Where has this year gone?!! It’s December already.
I can’t believe it.
Time: never enough when you need it, but, oh
too much of it when you’re waiting for something!
At this time of year, I believe in stopping, reviewing and
being thankful for the achievements of the current year
and taking a moment to consider the goals for the next.
My first year as Diana Degan & Associates is almost done.
I launched my new blog, DDA, on my revamped web site.
I was fortunate to win another IABC international Gold Quill
Award. I was honoured to be recognized by Cambridge
Who’s Who as their Professional of the Year for Public
Relations & Marketing and featured in their magazine.
I started working with several new clients including the
Responsible Gambling Council. And I have been selected
as a speaker at the IABC World Conference to be held in
Chicago, IL next June.
The next year looks brighter than ever. A new project with
Storck for their Werther’s candy promises to be especially
sweet. I’ve just been asked back to Loyalist College to
speak to their Post-Grad PR program — my 6th year!
And I have a trip to Chicago to look forward to.
I wish you all the happiest of holidays and a very successful
2012. I thank you all for your support, your advice and
your friendship and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.
Actually it’s a double birthday of sorts. Yes, today is
my birthday. But it was 10 years ago this month that
I was laid off from my job as a Vice-President of a
public relations agency in Toronto, and decided to
start my own company. And now my baby enters
double digits. Wow! (I think I’ve actually had my company
survive longer than the agency I was let go by. How’s
that for karma.)
I have been very fortunate to find what I love to do early
in my life. And I have had the opportunity to learn and grow
and stumble and fall and get back up off my butt and learn
to keep pushing forward. I have worked with some amazing
people and I have worked with some…um…not so nice people..
ok, let’s call a spade a spade, horrible people. You learn lessons
I’ve learned that it really is true that when one door closes another
one opens…sometimes it can be hard to see the open door through
the tears, but it’s there. You just have to look really hard for it.
Mopping the tears up a bit helps by the way.
I’ve realized that the lessons never stop and that we often continue to
make the same mistakes over and over again until we finally learn our
lesson. I was recently told that if I let go of an opportunity I was trying
to force, another more beautiful one would come along. My mentor
was right…I let the one go and was rewarded with landing the
Responsible Gambling Council as a client. We’re working together on
their Problem Gambling Prevention Weeks happening this fall. I saw
a little more karma surround my win, so it was even sweeter.
I have had the good fortune to work with some great clients through the
past 10 years and I thank each and every one of them for their trust,
their confidence and their support. I look forward to working with more
great clients for the next 10 years.
So happy birthday to me times two!! I’ve been blessed and given many
gifts in my life. And today seems like the perfect time to acknowledge it.
And if that’s not Drop Dead Appropos, then I don’t know what is.