In my memories on Facebook today, this memory from seven years ago popped up. Today marks seven years since my daughter and I left Nova Scotia. For those of you who haven’t been readers for years, you may not know Common Cents Mom had its roots in rural Nova Scotia. Seven years ago, we boarded the Ocean train and headed west. I had two goals when I left Nova Scotia. Get my daughter away from the extreme bullying that had plagued her and get her the medical help she would need to recover. The second goal was to start working in the social media area. It was a field in its infancy.
First, that trip on the Ocean was beautiful. Thanks to a lucky win at an event and an invitation from Via Canada we have been home twice since we left. Both times we have taken the train. It really is our favourite way to travel. The one thing though about that trip that was not pleasurable was our arrival. We arrived as the G 20 was ending and they stopped the train in Oshawa. Nothing was getting into downtown Toronto or beyond and we were going to Waterloo to stay with friends till we found temporary accommodation. It was a nightmare as we worked our way around the the city but thanks to GO Transit we got to Mississauga and our friends picked us up from there.
Now let’s look at all that has happened in those seven years:
Meeting Goal Number 1:
Getting medical help for my daughter took time. We were here for almost 2 years before she saw the doctor who could diagnose her and get her the resources and medications that would allow her to flourish. It was a battle. A battle we can say we won. My teen graduated at the top of her class as an Ontario Scholar and Love of Literacy winner. She even got accepted into the program that was first on her list. She will be attending Seneca College soon.
New life goals are on the horizon for her and with her tenacity and creativity, I know she will do great things. As for her mental health. she has been quite stable for the last few years and that has been such a blessing.
Meeting Goal Number 2:
While in Nova Scotia, I worked in a call center and then virtually for Comcast. It was while working for them I saw how vital it was for a brand to have an online presence and to have that presence managed well. I handled my first customer care case via social while Twitter was still in its infancy. Long before the title community manager and social media manager were known job titles. I grew a blog and community based around personal finance starting the first personal finance chat in Canada long before the banks and many others. They followed the path I started.
My blog has been acknowledged on many sites, and on many lists over the years and I have been blessed to work with many brands.
As for working in the world of Social Media, Donna Marie Antoniadis gave me my first break when she hired me to work for Connected Multi Media, it was there I learned how to do social research, competitive analysis, how to teach social to employee teams., and how to grow communities for brands. With her, I got to work across seventeen verticals for TeleTech, work with my first app as I worked on Yoddle campaigns, and then work on campaigns for Canadian Beef and the Chicken Farmers of Canada.
Shortly after I broke out on my own as a freelancer. One of my first brands that I pitched and gained as a client was Flipp. You know that app most of us have on our phones today. I hosted their social launch with a great Twitter Party and shortly after that became their Community Manager for eighteen months. I also worked freelance for brands like Blow Me Cool, Silver Compass, and the last app that I launched was Caddle. It even had four of the Dragons from Dragons Den wanting a deal.
I have also been blessed to speak on the topic of Community Management at Podcamp Toronto, ShesConnected, Blissdom Canada and Be Connected.
Then last fall, after one of my main income sources ( an ad agency) went bankrupt, I got a contract job that I love with Spin Master. I am doing exactly what I set out seven years ago to do.
I would say we have met both of the goals I set out with for that I am thankful.
Now it time for me to celebrate with my girl as she returns home from writing her last high school exam ever. Here is to the next seven years and whatever they bring!