Vlog #3: Awesome Book I’ve Been Reading

The top 3 reasons David Meerman Scott’s The New Rules of Marketing and PR is awesome:

  1. It’s a great intro and manual for social media content marketing
  2. It goes over lots of social media such as blogs, vlogs, podcasts, etc. and helps you determine which to use
  3. It even includes a guide to help you create your communications strategy!

Here’s the link if you’d like to check it out on Amazon (couldn’t add the Amazon display plugin since I’m on wordpress.com and not wordpress.org.)

Have you read it before? Let me know what you think, and don’t be afraid to recommend other books! (They don’t have to be about social media.)

How young is old? Making the most of the time I have, Part 2

Sorry it took me so long to get back to discussing this! I’m glad you guys liked my first post on this topic though =] Let’s continue our discussion…

PART 2 Where does work fit into all this?

The other day a friend of mine asked me why I work so much. I have savings and my parents are kindly paying my university fees and rent… so why do I always have a job? Food, clothes and movies don’t cost that much! (although university books do =/)

Is this the look of a workaholic? Working while others socialize

I guess there are 2 parts to this.

  1. Honestly, I just like to work. Internships and part-time jobs always teach me something. They stimulate me intellectually and make me feel good about being productive. I know this may sound strange to many people, but I just wouldn’t enjoy being a couch potato every once in a while if I wasn’t doing lots with the rest of my time. (Notice how this ties in to my other post about Growing Up Abroad ;D)
  2. Financial security. I have savings now, and I would like to keep it that way. I’ve seen what a depression can do the last few years and I want to keep adding to my little pile of gold, scrooge-style (that, and I do love to shop!)

Relating this back to getting old too quickly… is working part of living life to the fullest? Is it only taking away from the time I could be spending doing other things like traveling? It’s true that it has been taking time away from exercise, but I truly enjoy doing PR and social media for trint.me, a startup I started working for a few weeks ago.

My other job, BathFitter, I’m doing more for the money. I enjoy working there sometimes, but some shifts can turn out to be excruciatingly boring… Is that a good balance?

Should I quit my jobs and just enjoy life until I move to France?