Monthly Archives: January 2011

Jamie 3.0

Introducing myself to 2011!

I’ve done some pretty cool things in terms of personal quests for knowledge so far this year and we’re only 26 days in! I participated in my first Twitter chat with #smmeasure, hosted by Marketwire and Sheldon at Sysomos, I’ve started using Hootsuite to manage my personal twitter, Rock For Humanity’s twitter and my WordPress blog, and I’ve got this fancy WordPress app on my phone now so hopefully I’ll be able to blog way more since I’m very rarely at my own personal laptop anymore. I’m hoping that my thumbs and writing skills don’t suffer from this Blackberry blogging…
I’ve started following some new blogs that keep me motivated, inspire me and help me maintain a positive attitude and its all helping! I checked out my Klout score and compared to other people I admire or who inspire me as well as people that I view to be “on my level” and I’ve set some personal goals to help improve my score. I suppose these are more personal goals since @JamieLeighTO is my personal account and noone measures it (yet) except myself. Personal goals are important to me because I like feeling motivated and accomplishing things. This is also why I make indepth to-do lists; I love crossing things off my list!

I’m extremely motivated right now to advance at my current job, excel in my PR certificate courses at U of T and start applying to Community Manager positions like this one at Redpath that I wish I could apply to. I’m not leaving my current job anytime soon, but my interest in PR and Social Media is currently driving me in a bunch of different directions and Community Management is something I’m really interested in. I’m waiting to finish my courses and certificate first so I have lots of skills and the time to really focus on something new.

Even friends of mine are really starting to succeed including Steve’s Eudora Foods. Steve and I were both students in the gifted program and were in the same, small classes from grade 5-8. We rode the short bus together 🙂
Steve is all up on Twitter and blogging so you should check him and his yummy sauces and recipes out.

Resolution Time

I thought long and hard about New Years resolutions this year. I decided not to make one. Mostly because I couldn’t think of anything I could decide to do and follow through with for the rest of the year. I constantly work on trying to be more active and eat well and for the most part, I’m successful. Sometimes I guess. I want to call my mom more, tease my brothers less, do yoga, run a marathon, climb the CN Tower, make someone smile every day…and the list goes on. But none of these seemed resolution worthy.
Then I came up with it – ME! I have all of these professional goals spinning around in my head right now. They depend on finishing my courses, they depend on me building things like my blog and Twitter and being more creative every day. They depend on me reaching certain financial goals and taking risks.
2011 IS GOING TO BE ABOUT ME! And me reaching my goals.
It’s so rare that I am able to put myself before others. I’m constantly looking for ways to make other people feel good about themselves and reach their goals BUT MOVE OVER WORLD, IT’S MY TURN!

I’m going to tweet, blog, create, learn and grow. I’m going to build on my knowledge and put myself out there. I’m going to promote the hell out of myself and I’m going to succeed! (And I’m going to think positively while doing it!)

2011 is the year of ME!

Merry Christmas You Filthy Animals!

Merry Christmas!
There is so much about this time of year that I find exciting and fun, but this year I was especially excited to spend time with my family. I have always been close with my family and my mom is one of my closest friends, but there was some sort of urgency in spending time with my family this year. Something was/is different about it now.

As always, it was beautiful. And by beautiful I mean hectic, rushed, fun, stressful, filling and comforting. I arrived at my parents (okay, by arrived I mean my mom picked me up just off the Gardiner) with a HORRIBLE cold. So bad that I even took myself to the walk-in clinic before going home for the holidays so that I could assure my whole family that I had been checked out and wasn’t going to die/pass on something really horrible. I went home on Christmas Eve, grabbed my Dad’s car, drove to Toronto to pick up the boyfriend and presents and drove to his parents house in Whitby. Had a festively tipsy night there and my first turkey dinner and woke up after 4 hrs of sleep to drive back home to Brampton in time to open presents with my family. We still do the up at 8am to open stocking and presents because I’ve got two younger brothers and I guess we’re real big on tradition. I’ll admit it, I love it.

For Christmas we have two big days – one for my Dad’s side of the family and one for my Mom’s. My dad’s is a smaller family and Christmas is a bit quieter than the wild one for my mom’s side of the family. Traditions for both are changing since all of my cousins are getting older and either bringing boyfriends and girlfriends or having to miss Christmas for one reason or another.
While sitting around the dinner table (okay, 4 dinner tables pushed together so that most of us can sit together) with my mom’s family, my uncle and I talked about just how special it is that we can do something like this. There are so many of us on that side of the family and we are all able to get together and get along (for the most part) every year for Christmas and Thanksgiving and sometimes a few other times in between. I used to feel so much older and isolated from my more than 20 younger cousins, but now that they are all getting older we all get along so much better and usually stay up later than all the adults catching up and playing drinking games with all the newly legal ones. Christmas is always a nice reminder that another 40 people REALLY love and support me unconditionally and really DO want to know “how school is” or how “that job is going”.

And apart from all the family love and attention comes the gifts. Now that I’m older (read: broke) a lot of my gifts are things that I need or want and can’t afford to buy for myself. Here are some of this year’s highlights (according to me):

My youngest brother was really creative and got me a pass to go snowboarding with him one day this winter. He knows I’ve been complaining that I haven’t gotten to go in 2 years so now I have no excuse AND I have someone to go with 🙂





All in all,  Christmas was a great visit with family. Now bring on next year!!