So many people have helped me get where I am today. Etiquette says I should write each of them a letter expressing my thanks. And I would gladly do that. But then, no one else would know about these wonderful people. So I have decided to show my appreciation a bit more publicly!
First, many thanks to Ken McArthur. You took a chance on an inexperienced event planner while you were launching jvAlert. Through the course of our relationship, I learned a great deal about marketing and building a business and you built jvAlert into a phenomenon. Along the way, I think we became friends. And when it was finally time for me to step out on my own, you were one of the first to encourage me to follow my heart - and to give me some much needed guidance. And you finally convinced me to attend a jvAlert event, which is where I met so many of the others who have helped me. Such as...
Ronda Del Boccio. Together we sat and talked and laughed - and came up with the idea that became "The Adventures of Traveling Bob" which has since grown and will soon launch the new site It Should Be a Dog's World. Nose kisses to you from Bob and many hugs from me.
Carrie Wilkerson and Bob Jenkins - you both were already so successful and yet you took the time to sit and talk to a complete stranger and total beginner. Together, you taught me how to get started and never once did either of you make me feel out of place - not even when I bugged you both for photos so I could have proof that I had actually met you. It was you, Carrie, that gave me the idea for BoomerBizCoach and it was you, Bob, that told me about blogging - which was my first step online.
Bev Mahone - you decided I was a Diva and invited me to join you and an entire group of Divas. Along with forming many friendships with the ladies in your network, I learned so much about PR and marketing and interviewing. I've gotten pretty good at this whole self-promotion thing thanks to you!
Felicia Slattery - although we had never met, except online, you quickly extended a hand and made me feel at home in a roomful of people that were successful beyond anything I had ever imagined. I could have felt lost and out of place and therefore would have missed out on a wonderful experience. You quickly put me at ease and introduced me to everyone, never once indicating I was not quite in the same league as most of you. I was just your "Ryze buddy." And you did push me to finally get on Facebook - although I'm still not using it effectively. But I will! Promise!
PopArtDiva - yes I know your name but you will always be PopArt to me! You do such a fabulous job on all of my graphics - and you don't go crazy when I change my mind about something or get sidetracked and forget to forward photos or ideas to you. You held my hand when Bob was sick and you actually understood and prayed with me for his recovery. Thanks for understanding that he is a dog but he's also my four-footed baby! You have provided a shoulder to cry on through family crises and a cheering section for my successes. You have been a sounding board for ideas, encouraging me when they were good but not afraid to tell me when they were awful! You've taught me more than I could ever hope to need about design. Along the way you have become my very dear friend. And you taught me to make a darn good martini!
Thanks so much to all of you for all you have done for me. It is deeply appreciated!