Categories: Cool Facts, Culture, Featured, Social Media, Theories & Philosophies
Written By: Niecee
The last half of 2009 was a busy year for me but maybe this list will help recap saying goodbye to 2009 and hello to 2010.
1. Touring the Pacific NorthWest on the Road. I had never seen what the Pacific NorthWest looked like, so we took a roadtrip to San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver. Portland has the best culture, shops, food, and one of the greenest cities in the world. Seattle had beautiful scenery. When you grown up in California you don’t see many tall “green trees.” I have to admit as I drove up the 5 and saw the detour for the 101 in Washington for a split second I thought about heading to “Forks” wearing my black version of the Twilight Jacket, LOL. Vancouver was a great coming into Canada on train. Especially White Rock, you don’t see beaches like that in Southern California. Can’t forget the Wasabi Mayo Hot Dogs from Japa Dog.
2. Met New Friends in Social Media. The best thing that came from working in the Social Media industry is the amount of friends that you meet. I’ve met so many people in 2009 through Twitter. You run into each other at conferences like SXSW, TWTRCon, 140 Conf and discover that we all have something in common and enjoy sharing our ideas, thoughts, having good conversation, and overall enjoy each other’s company therefore creating truly a “unique” community. I know all my friends alone in LA that I’ve met through Twitter we’ve created quite the group of friends and can only be better in 2010.
3. Goodbye Blackberry Hello iPhone 3Gs. I’ve had my first cell phone when I was a Freshman it was a Motorola Flip phone. Thanks to AT&T’s lovely “upgrade every 2 years” plan I always tried to get the best phone they had available. I had a Blackberry for 2 years and refused to get sucked into an iPhone or at least until it got to the point where I felt like it could do almost everything I needed it to do.
When the 3Gs was available I camped out and stood in line on the first day. The video capabilities was what sold me. Finally a phone that would allow me to film & upload in a matter of seconds to 12 seconds, UStream, & Youtube in a matter of clicks. I’ve even organized all my dashboards with Echofon & Foursquare in the footer for easy access. Life is a lot more simple with an iPhone, except when you’re amongst a bunch of other iPhones and you can’t text, dial out, email, or tweet. NYE this year at the Red Bull Travis Pastrana jump was a big indicator of that.
4. Creativity & Inspiration. When you’re stuck in your day to day grind you tend to lose your creativity aspect of your life. So you look for channels and avenues that will help bring inspiration and creativity back to you. To find that inspiration within people this year was difficult. Especially when we were in a recession and people are losing their jobs & there’s no motivation. I started to say to myself maybe the recession isn’t such a bad thing. During the Depression, many photographers found creativtiy through captivating opportunities to take photos. As pull out and grow from this recession only innovation and creativity can stem from it.
5. Discovering the Past. A couple of nights ago. I discovered a journal that I had written in and the first entry was made on January 1, 2000. For some reason I had decided not to go out that night and decided to write about my first year in college and how what my life was like in college. I continued to write in the journal a few more times that year and then stopped for awhile. In 2002 I picked it up and started writing again and then stopped. In 2004 I started using the journal to write quotes.
Random quotes that I had read or that I had heard or that I had made. In high school I used to write poetry all the time and then stopped. In 2004 when I started writing those quotes it eventually turned into my writing outlet. When I created this blog it became my writing outlet.
I think no matter what I do or where I go. I will always have an outlet to express my ideas & thoughts. Wether it be typing and posting on Niecee.com or writing in my tiny notebook I keep in my purse.
2010 is going to be a great year and I’ll be here to tell the story.