Lately I've been starting my days with a hike. I take my dog out to one of our favourite trails around the city, and we both shake off the cobwebs of the night and start our day with a trek in the woods.
Nugget chases squirrels and bounds over fallen trees; I step more gingerly across streams and try to clear my head. Sometimes I get ideas for stories, other times I listen to podcasts and hear incredible stories from others.
I've been putting a lot of pressure on myself lately to be an idea machine - constantly churning out stories and fascinating pitches. But, of course, the more I press, the further stuck I feel.
I have had the opportunity to work on some cool features lately for Maclean's, as well as cover an Art Battle. I also have a cool feature coming out this spring for University Affairs that I'm excited to share.
So there's proof that I have a few good ideas, and hopefully I'll have a few more. For now, I'll take my inspiration from Nugget, and find the joy in being outside and running free.