” I am tired, I should just give up… I can’t … I remember..  My grandpa was on the first black baseball team in Alberta, I have many relatives in this clip.  It keeps me going whenever life gets dark.

Just Sayin’

 

the odds of us being born in the life we have now, here, in Canada are comparable to winning the lotto every week for a year.  Yet, we are always looking at the next step before we enjoy the one we are on.  I distinctly remember “If I could just do ______ insert any goal” and having achieved that goal I am already looking at the step ahead of me thinking ” Well, that step looks so nice, look at what that step has that this one doesn’t, maybe this step is not as good as I thought it was and I really should have thought more about the other one”.  Then the cycle begins, the never ending hamster wheel to more.  In the process we miss enjoying our kids grow up (if they could just be older) or are parents, our partners, our jobs… Funny thing, that monster is insatiable and no matter where you are, how much you achieve, how much money you have there will ALWAYS be someone who has more.  There is no one winner in this race and you will not be declared “World Winner”.

When we slow down and think about what we need to be happy, we are often surprised by how much we really need.  Television, magazines, the news tell you excess is better…. I am not a sheep, so I will vintage shop, not feed the hungry monster who makes us need and then pushes us to show everyone on every form of social media how we are winning.

 

For now, I am going to enjoy the step I am on thank you very much.

I hate to admit it… but yes I liked Seth Godin

Today I listened to a podcast with Seth Godin.  I have to admit I am immediately turned off by anything that “you must see, hear, read” … the popular vote usually is just the sheep agreeing with the masses.  I like to discover things without bias.  I concede, I enjoyed Seth… he made me feel like a genius.  I realized I am an artist. I love his notions about how the world is now defined by how we connect with others.  We have everything at our fingertips, no one says “no” except us to ourselves.  That means that those who connect and giving gifts to others is where it is at.

I agree more is not better.. that is confirmed (to me at least) and by WEM.  How can that mall be busy everyday around the year? I seriously do not need any more shit and I certainly do not believe I am less than because I do not have it.  Does it make you happier? Only until you need the next thing. What matters to me is laughing with others, truly listening to what is in peoples hearts and being a benefit to anyone who needs it.

Thanks Seth… yes, you are awesome!  I kinda want to have a beer with you, Iliza Shlesinger, Chelsea Handler and Lisa.  Cheers.

Just Sayn’

I know what I want in my life.  I am lucky to work on my own dreams and not someone else’s.  I love what I do.  I am so fortunate to live where I can (and have) go to school, work, dream and build the life of my choosing.  We all have this opportunity living in Canada.  We are referred to as the “Canadian Dream”, surpassing the US in education, home ownership, longevity and better health outcomes at half the price.

130 million women around the world are uneducated.  They do not have the same choices.  Being a global citizen comes with the responsibility of caring for all the people, not just some.  An educated women is 6x more likely not to become a child bride.  It seems like a simple solution to me… give education.

Tomorrow, March 08, 2017, is international women’s day.  I stand beside my ONE colleagues to be a voice for women to have access to education.