From a business and personal perspective, 2014 has just been a ton of fun. Making some decisions and implementing them on reducing stress and increasing productivity actually worked! I want to extend a big thank you to my friends, colleagues, referral sources and family for making it a fantastic year.
Here's a quick look at the fun stuff:
January - A great time at the Grammy Awards with my husband and son. And, the first ever Entertainment Law Update Podcast Happy Hour in Beverly Hills with my co-host, film and TV lawyer Gordon Firemark.
February - Great kick-off to hosting lunches in and around Dallas for Women In IP. Our group usually meets in Frisco/Plano. Let me know if you are female attorney, paralegal or support staff in trademark, copyright or patent law. You are always welcome to join us.
March - I took a sabbatical from SXSW (scary, but I did it) and had an amazing Spring Break vacation with my husband, son and family friends.
April - My first article in the TEXAS LAWYER was published. I attended the Christian Women In Media Annual Conference.
May - The long-awaited new website launched that combines my blog and website all in one spot. And, adds Law Pay as a great service to our clients for paying their bills online. Woot!
June - Hosted Third Annual Beach Chic party for a group of wonderful ladies.
July - Paris and London, baby. From the Beatles to Harry Potter to the Eiffel Tour. Trip of a lifetime. Honored to speak at the Roaring Lamb's Christian Writer's conference on copyright law and book publishing. Second article published in the TEXAS LAWYER.
August - In a crazy pursuit to prepare to hike at Philmont Scout Ranch in July 2015, I committed myself to getting in shape with Crossfit Coppell Central. I'm still going strong and actually really love it. Personal best bench press is 100 pounds. Honored to moderate a panel for the Texas Grammy Chapter at the annual professional development event.
September - Had a fun time presenting to the Flower Mound Bar Association on "Yes, Your Clients Own Trademarks (copyright and patents, too)".
October - Shooting hoops on the Dallas Mavericks practice court as "team building" for the Texas Chapter Grammy Board.
November - Watching our son's high school marching band compete at the Texas UIL State Marching Band finals and winning 6th at the Bands of America Marching Band Grand Nationals. Speaking at the TexasBarCLE Entertainment Law Institute CLE on trademark fair use and publishing an article on the same topic in the TEXAS LAWYER newspaper.
December - Teaching the Law Merit Badge to a group of Boy Scouts that cannot wait for the Mock Trial that I know will be a highlight of January 2015! Preparing my heart during Advent and celebrating Christmas.