Friday, September 14, 2012

You Found Me

So, after not speaking to you for over a year, we are somehow inexplicably linked out there in the ether.  I have no idea how that happened and to be honest, when I found out- I was utterly stunned into immobility.  I wanted to press that disconnect button that would sever our virtual tie, but curiosity got the better of me.  So it remains there like the gossamer tendrils of the spider web that connected us so long ago.


I'm wondering who will have the courage to pull the lever.....

Copyright Michelle Beckham-Corbin 2011-2012

Friday, May 11, 2012

Cycle of Life

Life is a never ending cycle: birth and death transform our world continuously. I say good bye today to my mom's only remaining sibling (of 8), Gertie Fontenot Jolivette Wilson and welcome the newest member, 36 hour old Peyton Elizabeth. We are given a short time on earth, our maxim should be to make a difference....

Copyright Michelle Beckham-Corbin 2011-2012

Friday, April 13, 2012

Cincinnati Social Media Marketing Series for Creatives & Others

Excited about a new partnership with the  Mason-Deerfield Arts Alliance in Cincinnati.  We have teamed to bring together social media educational programming for Creatives: artists, writers, directors of arts organizations, marketing managers for arts organizations and businesses, musicians and anyone who wants to learn more about digital marketing. Here's the full info:

Please join C3: Creating Connections Consulting, LLC and the Mason-Deerfield Arts Alliance for four (4) unique Social Media Marketing seminars that can enhance your marketing efforts; build awareness around your work or organization; and help you to connect with your target audience online. It is our goal to help artists, creatives and leaders of arts organizations to get the digital marketing education that they need to utilize key social media tools to their fullest potential. We're here to assist you in showcasing your work, your organization and your business in the best possible digital light.  Each seminar can be taken independently of the others, but as a series, are designed from an introductory level to the final advanced class.  Not in the arts field? Don't feel left out. Social Media Marketing is key for all organizations, non-profits, small business, and solo-preneurs.  All are welcome to attend.  Space is limited, so register early! 

Seminars and workshops will be taught by Michelle Beckham-Corbin, President & Social Media Strategist at C3. Creating Connections Consulting.  Michelle is a long time trainer and presenter in the social media education field and is a Procter & Gamble Marketing and Customer Business Development alum having spent 15 years with some of the biggest brands in the consumer packaged goods industry. Read more about Michelle here.

Introduction to Social Media Marketing (includes Pinterest)

Date:  Thursday, 4/19
Time:  9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (2 hours)
Cost:  $59.00
This seminar provides an overview of key social media platforms that arts organizations should consider integrating into their marketing efforts in order to reach their target market, build awareness, and establish relationships that lead to an increased call to action response.  We will examine: Facebook Pages, Twitter, Blogs, YouTube and the rapidly exploding Pinterest.  Examples from the Arts Industry will be show-cased and live sites will be examined.  Strategic planning and reputation management systems will be discussed. Participants from all fields and industries are welcome!

Learning outcomes:
  • Greater understanding of key social media marketing tools
  • Importance of setting a social media marketing strategy
  • Why goals and measures are important
  • How to create a social media plan
  • Reputation Management & monitoring tools

Additional courses include:

Facebook Page Timeline & Settings Optimization Seminar

Exploding Your Organizations' Reach with Pinterest

Facebook Page Marketing Strategies Seminar

 Copyright Michelle Beckham-Corbin 2011-2012

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

This I Believe

Recently read the book of essays entiled, This I Believe,  The Personal Philosophies Of Remarkable Men And Women edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman and have been thinking about what I believe in.  Here is an unedited post-morning coffee stream of consciousness regarding what I believe in. Would love to have you share your beliefs with me as well.

I believe in Integrity and Truthfulness
Standing up for what is right and just, not what is popular sentiment
Action and taking a stand vs. camping out on Wall Street and protesting
That any two committed individuals have the right to be together regardless of their sexual orientation
I am opposed to death of any kind: abortion, capital punishment, euthanasia, mercy killing, WAR
I believe in self-sufficiency and the community (neighborhood, church, support group, whatever) taking care of its own and the government NOT giving out handouts
I believe in the power of education, both formal and informal and its ability to transform a life
I believe that there is a heaven of sorts, not necessarily a place, but a state of mind
I believe that evil does exist and it walks the land in the guise of human nature
I have strong faith and love my Catholic religion while recognizing that other faith communities exist alongside- whether they are Christian or not.
I believe any individual who has led a good and faith-filled life will enter that state of mind called Heaven regardless of whether they are Catholic or Christian, Muslim or Hindu.
I believe in holding on to dreams and using them as guideposts for living.
I believe in the power to transform lives through actions and mighty endeavors.
I believe that you can have many loves in your life.
I believe that the power of friendship is more valuable than all the oil in the world.
I believe in believing in YOU.

 What do you believe in?

Copyright Michelle Beckham-Corbin 2011-2012

Monday, November 7, 2011


Frozen landscape

Dark, desolate

Sun absent in the sky 

Falling ash, ashen snow......

What would you do if there was an apocalypse and you were one of the few remaining on earth? How would your faith be tested? In the movie The Road based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the same title by  Cormac McCarthy, a man and his son find themselves in this scenario. The man’s wife has taken her own life unable to go on under the extreme conditions that they have been living under and hoping to create more of a chance of survival for the remaining two.  The movie follows the pair on the road to reach the southern coast to find warmth and possible life. Along the way their values are tested profoundly and the boy must make a herculean choice.  

What struck me the most was looking at the breakdown of society and the construction of a new order in which people were no longer valued for their humanity. To witness the savagery that people turned to in their desperation in order to survive was shocking.  It became a crowd mentality, where people acquiesced in order not to be on the outside: the ones attacked and ultimately eaten. There was a renegade leadership running rampant that followed the mantra of survival of the fittest and if you were outside of one of these groups, you literally were running for your life.

One image that continues to haunt me is the scene involving a loaded gun: their only means of protection. In this scene the father shows his little boy how to put the pistol in his mouth and aim upwards toward his brain for a quick and painless death.  The loaded gun that the father and son kept ultimately contained only one bullet and would be the saving grace to prevent the boy from a horrific end at the hands of the cannibalistic survivors. The father knew at this point that he was dying and would not be there to protect his son in the future. Such a tragic, tragic image. But within that image, there exists unconditional love.

Another theme that ran throughout the film and touched my core was that of trust. The boy asks a stranger at one point, “Are you one of the good guys?”. In a lawless and desperate society the role of good guy can flip on a dime. We can only trust our instincts and make a decision based on the information that we have at hand.

I suppose the answer to how you would handle being in a similar situation would depend upon your faith and your views of life, death and after-life. I hope we never see an apocalypse in a million lifetimes from now, but if we did, I know what I would do. 

Do you?

Copyright Michelle Beckham-Corbin 2011-2012

Monday, October 17, 2011

Nirvana & Naming

Just found an errant page that belongs to my unpublished novel. As I read the lines that were written five years ago, I was struck by the power of the words. The voice is that of Gabrielle writing of her soul mate, Jon, in the pages of her personal journal.  They are young adults who met as teens through an online game. Here is a small excerpt from a larger piece:

"We have shared so much
It is truly an incredible experience to be completely known
Every raw nerve, every idiosyncrasy exposed
And through this naked unveiling,  we remain close
Not frightened away by our own realities....

Sometimes we react in a series of classical conditioning scenarios
that we are unable to prevent from playing out
But no matter, we always find our way back to each other

Back to that feeling of being totally and utterly connected
To each other in body and soul

You take me to the highest heights
You make my heart soar
Over and over again
I am with you every time
Every single time
Calling out your name
Before I take that final leap off the mountain
You answer, "Gabrielle, I'm coming"
And you are right behind me; along side of me
Landing in a heap of blissful exhaustion at the bottom of that mighty mountain

Two blind people assisted by heightened other senses
Making sense of the world they have created
Living to love; loving to live........"

 Afterwards I picked up my copy of This I Believe, The Personal Philosophies Of Remarkable Men And Women edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman and read an entry by writer and activist Eve Ensler entitled "The Power and Mystery of Naming Things".  This quote really struck me:

"Naming things, breaking through taboos and denial is the most dangerous, terrifying, and crucial work. This has to happen in spite of political climates or coercions, in spite of careers being won or lost, in spite of the fear of being criticized, outcast, or disliked. I believe freedom begins with naming things. Humanity is preserved by it."

Not sure why both of these pieces struck me enough to place them together here in Kaleidoscope, but I'm going with the suggestion of my muse and perhaps later I will find a connection......

Copyright Michelle Beckham-Corbin 2011-2012

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Life Is What You Make Of It

Dreamer, Believer, Passionate, Extrovert, Unconventional, Eclectic, Empathetic, Analytical, Gifted, Intelligent 
When I think about who I am deep inside, these are the words that come to mind. They are words that many people have used to describe me. I love people- I love knowing their stories and I love connecting with their souls. If I can touch just one person in my day, then I label it a success.  My greatest joy is to see someone achieve and to help them reach their goals.

I feel that I have led a highly successful life: wonderful career with Procter & Gamble, many community leadership positions, international travel,  published work including a book on social media and the launching of my own company, C3: Creating Connections Consulting, LLC. Despite all of the professional accomplishments, my greatest achievement is raising two wonderful children who are both amazingly intelligent and gifted and who will go on to change the world. 

Tomorrow marks my 24th wedding anniversary, and in today's world, that is probably a huge accomplishment as well. To me it seems like yesterday.  A friend on Facebook commented to my status update about the anniversary with a question:

"You and Glenn are both wonderful people. We've been blessed to have met you both. You are a great couple. I'm sure you have some words of wisdom in how to make it last for 24 years. Any you care to share? Or is it like hiring employees - try to pick the right one the first time?" 

I took some time to reflect on this question.  I think the biggest piece of advice would be to really know who you are marrying; in other words, spend some time deeply getting to know what their core values are and if they align with yours.  The person should truly be your best friend and communication should flow freely and often between you. I think you need to be partners and equals in the relationship sharing everything from duties to dollars, while still maintaining your own identity.  There will be tough times and changes along the way, but it is how you handle these circumstances that make all of the difference.

So 24 years have flown by and it truly feels like just yesterday that we were dancing at our wedding. And if I close my eyes and press the knob on my jewelry box, I can hear our song play and see us beautifully executing the dance steps we learned at Arthur Murray. Two Procter managers with MBAs and a dream.....

Copyright Michelle Beckham-Corbin 2011-2012

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

East of Eden, South of Despair

Have been reading your blog lately
You claim to speak from the universal voice,
but it seems to me that you are battling personal demons
in your words
All this talk of rain and burning embers and
Sounds like you are dealing with loss
Loss of love
Loss of the guidance that never was
Loss of the dream
So drummer boy, keep writing
Keep waiting, but
never stop dreaming
because the truth shall set you free....

Copyright Michelle Beckham-Corbin 2011

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Snow Globes

Snow globes, like life, capture moments
Caught within the windows of time
Our minds remember the reels of yesterday,
But in the absence of fresher moments
We extend our understanding to be commensurate
With the present
Unfortunately, reality plays a cruel hand
And often what we experience in the present has
No resemblance to what was held in the past.

You had so much promise
Truly a mover and a shaker off to live a larger life
Than the rest of us
Something happened along the way
That I am not privy to
Something flawed and tragic and life-changing
Because you are no longer the same person
Yes, there are shadows of your former self,
Slivers actually, that poke through this “new” persona
But they slide across your countenance in a pattern
That leaves me confused and wondering if you are in
Full command of your faculties
Do you truly know who you are?

Copyright Michelle Beckham-Corbin 2011