How I Spent My Twitter Vacation

When Twitter went down with no warning on Thursday morning, my first reaction was annoyance.  I was in the middle of my morning ritual of checking overnight posts, replying and RTing where it made sense, and generally getting up to speed – and this unexpected downtime interrupted my schedule. Drat.  Oh well, I’ll grab a coffee and it’ll be back up.

But of course, it wasn’t.

So I went over to Facebook, which for me isn’t my preferred vehicle of conversation.  Commiserated with a few fellow Tweeters who, like me, were starting to get twitchy. One dear old friend suggested to me that perhaps I needed a 12-Step Program…

I knew he was joking (really, he was!), but it did prompt me to realize that I was spending too much time staring at the screen, simply waiting for the bluebird to rise again.

So I walked away from the computer. I actually sat and read the paper. I called my mother. I curled up with my frail little 16 year old cat and told her how much I loved her.  And it felt good.

When Twitter came back up, I was relieved and happy – but I also reminded myself to approach this platform I love with a little more objectivity, a different perspective.  As much and as often as I am on Twitter, and as much as I value who I know and what I’ve learned there – there a lot more to savor.

So, no 12-Step.  But certainly one important one for me.

Getting Over the Hump…

Just a bit of personal reflection on a Sunday morning…

It’s now August.  And for me, it’s a pivotal time.  I’ve got to use this month to get our Ottawa house up for sale, de-clutter and streamline what possessions we want to hold onto and prepare to move my husband Dave and me to Vancouver and the West Coast I’ve come to love.

It’s not an easy decision.  All of my family is here – mom, sisters, nieces, nephews – and our little great-niece Kyra Alicia, born just this week.  I have a few very good and supportive friends here.   But it’s time to make a move.

The winters are hard.  A large house is too difficult for us to maintain.  Now that Dave is at retirement age, it’s a good time for a change of scene.  And at 55, I need to go where I think I have the best shot at working in the PR and social media professions I’m so passionate about.  I figure I have another 15-20 years in me:-)

So, wish me luck.  It’s definitely a ‘hump’ month.  I may not have time to post that much.  When I do, I may be bitchy.  Bear with me.  I’m relying on that light at the end of the tunnel.

And, oh yes – I’m available for work, either on the West Coast, or virtually.  Spread the word.

Thank everyone.  Good vibes, words of encouragement and a swift kick if I need it are all appreciated.

And if you’re also facing challenges this month, let me know.  We’ll help each other.

Happy Hump Month.