23.1.18

Jamie McDonald | Adventureman | Canadian Tour

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

This wasn't Jamie McDonald's first adventure, but it was his first adventure across Canada, coast to coast. In February, 2014, McDonald was the first person in history to run from the Atlantic coast to the Pacific coast without the aid of a support crew.

McDonald is an adventurer from England, but found his way to our home and native land Canada. However, McDonald's adventure started as a young boy. He had a rare spinal condition known as syringomyelia where he spent the first 9 years of his life in and out of hospital. After being treated at a the Children's Hospital in London he was on his way to recovery. But, it instilled the importance of the Children's Hospital that carried through with him his whole life. In turn, giving back to the hospitals that helped him.

Under his belt is a plaque that reads, "On this spot between 8th and 20th December 2012 JAMIE MCDONALD from Gloucester set a new Guinness World Record for Marathon Static Cycling Time: 268 hours, 32 minutes, 48 seconds. McDonald cycled 14,000 miles from Bangkok to his hometown Gloucester raising money for the children's ward of Gloucester Royal Hospital.

So what's next? A wee run across Canada. I asked him why he didn't run across England, he replied, "It would be a stroll across a park." Canada is a huge country and it was going to be an adventure he wouldn't forget... oh and he did it in a superhero costume. I love it.

Listen to Christina Rowsell interview with Jamie McDonald HERE. Learn more about Jamie McDonald here www.jamiemcdonald.org. He'll be in Calgary Feb.5th-8th.
You can purchase his book Adventure Man HERE



Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick

15.1.18

Turn That Frown Upside Down No Blue Monday

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

Lisa "Longball' Vlooswyk
Motivational Speaker
Apparently today, Monday January 15, 2018, is the saddest day of the year. Welcome to Blue Monday. They say Blue Monday falls on the third Monday of January and it's the most depressing day of the year. (Here's a great article that explains where the coin phrase came from.)

But, what I want to know is, when did we let other's decide how we should feel. Don't you think if we call today Blue Monday we're encouraging others to feel sad? So instead, we're turning today into Happy Monday with some tips on how to be happy and inspiring quotes to help you feel better.

We all know that happiness comes from within. But it's a matter of finding that place sometimes. Scientifically speaking they tell us that you can find your way to happy by exercising more, sleeping more, and spend time with family and friends. Not always easy to fit all of those into your routine. They also say that one way to finding your happy is to smile! Now that's something we can all do.

According to the experts smiling not only makes you look happy it actually makes your brain happy.
When you smile they say it activates messages to your brain that improve your health and your happiness. There's a great article in Psychology Today that explains the science behind smiling for your health HERE.

The more you smile the more your brain is convinced you're happy. Try it.

Here's some GREAT happy quotes to turn your Blue Monday frown upside down for a Happy Monday.

"Smile and the world smiles with you, frown and your frown alone."

"Difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations."

"Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy." Thich Nhat Hanh

For me to be happy, I just have to talk to the lovely Lisa "Longball" Vlooswyk. She's the reigning 8-time Canadian Long Drive Champion for women. She placed top 5 a the 2016 world Long drive Championships. she is an LDA Tour Champion and a Calaway Golf Sponsored athlete. And recently connected with Golf Town to do free lessons across Canada.

But, Lisa is also one of the most motivational speakers I've ever seen. Her personality is infectious and you leave Lisa happy. Her talk is called Drive Determines Distance. I asked Lisa to tell me her favourite happy and motivational quote. She told me Thomas Edison said, "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."

Have a listen to my interview with Lisa "Longball" Vlooswyk here.



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Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick

3.1.18

GLC 300 Lone Star Mercedes-Benz Calgary

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

When it came time for my family to choose a family car - as a mother - I was specifically looking for a vehicle that is safe and reliable. But, I didn't didn't want to compromise on style and performance.

Hi, this is Christina Rowsell. I've mentioned a time or two on my show on soft rock 97.7 that I've been looking for a new car. My husband and I have visited many dealerships and have seen so many options. But, when we stepped into Lone Star Mercedes-Benz it was different.


Most of their models were in the showroom (for viewing), and absolutely stunning. We were greeted immediately upon arriving and before I knew it I had a coffee in hand and Simon the sales manager was asking us questions about our lifestyle, size of family, vehicle needs and budgets.

This was definitely a different approach than any other dealership we visited. So, I have decided to take Simon and Lone Star up on a challenge and will drive a different Mercedes Benz each month and then choose once I have found the vehicle best for us.

So, stay tuned as I start my new car challenge with Lone Star Mercedes-Benz in Deerfoot Meadows next week. And, with winter in the air, my first choice is the all-wheel-drive GLC 300 with amazing 4-matic technology. Stay tuned for my updates and visit Lone Star Mercedes-Benz to see what I've been talking about.


This is a paid endorsement. 

Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick



8.12.17

What Adventure Changed Your Life with Laval St. Germain

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

Laval St. Germain Confront Cancer Ocean Row 2016
Calgary adventurer Laval St. Germain has taken "adventure" to a whole new level. From climbing Mt. Everest without the use of supplemental oxygen, climbing and skiing Iraq's highest peek and holding the record for being the fastest to ever cross the North Atlantic Ocean solo...in a row boat - to name a few.

St. Germain is the keynote speaker at an event for Two Wheel View, a wonderful organization with a mission to provide youth development programs that use the bicycle. St. Germain is very familiar with this program as his youngest, Eric - who turned 16 this year, has been through their program. "Part of the program is working on bikes, building bikes right from scratch. Eric then participated in a 10 day bicycle tour from Montreal to Quebec City. Along the way they cycled various villages and worked in organic farms and volunteered in various communities along the way. And he loved it."


St. Germain explains, "Two Wheel View was started as a community organization and charity to promote youth development and social, health, environmental and cultural outcomes."

Through the Two Wheel View "Adventure Speakers Series" they ask the question, "What adventure changed your life?" St. Germain says, "There isn't one specific adventure that changed my life. But, I can tell you that even through these iconic trips I've done - from Everest without oxygen or rowing across the North Atlantic, or climbing in Nunavut to skiing in Iraq - I can tell you that some of my fondest memories are with the kids, riding our bikes. Namely, riding the Dempster Highway - one of Canada's prettiest roads from Dawson City, Yukon through to the Northwest Territories - with our two oldest kids, who were 11 and 13. To shorter bike trips through Alberta and B.C. with Eric."

Kids and youth are welcome to join St. Germain at his presentation on Saturday, December 9th. Tickets available here through Eventbrite. St. Germain hopes that after he speaks that people are inspired to step out of their comfort zones. He says, "I want kids to realize that they can do the same things that I've done." St. Germain expresses that he feels he's nothing special explaining, "I'm from a small town in Northern Alberta and had parents who pushed me and opened the doors for me to do this stuff." St. Germain encourages all of us to step away from the screen and go on some grand adventures. It doesn't have to be Everest, it doesn't have to be the North Atlantic Ocean, it just has to be you pushing yourself and realizing you have resiliency and confidence that you can bike up that big hill or carry that big load or fix that bike.

You can listen to Christina Rowsell interview with Laval St. Germain HERE.

Tickets to Two Wheel View Adventure Speaker Series HERE.

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Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick

13.11.17

April Lee Baker Masterchef Canada Caters in Support of HomeFront Calgary

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

April Lee Baker
I had the opportunity to bid on a silent auction item at Fashion Forward YYC this past spring. The money all went to HomeFront Calgary.

HomeFront Calgary is a wonderful organization in Calgary that works alongside the justice system, police and community partners to help free families from domestic violence.

The silent auction item was a private, in-home meal prepared by Masterchef Canada season 3 finalist, who place in the top 5, April Lee Baker. April Lee is also a private chef and can build your own menu for custom catering. The food for the evening was supplied by Spud Calgary.

Bacon
April Lee had her work cut out for her though as we asked her to work around our current diet, The Leaky Gut Diet. My husband is in remission from Lyme Disease and this diet helps him with his Lyme Arthritis to cut down on any foods that cause inflammation. Note: We did say it was okay to add bacon... that was my idea.


© Sweet Potato Leek
April Lee started our first course offering sweet potato with roasted leek, organic chicken bone broth, seasoned with rosemary, parsley and salt.






Boiled Corn, Beef Brisket, Green Bean
The second course was boiled corn with vegan pesto. The pesto base is avocado with pine nuts, fresh basil, a little bit of salt and fresh lemon juice. Included in the second course is a grass fed, local, beef brisket. The beef was braised in a bone broth strained through carrots, celery and onions. The beef and corn is served with green been bundles wrapped in carrot shreds and bacon.

Baby Kale Salad
Third course baby kale salad with walnuts, pomegranate, goat feta and wild rice. The salad is dressed with an avocado dressing with shallots, orange juice and salt.





Chai Latte Chia Pudding
The dessert is a chai latte chia pudding with honey, black tea, garam masala, cinnamon and nutmeg. The pudding is dressed with Almond Silk Hazelnut cream topped with pomegranates.





Watch the preparation with April Lee HERE on YouTube.
And watch Christina Rowsell in conversation with April HERE.

Thank you April Lee for the wonderful meal and sharing your talent in our home.



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Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick

3.11.17

Fashion Calgary Portrait Campaign Shaping The Cultural Scene in Calgary

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

In 2012 Calgary was named as the Cultural Capital of Canada. Wanting to continue the voice of Calgary, Ania Basak and Rafal Wegiel, founders of Fashion Calgary, designed the Fashion Calgary Portrait Campaign featuring Calgary's top 25 ambassadors who are shaping the cultural scene in Calgary.

This year Fashion Calgary Portrait Campaign is celebrating Canada 150 by featuring 150 ambassadors for the last six years. The celebration will be through a gala event on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at Courtyard by Marriott Calgary South. Better yet, funds raised at the gala will support Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta and their brain research division in memory of Basak's brother who passed away at the age of 15 because of a brain tumour.

The campaign takes about eight months every year to organize. Each ambassador is chosen for their efforts in celebrating the importance of culture in our lives. Each nominated ambassador is recognized for their cultural leadership in our community.

Some of the ambassadors recognized this year include, but not limited to;

Bret The Hitmen Hart - "I recognize that the one man I still long to be is the one I first thought my father was."


Sara Austin - "Use your power and influence to help the next generation."



Todd Hirsch - "Diversity is what brings beauty to ordinary things."



To see the complete list of ambassadors visit http://fashioncalgary.ca/portrait-campaign-2017/. Purchase tickets to the gala on EventBrite.ca here https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/fashion-calgary-portrait-campaign-2017-tickets-37584641675.

Listen to Christina Rowsell with Ania Basak here.




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Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick





31.10.17

Candy Buy Back For The Troops and Calgary Food Bank

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina



Excessive Halloween candy that stays in your pantry for months on end isn't good for anyone. Especially if you're the one who picks at it for months. A better idea is to get the kids to pick out their favourite candy and donate the rest!

Dr. Kowalchuck from ConfiDental wants your candy for their "Candy Buy Back" program. November 1 - November 3 you can bring in your sacks of candy at #302, 10601 Southport Road S.W. They will pay you $1 per pound of treats, up to 5 pounds PLUS your children will receive a goodie bag filled with awesome treats, and a chance to win a Kid's Sonicare Toothbrush.

The candy will be donated to "Home Sweet Home" to Canadian peacekeeping troops overseas and to the Calgary Food Bank.

You can listen to Christina Rowsell interview with Dr. Kowalchuck here.

For more information visit www.ConfiDentalCare.ca



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Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick




26.10.17

Partners For Safety This Halloween

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina



Come Halloween night we all want our little trick-or-treaters to stay safe and sound. Thanks to the Partners for Safety there's a safe place for every ghost, zombie and princess...and such!

Partners for Safety will be patrolling Calgary streets on the evening of October 31 to give every child easy access to help. More than 800 vehicles will patrol Calgary streets 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., making sure this will be a safe Halloween.

Calgary's Child Magazine along with all of the Partners for Safety, which includes; 911, Calgary Police Service, Calgary Fire Department, Alberta Health Services and EMS, Calgary By Law, and Calgary Transit will see hundreds of vehicles patrolling Calgary streets to ensure that if anyone needs any help for any reason they can watch for one of those vehicles. (In an emergency however, dial 911.)

Giving us some tips for Halloween, Doug Odney from Calgary 911 says, "For the trick-or-treaters make sure that their costumes are high visibility and don't have any trip hazards. Reflective tape is always a good idea. Make sure there's good vision with a mask and you can always do face make-up."

As for the little ones, they often like to go right in to peoples homes. Odney says, "Remember to stay away from the houses with all their lights off and gates closed. Remember to do your trick or treating from the front step and don't enter the home, or other vehicles."

And some tips for grown ups? Odney says, "Make sure you hand out individually wrapped treats for the kids and be conscious of food allergies." Often times home-made or baked treats will almost certainly be thrown out.

There's also lots of vehicles still on the roads during peek trick or treat times, it's a good reminder to keep your speed down too. Odney says, "Be extra cautious watching for people crossing the streets."

You can listen to Christina talking to Doug Odney here
https://soundcloud.com/christina-rowsell/partners-for-safety-halloween-in-calgary

And for more information and Halloween tips visit Calgary's Child Magazine http://www.calgaryschild.com/health-and-safety/safety/2500-calgary-halloween-partners-for-safety-2017.

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Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick



6.10.17

Johnny Gaudreau Donates per Goal to KidSport Calgary

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

Image Credit © Gerry Thomas

As a hockey mom, I know how expensive it is to give our children the opportunity to play hockey. Not only hockey, but any sport. Playing sports not only gives them the chance to learn the ins and outs of the game, but it's so important in make-up of who they'll become. From developing their physical strength to life long friends, the lessons of teamwork to improving their self-esteem.

Through KidSport™ Calgary - a local non-profit organization - families that thought they couldn't put their children in sports, now can.

For Calgary Flames star Johnny Gaudreau, he knows all too well that his parents worked hard to help him and his siblings play sports. His mom, Jane Gaudreau, wrote in a post on the Calgary Flames website that Johhny's brother Matt and him "played hockey all year round, soccer in the summer, basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring."

I had the chance to talk to Gaudreau about his life of sports and how appreciative he was that he had that opportunity to play. Gaudreau said, "When I was growing up I just remember how expensive it was to put me and my brother, both through hockey, soccer, baseball... you name it. Growing up I had such a great childhood. I had hockey friends, soccer friends, baseball friends... all these different kinds of friends and teammates. I still have a lot of friendships from those teams I played on. Just thinking back now how expensive it is for these families to go through this... it's difficult. I want kids to experience what I had when I was growing up to play sports, and have teammates and build some great friendships."

For the kids, it's the chance to play these sports and build friendships and team work. For the parents, it's a wonderful opportunity to shape them into the people they will become. Gaudreau explains, "I wouldn't be where I am today without, first, my family and second my sports. It's a big part of my life. Big part of my families life. The bonds and the friendships you build around sports is pretty special." He went on to say that no matter who you are, every kid deserves to have that opportunity.

You can listen to the interview with Johnny Gaudreau HERE.
To learn more about KidSport™ visit http://www.kidsportcalgary.ca.

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Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick



29.9.17

Tiny Footprints Gala with Katie Stajan

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

Losing a child through miscarriage, still birth or neonatal death can be tough journey. The Tiny Footprints Gala is looking to help support those families in Calgary and surrounding areas who have had to cope with pregnancy or infant loss.

Last years event raised over $100,000 which went towards programs such as education videos for families and much needed miscarriage kits for all the emergency departments throughout Calgary. More importantly, it succeeded in creating a safe space to honour and celebrate the precious lives that have forever left footprints in our hearts.

Katie and Matt Stajan know this story all to well, having lost their son in 2014 after childbirth. Today, 2017 the Stajan's are working towards keeping his legacy alive by working together with The Tiny Footprints committee. After their loss they were fortunate enough to get pregnant shortly after and now have 2 1/2 year old Elliot.

Katie will be the emcee for this year's Tiny Footprints Gala at Telus Spark October 14, 2017. Christina Rowsell had the opportunity to talk to Katie. Listen to the interview HERE.


You can purchase tickets from the Calgary Health Trust by visiting www.calgaryhealthtrust.ca/tinyfootprints. All proceeds will go to the pregnancy and infant loss programs of Alberta Health Services.



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Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick



31.8.17

Kids Helping Kids 100 Kids Who Care Calgary

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina
YouTube - Christina Rowsell

You only hope that your child grows up caring and giving. You hope they become people who make a difference in the world. One way to set them on that path is through the gift of giving. We, as parents, are responsible for teaching our children how to do that.

One way is through 100 Kids Calgary. It's a movement inspiring the next generation to GIVE!


Based on the same model as 100 Women Who Care Calgary, 100 Kids Who Care Calgary donate $10 to a local charity four times a year. The process teaches kids how to nominate a charity of their choice, talk about that charity and vote on who they thing is deserving of their own, hard earned, money!

Tristan and Zach, children of the founders Mike and Danielle Donovan had a chance to talk to Christina Rowsell on soft rock 97.7 to explain how it all works and why they want to give back.

You can see the YouTube video here.


To find out more visit www.100kidscalgary.com.

Next event is September 23, 2017 at Kyle Shewfelt Gymnastics. Details here www.100kidscalgary.com.

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Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick



28.8.17

Ethan Gamer Thanks

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina
YouTube - Christina Rowsell

You know that saying, "If you don't ask you don't know." Sometimes it's fear of being rejected or the fear of asking for something that you shouldn't have asked for.

My son has been asking forever if he can get his own YouTube channel. I finally said yes, under one condition, he doesn't show his face. He doesn't need that right now. I want to see if he can first make his own videos, and if he can handle the pressure that comes with posting.

His first video was a success. On his own he found a company that can get a teaser video done for him as he only has QuickTime on his computer, and no video producing programs on is computer. And he did a GREAT job.

But, when it came to do his first audio video, he was terrified at the way he sounded. You know that feeling when you hear yourself for the first time and say, "Whoa... that's not my voice...is it?" He was disappointed that he sounded so young. I explained to him that the more he does it the more he'll get used to the sound of his voice and be able to record with confidence. (This from his mother who has 25 years experience as a radio announcer.)

But, advice from his mother wasn't what he wanted. He then showed me a young YouTube star called Ethan Gamer out of the UK with over a million subscribers. He wanted to know how he could be as good as him, as he's also 10, just like him. I explained that this little boy has been doing this for 3 years and that it took time for him to build up his audience.

So I thought, maybe a message from Ethan Gamer would help build up my sons confidence. I know that his Ethan Gamer TV twitter was monitored through his parents, so I thought it was worth a shot to send a tweet out... to see if maybe...just maybe I'd get a reply to pass onto my son! And I did!! And he replied to my son, leaving my son with a GREAT BIG SMILE on his face and the positive energy to continue! Thank you Ethan Gamer! You make my little YouTuber happy! More importantly...you inspired him to believe in himself!

Here's my YouTuber sons first produced video How To Install Minecraft Mods...caution to parents...you may not know what the heck he's talking about... but all the kids today are huge into Minecraft! LOL!




In appreciation to Ethan Gamer TV!



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Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

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Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick