Shannon Skinner

A Dirty Mind Is Great For Creativity

Shannon Skinner | Posted 08.11.2014 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

Sexual energy and creative energy are so strongly connected that they impact each other profoundly. Here are some ideas on how you can harness your sexual energy to help channel it toward your creative dreams and ultimately get them off the ground.

10 Tips for Traveling With Your Dog

Shannon Skinner | Posted 07.13.2014 | Canada Travel
Shannon Skinner

As a single woman who owns a dog, it can be challenging to pack-up and go whenever the wanderlust desires. Dog sitting services add-up and it can be quite an inconvenience to travel with a dog. I am not alone. Here are 10 tips for anyone traveling and staying at a hotel with a dog.

The Pitfalls of Following Your Heart

Shannon Skinner | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Shannon Skinner

Since my mid-twenties, I have been on a conscious journey of following my heart. Over time, I have become increasingly more in-tune with my heart's whispers -- or shouts, or screams. More recently, I have become braver to overcome the barriers to my dreams that I alone have built. But, by no means have I yet mastered it.

Canada Day: What Does the Colour Red Mean to You?

Shannon Skinner | Posted 06.30.2014 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

This Canada Day has given me more than a reason to pause and celebrate. With all the waving of "red and white," it reminds me of how colour impacts our daily lives. In honour of Canada Day, let's take a look at the colour red and its impact on our culture.

My Top Ten Fears and How I Get Past Them

Shannon Skinner | Posted 12.27.2013 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

I can't help but ask myself: is it possible to overcome all of our fears? I have reflected upon what some of my fears are -- there are many -- and, more importantly, what I do about them. Here are my top ten.

Ancient Iona, a Mystical Island For Pilgrims

Shannon Skinner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Travel
Shannon Skinner

If a pilgrimage to ancient spiritual sites is on your wish list, look no further than the holy Isle of Iona. With its connection to early Christianity, this tiny rocky island located off the west coast of Scotland has been attracting pilgrims since medieval times. And this year just so happens to mark the 1,450th anniversary of St. Columba's arrival on this mystical island.

How to Push Your Ideas to the Max

Shannon Skinner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg Some years ago, I read an article that quoted an advertising guru who said: "An idea has no value unless you do something with it." Although I no longer recall the name of the adman, I have never forgotten his words. In a way, they began to transform my life.

10 Money Savers to Fund Your Creative Dream

Shannon Skinner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg That fear about whether or not money will come in the door can be all-consuming and, worst, block us creatively. We start doubting ourselves and begin questioning the value of our dreams. Or, we outright quit pursuing our dreams because we do not believe they can, or ever will, pay the bills.

Lisa Charleyboy's Mission to Empower Aboriginal Canadians [video]

Shannon Skinner | Posted 11.29.2013 | Canada Impact
Shannon Skinner

Lisa Charleyboy is a Toronto-based Aboriginal writer and blogger who is dedicated to inspiring and empowering other young Aboriginal people to follow their dreams. Her popular blog Urban Native Girl covers pop culture with an indigenous twist.

The Queen of R&B, Jully Black, On Success [Video]

Shannon Skinner | Posted 11.21.2013 | Canada Impact
Shannon Skinner

Jully Black, fondly known as Canada's "Queen of R&B," is a magnetic artist whose abundant energy is seemingly superhuman. In my interview with Black, I asked her what her key to success is. Her answer is not only reflective of a deeply spiritual woman who is striving to live her life's purpose, it is a lesson for us all:

Extraordinary Women TV Premieres Season Two on Rogers TV

Shannon Skinner | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada
Shannon Skinner

I love the month of September. I enjoy the fashion and jogging in the mornings when the air is crisp. Even though it marks the start of the season whe...

I Love My New Eyelash Extensions

Shannon Skinner | Posted 08.30.2013 | Canada Style
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg What I noticed is that eyelash extensions create an illusion of the eye being more open and wider than it normally is, giving the eyes that "wow" factor. I decided to go for that magical optical illusion.

Criticism is Part of the Game When You're an Artist

Shannon Skinner | Posted 08.18.2013 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg As a writer, I consider myself an artist at heart. As artists, we rely heavily on praise -- from friends, loved ones, business associates, fans and the critics on a good day. Praise boosts us by increasing our self-worth. We feel more confident and it shows. When the inner artist is criticized -- wham-o -- our self-worth takes a hit.

Janet Graham's Babes on Bay Street (VIDEO)

Shannon Skinner | Posted 08.07.2013 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg There was a time in my early adulthood when being called a "babe" seemed, well, how shall I say, contrary to the woman I was trying to become: a woman who wanted to be taken seriously in business. But not anymore. Not since I met Janet Graham, author of Babes on Bay Street, who changed my attitude.

Sarah Slean on Following Her Bliss [VIDEO]

Shannon Skinner | Posted 07.26.2013 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg In my in-depth interview with Sarah Slean she spoke about the inspiration behind her latest album, Land & Sea, her amazing art and deeply philosophical poetry.

Life Lessons From My Second City Improv Class

Shannon Skinner | Posted 07.13.2013 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg This morning, I woke up with a sore face from laughing bloody hard over the past two weeks: I just completed my first intensive improvisation course at The Second City, the world's premier comedy club/theatre and school of improvisation. As it turns out, I did learn some skills to help with my public speaking.

Leah Eichler's Fresh Take on Women in the Workplace [VIDEO]

Shannon Skinner | Posted 07.10.2013 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg I recently had the pleasure of interviewing award-winning editor and celebrated columnist, Leah Eichler. Her weekly career takes a refreshing and insightful perspective on issues that women face in today's workplace.

Trey Anthony Dreams a Bigger Dream [VIDEO]

Shannon Skinner | Posted 05.31.2013 | Canada Impact
Shannon Skinner

Trey Anthony is the creator and star of the ground-breaking production, 'da Kink in My Hair, which had its start on the stage and later debuted in 2007 on Global Television -- and has touched many women's lives. She is the first Black woman to write and produce a television show on a prime time network in Canada -- and her trailblazing ways have not stopped there.

Inspired Leadership: Women Who Lead by Example

Shannon Skinner | Posted 05.25.2013 | Canada Business
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg I have been studying some of the world's greatest minds and leaders, and observing leadership around me; not because I was setting out to be a leader, moreso out of curiosity. I wanted to know what is true leadership?

VIDEO: This Woman Helps Others Find Their Inner Beauty

Shannon Skinner | Posted 05.21.2013 | Canada Impact
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg I initially connected with Jennifer Ettinger through Facebook some time ago and was intrigued by her work that focuses on helping women find their inner beauty. Ettinger's drive stems from her struggle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and having been bedridden and overweight. Today, she is the founder of Fit Your Style.

The Woman Behind Good News Toronto [VIDEO]

Shannon Skinner | Posted 05.04.2013 | Canada
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg Upon hearing some friends complain about Toronto after a local violent crime hit the news, Eva Karpati became determined to show the world that Toronto is a "wonderful place filled with amazing people." This gave her the inspiration to launch Good News Toronto, a publication that celebrates our local everyday heroes.

This International Women's Week, I'm Celebrating Womanhood

Shannon Skinner | Posted 05.04.2013 | Canada Impact
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg International Women's Week is upon us, whereby women, and many of the men who love us, are celebrating the joys of womanhood around the world. I have consciously brought out of the closet my feminine traits: that of healing, intuition, nurture, care, family, compassion and creation -- and, not to forget, beauty. I believe I am a much better person for it.

One Single Mother's Rocket to Business Fame

Shannon Skinner | Posted 03.16.2013 | Canada Business
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg It was while working in brand marketing for packaged goods companies that Sandler, a single mother of four young children, felt there was a lack of the kind of market intelligence she desired, so she opened her own company...

You May Say I'm a Dreamer. But Now I'm on TV

Shannon Skinner | Posted 03.08.2013 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

Dreaming has taken us to the moon and Mars. It has given us automobiles, movies, books, the iPhone and Facebook. Humans can live longer, healthier lives thanks to dreaming. It is the spirit of the dream that propels us forward. I confess: I am a dreamer myself.

If Someone Steals Your Idea, Be Flattered

Shannon Skinner | Posted 02.09.2013 | Canada Business
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg It has happened to all of us at some point. You have a great idea, and someone else likes it so much they "borrow" from you -- or outright steal. In the big picture, there is nothing wrong with this. In fact, if we were able to copyright ideas, creativity would be stifled. So what do you do when someone steals your ideas?