My third 45 Conversations chat was with Paul O'Mahony of Change Agents. He is based in Cork, Ireland.
Early Learning & Child Care Consulting, ECE Retreats & ECE Workshops
My third 45 Conversations chat was with Paul O'Mahony of Change Agents. He is based in Cork, Ireland.
My second conversation was with Molly Cantrell-Kraig who lives in the Davenport, Iowa Area. She is the Founder and ED of Women With Drive Foundation. A nonprofit that provides figurative and literal vehicle to women in transition in order to enable their independence.
A conversation with Javier Leite; a photographer based in Irelend. He was my very first 45 Conversation.
Some early morning thoughts from Jane Boyd as she embarks upon a 45 Conversations challenge. Who knows where it will go?
July 4, 2012 – Update – As of midnight July 4, 2012 I had completed 24 conversations. Not bad really. I have had tons of fun doing this. As a result – I have decided to keep going until I get to the full 45! Really, it is the relationships and the conversations that matter the most. To see the full list of videos completed so far click HERE.
Original Post –
Call me crazy, but I have decided to attempt something that might just be more than a little bit challenging. I am going to try and hold #45Conversations over the next 4 days via Google + Hangouts On Air. Why would I do this? Well truth be told….I am still trying to figure out all of the reasons. That said, here are a few that I know of right now:
Just a few minutes ago, the calendar turned to July 1, 2012 here in Vancouver. That means it is now officially Canada Day here. This date truly represents the start of summer where I live – with the kids now out of school for two months, the weather shifting to mostly sunshine and many family holidays beginning to commence. Just after this event, my friends in the United States will also be celebrating their start of the summer, with Independence Day on July 4, 2012.
Now, I will tell you a little secret…. July 4th also happens to be my birthday. When I was a kid, my parents used to tell me that all those fireworks – in Canada and the United States were just for me. It was the best 4 day stretch ever each summer! As my birthday has been approaching this year, I have been debating just what I might like to do for it. The truth is that I am not much of a birthday person. That said, I felt like I wanted to do something just a little bit unique this year. I wanted it to somehow include a social media aspect to it. As such, I came up with the idea of holding 45 G+ Hangout On Air conversations between July 1 and July 4th. I have no idea if this is even possible, but I thought it might be worth the challenge of trying. I already have a pretty busy schedule set for the next four days – so this will actually be no simple task.
Yesterday, I had an amazing G+ Hangout conversation with Greg McQueen about the value of generosity and how it is something that is very much a part of the culture of online communities, relationship building and social media. This conversation reinforced why generosity matters so much to me and why I like to integrate it into everything that I do within the world of social media. As such, attempting to hold these 45 conversations just seems to be another way to demonstrate the generosity that exists within the online world. It seems like there might just be some good that could come from connecting with 45 people and talking about things that matter – work, life, social media, health, family, community and much more.
So…we will see what happens. I might make it to #45Conversations. I might not. It will be a fun and rewarding challenge. If you would be interested in participating please contact me via twitter @boydjane or leave a comment below. I will be using the hashtag #45conversations on Twitter should you wish to follow along there. I will also be blogging about this here and on G+ over the next four days. I will use List.ly to track who I am planning the conversations with and also who I actually end up successfully connecting to via G+ Hangouts On Air.
Call me crazy or call me ambitious, regardless, I have #45Conversations to try and make happen. Will you help me?
Below is my “Planning List” of people to connect with. Please add suggestions to it of people that you think might like to be part of #45Conversations
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Since Google+ first introduced Hangouts On Air last month I have been exploring a range of uses for them with a number of my colleagues around the world.
Google+ Hangouts have been around for over a year, but it is only recently that all G+ users have been able to actually make a hangout run live “On Air” whenever they want to. This means that anyone, anywhere can hold a meeting, gathering or hangout and make it immediately accessible (and live) to a wider audience via their You Tube channel. This opens up the door for some amazing possibilities.
Shortly after Hangouts On Air were launched I decided that it might be worth it to really start experimenting with them. I was quite inspired to try this after seeing some of the interesting ways that Bernie Goldbach was using the On Air feature at various education and social media events.
After some discussion with my colleagues April Ennis and Marti Konstant we decided that we would host a weekly (or more) Hangout On Air that we decided to call StartupJAM Sessions. The focus of these Hangouts are on business issues, lean startups, marketing, technology, social media, transmedia, online community building and much more.
Here is the list.ly which outlines the sessions that we have held so far:
Here is a quick update on Audioboo about some of the things that are going on in my world right now:
Tonight, my family dinner was cancelled so I was able to jump into #Blogchat. I have not been able to attend it for weeks; so it was really nice to spend time with old and new friends chatting about blogging. There are so many smart people who participate in #Blogchat. Being around them for an hour or so always inspires me.
Here are 3 things I was reminded of tonight:
You don’t need to write a huge post. 100 words counts. 300 words is great. 500 words is very often enough. Frequently, I end up writing posts that are way too long. So…keeping it short is ok…in fact it is a good thing.
Go for a walk. Go for a drive. Change your scenery. Figure out what works to tap into your inspiration. Do it often. When you find it….act on it. As the thought hits you – write it down. Put it in a notebook, on an audio recording, call your voicemail or whatever. Just get it out of your head so you can expand on it later.
Just keep practicing your writing. Exactly like when you learn to ride a bike. When you fall off – just start again. Writing is the same. It doesn’t matter how often you need to do this. Just keep doing it and write. Then write some more. Let go of the guilt you feel when you mess up. Just start again. Every day is a new day.
Thank you to everyone who was part of #Blogchat tonight. If you were there….what did you take away? What do you do to keep blogging simple?
This is my son Adam. He is 9 years old and is a special boy. Sometimes when I travel for business he misses me. Recently, I attended SOBCon in Chicago. The night before I was to leave, Adam told me how sad he was feeling and that he would really miss me. In an effort to provide comfort and to prevent him from focusing on my departure, I suggested that he give me something of his that I could take on the trip with me. This is a strategy that I have used over the years with my children. More than a few times, I have taken a little stuffed animal along in my suitcase and periodically taken photos of them here and there. In the past, I have always shared these photos with my kids after my travels – once I returned home. For some reason, this time, I told Adam that I would just Tweet pictures of whatever he gave me to take from along my travels. After careful consideration, Adam provided me with a well used and loved Lego Man. He understood that even though he would not see me the next morning, he would be able to follow Lego Man as he made his way to the airport (and beyond) via his Dad’s iPhone.
What happened next is where the story gets pretty interesting. My great friend and colleague April Ennis, who is from Prince Edward Island, tweeted me to advise that she would be bringing a Lego Lady to SOBCon as well. She thought it might also be fun for her two little boys back home as well. So over the next series of tweets, Lego Man & Lego Lady then made their plans for a grand “meetup” in Chicago at SOBCon. All the while, Adam (and the rest of my kids) were watching the adventures of Lego Man & Lego Lady unfold with great excitement. The fact that Lego Man had a friend who was going to join him in Chicago became a big screen attraction at my house; with the tweets and related photos being played out for all to see over the Apple TV.
All in all, Lego Man & Lego Lady’s adventures included multiple flights, scary taxi rides, daily walks with Marti Konstant, table hopping throughout the entire SOBCon weekend, dinner and masterminding with Chris Brogan & Jaqueline Carly + the Brogan family and friends, much ongoing love and care from Diane Brogran and a trip to their dream destination – the Lego store in Chicago. They were an amazing addition to the fun and brilliance that is SOBCon; while simultaneously bridging the distance between my work life and my home life.
Crazy as it seems, when I came back to Vancouver, I spent time thinking about what Lego Man & Lego Lady had accomplished during their travels to SOBCon. They were an ongoing topic of discussion while I was there; as well as when I returned home. Multiple people tweeted me wondering if they would see Lego Man again in the future. So over a period of days I bounced the whole adventure back and fourth with @AprilEnnis, @MartiKonstant and @Omaniblog. I even recorded an AudioBoo about the story and my thoughts after we returned home.
As I have considered things further I have come to recognize a few things:
It would appear that the story of Lego Man has only begun. Clearly, he represents a multitude of things related to how we integrate our work and personal lives. Further, he is a symbol who reminds us that every single one of us have lives that matter. Every person leaves behind people that they care about when they go to work, school, meetings, conferences and more. While we may need to put them aside for an hour, a day, a week or more – so as to focus on other responsibilities, the reality is that they remain with us in our hearts.
Stay tuned, Lego Man will be having ongoing adventures with me in the months to come. Together we will meet old and new friends, join in discussions related to how we all live, laugh & earn and will explore the intersection between work-life and social media. All the while, I know that Adam will be paying close attention to our travels.
How do you create bridges between your work and the rest of your life? What role does social media play in helping you maintain connections? Is your “life” part of who you are online?
PS – Lego Man is accepting requests for speaking engagements, guest blog posts and workshop presentations. Feel free to contact me at 604-807-0266 to discuss your needs further.
The moment when it all comes together can be a pretty powerful moment. Especially if it is the moment when your realize that you have been fooling yourself. Fooling yourself that you:
So, yes – you can continue to fool yourself. Yes, you can live with it. You can get by. Know this though, fooling yourself is a bit like having a cut that begins to fester. Until you really deal with the source of the infection, things just won’t be quite right. You can put band-aid after band-aid on the cut. You can try the fancy ones, the waterproof ones and even the most expensive ones. They will all work but only for a while – band-aids only last so long. Your life is exactly the same. Remember that.
The harder – but better – approach to take when you recognize that you are fooling yourself is this – know that you have been fooling yourself. Strip all of the excuses away and greet your new understanding with acceptance. See the new knowledge for what it is. Examine it. Explore it. Most importantly though – own it. Own that you have been fooling yourself and make no excuses. Don’t blame anyone or anything else. If you can do this, then you will be well on your way to creating the life you want.
Know this – only YOU can own your life. Only YOU can create the change that enables you to be yourself. Only YOU can initiate the momentum that you need to get to where you want to be. No one else can do this for you. It involves work. It involves commitment. It involves believing in yourself. It involves taking ownership of YOUR life.
Will it be easy? No – not right away. Will you immediately have the life you want? No – not right away. Will it feel good? No – not at first. BUT – over time things will happen. Important things that will change your perception on many areas of your life. As you begin to create the kind of life you want you will slowly begin to feel relieved. As you build a life that aligns with your heart and your mind, you will come to understand that nothing matters more. You will feel happier. You will feel more content. You will feel at peace with yourself. You will work better, love better and play better. You will be an authentic person in all of your relationships. You will attract people who “get you” and you will find yourself willing to give more to others. You will also be able to live without putting band-aids everywhere.
As you think about your life right now – what do you see? Are you fooling yourself into happiness? Do you own your life? Remember, while there are two choices that you can make – there really only is one that will get you to the place that you are meant to be in. What do you choose?