Are you a Force of Personality?

  TALENT gets you noticed, MAYBE and looks, sure, for a moment. But the only thing that gets you a seat at the table in this town, is FORCE OF PERSONALITY I’m talking about complete and utter confidence in WHO YOU ARE. When you have that, people are drawn to you–they don’t know why–but suddenly they NEED you. And they will turn their lives inside out, to BE with you. But you have to ... Continue Reading

5 Steps To a Design Career Without the Formal Education

via HGTV My Mom was going out of town this past weekend but I received a text from her at 5:19 AM Saturday morning. If you’re not a Fin, you won’t be able to read half of this so I’ll translate. “Maria, come visit, I’m watching some amazing ted talks.” “But you’re going?” (I thought she was leaving really early)  “Not for two hours, come now”. “Do you have coffee?” Yes. ... Continue Reading

On Success, Compromise, and Living Your Dream

As some of you know, I just came back from a 3-week trip to Italy, something I’ve been talking and dreaming about on this blog ever since I started writing it almost 7 years ago. Two years ago, I got really close to going when Terreeia told me she had some friends who were going to be at their house in Italy. We could stay there and tour around. It seemed ... Continue Reading

Happiness is. . . Asking the Right Question

{image source} I have a new subscription to Next on my iPad, so it was pretty easy to click on the latest issue of Fortune Magazine where Toni Robbins was on the cover.  They were calling him the CEO Whisperer. I was struck by this excerpt from his latest book Money: Master the Game, which is due to be released this month, so I thought I’d share it with you. {image ... Continue Reading

Update on Aimee’s (Pink Beige) House!

I just want you to know, Irene and I are so moved by your generosity and support for her sister Aimee’s story and her children.  We wanted to give you an update on what their space looks like now, and what will soon be possible with our fundraising efforts! After all, now you’re all part of their story too! As of today there is $10,272 in our fund with 7 ... Continue Reading

We Need Your Help to Colour These Kids Happy!

I asked Irene to write this post about her sister.  Terreeia and I get a front row seat in hearing updates on her story – it’s far from finished and we decided we wanted to be part of it. But in a way that could really go so much farther with the power of many instead of just a few.  I’ll let you know right know that I’m doing something ... Continue Reading

What Everyone Should Know about Extroverts vs. Introverts

In the past four days I have learned a lot about Meyers Briggs personality types in the webinar I hosted that Penelope presented. Here’s the most interesting part. There are 16 personality types and the first letter starts with either I or E, Introvert or Extrovert. I have always thought that if you were an introvert, it meant that you were shy and if you were an extrovert it means ... Continue Reading

Happiness is. . . Flower Drama

I’m back from a whirlwind week of teaching colour to a whole new crop of True Colour Experts™! Every time I’m in Toronto I’m always struck by how over-the-top the outdoor flower boxes and urns are in front of the beautiful homes and shops. Photo by Maria Killam Look at this stunning arrangement of cabbages, mums and ivy in front of this lovely apartment building.  We don’t do it up ... Continue Reading

You’re All Beautiful You Know?

Everywhere, everywhere, everywhere I go Everywhere that I’ve been, the only thing I see is Is beautiful people, beautiful people Beautiful people, beautiful people Don’t you know? Don’t you know? Beautiful, don’t you know? Don’t you know? Don’t you know? Beautiful, don’t you know, know, know Live your life, live your life Let that love inside It’s your life, it’s your life The beauty’s deep inside, inside you Don’t let ... Continue Reading

Do you Act When You’re Moved?

This past Friday the Canadian Decorators Association – BC Chapter held our annual general meeting in North Vancouver on a fabulous, hot and sunny day! I have been a member for months but this is the first time I have been to an event–silly me–now that I live in the country it seems the monthly meeting date never works for me. From now on, that is going to change! When ... Continue Reading

What Do You Need to Change Today?

source For the past 33 years I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. Steve Jobs One thing I have learned. People don’t change. We’re ... Continue Reading

Happiness is. . . a Little Magic

Sometimes clients are looking for a little magic when I arrive with my box of colours. Barbara Barry source But sometimes, magic will not erase a mint green carpet installed all throughout your house, for example. Barbara Barry source Sometimes colour can absolutely make something old and dated look a hundred times better. Sometimes, it just takes money. Pinterest When I was in Toronto last week, Irene and I had dinner ... Continue Reading

It takes a Village to Own a Home

  (my nephew William) Photos by Maria Killam My sister Lea (I have 3 sisters) will be moving to one of the first Ecovillages in Canada just down the street from where I will live in Yarrow. source It’s a real community with 20 acres of farmland where everyone participates because this is about eating organic, recycling and riding your bike instead of driving. It’s a great little village (this ... Continue Reading

Vancouver Interior Designer: How to be Legendary with Your Clients

So I'm in a workshop for facilitators here in Vegas. The difference between training which is what I mostly do in my True Colour Expert Workshops and facilitating is this: 1. Training. I need to get my participants from A - B and I have the answers (it is MY system after all). 2. Facilitating. The facilitator stands inside the gap between A - B and you bring activities and resources to lead your participants to B and you don't even pretend to have the answers. There's parts of my course when I'm facilitating and other parts where it's full on training. ... Continue Reading

Happiness is. . . Getting how Rich You are Right Now

Pinterest I opened this post from Copyblogger this morning in my in-box and started reading and I thought, “Wow, I was just thinking about this the other day!” How, compared to so many in other parts of the world, we are fabulously wealthy.  We all need a reminder once in a while! “Because we live in so much prosperity, our magnificent wealth becomes invisible to us. We think we’ll feel ... Continue Reading

Happiness is. . . your LIFE

pinterest I loved this poster when I found it somewhere on Pinterest (now I don’t know where). I had a new video blog all ready to go with this post today and it was vetoed by my partner. So you’re getting an inspirational pic instead. Sigh. It’s a whole new world, video blogging and apparently I need more practice. . .  Brianne was the third person who posted a comment ... Continue Reading