Archives for June 2010

Happy Social Media Day!

Happy Social Media Day!  Today is the day when we celebrate all things Social Media.  A day where we acknowledge Social Media and all the contributions it has provided to improve communication and collaboration with networking, businesses, education, nonprofits, multimedia & entertainment.  A day where we reach out to all the people  we have developed relationships with through the use of Social Media and possibly cultivate new ones.  A day where we also honor all the developers for making this day possible.  My hat goes off to you!  Let’s get Social today and interact!

Some of the popular Social Media Networks tools are  Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Fourquare and Flicker.  However, the common thing about Social Media is that it enables us  to listen as well as interact.

Here is a list of  useful Social Media Networks:

Communication

Collaboration

Multimedia

Reviews and opinions

Today is also the day where we cordially  invite  people who are currently not using Social Media to join the bandwagon and celebrate Social Media by creating a Social Media account and start engaging.

Start small by opening a Facebook or Twitter account and then use the reference table above to slowly build the social networks you collaborate in.   If you are an existing Social Media user you may want to use the list to continue to build your network.   Looking forward  to connecting with you!

How have you found Social Media useful?  Are you celebrating Social Media Day at local  Mashable Social Media Meetup?

10th Annual Street Painting Festival

It’s a beautiful day for a Street Painting Festival!

Old Town Temecula Street Painting Festival marked the 10th year of success with professional artists, new comers & aspiring artists sharing their talent by painting beautiful pieces of art on hot asphalt.  The Festival offered great food and beverage, entertainment, music, art, and many different vendors selling a variety of merchandise and services throughout the Old Town Temecula area.

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The 3 day Street Painting Festival wrapped up on June 27th with awards given out at 3:30pm.

This year’s award winning street painters:

Best in Show - Gayle DuRivage, 2010 - Meditations.

Best Black and White – Cecelia Linayao of San Diego, "The Color of Beauty"

Best Youth - 15-year-old Alina Bartolina-Yerma

Best Newcomer – Norberto Villez of Murrieta, "Portrait of Inspiration"

People’s Choice (tie) – Lee Rupp of Winchester - "Psalm 46:10 - Be Still and Know That I am God"

People’s Choice (tie) – Rebecca Hayes-Johnson

Tech.Food.Life Weekly Wrapup 6/26/2010

Top 5 Articles:

1. HOW TO: Organize A Successful Meetup

This is a great Mashable article to plan your first meetup or  to fine tune your existing meetup planning skills.

2. 5 Ways Making Post Go Viral on Twitter and Facebook

This article was recommended by @2tomorrowknight.  Great Read with tips on how to make your post go viral.

3. Meet–or Exceed–Your Customers’ Expectations

How to reap the rewards of customer loyalty by proving you’re reliable and dependable.

4. Firefox add-on encrypts sessions with Facebook, Twitter

Firefox releases extension that lets people encrypt their communications with Facebook, Twitter, and other sites.

5. Photo Essay: 18 Natural Wonders of the USA

Travel enthusiasts shares his love of the USA with some amazing photos.  Must see article.

Life Lessons

I celebrated a special birthday this month.  It was one of the happiest days of my life because we welcomed a new addition to the Smith family with the birth of a grandchild and celebrated an older and wiser me.  After reading “The 45 lessons life has taught me” by Regina Brett,  I  realized that life has many more lessons to teach me and that we are all still learning:

“To celebrate growing older, Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me:

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come…
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

What life lesson has life taught you?

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