Everybody knows how important it is to have a mentor – someone to look up to and admire, a person who has risen to success. Lisa Tant, Editor-in-Chief of FLARE Magazine, is one of these admirable individuals. With a history of seizing opportunities and going after what she wants, she inspires people to pursue their dreams. Her strength, determination and vitality has led her to where she is today, traveling the world, attending fashion shows and sending positive messages to women across the country. Lisa is living a life that many dream of, and is truly someone who all can learn from.
Adrian Glynn has the kind of voice that settles deep in your gut, fluttering about like a frantic butterfly. And that’s just his voice. Seeing him perform live is another matter. You will be spellbound and unable to wrestle your eyes away. After listening to his latest album, Bruise, you’ll be hooked and soon enough you’ll have Blue Belle Lament on repeat, singing along to Adrian’s mesmerizing voice.
You never know how one chance meeting could affect your life. The repercussions after spending ten minutes with someone side by side at a bar could result in a lifelong friendship, a marriage, a surprise baby bump, or a torrid affair. In my case, this autumn it led to an adventure in Los Angeles.
We met Simon Ibell at the Once Upon a Cure gala in September, and immediately we were enchanted. Inspiring would be an understatement when describing Simon. The founder of the iBellieve Foundation, an organization dedicated to finding a cure for MPS II (Hunter Syndrome) and over 50 related Lysosomal Storage Disorders, Simon has also launched Be Fair 2 Rare campaign – a global movement bringing awareness and advocacy to the rare disease community.
I got picked up on a subway, far far away from my familiar bar stool. It’s not an everyday occurrence, and ordinarily happens when you’re least expecting it. Vulnerable to it. I was in a city far bigger than Vancouver, one where people actually take public transit without it being stigmatized. Have you noticed the faint twitch some people experience when you suggest they take the bus in our fair city? I swear it’s not really a fate worse than death. People usually come out unscathed. With any luck, you’ll come out with one more friend.
It’s not often that I come across a young man with a completely sideways perspective on life and relationships. When I do meet men like this I want to slap some much needed sense across their faces, hoping that the shock will cause any misinformation to make a startled leap from where it hides.
It was just the other evening that I met a youngster so backward thinking that it may be too late to reverse any of the damage.