Imagistic Grantastic Awards 2012

Imagistic, an innovator in technology and marketing services, is taking holiday giving to a new high. The company, located in Westlake Village, CA, has expertise in business technology strategy, technology forensics, RFP/RFQ/RFI consultation, internet and custom software development, content strategy, project management, design, and information architecture. They have designed and built some fantastic projects for Hollywood.com, CarsDirect and Network for Good.

Until last year, they did like most agencies do and sent holiday gifts to clients to thank them for their business. Being on the client side I have received these gifts too and love it when I get something really creative and useful. From reading my blog you my might foresee that I love the idea of giving to charity in lieu of tangible presents. And that’s exactly what Imagistic has done.

Imagistic has created a grant worth $20k in consulting services and will award the prize by selecting from the best applications. I’m honored to be a judge for 2012 and to help to select the project that will contribute the most impact toward bettering our planet.

From the Imagistic website: Grantastic from Imagistic

We would bang our heads trying to think of cool and innovative holiday presents to send to our clients and partners. We’d done it all – Mugs, Red Staplers, Canvas Bags, Feel Good Bundles (tea, incense and organic goodies) – you name it, we’d sent it.

So last year we decided that we were finally going to do something different. Rather than sending a cool tsotchke (one that will most likely end up in a landfill), we decided it was time to give away something with value – something that gives and keeps giving. We realized the idea was right in front of us. Why not give “ourselves” away?

So we decided to offer a grant of our services to one company or organization that doing something to better our planet. Isn’t that fantastic? We think so – in fact. we think it’s Grantastic!

I’m so impressed with the generosity of this agency and their clients who share this value and forgo their luxurious gifts in order to contribute to the winning cause. Applications have been submitted and are ready for the 2012 judging. By the end of March the winning project will be awarded $20k in technology and business services, the results of which will benefit the world for years to come.

Love What You Do

If you love what you do, you’re passion propels you forward. You find yourself so engrossed in the work that 1pm comes and goes and you finally remember that you forgot to eat lunch.

The pathways in your brain are firing and if you took a minute to listen to your body you’d feel your heart rate dancing the samba. And success follows.

So how do we get to that nirvana? First, you should realize that not everyday will be like this. There’s going to be one day you have to be the heavy and lay down the law with someone, and another day that is filled with frustrating tasks that have to get done. And yes, there may even be a day where you thought you were going in the right direction and you have to back track.

It’s important to love your everyday. But it’s more important to love the direction you are going in. You can make the most meticulous plans but keep some flexibility in there for diversions, for research, for instincts. Eye the horizon and not your feet.

(Get out the crackers, I’m about to lay on some cheese…) And as Terry the yoga teacher in Daytona Beach quoted, “It’s the journey y’all”. So love your journey and success will come.