Sunday Morning Soliloquy - Musings of an Urbanite: A Year in Review - Personal

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A Year in Review - Personal

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To pay respect to 2009, I wanted to write a blog post reflecting back on the year from a personal perspective. I will also write a reflective blog post from a professional perspective (though some of these will overlap). I think it is best to post as a list.

  • I spent a lot more time with my dad. Even more than usual (I normally see him once, I now spend about 2-3 days a week hanging out with the old man. I work from his office about once a week and in this time, I realized, he is hilarious. More hilarious than I previously could have imagined.
  • I was able to take an amazing trip to Thailand and Turkey this year. I always wanted to visit Thailand (wish I could have stayed more than one week) so it was a nice dream trip come true. I visited a gay bar in Chiang Mai where I was instantly crowned a princess and given a Tiara.
  • princess in a gay bar in Chiang Mai

  • While in Turkey, I was able to meet my cousin's daughter for the first time. I was also able to make some nice connections with the W Hotel in Istanbul and the brand new Four Season's in Istanbul
  • Four Seasons, Bosphorus

  • I met my web pen pal of thirteen years, Vivek, in person. We met in 1996 in a Duran Duran chat room and we chatted nearly every night after. Vivek was able to come to the US in 2009 and stayed with me for one week in Chicago.
  • I became more heavily engrossed in Sunday Morning Soliloquy and started to take it more seriously. I went to multiple blogging conferences, I printed business cards for my blog (weird for me at first but people love them - or they secretly mock me - in either case - whatever). I was able to build a presence for this blog, a blog that talks about nothing in specific and everything in general. What's the point? I like to contribute useful information on Social Media Marketing. It helps contribute to my personal brand and it actually gives me a better understanding of how online marketing works in various capacities. Plus, I have a place to sound off, and, I like learnin'.
  • I grasped the idea of creating a Personal Brand and worked to develop that persona. It is a notion I am uncomfortable with because I am a horrible self promoter but it is a necessary evil when you work in marketing, (especially when you're out on your own like me).
  • I had some nice "wins" and some really nice "near wins" in business. I was given the opportunity to pitch some really nice pieces of business, some of the best ones I did not get but I was happy enough to be considered a viable enough candidate.
  • I went to Vegas a couple of times (I love Vegas). One of those trips was for BlogWorld, which was great!
  • Since we're on the subject, I also went to Blogher
  • I dated a "dude" for a few months. It was like the movie 50 First Dates, we dated for four months but each time I felt like I was meeting him for the first time. He was so one dimensional, he bored me to tears. Oh, that's a good post, the worst dates of 2009!
  • My grandmother died. She was really old and suffered from dementia so it was for the best. It was really difficult on my mom and I wish I had supported her better though the whole thing.
  • Had an incredible time at Lollapalooza and covered all three days on my blog
  • I made Twitter my whole life. Yes, I am serious. In 2009, my life started to revolve around Twitter and I am proud to say it! I made so many new connections thanks to Twitter - some of the best professionals I've met in a long time. It is the best networking tool I have ever stumbled upon. Speaking of, I created a StumbleUpon account along with every other social bookmarking site.
  • I met Chris Brogan and Chad Vader - that's not an accomplishment, I'm just sayin'
  • I met Amanda Chapel - now that IS an accomplishment
  • I got into a big fight with an angry mob of Mommy Bloggers That one hurt a little, they're mean!
  • I quit drinking for a month (but I do this a lot, I like to test my will power)
  • I finally discovered Pandora
  • I got a Mac
  • I coined the term "Lostafarian" - a LOST reference. If you love Lost as much as I do, you're a Lostafarian.
  • I would say the best part of '09 has been realizing what is most important in my life (and it is not the material things). I had less in '09 than I did in '99 but it is the happiest I have been in a long time. I never allowed myself to get upset by the economy or my economic situation. Instead, I stayed very positive and put my energy into picking up new skills. I have wonderful friends, I feel good about the ones I kicked off the Island and the new ones I've brought onto the Island.


Evan said...

Nice post!

Colin said...

Very cool, Leyla. It's funny when we discover human things about our parents that we never realized before!