DATE: 04/02/2009 11:28:44 AM
I don’t know if anyone out there is like me, but as a 38 year old working mom, I’m doing the best I can to stay current (and dare I say, ahead) on social media. I know that if I don’t, there will be a younger, smarter person coming along behind me that will pass me by in my career.
I have been trying out several social media sites over the last year and love some (Twitter) and hated some (MySpace) and am currently having a love/hate relationship with some (Facebook). I am also the biggest fan of my google reader (reader.google.com) and I highly recommend it for busy parents. My concern is that I am spending time with family, at work, and now with social media and I am losing some of my creative edge.
I started thinking about this idea of my “Challenge of 3” when I began getting numerous facebook requests that asked me for the Top 25 of this or of that. It was ridiculous. I decided to pare that down to Trisha’s Top 3 and challenge myself to stick to it.
You can help keep me in check because I am making my commitment here (in public) and will have to post how I’m doing against my goals. They are simple, really. They are:
- I will play my piano, not some digital keyboard, at least 15 minutes EVERY day.
- I will read something non work related for at least 15 minutes every day.
- I will do at least one creative thing each day.
So, as background on the piano goal, I took 9 years of lessons as a child. I am not a natural pianist meaning I cannot just hear a song and instinctively play. However, after many years of lessons in classical music, I can read music and teach myself almost any song. I just never EVER do it anymore.
The reading goal is one I need because I rarely read for fun anymore unless it’s something online.
The creativity goal is a good one for me because I love scrapbooking, cross stitch, drawing, painting, etc. I just don’t make time to do it on a regular basis.
So- those are my personal goals for the month of April. Let’s see how I do! And, let me know if you do similar challenges for yourself.
p.s. Today after the kids left for school, I played songs from the musical Rent on my piano. It felt wonderful.