How did you get that F*#king Awesome Job Hussam Hakeem?

Hussam Hakeem loves his job as a physiotherapist

If unbridled optimism was contagious via phone calls, then physiotherapist Hussam Hakeem passed a long a peppy case of the smiles when we spoke. A traveler, physiotherapist and optimist, Hakeem has a job that he loves: helping people move their bodies toward rehabilitation. Physiotherapy, in essence, he says is a practice in ‘active medicine.’

“Don’t do too much, don’t do too little,” Hakeem explains when I ask him about what kind of health advice he gives to his Physio2U clients.  “Go for walks. Go for a swim. Go for runs, just do it all in moderation. Whatever it is you love, just take care of your body because it’s the only one you have.”  Read more

How did you get that F*#king awesome job Kim Pickett?

She’s a big city gal who helps her clients tell their visual stories. Meet risk taker, snowboarder, beach volleyball player and creative director Kim Pickett of KIMBO Design. Bravery in the form of big big, bold life moves across vast spaces (for example, loading up your vehicle and to move across Canada) is always an interesting story to me. When a colleague suggested I profile Vancouver-based designer and branding expert Pickett, I jumped at the chance. Being in the storytelling game myself, I always love to hear what fuels other creatives’ fire and where they see their future.

An Ontario gal originally, Kim drove across the USA and Canada to move to rainy Vancouver a decade and a half ago from Toronto. She started her design career juggling a couple of jobs (hello generation Xennial, amiright?). She bartended at night and did graphic design in her bedroom in the day for almost three years before she started renting out an office space, hiring a team and working with a varied bouquet of clients.

Since incorporating in 2008, Kimbo design has helped everyone from the Saskatchewan provincial government to apiarists to one of my favourite Vancouver hotspots, The Burrard. More recently Pickett and her team have worked with Prince George to market all the opportunities bubbling in the northern BC town. A campaign she’s particularly proud of, Pickett really enjoys learning about Prince George and the other communities she works with. As in why do people live there? What do they look like? What’s it like to experience their community?

I can relate to her innate curiosity about northern places (cue: my love for both Edmonton and Haida Gwaii. So please join me in learning more about this dynamo design director and her focused career full of creativity.

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How did you get that F*#king Awesome Job Gardenia Woodhams-Roberts?

Grandmas are the best. They help us learn about our family’s past and share advice on where to steer our family’s future. Mine help me define my style, find my voice and dig out my strength. Last year I discovered a fellow creative, whose grandmothers mean the world to her too.

This month’s f*#king awesome jobber has a healthy respect for her two Abuelitas. Lola y Tula owner Gardenia Woodhams-Roberts, an LA native who imports the most gorgeous Mexican textiles, garments and accessories loves her grannies so much she named her company after them.

“It is their model of integrity and pride I would like to mirror with the beautiful items featured on ‘Lola y Tula’. Just like them, each item is extraordinary and exemplifies the highest standard of quality, traditions, artistry and the story of generations carrying out the customs of the people of Mexico,” notes Woodhams-Roberts.

I first discovered Lola y Tula and #girlboss Gardenia via her mega vibrant Instagram feed. She’s chums with former Vancouverite Jaime Kowal and her textiles and wares adorn many California abodes, including one of my favourite Palm Springs hotels: The Junipero.  Her snaps are filled with the colours of the rainbow and traditional Mexican weavings and patterns from a number of regions. Last year I asked Woodhams-Roberts to share her story and tips on being the CEO/CFO/CAO of a beautiful textile company built on lady power and granny love.   Read more

How did you get that f*#king awesome job Gordon Glanz?

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Photo credit: Grant Harder

Spirit distiller. East Vancouver innovator. Call Gordon Glanz what you want, but the co-founder of East Vancouver’s Odd Society Spirits is fast becoming a pioneer in B.C.’s distilling scene.

Rewind his life narrative a bit and this isn’t surprising. He has a Master’s Degree in distilling from the land of William Wallace, haggis and damn fine scotch. Rewind even more down Glanz’s winding life path and you’ll read about how he’s gone from teen-aged experimental distiller to a grown-up, award-winning distiller at Odd Society Spirits’.  Read more