Newspaper and coffee cup on white backgroundCan you believe we are in November?

This time of the year, I reflect on where I’ve been and where I’m going − both professionally and personally.

I  have not been very good about sharing news. I have a whole category for News and you can hear crickets chirping when you open it up.

At least I did some posts this year in the News category.

Let’s do a quick catch-up on news from 2014.

November News

I’ll catch you up on the business side and the personal.

Business Side

I’ve added a few new clients, which is always a welcomed event.

Clients

A long-time client had me rolling in the projects. Did I tell you how much I ♥ my clients?

One thing I know is the power of building relationships. You never know when one of those contacts will resurface.

  • Two new clients were contacts from my corporate days
  • Two were from an industry conference
  • A couple more came to me through LinkedIn
  • And one was a referral from an existing client

I had a great time at a wellness conference in July and met some interesting leaders from the industry. Is there anything more inspiring than hanging out with people who are passionate about what they do?

Guest Posts

I cut way back on my guest post articles this year. I was very busy with new projects (clients and a new blog).

Basically, I limited guest posts to my writer buddy, Lori Widmer. The following are guest posts I wrote in 2014.

LinkedIn rolled out a publishing platform, Pulse, to the masses. I’ve written a few posts for that platform.

Hmm. Did more than I realized.

Personal Side

Enough about business.

Lest you think I have no life (which at times may be true), the following are a few happenings from the personal side of life.

OldLadyWalking_bottle_200pxW-x-344pxH_RGB3-Day Walk for the Cure

This event became so huge in my life, I created a new blog – Why 60 Miles? And a store to go with it – Old Lady Walking.

Both have been slow-going. That’s mostly on me. I tend to put client work ahead of personal. Hey, I like to eat.

I leave next week for my 11th 3-Day Walk in San Diego. The event is 11/20-11/23. I cannot wait.

Watch my Why 60 Miles site for updates and shared pictures when I get back.

While you’re there, sign up for updates. You’ll be automatically entered into the last of three gift certificate giveaways to my Old Lady Walking store.

Baby

Olive's 1st Halloween-postOur family is doing its bit to keep the earth populated.

On October 6, 2014, we were thrilled to welcome the latest family member, Olive Robin Rose Miller.

Olive is the daughter of my nephew, Brian, and his beautiful wife, Angie.

All together now – aww.

Wedding

My cousin, Craig (my mom’s sister’s son), married Marc, his partner of 22 years (about time as his sister, Cindy said). Sadly, I missed one heck of a a party in Chicago.

We’ll have to make up for that when I visit them in their new Florida home.

Hiking Writer

Congratulations to my brother-in-law, Mike, who ended his 2014 hiking project throughout Idaho and Nevada. He wrote about his last hike here (you may need to subscribe for access – sorry).

That’s a Wrap

I am sure there is much more this boomer brain has forgotten but maybe next year.

Wish me a blister-free, 60-mile, 3-day walk.

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Live…Laugh…Love

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The suicide of Robin Williams made many people uncomfortable. We seldom talk about suicide. Especially with those we should. We don’t know what to say. Robin’s death brought back painful memories of a dear friend who sought the same release from pain. Silent Walls Sandy had built silent walls around her in the last few years of her […]

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