There are so many people who played important parts in 2012 for me that I can’t possibly mention them all but I am so grateful for each and every one of them! Here’s a little bit about the major players in my life in 2012.

2012 Didn’t start well for me.

I had finally moved out of my soon-to-be ex-husband’s home after a year of sleeping in the spare bedroom but I was living in a loft apartment in probably the worst part of San Antonio’s South side where strangers knocked on my door in the wee hours of the morning thinking I was the drug dealer next door, I had no friends yet in San Antonio, I had recently lost my job because the company I worked for closed its doors, my publisher had shut down so I wouldn’t even receive my tiny royalty checks anymore, and I was busting my hump on a magazine that generated absolutely no income at all because it was free.

On New Year’s Eve 2011, I sobbed myself to sleep.

On New Year’s Day 2012, I jumped into my big girl panties, grabbed destiny by the throat, threw her against the wall, and said “GIVE IT TO ME!”

Her reply? “All you had to do was want it.”

That was when everything changed.

For the first few months, things were still tough, but every time I felt the situation getting me down, I resolved to power through.

Then it hit critical mass and destiny started throwing me bones left and right.

I’m a firm believer in Joseph Campbell’s philosophy of following your bliss and Paulo Coelho’s philosophy of living your legend. I also believe there are people we are meant to meet in this lifetime for one reason or another – or many.

“If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are—if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time.” ~ Joseph Campbell

“Coelho suggests that each person should live in the present moment, paying attention to his dreams, trusting his intuition, following the omens and pursuing his personal legend. There is a universal language that connects to the soul of the world and can assist one as he strives to realize his/her dreams.” ~ Suite 101

I met April Monterrosa and Sandra Jiminez-Reyes through my work on my magazine and we became fast friends. These women became my touchstones. They became family and anchored me here when I felt like a balloon bobbing on the wind. I am so grateful for these women coming into my life.

Through my partner in my magazine, John Knotts, I met Sue Pattillo and another woman who would each play a large part in my life, good and bad respectively. Sue became the catalyst that brought me out of the barrio and into the Hill Country when the three of us agreed to share a house. After months of drama and trials created by the third housemate, Sue and I were able to clear our home of negative elements and nurture a supportive and caring friendship. This new home life brought me comfort, safety and security. It became a haven of refuge for me. When I sit here in my office and look back on all I’ve experienced in this house, both good and bad, I find I’m grateful for all of it.

John also became a great sounding board for me as I embarked on becoming a full-time marketing consultant. He helped me to outline my plans and approach as well as doing a great deal of networking on my behalf. I helped him to understand the value of social media, appreciate tequila, expand his own social media presence, as well as publish his first book. He connected me with a great client, helped me to stop dreaming about what I might do and finally execute a solid plan of action and I am so grateful for his help.

New clients started coming out of the woodwork for me.

I was booked to present a workshop and social media consultations for a group of authors in Phoenix.

I partnered with April on a new project called Wonderfully Wise Women.

I also partnered with Jeanie Valenzuela on a very exciting project we aren’t yet ready to unveil.

Things moved forward quickly.

Life started moving even faster when I worked with a Mexican restaurant. It was only a three-month gig, but it connected me with a larger network of local businesspeople as well as a local tequila company. (They make a delicious almond flavored tequila which is like candy on the tongue.) I had hoped to work with this company but they just weren’t ready to see the value of a social media professional. Oddly enough, my experience with them attracted the attention of a Facebook friend who was in the tequila business. That’s when I met Esteban Rodriguez of El Perrito and SOAH (Source of all Happiness) tequilas. I liked Esteban immediately and something just clicked. We agreed to work together and I’m so grateful for what I’ve learned and what I’ve been able to accomplish through that working relationship and hope to continue it in 2013.

Through Esteban, I began to connect with a larger group of people in the tequila industry and at the tail end of 2012, with just days left before the New Year, I met someone I suspected would be very important on the road ahead, someone from my tribe and suddenly I felt like I was on my way home.

“Seth Godin argues the Internet has ended mass marketing and revived a human social unit from the distant past: tribes. Founded on shared ideas and values, tribes give ordinary people the power to lead and make big change. He urges us to do so.” ~ TED

In 2012, I finally put myself on the road that had been waiting for me all along. After years of fighting through a jungle of distractions and difficult life lessons, I’ve found the road that feels like mine…and I’m running on it!

I can’t wait to see where 2013 takes me!

Happy New Year!