Monday, March 22, 2010

Do Some Good, Have Some Fun, Attend a #Twestival

Last year around this time I attended a fantastic even known as #Twestival. This is a world-wide event that brings together the Twitter community in local parties for a global cause.

Parties are thrown in hundreds of cities around the globe to raise money for charity. Last year the charity of choice was Charity:Water and the global Twitter community helped to raise over $250,000 which assisted in the building of 55 water wells in Uganda, Ethiopia and India.

This year the #Twestival will be raising money for Concern Worldwide. A little bit about Concern Worldwide not in my own words:

"Concern is a non-governmental, international, humanitarian organization dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of poverty. Their mission is to help people living in extreme poverty achieve major improvements in their lives - improvements they can sustain without ongoing support."

Not only does #Twestival help to raise money for good causes, but it's also a really fun time. Last year I attended the local Toronto party, aptly dubbed #TwestivalTO. The party was at Circa Nightclub and featured great tunes, good times and lots of Twitter friends. In fact, it was at this party I met a lot of my online friends in real life for the first time.

If you don't believe me it's fun, just click here and check out the Flickr set of photo's from the past event for yourself.

Anyways. I hope that where ever in the world you're reading this from you can find a #Twestival near you to attend, and if not, you can always donate and watch and follow the parties online.

And if you're going to be at the Toronto party, make sure you come say hi to me.

For more info and to find a #Twestival near you check out the official #Twestival site. Through there you can usually get tickets to your local event.

So, do some good, have some fun, attend a #Twestival!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Apartment Shopping is Hard

Like I said in my last post, I need to move at the end of this month... and I still have no idea where I'm going to live. That means in two weeks I could be homeless.

Hopefully, that's not going to happen. I have a good feeling it won't.

The worst part about the whole thing is, I don't want to move! I love the apartment that I live in now. I've lived here for over 3 years (minus the time I was in Oz). It's the perfect location. It's a great size. It fits all my stuff perfectly. Best of all the price is amazing.

Prices for places have gone up since I found this place. Everywhere I'm looking that's semi-decent is at least $1200 for a one bedroom or $2000 for a two. It's a bit more than I'd like to be paying, but for a good place I think it's just what I'm going to have to do.

Another thing is that my current place has character. It's got an exposed brick wall and a great rooftop patio. A lot of the places I've seen are condos. THEY ALL LOOK THE SAME!! It's actually a little creepy.

Really, I think I'm just a bit weirded out by the idea of living in a condo. I've never lived in a building with more than six units in it, and even those ones were weird. I don't know why I think it's so weird, I just kind of do.

I am trying to warm up to the idea of one though. There could be a few good trade offs with living in one. The best one for me is a gym in the building. My current gym is very close to my apartment and I'll probably have to quit it at the end of the month. The idea of trading off a little bit more money in lieu of a gym membership is kind of good. Plus the gym would be right underneath me, which will make timing not always such an issue.

Anyways, I have no idea what's going to happen, but I had to write some of this down to get out of my head. I'm kind of going nuts and starting to freak out about it. I really don't want to be homeless. I have too much stuff to be homeless with.

I'll let you know what happens.

Sunday, March 7, 2010



It's been a while since I wrote something in here. My sincere apologies. But that's about to change, along with a bunch of other things.

March is a good time to start making some big changes all around. Why? Because at the end of this month I need to move into a new apartment, so it'll be like a fresh start. I plan on using this fresh start in a whole bunch of areas in my life.

For one, this blog. This blog used to be my only blog so I used to write about everything in here from personal stuff, to work related stuff, to whatever else I wrote about. Now I have a few blogs that I'm running and writing at the same time, so I'm going to try and keep them all a bit separate. This blog is now going to stay a little bit truer to it's title and become a bit more personal and about whatever I happen to be thinking about or doing when I write it. I'm also going to try to write here a lot more often. I know I've said that before, but this time I really mean it. Changes are happening.

For my more work related writings, such as PR, Social media and my quest to find myself the perfect job that combines the two check out (if you haven't already) the blog I started for a class in my Masters program but decided to keep going with, A Geek In PR.

Speaking of work related stuff, that's another thing I'm changing. I spent the last year and half in school and other ways learning and preparing for a job doing PR and social media work, but when I got back from Australia I fell into a job that is completely unrelated. I think I've become a little too comfortable there. While I have been looking for a job PR and social media, I haven't been going at it full force. Well, I'm going to step up my game there. Keep tuned here or on A Geek In PR for good things happening in this area soon.

I also have a few other changes to make in mind. There's some health related things I need to change in my life. I also need to actually figure out where it is I will be moving to at the end of this month. I'm going to save these things for some future posts here though. That'll make for content in the future and keep this post short. Always thinking I am.

Anyways, watch out for these changes, right here.

PS - I'm also making sure that every post in this blog has a song to go with it, cause I think that I let slip in a few posts in the past.