2015 is hours away from ending and with 2016 right around the corner I wanted to reflect on the past year. The ups, the downs, and all the in betweens experienced. Every year I go through my memory box pulling out all the things I’ve saved in the past 365 days.
Above are all of the items I’ve collected in my memory box throughout the year. Everything from concert tickets to wine corks. Everything has a story, everything has a reason why I chose to save it.
I remember ringing in 2015 with my Mom and Kathy, Susie’s mom at the Hard Rock Casino last year. I was stone cold sober, and down a couple hundred dollars, but Mom and Kathy were having a great time so it was all worth it. Throughout the year I’ve struggled with staying focused and motivated with business. Not because I’ve started hating what I do, but because I’ve been lacking the creativity from within that I’ve had in years past.
In June I drove up to Missouri to spend just about a month with my BFF and her family. We talked, laughed, I probably cried. We went to the NKOTB concert, it was such a great time. I personally think that one of the best things to have happen to me during that trip was reconnecting with one of my oldest, dearest friends. We hadn’t spoken for years over something dumb, petty, and just plain ridiculous, but I’m so glad that we got together to talk while I was up there because my life is so much better when I have good friends in it, especially friends that really know me.
KiMedia Strategies turned 4. FOUR YEARS OF AMAZINGNESS! Four years of hard work and hustle. So awesome!
July was FWCON out in Orlando, 3 crazy fun days of food, wine, and amazing people at Rosen Shingle Creek.
August I turned 35 and celebrated at the casino with some pretty great people.
Somewhere in here I was awarded the HCC Community Impact Award by the students and faculty of HCC’s entrepreneurship program. I was shocked. I cried. UGLY CRIED to be exact.
September Brent, a colleague & owner of Ella Bing Bow Ties, & I pulled off our 1st Annual Beer and Bow Ties event to benefit the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. It was amazing to see how many people would come together to support such a great cause. We raised over $11,000 which was mind blowing.
October I met my cousin Laura in person for the 1st time mere hours before her and I road tripped to New Orleans for a few days. I had such a good time and was sad to see her go home, but excited to pick up my Joshua from the airport in NOLA to spend a week partying in the French Quarter. We ate, we drank, we laughed, I got crabby when I was tired, but we had an amazing trip.
November was a very busy month for KiMedia Strategies. I’m not used to being so incredibly busy during the holidays as most of my clients in the past would be experiencing their slow seasons at that time. This year was different due to more retail clients. I learned a lot the weekend of Thanksgiving. I learned that I need help. I need to start trusting someone else with different aspects of KiMedia Strategies.
In December I drove back up to Missouri for Friendsmas 2015 with the BFFs (Chrissy, Don, & Jeremy). While I was up there we had a Gingerbread House reunion with the kids we taught years and years ago, their parents and teachers we worked alongside of. It was so crazy to see where everyone is now in their lives. I also enjoyed a lot of time with other friends and of course had to head over the river into Illinois to see the Koens, my second family. It was a short 13 day visit crammed with hugs, laughs, selfies and a lot of whipped cream….for the game Pie Face 🙂
This year I have taken on 13 new client accounts for KiMedia Strategies while only losing a few. I’m closing out the year by sending off one final 2015 proposal that could very well put that number at 14 OR start 2016 one up.
I can only hope that 2016 brings me more traveling, laughter, time with friends and family. I know there are going to be bumps, challenges, highs and lows, but I can’t wait to see what happens. Who knows….maybe I’ll meet Mr. Right this year. Stranger things have happened.