Limits. Triggers. Emotions. High on the agenda this week. So many things happened... Not just with my clients, but in me, too, and, on so many levels, in our global interconnected world, and in the world of social media, too. Hard to find the right words...
Realizing that something limits us from growing further, or keeps us limited, like rock walls - it’s often our beliefs and mindsets. Like what keeps us back from showing up on social media and talking about our business.... and being really ourselves.
Today I’m bringing a story with the bears. I just love how they still keep showing up. I have been enjoying greeting and meeting them during the New Zealand lockdown weeks, somehow they always brought a smile to my face. I imagine you would have seen some, too?
Here is a story inspired by the bears who keep showing up.
Today I am really excited! Something big is happening behind the scenes. The past few months have been big for me. I feel a lot has shifted, and then these past 7 weeks in the “lockdown” made me reflect even more.
It was really like a “lockdown with myself”. Nowhere to run, nowhere to escape, just let a lot of things go and decide to face some really uncomfortable stuff and look into myself...
Left with big questions. Came back with huge answers I could only dream of. - Takeaways from the Social Media Industry's biggest conference #SMMW20
When I left for Social Media Marketing World to attend the industry's most prominent, and probably one of the last conferences of this scale for this year, I intuitively felt that it will be a significantly different experience to the ones I attended before.
Why? Because it coincided with a time when I was beginning to shift focus. It started some months ago. I decided to pause, and look at things that really make my heart tick, to look at things that really matter. I decided to set off on a new journey, and traveling to San Diego was part of it. I went there to ask big questions, and find even bigger answers.
And then, the world entered a new phase. The timing couldn't have been better, ever! Never a more exciting and empowering moment to dive deep! The unprecedented global situation has prompted others, too, to ask big questions. And I, also, continued on this journey. We are becoming part of a big puzzle. Together.
I wanted to write about my takeaways right after the conference, as I usually would do. But the moment wasn't right. I was distracted and tempted trying to answer some burning questions in me, and often triggered and challenged by factors I could not control. A much needed and extended pause. I'm happy I waited till now. The time is right now to share.
Here is what I learned from the conference, and looking back now, what it gave me to prepare for these special times and everything ahead.
This is about creativity and letting things flow. First, letting things go, and make their way through. Allowing space to happen. To fill up and create something new. Words can't really describe. So I went to art to express the process.. Two merging in one, and emerging as one. But here are some words. It is going to be deep.
The topic that initiated it: why do we post what we post? Why do we do what we do? Does it happen from a place where we are fulfilled, or does it happen from a place where we need to be fulfilled? There is a big difference. And people can feel it.
Acknowledging sadness today. It was a tough day. I got very triggered by something. I decide to go into it. I wanted to acknowledge the process. The feelings. Being honest. With myself. This picture is a tribute to reflecting on the sadness that was still there from what I felt after working myself through several other feelings. I wish I could express it better with a picture, but I also love the details in this.
This whole thing came in a very uncomfortable and interesting time. I was just about to "appear" on Zoom as I had a podcast interview we had scheduled with Sania for today. I had to get ready for the "show" to bring my best self. We met 3 years ago at Social Media Marketing World. She couldn't make it this year, and she asked me after the conference if she could interview me on my takeaways and what trends I see coming.
But then, the crisis hit...
What does being social mean? The topic today. Lots of questions emerge as I look at my needs, others' needs, the current situation, locally, and globally. The traditional, creative and innovative ways people get social nowadays. The digital environments that aim at or can facilitate a social connection. Situations when we think we get social but feel more isolated than ever.
Can you be social in physical isolation? Can you be isolated and disconnected when you are present physically... but actually, not present at all?
This leads me to presence. How to be present?
Today it was nostalgia, remembrance, gratitude posts, articles looking back to bring inspiration from the past, daily diaries & vlogs with the most diverse lockdown moments, old black & white photos reappearing, funny and embarrassing Zoom moments shared and going viral - like people forgetting to turn off camera when going to the toilet - #homeconferencelifeohyeah and ultimately, sunsets... and yes, painting.
And... marketing & advertising on Social Media - a topic we've been discussing with some clients today. It seems like it's a topic that triggers many and sparks lots of conversations and emotions.
Yey, I moved in to my flash new office today. The air is nice and fresh up here, and I even got the latest version of the realPhone, look!
And... I'm all by myself. Now I can get all that work done. Oh, but wait, where is the "work"? Oh, and I just realised I am not alone.
Hi, I'm Bea!