Both personally and professionally, the JH team achieved a lot in 2022! We love having the opportunity to celebrate the success of our team both in and out of the office.
Here are just a few examples of how our team excelled in 2022:
The Professional Services department had a lot to celebrate in 2022. Coming off a record year, we exceeded our growth target for this year at a 20% Year-Over-Year Division Growth rate. Part of that success can be attributed to our 97.7% client retention rate. We’re proud to have the opportunity to provide continuous value for our clients and help be a positive force of growth for their business.
With managing over $1.6 million in Digital Advertising in 2022, we we’re able to achieve over 88,000 valuable website actions for our clients – helping connect them to their ideal customers with the right message at the right time.
It’s 75 days, and it’s hard – that’s why I did 75Hard starting in the coldest days of January in the Midwest. Sometimes you need a physical and mental shift from the normalness of life, and 75Hard can do that for you.
75Hard is a program that follows these practices daily – no excuses; you’re starting over if you miss one: 1 gallon of water, a specific diet with no alcohol or cheats, 45 minutes spent on an outside workout, 45 minutes on an inside workout, 10 pages of a book a day.
What did I take away from this challenge? It’s not as hard as you think it is, and it’s more rewarding than many things you will do in life.
Today I still recall the dopamine rushes of getting outside in all weather (in 50 degrees, or -20 degrees), the challenge of beating the darkness home so I could get a run with the sunset, discovering new trails, wasting less time so I could get my book pages in, and feeling amazing because I did all this and found time for a good stretch routine. I still chase the sun, even in the coldest of days, and force some runs so I can get the rush. Need a shift, or want to build some good habits? I highly recommend 75Hard.
Every year I set a goal of how many books I want to read. Last year I read 100 books and decided that was a new personal record that I probably couldn’t repeat so I set my goal to 75 books. I’m excited to say that I surpassed my goal and beat my personal record by reading 109 books so far this year! There are still a few weeks left, so I expect that number to increase. Here are a few of my top picks for various categories:
- Professional Development: The Making of a Manager by Julie Zhuo
- Mystery: Counterfeit by Kirstin Chen
- Historical Fiction: Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
- Rom-Com: American Royalty by Tracey Livesay
- YA: The Inheritance Games Series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
This year, I reached a personal milestone of flying 400 missions as a volunteer for the EAA Young Eagles Program - A program that offers free airplane flights to kids age 8 - 17 at several rallies each summer. The program turned 30 years old this year and has allowed me to share my passion for flight and to show kids what is possible.
This milestone wouldn't have be possible without the support of the EAA Chapter 2 volunteers. We all work together to educate these kids and make the experience meaningful for them.
The sky is no limit!
This year I checked-off two running goals; the Boston Marathon and a 100 mile trail race, the IT100.
The Boston Marathon is special because, unlike other marathons, you have to qualify to run Boston by having run another marathon within a given time based on your age. Toeing the line with 35,000 other marathoners was an amazing experience, as was the 26.2 miles from Hopkinton Ma., to the “right on Hereford, left on Boylston”.
In contrast to the 26 mile party that was Boston, the IT100 was a punishing 26 hour interrogation of my physical and mental limits. Before finishing, I would see the sun rise and set; the full moon transit the night sky; and the sun rise again the next day. All while doing only one thing — right foot, left foot, right foot, left foot — hour after hour. My mental state shifted between wanting to give up, to by God completing the damn race even if it crippled or killed me. Physically, my legs were so tired I could only manage a slow jog after 50 miles. In the end I burned more than 11,000 calories; climbed over 7,000 feet; lost three toenails (to date); ate more cold mashed potatoes out of a zip lock bag than I care to remember; hallucinated a little; and ultimately learned that I can take way more pain and suffering than I ever imagined.