Breaking My Own Rules

As I ease myself back into work and life online, after taking some time out to enjoy becoming a parent for the first time, I find myself breaking all the rules I used to live by as a web designer. I am using my website as a work in progress, not a fine tuned polished showcase of my work. Instead it is me, in the raw, as I am at any given point in time. It is how you find me when you knock on my door in the morning and I have not made it into the shower as yet and I am still in my pajamas and have the most awesome bed hair!

I want my website to better reflect who I am, not only my polished work, but me, the real person behind my work, mad hair days and all ;)

Do Not Track

My thanks goes to Twitter for highlighting their support for Do Not Track (DNT) in their latest product and policy updates email I received today. I was not actually aware of DNT until today, which turns out to be a privacy preference that users can set in their web browsers.

Project XIII

Through watching Project XIII unfold and following the discussions surrounding the project over the last few months it has made me stop and think about what I really what of me out on the web and what I want to allow to be done with the data I do share.

Breaking My Own Rules

As I ease myself back into work and life online, after taking some time out to enjoy becoming a parent for the first time, I find myself breaking all the rules I used to live by as a web designer.

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

Yesterday Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Computer, passed away.

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

Steve Jobs changed our lives and the way we interact remarkably, he was regarded as a visionary and creative genius of our time.

I wanted to note this significant point in our history, and to share the tribute Apple displayed on their own website at this time.

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

Tribute: Steve Jobs 1955-2011

RIP Steve Jobs and thank you for all you have given us.

Facebook for a Reason, Season, or Lifetime?

I have read this poem many times and it definitely resonates with me and the friendships that I have had in my life.

Reason, Season, or Lifetime

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.
When you figure out which one it is,
you will know what to do for each person.

When someone is in your life for a REASON,
it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.
They have come to assist you through a difficulty;
to provide you with guidance and support;
to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually.
They may seem like a godsend, and they are.
They are there for the reason you need them to be.

Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time,
this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.
Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.
What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done.
The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON,
because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it. It is real. But only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons;
things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.
Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person,
and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.
It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

— Unknown

With the emergence of social networks, Facebook in particular, I am starting to ponder its place in our lives, and if indeed it is such a great idea to get back in contact with people whom would not otherwise still be in our lives.

Are there people in our lives, via Facebook, that are having an influence on us that are not supposed to any longer, as our paths already parted ways some time ago?

Should we be letting everyone from our past back into our current lives without any thought on their impact on our current lives, or the impact they once had in our lives?

Is it simply an ego stroking exercise that we are engaging in platforms like Facebook to reconnect with people from our past, that can only end it tears?

Or is Facebook giving us a precious gift of connecting with friends who have once been in our lives for a reason or season to once again come into our lives for another reason, another season or perhaps this time a lifetime?

I would be interested to hear your thoughts, my mind is still pondering :)

Pregnant with Google

I am 14 weeks pregnant with our first child and it has got me thinking about the information I have at my finger tips and if this is a good thing or not.

I have been relying on searching the Internet to help me learn and understand the first 12 weeks of my pregnancy, trying to determine what to expect and if what I am experiencing is normal or not.

I am trying to rely on my instincts and not be paranoid about every little change or occurrence, but am finding the more information I search for, the more I can become worried about the otherwise normal things I am experiencing.

One recent example was a tiny bit of blood when I wiped after going to the toilet, upon researching I got very worried about all the possible bad things that could be attributed to this and mostly ignored the other more normal possible reasons. I have had a scan and all is ok with me and the baby, and the bleeding was insignificant and just par for the course. My rational mind was no where to be seen on the information highway that is for sure!

I think it is great that there is so much information out there, I am definitely more knowledgeable about each stage of my pregnancy and the changes that are occurring to me and the baby each week than I ever would have been if I was having this baby 5 years ago, but for the most part, I am going to take a step back and just let nature take its course :)

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