Since my last post, we have been hard at work behind the scenes getting everything in order for our Holiday update. Each year, as we continue to grow, I seem to forget just how many things need to get done to pull everything together for our biggest update of the year. It's like throwing a party for thousands of people and all of the components needs to come together, at the same time, to make it look effortless. PHEW! Now that it's finished, I can sit back and enjoy the view!
As I'm leaning back in my chair looking at the finished product, I cannot help but to reflect on the bigger picture. Not only are the Holidays a time for celebration, family, and shopping, but December 26th will mark our 6-year Anniversary. To think, it was all sparked by an idea, ignited by my Husband's approval ("Well, if you can do it for 6 months, you won't have to get a job outside the house"), and the flame was lit by my Dad's financial contribution and contact to a Web Designer. Within 5 minutes of my site being live on 12/26/01, I had my first customer and it has never stopped since.
Jill often says to me: "Do you ever step back and take a look at what you've accomplished?" The answer is usually "Not until you brought it up". But the truth is that sometimes I do. When I think of all of the opportunities that have come my way it's humbling: The Ritz Carlton, Club Libby Lu, The Palms Resort & Casino, the Chicago Tribune, and so many others that I have worked with over the years that have transformed and grown my business into what it is today. I am always grateful and appreciative for each and every one of them just as I am my customers. For without them, there is no me.
On a personal level, the Holidays and New Year are also a time for reflection. The ending of old friendships give way to the beginning of new, which are a welcome distraction. They force me to stop working, if only for a few hours, to enjoy laughter and much needed "Me Time" (See previous Post 10/5 for explanation). Whether it's a Girl's Night Out, Bunco, or a few Martini's at Olive Black, they always leave me refreshed and renewed for the next day.
With each passing year, I become increasingly grateful for the important things in my life: Family, Health, Friendships, & Business.. in that order. Because together, they form the foundation for true happiness and success..in life.
Take a minute out of your day to ask yourself the same question that Jill asks me: "Do you ever step back and take a look at what you've accomplished?" Your answer may vary from mine, but chances are, you've come a long way baby!
Dessert du Jour
Gingerbread Girl Charm