22 Feb 2013

What would you do if money was no object?

At the end of a busy week where I've sat on packed trains with miserable looking commuters, off to the daily grind, this little film by Tragedy And Hope is crying out to be shared. Take a moment out of your day and ask yourself the question 'How would you really like to spend your life'?

When I first start working with new clients I ask them 'What would success look like?' What do you want to achieve? What is your objective for investing time in using social media? We need to mark a starting point in order to monitor results and measure success. We need goal posts to keep the strategy on track. It makes sense, it's good practise, it helps us to grow and develop. Most importantly it helps us to react to outside influences and tweak the strategy accordingly.

In life in general the same theory can be applied. I consider myself to be very lucky in that I get to do a job that I really enjoy. Sure, there are parts of it which I find challenging, there are bits I don't like and there are times when I am stressed but on the whole I know I've found the right path for me. The best thing about being a social media consultant is that I'm not stuck in an office. I have the freedom to be out and about and I get to meet some really cool people. People who amaze, inspire, impress me with their knowledge and creativity, with their get up and go, with their ability to make things happen - even when all the odds are against them. These people have set themselves goals, they have something to work towards and they are flexible in the path that takes them there. 

Everyone has different ambitions, goals and dreams. Some desire designer clothes, fancy cars or big houses. Others dream of living a simple life in a remote place. Personally I think the advice in the film is invaluable......figure out what would make you happy, master it, get paid for your knowledge and spend your life living, rather than just existing. Often, the only obstacle in your way ...is you.

Comments welcome.

13 Feb 2013

Happy Valentines Day

Hearts (The Valentines Day Video) from Moist Creation on Vimeo.

It's Valentines Day and I can't think of a better time to write about my love affair with Vimeo. 
Vimeo is a gorgeous social network full of creative, intelligent, thought provoking films and people sharing their art and discussing their work. I am inspired by the film makers and their view of the world, the content is so varied and so beautifully put together. 'Staff Picks' are a short cut to the best films on the site and an easy way to lose an hour without noticing the time passing!

I use Vimeo for many things - for work I find great content for blog posts or training workshops and presentations. In my personal life I often send a wee film to those I care about to cheer up their day or to let them know I was thinking of them.

The film I've chosen to share is entitled 'Can you Imagine a World without Love?' by Xander Bartole & Sebastian Ungrad and will hopefully make you smile this Valentines Day.

If you've got a few minutes spare I'd suggest you also watch this beautiful film by Poppy de Villeneuve which I've used in a previous blog about the art of communication. Enjoy!

1 Feb 2013

Isle of Cumbrae

A client has just sent me this beautiful photograph of the Isle of Cumbrae, or Millport as it's more commonly known. This is going to be the view from my office next week and it's so gorgeous I just had to share it. 

I'll be getting the ferry from Largs, which brings back memories of my Granny treating us to ice-cream from Nardini's and many a 'summer' holiday spent walking along the esplanade in the pouring rain. Happy days ....isn't it great to be Scottish?

Update 7th Feb -  The ferry had a technical problem so I owe a very big thanks to the team at National Watersports Centre Cumbrae for the best commute to and from work EVER! They even let me drive on the way back to Largs, bouncing over the waves (screaming like a girl!) and having the time of my life. I highly recommend a visit! Keep up to date with their news on twitter @Sail_Cumbrae .