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Introducing my new just-for-fun blog: Curls N Pearls

Hello everyone! I just wanted to share a quick update. I will continue to post here at Light Bulb Moments on my professional interests – medical meetings and social media, but I have decided to start another blog in addition to this one, called  Curls N PearlsCurls N Pearls will be a space centered around the things I love—be it fashion, cooking, beauty…you get the idea—and sharing it with others. Sound like your cup of tea? Check it out!

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I think I will start every morning by watching this.

Completely off-topic, but definitely worth 55 seconds of your day. I present to you: Little boy gives epic inspirational speech (via PR Daily)

I see a long and successful coaching career in this kid’s future.

A little kindness goes a long way.

I’ve been trapped in my apartment for a couple of days now as a pretty fierce ice storm and occasional snow showers are making their way through central Ohio. During a brief respite in precipitation, I decided to take the opportunity to bundle up and take out the trash.

As I carefully made my way through the frozen (and very slick) parking lot, a car paused to give me the right of way. That was nice, I thought to myself as I waved a quick thank you and shuffled by. Once I passed the car the driver pulled up next to me and I saw that it was what I presume to be an off-duty mailman. (He was in the USPS coat, but clearly driving his own vehicle.) He rolled down the window and said, “Why don’t you throw those in the back and I’ll drop ‘em off. It’s on my way.” I stared at him incredulously, and said “Are you sure? I really don’t mind!” He said that it was not a problem and that he didn’t want to see me fall on the ice.

Wow.

I was sort of stunned for a moment after I thanked him and he drove away. This kind stranger insisted I put my trash bags on the back seat of his car and let him haul them to the compactor.

It’s cold.

It’s icy.

Trash—especially a stranger’s—is gross.

And taking out the trash is never a fun chore—regardless of the weather.

This humbling experience is a great reminder to take the time to do a kind or thoughtful act here or there for a stranger. You never know what kind of day they’ve had and how much of an impact a simple favor can make.

What are you thankful for?

I have been moonlighting as a professional packer and mover for several weeks now in preparation for our new adventure. My husband has continued to work full time, and will do so right up until next Wednesday – eek! – when we load the truck and finally say goodbye to Atlanta and hello to Columbus, OH.

This morning on his way out the door, my husband paused and looked around, and said “Thank you. I mean really thank you. You have done an excellent job with the packing and I really appreciate it.”

Wow. Simple, sincere words that make all of the hard work worth it and remind me of how thankful I am for marrying such a wonderful, caring and sweet man.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I thought I’d deviate a bit from my usual posts about geeky tech, tradeshows, social media, etc., and share what I am most thankful for.

Health

I am thankful for my health, and for the health of my friends and family. My work for a nonprofit medical society has taught me a lot about chronic illnesses – illnesses that can unexpectedly strike anyone, at any age, and change your entire life.

Opportunities

Between EventCamp 2010, ASAE, SoCon 10, WordCamp Atlanta, and all that I learned in my most recent position at work – I was given so many opportunities to learn and grow professionally over the past year. It has been truly fantastic!

Family

I am thankful for my happy and healthy family. And I’m excited for my newest nephew – Jacob – to arrive any day now!

Speaking of thankful, check out this truly touching clip from Ellen if you have a free moment.  She gave one audience member the best gift ever. (Good luck getting through the clip without getting a little misty!)

Wishing everyone a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

That’s what the magnet on my refrigerator says.

Next to it is a card from my supervisors that reads: Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. (Thoreau)

Why is my refrigerator adorned with encouraging quotes about accepting change and pursuing dreams? Because I have a track record of resisting change and a tendency to fear the unknown.

I am saying goodbye to my hometown of Atlanta, GA at the end of this month, and hello to Columbus, Ohio (a place I have only visited twice). My husband has put on his entrepreneurial hat and is starting a law firm with a good friend. To say the least, this is an exciting, scary and interesting time for us.

Sadly, this means not only leaving a town I love, but also resigning from a rewarding job with a great company.

I recently reluctantly walked away from my previous position of coordinator to expositions and corporate relations for a nonprofit professional medical society. It was a neat position – I discovered my interest in tradeshows, sponsorships and the pharmaceutical industry – and I know I will continue to have a keen interest in these areas. I am walking away from this position having learned a lot, and I feel as though I have grown a lot professionally.

I am happy to tell you that I accepted an offer from my company to continue to work remotely on new social media initiatives through the end of the year. Fingers crossed for an extension. 😉

Either way – my most recent career experience has been extremely rewarding and I know it will serve me well as I explore new opportunities.

I’d write more, but these boxes aren’t going to pack themselves. 🙂

While you were busy spamming the official conference hashtag . . .

Twitter yet again serves as handy tool – this time to tradeshow management.

If an exhibitor breaks the rules and gives away illegal items without the approval of show management – just check out your official conference hashtag Twitter feed. You’re likely to find innocent attendees tweeting about what they just won.

Whoops! Didn’t see that one coming, eh?

Caught. Red-handed. tsk tsk . . .

Kudos to the IAEE Social Media Task Force White Paper Subgroup!

Just came across this post on MeetingsNet discussing the recently published IAEE SMTF White Paper — How to Properly Use Social Media to Enhance and Promote Your Event — and I wanted to share: How to Get the Most From Social Media.

Great job, team! 🙂

And a big thank you to Emily Zeigenfuse at ACC for being so helpful and answering all of my questions while I worked on the case study!

You can view the White Paper directly by clicking here.

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