I know I’m not the only one has who said in the last few days, “How could it possibly be 2010 already?”
I was really just getting used to writing 2009 on my checks and am not in the mood to have to create my 2010 “filing” system! Of course, with the New Year upon us, it’s time for many “best of” lists. They can be fun when taken with a grain of salt, but there is always the chance of leaving someone out and hurting somebody’s feelings who truly deserve to be mentioned. I really appreciate Mom-101 including me on what I like to call the I-didn’t-make-the-list list (!), and really, I’m not all that “skeery!”
While I haven’t talked about it here, 2009 was filled with some tense moments for me, especially health-wise. The good news is that all is well, but I’ve now discovered why it’s important to ask what’s involved with procedures like scans that include contrast and that it really is true that things start changing physically when you hit 50. I’ve also been reminded in some not-so-nice ways, that the social lessons of high school are best remembered even after you hit the big 5-0. So there has been a lot for me to think about as we head into 2010 (soon to be Year of the Tiger!) and how I want to live this year and where I want to direct my time and energy. I’ve been helped in thinking about those things by a lot of great people.
So while it’s not really an official 2009 “list,” I want to thank some of the people who have helped me look at things in new and different ways. I promise to incorporate as much of their encouragement and support into 2010 as possible!
1. Fem 2.0 & Gloria Pan — These women are doing some incredible work surrounding not just feminism, but also how we approach the discussion about our work lives and personal lives, as well as other important issues. They have a lot going on this year and I’m honored they’ve asked me to be a part of it!
2. Cecily Kellogg — Aside from the fact that she rocks the pink hair, Cecily has a heart of gold, a wicked sense of humor, one of the best hugs in the world and is an amazing listener. While I don’t get to see her often, I know she’ll tell me like it is, even if I’m off base.
3. My fellow MOMocrats & DC Metro Moms — There are so many great women at both of these sites that I can’t list them all without accidentally leaving someone out. But I’ve truly appreciated the wise words, sense of community and support both personal and professional from these amazing women!
4. Kristen from Mommy Needs a Cocktail & Emily from American Princess — You know how I love politics — progressive politics to be exact — but these are two women who challenge me in a good way to think about issues from the other side of the aisle. Kristen is not someone who writes about her politics online, but let me tell you — from our e-mail and Twitter DM’s, she’s got some insightful things to say, especially about economics. As for Emily, we’re a little scared because even though we’re on different sides of the political aisle, we have been finding some interesting common ground. But the best thing? I can disagree with both of these women and we still respect each other, enjoy each other’s company and at the end of the day can still have cocktails with each other! Now if we could convince some of these guys on Capitol Hill that they could do the same thing.
5. Jen Lemen and her inspiration — The only thing I don’t like about Jen is that we live so close and hardly ever get to see each other! But she has amazing zen and is always willing to share it. I know she’s all busy flying to Africa and other exotic places, but one of these days, I’ll manage to see her over a cup of coffee!
6. Veronica of Viva la Feminista – Veronica has been an amazing supporter and has helped me find some courage to branch out into some new projects. I knew we were really friends when she started referring to me as “chica!” I really look forward to some fun collaboration with her this year!
7. The Kirtsy ladies — Thanks so much for your ongoing support, for including me in the fabulous book they created in 2009, which is not only chock full of amazing writers, but is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever seen, and for asking me to come hang out at Mom 2.0 Summit this year. Houston in February sounds might good in the D.C. below 20 wind chills!
9. The “guys” – Rick Sanchez & Eric Kuhn at CNN and David Wescott from It’s Not a Lecture — These are three men who really “get it” when it comes to the power of women and new media. I can’t thank them enough for their support, advice and opportunities to use my voice and my blog in ways that get a little more attention for women online, even the “mommybloggers!”
10. Type-A Mom conference and Kelby Carr — To say that Kelby Carr is a force of nature is an understatement. I thought I had a lot of projects going on, but I’m a slacker compared to Kelby. She was gracious enough to allow me to be a part of Type-A Mom conference this year, where I met so many great women I hadn’t met before. Plus, she was right – Asheville rocks!
11. Connie Schultz & Gloria Feldt – These are two gracious, savvy, wise women who have been kind and generous with their time and advice, even when I’m in the middle of an anxiety attack about whether I’ve bitten off more than I can chew on work projects.
12. All the current and future “Mothers of Intention” who have so graciously allowed me to post their political essays here and collect them for the book I’m working on that, should I meet the deadline (!), will be published later this year about the growing power of mothers in the political world.
13. Leslie Sanchez – I’ve never met her IRL, but we have a very nice Twitter relationship! I was surprised and honored when she mentioned me in her book, You’ve Come a Long Way, Maybe: Sarah, Michelle, Hillary and the Shaping of the New American Woman, which, while a smidge on the conservative side, is an excellent look at how sexism is still at work today when it comes to high profile political women –and, really, all women.
14. All the other people, women especially, who have taken the time to listen and give advice when I needed it, as well as unexpected opportunities. You know who you are and I am not meaning to leave you out of any list or hurt anyone’s feelings. I can’t thank you enough and look forward to being able to see you all in the new year! You are all the reason I love to hang out in the blogosphere — you enrich my life, encourage me and make me laugh. And in these times, those are true gifts!