So, Friday was another birthday.

How old you ask? Well I am not yet at a point where I feel the need to politely hide such details, so I will answer. Friday I turned 36. The age itself does not seem to be terribly important in and of itself, at least as a number. I used to think before I turned 30 that somehow this thirty-something period would be frightening. Luckily, that has not been the case at all.

I have decided to shake things up as of lately though. So this year should be interesting. I took the plunge about 2 months ago to leave ‘the man’ per se and resign from my corporate design job of 7 years. I came to the conclusion that I wanted to point my career and professional time more in a direction of web 2.0, virtual worlds and other social media technologies. When I left the ‘day job’ I didn’t even dare try to explain my work in the virtual world Second Life. Eyes glazed over when I mentioned the term blog even. I figured I should just leave it at that.

So it is a brave new world, ripe with the rewards of being master of my own fate (for the most part) and also sadly, payer of my own health insurance. I so far don’t regret the decision. Although I do have my days of worrying that my path is not quite as stable and straight. But, I have always been a fan of the ‘road less traveled‘ and look forward to the adventures it will bring.

Going down this ‘social media path’ has already lead to meeting many amazing people in the last 2 years. I look forward to many more great connections and hope I can bring a bit of my expertise and care to those new people I do meet along the way.

So, in some ways this is more of a ‘Happy New Year’ than a ‘Happy Birthday’ post. But, it sort of fits. Thanks to all I have met along the way and I hope for a great year to come.

Til later – take care.

Joyce