Some Thursday Thoughts in no particular order in a reflection on a tumultuous year in the rearview mirror.
- Because of my Marketing and Technical Writing contract work at Red Hat, Digital Marketing Manager work at Zift Solutions, and Director of Communications role with Society for Technical Communications Carolina Chapter, I’ve gotten good at email marketing, thanks to Eloqua and MailChimp, and social media automation. My content digital marketing and social media tool exploration obsession (ahem: Buffer) grows. Consistent branding and personalized marketing relationships have never been more important. My body of work grows. Let’s connect and see how we can work together.
- I will now hike or walk in just about any weather or physical condition. Rain, mud, or light snow. I’m out there. That and my yoga practice at Blue Lotus and Lululemon continue, although patience is still lost on me. Glad to take in the scenery and take a moment of pause from time to time.
- I learned how to Network Smarter and get to know people more creatively from professional networking to the guy I met on election night in Colorado, who had escaped and LDS cult, and the really cool family I met on the beach on a visit back to my hometown. Yes, I’m talking about you, Emily! I’ve met people from conferences, various professional groups, LinkedIn, Meetup, and Twitter, and more, with little hesitation. Those people have become great friends and networking contacts. That includes you Justin, Lacey, and Scott.
- Thanks to visiting an old friend in Missouri in March and a work trip to Denver in November, I added two more states to my list. Total states visited: 15. 35 more to go.
- I fell in love with a Boy. His family is pretty wonderful too. Because of their addition to my life, I had the best holiday season I’ve ever had in my adult life. Crazy how your family can grow so quickly. In a matter of weeks, I’ll become an Aunt. I didn’t want her to enter this world with the state it’s in, but hopefully my niece will grow up fierce, passionate like her Mom and Aunt, and strong like most of the women in her family.
- Public speaking is something I’m more inclined to do now. At the RESULTS International Conference in June 2016, I spoke about my advocacy journey before 600 people. When Executive Director Joanne Carter asked if anyone wanted to share, I felt compelled to rise and walk to the front of the room. 600 people never looked so great. In October, I gave a presentation to STC, as the featured speaker. My talk was on How to Survive a Layoff, Job Search, and Network Smarter. Take a look at the presentation on Slideshare. Already have one talk slated for February, with more to come.
- I attended a record number of conferences and meetups. SCCI. RESULTS. WordCamp. Specialized Channel Focus. Internet Summit. STC. Raleigh SEO. Triangle Marketing Club. AMA Triangle. 20-30 Something Raleigh Chicks. Triangle Hiking and Outdoors Group. People ask me when I sleep. I never have and still don’t sleep much. There’s too much to learn and try! Already counting down to the next RESULTS IC 2017 in July and Internet Summit in November.
- A townhouse was recorded with my name on it. Yes, I bought my own mansion. Oh, and I paid off my car too. Student debt still looms, but the car and house were pretty big deals. Power tools never felt so great in my hands as when I have built or fixed something with that Black & Decker. It’s nice to have my own little oasis in a wooded neighborhood walking distance to a park and lake. My Instagram followers are often treated to images from my walks at all hours of the day and in all weather.
- I met my annual Goodreads reading goal. This year it was 31 out of 30 books I planned to read. Check out the books I read. About a third of it is due to Raleigh Chicks book club still going strong for nearly 7 years.
- Activism has found me. It’s a calling. From blogging about my feminism initiative regarding my 2014 sexual assault by a temp agency VP to experiencing protesting with the NCGA and advocacy meetings because of RESULTS Raleigh, there’s a lot to share. I’ve explored Black Lives Matter and Justice in Policing, as well as NAACP initiatives. Constitutional amendments lived in my purse for about a month. Women’s roles became something to challenge even more as I read everything I possibly could on blogs, in books, on Twitter, and more, plus attended more events with NC – United States National Committee for UN Women. Senate and Representative offices know my name and RESULTS Raleigh had not only substantial membership growth, but also 11 meetings with Congressmen to talk about the many ways to end poverty. The injustices of the world don’t discriminate whether you’re man or woman, black or white, young or old, gay or straight, rich or poor. It’s just up to us all to try to do a better job of listening and communicating.
Thanks for reading. What were your proudest moments of 2016? Share them as a comment or with me on Twitter.
Happy New Year and here’s to a really sweet 2017 with lots more hard work for positive change!