2009 was a trying year for many of us. It was certainly the most tumultuous year of my life. So today, the first day of a new year and decade, also the day I finally launch my new blog, I would like to reflect on this past year as my way of saying goodbye and proclaim all the ways 2010 will be different.
- I had my first real heartbreak.
- I was laid off from a dead end job, which turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to me.
- I pushed myself to go outside of my comfort zone and network with the NYC tech and PR community. I met many amazing professionals who became much more than business contacts. They became friends.
- As a result, I spent several months immersed in the company culture of theKbuzz, where the staff became a permanent part of my family.
- I immersed myself in work so much that I lost all sight of my life on the outside.
- I lost touch and later reconnected with some of my oldest and dearest friends in the world.
- I started speaking to my mother again after months of radio silence.
- I took risks, which paid off for the most part.
- Time and time again, I let fear keep me from living up to my full potential.
- I didn’t always keep my word.
- I made many mistakes.
- I began the year with a clear vision of my ideal destination personally and professionally, but that vision became very blurry.
I met and got to know many amazing individuals who each had a valuable lesson for me. Some of these people are…
- Carrie and Dave Kerpen who taught me what it means to never accept no as an answer.
- Andy Dixon who taught me the importance of keeping your word.
- Matthew Knell, Gradon Tripp and Meg Fowler who taught me the meaning of unconditional generosity.
- Rebecca Corliss who taught me how to live, work and breathe everyday with a song (or rap for that matter) in your heart.
- Damien Basile who taught me tenacity.
- Brian Simpson and Drew Olanoff who taught me that laughter, love and passion for life truly are the toughest medicine.
- Sherri Langburt (good client, great woman) taught me how to do business with compassion.
- Karen Nicole Costa taught me that the most beautiful sound in the world is a giggle.
- Brett Petersel, Khayyam Wakil, Oz Sultan and Zachary Adam Cohen taught me that no event is ever too serious for #shenanigans.
- Julia Kaganskiy who taught me that when you have someone who believes in you, you can accomplish things you never thought possible.
- Gary Vaynerchuk who taught me that one of the keys to success in business is loving your family.
- I will keep my word.
- I will finally and actually move out of my current apartment.
- I won’t let fear paralyze me.
- I will take more responsibilty for my actions.
- I will not get caught up in the negative.
- I will remember all the ways I am lucky not the least of which is because I am alive.
- I will be on time!
- I will try to detach myself from my phone more often.
- I will publish blog posts on a regular basis.
- I will continue making lots of mistakes.
- I will meet many more amazing people and learn many more life lessons.