I’ve done a recap of business wins this year, and my team shared a list of personal wins. This holiday season I spent some time thinking about my favorite experiences and accomplishments this year. I thought about the people who’ve made my life better this year and my favorite moments. Some are more personal while some are related to my work — the best touch both parts of my life. I’m happy to capture them here and I hope you’ll share some of your favorites with me.
Several of my favorites this year include running, but my top favorite related to running is the wonderful, supportive, encouraging group I meet with to run regularly: The Running Buds. Our Facebook group now includes more than 300 people, with small groups meeting regularly to run. This year I ran with the Buds on early summer mornings and on many (most) Saturdays. I ran with the Buds on my birthday. I joined the Buds for runs to kick-off holidays and even waited out a thunderstorm one fall morning. So much of my joy this year came in being strong with these friends, and I’m grateful for the way running has strengthened (and started) friendships this year. Without the Buds, I might have quit my marathon training, but the patient companionship of these ladies inspired me to continue, especially in the most difficult moments. Running Buds, you are my favorites this year!
Other running favorites: my 2nd run across the Golden Gate Bridge, running on Dillon Beach, my 2nd marathon, running with our web developer as he completed his first 5K run, watching my daughter Natalie run cross country.
Moving the business out of my home is another favorite this year. By mid-year, I often had 4-6 people in and out of my home on weekdays. Book shipments filled our home with extra cardboard and paper messes. When we leased office space and set up a physical office, I gained a new sense of peace and order at home and we created new powerful collaboration opportunities in the office.
In the office transition, our family completed a home renovation, creating a library in our seldom-used living room. This new room is one of my favorites of 2015. We all enjoy the room more; it’s a perfect quiet cozy retreat.
On a snowy, February day, a casual conversation on a school field trip led to my hiring a new team member who has contributed to our company in fantastic ways this year. Jessica’s start to work at Weaving Influence began as spontaneous impulse and probably broke every rule of careful hiring practice. In developing my business, I’ve often hired or vetted team members in non-traditional ways, with great results. This year, three past team members re-joined our company. Welcoming them back has been comforting and seamless. The people of Weaving Influence, including Jessica and the 13 other talented people who joined (or re-joined) our team this year, are my favorites.
Some of my favorite moments always include work travel. Though I traveled less this year than in years past, I loved the time I spent presenting LinkedIn training in January in Florida, my yearly trip to the Berrett-Koehler book marketing event, the #WITour, and wrapping the year with a trip to Dillon Beach, CA to begin new consulting work with some wonderful people.
So many favorites. What were your favorites this year?