Friday, 17 December 2010

My thoughts in response to a message doing the rounds on facebook

I have seen posted and reposted statuses written by people that are unhappy at saying happy holidays instead of merry xmas. These messages have been posted by friends from australia and overseas.

This is an example of one of the messagesWe can't say Merry Christmas anymore. a Christmas Tree, it is now called a Holiday Tree!!, because it might offend someone, They call it customs and WE HAVE OUR TRADITIONS! Screw them this is our country and our traditions YOU DON'T LIKE IT GO BACK HOME!If you agree with this PLEASE post this to your status. Oh yeah and by the way. "MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

I even "lost" a facebook friend the other day when i responded. I tried not to be rude but apparently they still felt i was rude. I am not addressing this to anyone in particular. THis is a collection of thoughts.

Some of the messages state that "happy holidays" is political correctness gone mad, some blame Barack Obama (and his holiday tree), some blame multi-culturalism.

I say Merry Xmas, Seasons Greetings, Happy holidays and happy yule. I am not being forced to say this nor am I being politically correct. I am Pagan and i do not find it offensive if you wish me merry xmas. I celebrate xmas as my family and friends do. I am amused when people mention it is a christian celebration when most of the christian traditions have been absorbed from pagan traditions (and other nationalities). Some traditions are relatively modern in comparison to others. Xmas traditions evolve.

I wonder why people are offended at acknowledging that other people having different holidays too. Most people i know say seasons greetings (an expression that has been around for many years) or merry xmas.... even those that do not celebrate xmas. I do not feel threatened by someone saying god bless to me even though I do not necessarily believe in the same god as you.

I do not find multi-culturalism a threat... I am not 100% australian and i relish that. Many of our aussie customs are not our own and some of the xmas images that we hold dear do not gel well with the australian society anyway.

and for anyone that takes offences at my use of Xmas..... it has been used for several hundred years and it has religious significance too.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

The time is almost near - successful IWYS applicant to be announced soon.

The successful IWYS applicant will be announced December 15, 3.30 pm EDT. I took a look through most of the videos today and left some love. I'll try to finish that task tomorrow as some videos have no comments at all. I wish I had thought of it sooner (or at least acted sooner) but i only browsed through a few of the videos as I was worried that my video fell short. Depending on the time of dat i rate my chances from slim to pretty good.

I am aware of my shortcomings with my video application and my videos of the past year. I am aware that I have improved and I know that I will continue to improve. But will that potential shine through when Jason and his panel discuss the final applicant.

Had I realised that the end date would be extended I would have held off and submitted a better application video.... or would I? Fear kept me from applying sooner so maybe I would have still held off until the last minute. I also held off as I thought the wahms i promote would need my services more.

If I am the successful applicant i will be heading off to a few conventions to wear tees and film; a bodypainting and facepainting convention, and several pop culture conventions. It would be my aim to have my pic taken with as many celebs and attendees as possible.

I would love to do a bridge climb while wearing the tees, and maybe go to the zoo. I have lots of ideas including filming around my little village.

I would like to say thank you to those lovely friends and family that did vote for me (and to those people that i don't know that still voted for me). I appreciate the support. It will be extremely disappointing if I am not successful. I'm glad I applied :)

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

I wear Your shirt - last mission

The last mission before the successful applicant is chosen was to promote coke zero. This is a chance for me (and others) to show what we can do. It is important for me as I joined at the very last minute and my video was roughly thrown together. I carefully planned the Coke Zero video but things still went wrong and I almost took that as a sign to quit.

However, things go wrong from time to time for Jason and Evan (eg wrong size tees, tees not showing up) so I kept perservering. I checked out the other videos and almost talked myself out of it but I decided to have fun with my video and I hammed it up.

Friday, 3 December 2010

My dream job

Hello. I know it's been a while but I have been deciding the future of TEEs Me, Please! I had a chance to submit an application to try to win a spot to work with IWYS (I Wear Your Shirt created by Jason Sadler is the business that inspired the creation of TMP). I did discuss the possibility on my facebook fanpage as I didn't want to apply if the WAHMs I promote felt they had a need for my services; only one person replied and told me to go for it, follow my dream etc etc.

I still talked myself out of submitting an application as I kneww my equipment wasn't reliable etc etc then I found out that was a moot point. If I got the job I'd be supplied with the equipment so I could apply. It was last minute and I didn't want to create another hit and miss video so I created a slideshow to submit; after an hours work or so on it I found I couldn't upload the slideshow to youtube as required. I didn't want to lose my shot so i threw something together.... some novel and cute. To see the video and comment/vote on it please see the link below.

The job is to be a shirt wearer for IWYS. Everyday of 2011 i would wear a sponsored tee and promote the business/cause/event/person for the day through pics, videos, blogging and interacting through social network. This is a chance for me to use a lot of skills that I have gained over the years (I am a facepainter, i have a theatrical background, i run storytime at the library, i have a B/A and love to write and I am overall a creative and social person).

I have a chance this weekend to put together a special promotion as the next requirement for applying for this job. I'm very excited at the idea. Votes alone won't get me this job which is great as I am behind on votes. Being creative, sharing my video across the social media networks, etc will give me a decent shot.

I really want this job. I have allowed fear and depression to eat away at my self-confidence but when I am promoting businesses (esp with a shirt) I find i am confident. I didn't want to abandon my wahm friends but i do also need to try to provide for my family, and to take a chance to follow my dreams. I'm serious about getting this job.