1. I had an awesome week working a hugely successful conference downtown. There were some really inspiring and insightful speakers (like a guy who creates crossword puzzles for the New York Times and this guy who left everyone in tears), but I really enjoyed a keynote about how LEGO saved its company from the brink of disaster. It went off the rails for a number of reasons, including trying to provide be the toy maker for everyone, including those who don't like construction toys. It saved itself by getting back to its roots and realizing that by putting constraints on innovation, like providing a limited number of pieces and colors and shapes, it inspired creativity. Like these ducks, which were built by attendees and are all slightly different.
2. I stayed downtown for the conference and was reminded why what I do matters. Working in social media, lots of people want to think anyone can do this job. I tweeted a photo of my room and tagged the hotel, and they sent me up a surprise batch of cookies as a thank you, in my favorite flavor, which I'm sure they learned from Twitter. Simple, yet deadly effective. Not only did I instagram and tweet a thank you, I told multiple people at the conference about it. This small act happened because of social media, cost them nothing and yielded all sorts of advertising you can't buy.
3. After all that, I had to engage in a little treat yoself when I finally got home after sitting in traffic for an hour. I love that my fervent tracking of this year's Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout yielded enough of this super rare brew that I can open one up to celebrate a job well-done whenever it strikes my fancy.