Monday, November 28, 2011

My playlist and hobbies

It's time for Ovaleye (web hosting provider) Biz Blog 3 for 5 Challenge - and I've decided to participate to get this blog moving in a forward direction. So, twice every week, Ovaleye is sending me (and others) blog prompts - three for "Behind the Scenes" and three for "Expert Status".

I am going to see where this takes me, but I hope in the next month you will get to know me and what I am good at.

Are there things you would like to know? Today, I am going to share from the personal side.

When I am in my office, I fire up Pandora and have created a Depeche Mode playlist. Then Pandora delivers me happiness in late 80's tunes from Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, The Cure, Pet Shop Boys, Tears for Fears, etc. Every song makes me smile!

My two other favorite artists are Nicole Nordeman and Casting Crowns. They are the only two artists where I own all of their music!

As far as hobbies are concerned, I love to sing! Singing in the shower, the car, at church! If I have the opportunity - I am going to sing. I actually annoy my daughter because we will be playing Scrabble - and when I find a word in my tiles, I inevitably start singing a song with that word in it.

The other activity I love is Drum and Bugle Corps! If you aren't familiar with what that is, it's like Marching Band on steroids! Specifically, I work with the Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps from Seattle, WA. This corps has taken me on many a journey, whether that was trips to Denver, Florida or California to see them live, or taking a two week family vacation and going on tour selling souvenirs.

We now often spends weekends in Yakima with the corps and I am "fundraising chair" for this great group!

Tell me about your playlist and hobbies. I would love to know more about you as well!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Sometimes a transformation can look like someone losing weight and getting fit, sometimes it a color makeover, but sometimes it can be something as simple as a tweak in the way you think about things.

The theme for SIC:// is Transformations and yesterday, many were transformed in a very serious way .Thanks to the great artist and folks at Spring Creek Group. ( They transformed a number of attendees into their fantasy – from the rockstar, to the cape wearing superhero. This is the one of me – a double fisted, cell phone wielding Social Media superhero!

But, transformations don’t have to be quite that drastic.

For me, after hearing from Stefan Weitz at Bing, one of the simple things I might change is using Bing a bit more often, because of the relationship between Facebook and Bing.

The other thing that was obvious yesterday is it isn’t all about the presentations, but sometimes even more beneficial are the chance meetings in between. From the fantastic gals I met from Woot. ( or the employee from the Microsoft Store who told me to come in to the store and he will give me his “Friends and Family” discount. SCORE!

Did you have any moments? Get new information? What changes might you implement in your business as a result of what you learned?