Happy Mother's Day Mom!

When I was Young - Mom and me Today is a bitter sweet day for me. Even though my mother is still with us, she still isn’t all with us. After her stroke we lost a bit of my mother and that part of her is never coming back. She was a strong woman and mother! Some would call her supermom! She worked 2 jobs, fed us dinner everyday, and kept our huge home cleaned, and loved us like no other mom could.

Though I wish I could call her or better yet be there to give her a hug and a kiss, I don’t think she would understand that today is her day!

At any rate, I’m going to celebrate her, celebrate the mother I know and remember. I’m proud to be called her son. She has taught me so much and has taught me the meaning of love.

Happy Mother’s Day Mom!

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A New Work Chapter Begins

For those that do not know, my position at Marketwire was eliminated in January of this year. Now, after 3 1/2 months of being unemployed, I’m excited to say that I have accepted a position as a Client Account Manager with Stockhouse Publishing Ltd.

Stockhouse is an amazing source for the investor community. Not only does it give investors the ability to manage their portfolio, it allows them to make valuable decisions regarding companies. My role will help companies tell their stories to the vast network of investors as well as help them market themselves online. I’m excited about the amazing opportunity the position offers and excited at where the company is heading. With my help our clients will benefit greatly!

It’s been a process getting to where I am today and I couldn’t have done it without the amazing support of my family, friends, career coach and my amazing social media networks. I am completely blessed to have you all in my life.

The process has taught me many valuable lessons, and I promise to blog about them in the future. I believe that what I’ve learned along the way will help anyone who is currently looking for employment.

So as of Monday, my “funployment” ends – not that it was really “fun” per-say, but I am happy to be getting back to work on Monday.

Day of L'Amore Approaching

Photo by @evg_pilagova | #love #sweet Yikes, when did Valentine’s Day sneak up on me?

It’s hard to believe that tomorrow is the big day devoted to l’amore. Yeah I know that Valentine’s Day goodies have been out since Christmas ended, but I guess I haven’t been paying much attention to it since I’ve been out of work for the past month.

At any rate, I currently don’t have anything planned and I need to think of something fast. Normally we don’t do too much on Valentine’s Day except we make a point of celebrating at home and enjoying our company together. I’m not one for the big romantic dinner out, though I do enjoy our date nights throughout the year and this day, to most, is just another day.

Luckily I still have a full day to think about what I’m gonna do. I might pull off a surprise, or it might just be another day of just snuggling on the couch as we watch some good tv programming. Yeah I know, what a life :).

How are you going to be spending the day? Do you have a special someone? Or are you like some people and just consider it a normal day?

New Year, New Changes

Photo Walk  11 When I began the new year, I had a different plan in mind for making it a year of change and growth. With the elimination of my position at work, which I was very proud of doing and had so many great things in mind to make it awesome, I’m now stuck wondering what I’m gonna be doing for the rest of the year.

Well now that things have started to settle and I’m coming to terms with it, I’m starting right here with a refresh, of sorts, of my blog.

I’ve began with changing the theme and changing the cover images you see when you come onto the blog. I’ve also started to add a menu system where you can find specific posts easier and where I can highlight posts I’m proud of.

This is still the early stages of the refresh, but I hope you are enjoying what I’ve done so far and keep coming back as I make small tweaks here and there. I’m not going to have a big launch party like my friend Marc Smith is having for 30 Day Adventures next week, but seeing him refresh his site has given me some ideas of my own.

So 2013 is looking great so far. I’m happy right now and will continue to be happier as the days continue. In the interim, if you know of anyone that is looking for a social media savvy guy that can help with digital strategies, let me know! I’d love to work with you and with your clients to make them the best they can be!

Oh You Intranet You!

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With my recent position at my work as an Internal Brand Ambassador, I’ve been working on creating  better internal communications as well as training and bringing employees up to speed on the use of social media for their day to day work (and life).

Lately I’ve been challenging myself. Our intranet isn’t where I want it to be and nor where it should be for our company to be honest. I’ve been researching on the internet to get a glimpse into what it takes to have a great intranet. I’ve been to several conferences and listened to many great speakers talk about their intranets and how it functions.

There are service providers out there that help companies get an intranet up and running and I do want to the intranet to be the best it can be. I maybe getting ahead of myself here as I’m working on getting a proposal of some sort in place to share with my boss on how I see and plan to improve our intranet.

Has anyone worked on their intranet within your corporation? Did you have a process in place? What did you see as some of the major obstacles?

I’ll try to document as much as I can to share my knowledge as I go on this road to improving our intranet. Granted I don’t really have the “go-ahead” yet, but as part of my roll I do want to make a difference and how our intranet is perceived and used.