Last night, I had a one-year in business party! I invited my clients, attendees from my launch party last year, and a few friends. Thank you to everyone who celebrated with me.
My husband wrote a speech that brought me to tears. It was such a hit, I decided to include it here. Thank you, Pete Strella. I love you.
I’ve prepared a short speech about Rachel, and unlike Twitter, it won’t be 140 characters or less.
Well for starters I just want to thank you all for being here to celebrate this special occasion. Whether you’re a client, friend, partner or someone we know from being in business together in central PA, the truth is Rachel would not be here today if it weren’t for your confidence and your support.
I remember when Rachel first told me she wanted to create her own social media business over one year ago. It was a suggestion from her CPAFE mentor Maria. I remember thinking to myself “Thanks Maria.” Personally, I was a little scared. As many of you know, running a business takes a strong commitment and a lot of sacrifice. I wasn’t scared because I thought Rachel would fail, I was more scared in wondering if I had what it took to play the role of supportive husband to someone owning their own business.
I think we were both a little scared when she quit her day job and went full-time with Strella Social Media. But those fears are now long gone, because I can see how dedicated she is. This past year, Rachel has shown me many things. For one, she is the hardest working person I have ever known and will ever know. Secondly, she truly cares about doing the right thing, not just for her clients, but as a human being. And last but not least, she’s proven that she has a lot to bring to the table when it comes to social media. Rachel has always wanted to have a career where she could help people. That’s very important to her, and her happiest moments over the past year haven’t been when she gets a big check in the mail, but when she’s helped someone understand how utilizing social media can help their business or any worthy cause they might have.
I’ll end by saying this. Rachel is never satisfied, and that’s why I think she’s been so successful. She never gets complacent, and that’s important when running your own business. Rachel always feels like she should be doing more. But Rach, as of tonight, believe me that you are exactly where you need to be at this moment in time. Here with us, having succeeded in your first year of business. So babe, take this moment to soak it all in and feel proud about what you’ve accomplished. I love you and I’m excited to see just how much you’ll achieve over this next year.
So I’d like to propose a toast. To Rachel and to us, for working hard and supporting one another in all the goals we want to achieve.
Congratulations Rachel! This is awesome :)You have a true mindset to succeed in business.
Thanks so much, Jason. I appreciate you always reading my blogs!
Congratulations on one year! I hope you have many, many more! Statistics do show that if you made it this far you have a great chance of making it long term! Kudos’ to Pete for being there for you, what a great guy you have! May your business be blessed!
Thanks, Mark! That statistic makes me feel a lot better! I also hear the 2nd through the 19th years are the toughest!
Pete's been wonderful! Not sure what I would do with out him! 🙂
I remember when you first contacted me on FaceBook because our business names were similar. Little did I know back then that God had unleashed a dynamo on the Harrisburg area. Deb and I really appreciate your friendship and love seeing your business blossom.
Here's to many more years.
John and Deb
John - That made me giggle. What a year! Thank you, thank you!
Congratulations Rachel. I'm sorry I had to miss your party. Thank you for sharing Pete's heartfelt words. I am proud to be your suppporter, watching you move forwards with a Positive Attitude and Integrity!
I heartily second everything Pete said in his beautiful speech!
May the success keep growing. -Lana
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