Saying Goodbye to 2013

Good-bye-bye-2013To say that 2013 wasn’t a tough year for me is an understatement. From being let go from a company I worked for over 12 years at the beginning of the new year to losing my mom in the last part of the year. Though it wasn’t a totally bad year, there were some great moments.

I won free tickets to go see Lady Gaga in concert thanks to Samsung and a simple tweet.

I got to celebrate my birthday this year in Puerto Vallarta and my oldest sister came by for the visit. It was one of the most relaxing and wonderful birthdays I’ve had in a long time. I got to visit different places in and around Puerto Vallarta including Sayulita Mexico.

I got to go to the Canadian launch of the new Rolls-Royce Wraith in Vancouver, which resulted in a later trip to Phoenix Arizona for the North American launch and test drive of the amazing car.

I enrolled back into school taking a social media marketing course as well as Photoshop and Illustrator.

I landed a great position with Stockhouse Publishing as an account manager creating digital strategies for publically traded companies. I’m treated amazingly there and it’s great to work for a company that values their employees feedback and is fully transparent in all aspects of their business.

Throw in there amazing friends and family, this year is ending up on a strong note.

What holds for 2014? I will continue focusing on myself this year, both personally and professionally. I want to continue with further courses and of course I want to travel more.

Best wishes to all as we close 2013 and welcome 2014!

Vancouver Snow Day

We don’t get many snow days in Vancouver, but when we do the city explodes with photos of the wonderful white stuff.

This morning while walking Junior at the park, I took the following photo before all the snow was washed away in the later rain that is expected.

Vancouver Snow Day

So if you can, get out there and take your photos now before the regular Vancouver rain starts and washes all the loveliness away. And by all means, take it easy out there as the sidewalks and roads are slippery.

 

New Christmas Ad by Apple

I posted this earlier on my Facebook profile, but I thought I would talk about it here as well.

Yesterday, while watching television, I was captivated by this small ad. At first I didn’t know who it was for, but the story grabbed me. A teenage boy, looking semi lost and deep into his phone, while life around him was playing out during Christmas. There were some similarity with that boy and I was captivated by the rest of the commercial.

While the rest of the family thinks he isn’t paying attention to them, little do they know as he surprises them all on Christmas day.

I’ll be perfectly honest, I’m a sucker for these types of commercials – remember the Tim Horton Christmas ads? But this year with the death of my mother, a part of me wanted to be home for the holidays and relive those fond memories of our family gathering on Christmas Eve and being together. Alas this year our family is spread out across the world.

Though I’ve always realized this, but somehow forgotten, we all grow and move in different directions and this time of year is a celebration of family. Even though I can’t be there with my family to celebrate, they forever will be deep in my heart.

Merry Christmas and thank you Apple for making me feel so loved!

X-Men: Days of Future Past – Trailer Teaser

One of the most anticipated movies of 2014, X-Men: Days of Future Past‘s director Bryan Singer will be hosting a Twitter chat on Monday October 28 where he will answer fans questions on all things X-Men and beyond. You can follow along on Twitter by using the hashtag #AskSinger.

In preparation for his chat, today Bryan Singer shared a sneak peak of the movie’s trailer.

The full trailer will debut on the 29th following the chat so stay tuned for that!

On a side note I love the way Fox is using Instagram and Vine to help create buzz around the movie and getting fans excited about this movie. It seems now-a-days anticipation of movie trailers is almost as high as the actual movie itself.

Twitter Changes Their DM Rules

It looks like our little favourite bird, Twitter, has made some changes to their Direct Message (DM) rules. Normally you would have to be following someone for them to be able to send you a DM, but now Twitter allows you to open up to the world and receive DM’s from anyone on Twitter.

Twitter DM SettingsWhat does this mean for you? Well if you want to be able to receive a DM from anyone, go into your settings and just check off that lovely square, otherwise just make sure it’s unchecked.

I for one don’t mind a DM once in a while, but I really prefer someone sending me a public message to get my attention. I think this will also make sure that I’m not spammed by every bot out there.

So why is Twitter doing this? My first assumption is that they want to be able to sell a feature to Marketers to allow them to send and target DM’s for campaigns. This would be a great revenue generator for them. I can see it now, I’m tweeting away about a show or product and then automatically will receive a DM from a brand regarding it. I for one will making sure that is turned off, as it’s bad enough getting those @messages from spammers.