Lately I’ve been putting the foundation in place for some really amazing work that I believe is about to take off, and I have been thinking about how I use this blog.  In the past month or so I have shifted my focus toward pursuing consulting opportunities and even partner opportunities with a start-up community, which I’ll talk about as soon as I’m able to.  I would like for this blog to be much more about what I’m doing and the business that I’m creating and less about commentary on the social media and marketing field.  I hope that’s OK with the readers out there that have been following me.  And by the way, I think this will be much more interesting actually!

This doesn’t mean that I won’t be talking about social media, because it is a major part of what I do, but I want to show how I’m using it personally and also for clients.  I’ve written about this before, but I want to work with clients that are really trying to have a meaningful impact in the world, and I can’t think of a more important time for this to become a reality.  One of the clients that I’m working with is focused on helping people discover themselves through a unique, transformative experience with horses.  More on that soon.  I’m also working with the Atlanta Community Food Bank (I am also on the Advisory Board) creating a social media strategy, internal policy, and tactical plan for the organization, which is one of the biggest Food Banks in the country and serves over 700 partner agencies in North Georgia.  These have been really fun to work on because I can see the difference they are making in the world.  This is what I’ve been wanting to do with my career, and it’s turning into reality.  I believe it’s because I put my focus squarely in this area, so the opportunities are lining up.

I run across so many blogs from people that are truly living mindfully, and I thought it would be appropriate to highlight some of the people that have inspired me over the last 6 months or so.  Perhaps most significantly is Chris Guillebeau.  His blog, The Art of Non-Conformity is one of the most inspiring of any I have ever read.  Chris has chosen a different path for himself that is far from the mainstream, and he is on his way to achieving his goal of visiting every country in the world by his 35th birthday.  Another is Sarah Robinson and her blog Escaping Mediocrity. She has been very transparent with how her journey is unfolding and I find her writing to be quite refreshing.  Hildy Gottlieb and her Creating the Future blog is also a big one – she is in the process of renaming the Community-Driven Institute, and she is doing so out by allowing her readers to participate in the renaming process.  Very cool!  And of course, my good friend Lewis Perkins, who was inspired by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and created a blog called Women Are Saving The World Now.  Lewis is very passionate about this topic and has interviewed some amazing women that are doing exceptional work out in the world. These are some of the people that inspire me in my daily life.

So, as 2010 progresses, you can expect to see more of this type of writing on my blog.  Especially after I sell my loft!  I plan on traveling quite a bit this Summer and meeting some of the people that have inspired me in my own work.  My road trip to Alaska that I’ve wanted to do since I was 19 is on the agenda for this year.  Who knows what exciting connections I’ll make along the way?  Stay tuned if you’re interested in following me on this journey.  I promise I’ll be more active with my updates.  Thanks for being here!

Photo: ACFB Advisory Board’s annual Kids In Need toy drive