Grateful for 2009

by The Red Recruiter on December 31, 2009

I felt a bit of pressure to write something today…

No one was breathing down my neck imposing this on me… I just felt it. The end of the year has a way of marking the final stop on a journey and opening possibilities for the next. Perhaps the pressure came from a desire to move past 2009… I’m not entirely sure – I just felt it.

2009 was a crazy year for me. I experienced more changes in 12 months than I had in the previous few years. It was hard at times… It was exhilarating at times… It was sad at times and it was spiritual… it was a whole lot of year packed into 12 months!

Then it hit me… I’m happy.

Happy for 2009

I’m happy because it’s December 31, 2009 and I’m still kicking!

The economy has yet to swallow me whole. My professional life has taken a variety of twists and turns for the better. My personal life has been a roller coaster (and will continue to be), but I have clarity and hope for the future.

All in all, it’s been pretty great and I’m feeling pretty happy!

Then it hit me more… I’m grateful!

Grateful for 2009

I’m grateful to a number of people who have significantly impacted my year.

In alphabetical order…

  • Alicia Arenas – I’m grateful Alicia because you’ve served as a great pillar of strength for me this year. Without your support, I may have just given up. You and I both know how tough some of the decisions this year have been. Thank you for being a true friend and sticking by my side when I needed it the most. Keep up the great work with Sanera PDC! You’re rockin’!
  • Meghan Biro – I’m grateful Meghan because you have been an amazing contributor to this blog! Thank you for your fresh ideas and commitment to making this a special place! (TalentCulture.com)
  • Chris Brogan – I’m grateful Chris because you hosted an Inbound Marketing Boot Camp in Austin that has, in many ways, changed my life. The tidbits of wisdom that you so eagerly shared with us made a difference in how I think and act. It also, in large part, impacted my decision to start Red Shoe Project… which will hopefully help many worthy causes over the years! Congratulations on your continued success and thank you for what you do! (Chrisbrogan.com)
  • Marci Cush (Sister) – I’m grateful Marci because you always make me feel that you would be there at a moment’s notice… if, for nothing more, than to make me feel better. You are a great Sister!
  • Tim Foxworth – I’m grateful Tim because you are an amazing friend. You always make me feel like I could conquer the world – thank you for being that voice in the back of my brain that says “It’ll all work out perfect!”
  • China Gorman – I’m grateful China because you said “yes” when it would have been just as easy to say “no.” You represent the first real risk I took with blogging. Yes, I was a bit nervous to interview you… but, you didn’t seem to mind. Thank you for being a great voice for SHRM and sharing your authenticity with all of us – I know that it’s appreciated!
  • Stephanie Lloyd – I’m grateful Stephanie because of your tenacity! You inspire me with your non-stop desire to push further, learn more, get more involved and create new ideas! Red Shoe Project Atlanta was a fantastic experience and I really appreciate the opportunity you gave me to be on your radio show! Survey says… good things in your future! (Radiant Veracity)
  • Jon Long (Dad) – I’m grateful Dad… just know that I appreciate your honesty and shoulder. You were right… even if it wasn’t always “going to be easy”… it was still “going to be”. I’m thrilled that you have started sharing your wisdom with the world! (Weekend Letter)
  • Jeanie Long (Mom) – I’m grateful Mom because you’re doing it and I couldn’t be prouder of your progress! Thank you for listening and pushing me to be a better person! Also, thanks for giving Facebook a try… you’re hooked!
  • Jon Long Jr. (Brother) – Dude… you’re a great Brother and a genuinely good person. Thank you for being as selfless as you are and for proving that fortitude is possible… even under the toughest of circumstances.
  • Veronica Ludwig – I’m grateful Veronica because you have been and continue to be a great friend! Your help with organizing Red Shoe Project Chicago was amazing and I know that you did it because you care. Your ongoing support is hugely appreciated and I can only imagine excellent things for your future! Thank you, thank you, thank you… you are a gem! (Veronica’s Site)
  • Kelly Mitton – I’m grateful Kelly… you know the story 😉 (tHRyving.com)
  • Jason Morgan – I’m grateful Jason because you kick me in the ass when I need it and keep me focused on pushing forward. Thank you for being an accepting, forgiving and patient friend… even when I didn’t deserve it. CFT!
  • Paul Norman – I’m grateful Paul because you may just be my perfect professional compliment!
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    Thank you so much for allowing me to be myself, realize my strengths… and, better yet, use them. The future looks so exciting!

  • Mike Owcarz – I’m grateful Mike because you took the time to wander down some crazy brainstorming paths with me. Further, you created an opportunity for me and the blog to branch out further than what would have been possible without your help. You and your team at PC Recruiter took it even further by hosting a Red Shoe Project party and taking all of those awesome pictures! You are a great person Mike and I’m sure that you are going to be an awesome Dad! Thank you!
  • Mark Stelzner – I’m grateful Mark because you have proven that it’s cool to be wicked smart! Thank you for babysitting me in New Orleans and hanging in there… I’m not worthy! You are the type of person that encourages thought and pushes an industry forward. Thank you for being Stelzner! (Inflexion Point)
  • Stacey Thompson – I’m grateful Stacey because you allowed me and the crew to experience something amazing! Disney Institute was a wonderful experience and something that will surely have me thinking for years to come! Thanks for putting up with us!
  • Mike VanDervort – I’m grateful Mike because you are the kind of individual that any person should hope to call a friend. Thank you for being selfless with your time! You have an outstanding blog and your commitment is more than impressive! (TheHumanRaceHorses.com)
  • Emma Wallace – I’m grateful Emma for your music. Your generous contribution to Red Shoe Project is very much appreciated… and, I’m sure that your music will continue to inspire others! (iamemma.com)
  • Eric Winegardner – I’m grateful Eric because you have inspired me to keep it exciting! Your energy and spirit for what you do is amazing and hugely appreciated. Monster should feel extremely happy to have you as a part of their team!

I’m pretty sure I accidentally left a few people off this list… I’m grateful for you too! I’ll make it up to you!

Bring on 2010!

It’s on… it’s on. Bring on the New Year!

Time to move forward and figure out what kind of crazy shenanigans I can get into next year! I’m grateful for the lessons that I’ve learned in 2009 – even if some of them were hard enough to avoid repeating.

Thank you all for being YOU and for impacting my life in the various ways that you do.

May 2010 be your best year yet!!!

Photo Credit, Optical illusion

  • Kelly Mitton

    I'm grateful for you too Michael … you know the story. 😉 Let's make 2010 the best year yet!

  • http://theredrecruiter.com theredrecruiter

    Yes!

  • http://iamemmamusic.blogspot.com/ Emma Wallace

    Wow! Thank you so much for including me on this list! I'm very glad to have been able to work with you and look forward to more collaborations in 2010! Hooray!

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  • http://www.weekendletter.com/ Jon L.Long Sr.

    Michael, there are no guarantees and as you are discovering, this life is what we make of what we have been dealt. “Lemonade out of lemons” and all that sort of thing. You are stronger and wiser for your experiences of 2009, albiet some of them difficult. You have followed your heart, which is the one true path. As your father, I am proud to have you as my son, but you are also my friend, and for that I am grateful. Thank you for that and accepting me as I am with all of my imperfections. Dad

  • http://www.sanerapdc.com/ Alicia Arenas (@AliciaSanera)

    Michael, this was a beautiful post. I'm so grateful that God allowed us to meet in 08 and become great friends in 09. You are a generous, smart, pushing-the-envelope, visionary friend and I treasure you. Here's to an AMAZING 2010. What kinds of adventures will we get into this year? Hugs ~ Alicia

  • trishmcfarlane

    What a great post to end one year and start another. I did not post today, but I am grateful for you Michael. You were one of the first couple people I *met* on Twitter and you were the very first one I talked to live on the phone. You taught me about tweetdeck and how to make better connections. You inspired me with your passion for recruiting and made me want to show my passion for HR in a similar way. I wish you a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2010!

  • China Gorman

    Hey there. Happy new year. Looking forward to catching up by phone soon. I didn't realize I was your first interview. Never would have known based on how you set it up and the questions you asked and how you asked them. I thought (and still think) you were a pro. Coincidentally, I am grateful to you for your wonderful coaching and help as I attempted to engage in the social media world and HR online community. You were always helpful and positive — even when I screwed up! To the degree that I have successfully joined the HR online community, I have you to thank. I hope 2010 is a banner year for you and your loved ones. Let's chat soon.

  • meghanmbiro

    Here's to 2010 Michael. I'm grateful for you + our talented industry friends. You are consistently innovative + passionate in all that you touch.

    Life + business + entrepreneurial ideas rarely follow a straight path – often times the zig zag route simply leads to interesting + meaningful endeavors.

    I share your perspective, it's exactly where I want to be :) Let's do this!

  • http://www.sanerapdc.com/ Alicia Arenas (@AliciaSanera)

    Michael, this was a beautiful post. I'm so grateful that God allowed us to meet in 08 and become great friends in 09. You are a generous, smart, pushing-the-envelope, visionary friend and I treasure you. Here's to an AMAZING 2010. What kinds of adventures will we get into this year? Hugs ~ Alicia

  • trishmcfarlane

    What a great post to end one year and start another. I did not post today, but I am grateful for you Michael. You were one of the first couple people I *met* on Twitter and you were the very first one I talked to live on the phone. You taught me about tweetdeck and how to make better connections. You inspired me with your passion for recruiting and made me want to show my passion for HR in a similar way. I wish you a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2010!

  • China Gorman

    Hey there. Happy new year. Looking forward to catching up by phone soon. I didn't realize I was your first interview. Never would have known based on how you set it up and the questions you asked and how you asked them. I thought (and still think) you were a pro. Coincidentally, I am grateful to you for your wonderful coaching and help as I attempted to engage in the social media world and HR online community. You were always helpful and positive — even when I screwed up! To the degree that I have successfully joined the HR online community, I have you to thank. I hope 2010 is a banner year for you and your loved ones. Let's chat soon.

  • meghanmbiro

    Here's to 2010 Michael. I'm grateful for you + our talented industry friends. You are consistently innovative + passionate in all that you touch.

    Life + business + entrepreneurial ideas rarely follow a straight path – often times the zig zag route simply leads to interesting + meaningful endeavors.

    I share your perspective, it's exactly where I want to be :) Let's do this!

  • http://theredrecruiter.com theredrecruiter

    Thank you so much Emma! I can't wait to hear what you have in the works!

  • http://theredrecruiter.com theredrecruiter

    That's for sure!

    Thank you for opening up your weekend letters to the world on your blog! I think it's fun and probably really interesting for the folks that are just finding it!

  • http://theredrecruiter.com theredrecruiter

    It's been a journey… that's for sure! 😉

    Re: 2010 and upcoming adventures… who knows! Could get crazy!

  • http://theredrecruiter.com theredrecruiter

    Thank you so much for leaving a comment Trish! I remember those ad-hoc conference calls… wasn't Jason Davis hopping on with us as well? Seems like we were just exploring the new horizon of SM as it applies to HR at that point. You have taken off and done some great things for our industry! Thank you for being as proactive as you have been… you are making a difference!

  • http://theredrecruiter.com theredrecruiter

    Yes… you were the first 😉

    It was a pleasure to be a part of you getting started in social media this year! I can't wait to see what you do in 2010 as SHRM pushes engagement forward with you leading the charge! I'm sure it will be impressive!

  • http://theredrecruiter.com theredrecruiter

    I like that! “Zig Zag Route” – that is definitely the case! Thank you for being a part of this site and for being the type of person that pushes for innovation! Our conversations have been a blast and I'm sure they will continue to be 😉

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  • http://www.inflexionadvisors.com/blog Mark Stelzner

    Hey buddy – I'm not sure who was babysitting who at SHRM. :) I'm also grateful for having had the opportunity to get to know you in 2009. Be sure to take a quiet moment and celebrate your successes Michael. There are many more to come and I'm so very happy for you, Kelly, your business and the joy that clarity can bring. All my best in 2010! ~ Mark

  • http://theredrecruiter.com theredrecruiter

    Haha 😉 Let us not forget the powdered sugar fight with the Baudville team at Cafe Du Monde – good times!

    Thank you for the kind words Mark! I'm looking forward to many more adventures in 2010!

  • http://thehumanracehorses.com Michael VanDervort

    I don't know whwy, but I just saw this today. Terrific post and thanks for the compliment. It has been a pleasure gettin to kow you. You made a difference in my 2009, and I hope I can return the favor in 2010! Talk to you soon!

  • http://theredrecruiter.com theredrecruiter

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a note Mike! I hope your 2010 is off to a great start!

  • http://theredrecruiter.com theredrecruiter

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a note Mike! I hope your 2010 is off to a great start!

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