Husband and I are off to Alberta tomorrow for a week of fun, family and future visioning. This pretty much means radio silence for me until we get back.  Although I'm sure there'll be a few tweets #ABadventure, and I just started a Visions of AB board on Pinterest.

I have to admit I'm a little nervous about our destination given the recent flooding, but it's also kind of exciting. Like Finn and Jake, husband and I will have a kick ass time exploring our very own Land of Ooo. Heroes we are two. 

And we've left BMO in charge while we're away.
Do you have any summer adventures planned? I'd love to hear about where you'll be vacationing, or staycationing, so feel free to share your excitement below!
Image Credit: JD Hancock / (CC BY 2.0)
 
 
Welcome to the first ever Shining Lights segment on Online Sunshine

Every other Friday you can look forward to a celebration where I share my love for a handful creators who light up my life. I sure hope you'll join me and share some of your own!
*I'm blissing out over this musical meditation by miracle maven Heather Waxman.

*I've started craving Mayi Carles' Friday video time! Her enthusiasm is infectious!

*There are few things online I love more than Kid President! "It's everybody's duty to give the world a reason to dance!"

*Whatever you choose to put on your plate, Luiz reminds us that human compassion is innate and we can all do "something beautiful."

*The amazing Danielle Laporte is holding a SpreeCast this Tuesday, June 25 at 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET. Tune in to the live Q&A for a juicy convo about the Desire Map, Core Desired Feelings and one of my oldest rivals...resistance!
I've shown you mine, now it's your turn. Who lights your fire? Create a rave of your own in the comments below.
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I have to admit I've been slacking on my Smile Time for the past couple of weeks. So it's time to step back on the path with this recap of all things shiny:*Sunshine, always sunshine! It makes me feel alive!
*I had a touching conversation with my sister. (I can't wait to see her in a few weeks!!!)
*Retweeted by @prattprattpratt who OWNS as Andy Dwyer on Parks and Recreation.  (I can't stop squeeing about this!!!)
*Made more art for my inspiration board. There's nothing I can't do with some shiny fonts and Microsoft Paint.
*My essence: tranquility / shimmer / soul / freedom / connection. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!
*Making my way through Ali Rittenhouse's Geek Labs Virtual Assistant Training.
*Dinner before 7 PM, 3 work nights in a row. YEAH BABY!BONUS: *Best curry ever at The Foundation on Main Street.Alright now, whaddya got? What did (or didn't) you take time to pause and celebrate this week? I'd love for you to share in the comments below.
 
 
This week's post shows off my first few attempts at playing with Vignette for Android. So far, I'm loving it! I just have to remember to stop (and preferably sit down) before I start playing with all the options and after-effects! (Falling down is both dangerous and embarrassing!)

Okay now it's your turn! What's your favourite camera app? What are your must have features?  Let me know in the comments below, and feel free to link to your photos to show off the results!
Ooh and one more thing: all you peeps with sunny weather, don't forget to play in a fountain for me!
 
 
What did you stop to shoot this week? Spring in full swing? First signs of summer? Share your links in the comments below!
 
 
This week's song is from my absolute favourite show Parks and Recreation. Leslie Knope's 2012 campaign theme song reminds us all that "It's not enough to simply catch your dream / you gotta grab your dream and you catch your dream's dream." Props to @prattprattpratt and the entire @parksandrecnbc cast. 
NB: Pratt's twitter pic is AMAZING!!!
Download the MP3 for free here
What's the one song that makes you want to "shackle it to your heart?" Share it in the comments below and we'll build the shiniest playlist yet.
 
 
Although my Smile Time: Week of Accomplishments has come to a close, I have decided to keep recording my achievements on my gratitude list. I've learned that it is important to pause and celebrate our wins, no matter their "size." Doing so builds confidence, breaks down our "not enough" stories and fuels us to carry on. Plus, it's a major source of warm fuzzies!

So here's this week's list of internal and external smile sources:
*"bears, beets, Battlestar Galactica"
*designing my own inspiration board graphics (keeping it simple in Microsoft Paint)
*walking away from overwhelm by acknowledging aloud that I was in overwhelm (with additional help from husband, workrave and a pending dance party)
*"It comes with a flute!"
*three letter series done
*celebrating what little blue sky I could find
*getting my editorial calendar up where I can see it (I'm an out of sight out of mind kinda girl)

Now it's your turn. What accomplishments do you want to shout from the rooftops this week? What things, big or small, brought you into the moment and put a smile on your face? Please take a minute and share them in the comments below.

photo by Daniel Y. Go / (CC BY-NC 2.0)