With the holiday and adult awards season underway, I started thinking about gratitude. Although 2012 has been a rough year in some ways, it’s also been a stellar year and given me a lot to really be thankful for.

First off, I’m lucky to have some great clients whom I love working with and really care about. They’ve accomplished a lot this year and I’m truly proud of them.

My business has grown exponentially, the agency is well respected and most of our business comes from referrals. This week, I’ve had two people I admire tell me what a great job we do and how sterling our rep is. Even when you know you work hard and make things happen, these are always great things to hear.

I have an amazing support system of friends, family, associates and other people in my life who not only encourage me, but also call me out (when needed) and help me to be a better person. In an industry people refer to as “sleazy”, I’ve established many relationships and friendships that could last a lifetime.

I’ve finally found an awesome assistant who has aspirations to become a publicist and grow with the company. If you’ve attended my last three events, you’ve probably met her. Aysia has been an integral part of the success of each party. We will be adding more employees next year.

I’ve learned a lot about business this year from my successes, and even my mistakes. It’s made me wiser, tougher and unshakable.

And lastly, I’m thankful for my Buddhist practice that gives me strength, unlimited possibilities and the ability to see things for what they really are. If you’re curious about it, check it out:

2013 will be an even better year and I’m looking forward to the challenges, growth and things in store for my clients and company that we can’t announce yet. I hope everyone will remember to have gratitude instead of attitude, and be thankful for everything going on in their lives; good, bad and indifferent. The phrase “Gratitude Not Attitude” is going to be a catch phrase for the new year.

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