There’s always something to howl about

2008 in Dog Years

2008 rocked! Yeah, the economy tanked, but I do believe that crisis means opportunity so I’m not sweating that right now- I’m looking for ways to make the best of this situation.

Professionally, this year has been productive. That shouldn’t be misunderstood to mean that I’m swimming in transactions, because I’m not. But I’m not in debt and I’ve grown professionally through some experiences. Due to my own failure to communicate, I experienced a painful wake-up call from some clients while I was at BHBU in Orlando. What can you do when you are 1000 miles away? If you are me, you stop what you are doing and communicate. And communicate. And communicate. And you do what you need to do to make things right- and I have. And then you take a drive to Coco Beach with your husband and have one of the most wonderful dinners of your life. I’m grateful for clients that let me know their thoughts and let me work to fix things. So now I’m stronger, smarter, and more prepared than I’ve ever been- that’s progress, that’s productive.

For many reasons, mostly of my own creation, I have never been focused on my business the way I need to be. This fall a family situation changed and suddenly I had the opportunity to see things a bit more clearly. Uninterupted time is now mine. Goals? Time management? Focus? It’s mine all mine! And now I can take the tools, tips, and techniques I’ve been surrounding myself with and slowing honing and really get to work. This is good. This is very good. 2008 rocked but 2009 should be slamming and if it’s not, I’m hanging up my license.

This was a dog’s year for being online. It was amazing to meet so many people on twitter, at conferences throughout the year, and through emails. And to all the people who have vented publicly and privately about BloodhoundBlog, thank you. I’m a better and stronger person because of you, I hope each of you can say the same.

Greg Swann, this week, and this post, this post, and this post, and all the comments and discussion that they have inspired, or perhaps compelled is a better word, have been cathartic. Through this entire year, and last week in particular, BloodhoundBlog has forced me to grow in dog years, professionally and also in human spirit- I can’t imagine that a better gift could be given from one friend to another. Thank you.

I love stories of transformation and growth. I love freedom. I root for the underdog, but I find that freedom, transformation, and standing strong are not always about chest-beating drama. For me, and maybe for you as well, it’s just as likely to be an introspective, often solitary, sometimes lonely, but still remarkably beautiful, journey. I can’t think of a better way to end any year than with dancing and this is a Bob Fosse’s choreography to the theme song from Cool Hand Luke.

Wishing everyone who has touched my life this year, a healthy, prosperous, and Happy New Year!


7 Comments so far

  1. Sean Purcell December 29th, 2008 2:29 pm

    Beautifully said Teri. I had no idea there were fires burning while you were down in Orlando. You have quite a poker face. Glad you worked it out and found a purpose behind it too.

    Among the many special people here on BHB… you stand out. Here’s to a 2009 brimming with opportunity!

  2. Mike in Fort Worth December 29th, 2008 8:00 pm

    2009 will be a better year. Just keep your head high.

  3. Teri L December 30th, 2008 8:54 am

    >you stand out.

    Big red hair will do that! šŸ˜€


    >Just keep your head high.

    Thank you, Mike. That’s some of the best advice I’ve received in awhile. Happy New Year to you and yours! šŸ™‚

  4. Geno Petro December 30th, 2008 3:10 pm


    I wish you the best in 2009. (BTW, I never got past the first ‘this post’ in your above piece. OMG, that was intriquing if not sad. I’m friends on Facebook with almost every commentor!)

    Still, I’m on our side of the kennel fence on this one.



  5. Teri L December 30th, 2008 5:30 pm


    What can I say? I’m a sucker for a big bold idea, always have been.

    >Iā€™m friends on Facebook with almost every commentor!

    wow. fb bff’s are the best bff’s, right? That’s real friendship if I’ve ever known it. šŸ˜‰

    I pimped your latest BHB post to my twitterbuddies. I’m sure they stopped by because twitterbuddies are the 2nd best bff’s next to fb bff’s.


    Happy New Year, Geno!!! šŸ˜€

  6. Brad Coy December 30th, 2008 5:31 pm

    > Iā€™m a better and stronger person because of you, I hope each of you can say the same.

    I can.

    Thanks for your friendship Teri. It has been one hell of a year. Cheers!

  7. Teri L December 30th, 2008 5:43 pm


    Oh dear. You, my friend, are one of the reasons 2008 rocked for me. Thank you so much for your insight, perspective, and friendship. And besides, how many people will admit in public that they love Wings of Desire? šŸ˜‰

    All the best to you and your family, Brad.