Changing the world: One day at a time

Hands up, hair wind-blown and throat raw from screaming…my ride on the 2007 roller coaster of life is coming to an end. Thank goodness. This year has been the most challenging – personally, professionally and financially.

(Photo courtesy Flikr/realkuhl.)

"A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water." -Eleanor Roosevelt

Did 2007 reflect lessons learned in 2006? Challenges built scar tissue necessary to accept opportunities.

"Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t." -Eleanor Roosevelt

This past year, I questioned me: What do I represent? The definition of our industry has been debated numerous times. Occasionally, I confuse this professional identity crisis with my identity.

There are too many year-end lists to post here, so I built lists on del.icio.us to track 2007 updates.

Blogs are ten years old. We now enter the tween years…let the fun begin.

Trends

"Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people." -Eleanor Roosevelt

Has Facebook outgrown its welcome? We shall see… Until then, I will stay away from the vampire applications and may add scrabulous…did you know I have never even played Scrabble in real life? Connie Reece, please share your wisdom! For now, I will stick to playing chess in real life to keep strategy insights free of rust.

Predictions

"Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself." -Eleanor Roosevelt

I am depending on all of you testing beta programs to keep me in the loop! I’d be stoked if I could play with seesmic this year, but I don’t think this app will be sent my way before public explosion. Applications like Zoho are invaluable and I will continue to use and pass the word.

Year In Review

"One thing life has taught me: if you are interested, you never have to look for new interests. They come to you. When you are genuinely interested in one thing, it will always lead to something else." -Eleanor Roosevelt

My RSS reader has been cleansed. I have been introduced to new voices and rediscovered some voices buried in unread posts. Communications feeds are now in Google Reader and all news/personal interest feeds remain in Bloglines.

Your Direction

"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do." -Eleanor Roosevelt

Lauren’s Direction

"People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built." -Eleanor Roosevelt

One of these years, I will learn how to play the cello, but in the meantime I resolve to continue contributing to the community:

  • Mondays: Communicators Anonymous-Twelve Step Principles(1/mo) More info soon!
  • Tuesdays: Marcom Colloquy-Former students guest posts
  • Wednesdays: Life Artist/Communicators Anonymous-Mashup More info soon!
  • Thursdays: Now Is Gone
  • Fridays: Communicators Anonymous-Zany topics

My intention is to attend three major conferences (some like this) and meet some virtual friends face-to-face! I have several colored paper clips to barter for registration fees…

I am debating whether to pursue my PhD…my plate is full with family, teaching at Northwood University, my virtual presence and real job, but the challenge and research is intriguing! I would love to be a professional student.

For now, I am living one day at a time.

Cheers, good friends (true definition)!

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