I had a bit of quiet time this afternoon, so I thought I should really take a peek at the calendar for this year and make sure we’re not double booking and overlapping things. I’m speaking from experience :) So as I was looking at all the fun weddings coming up, the speaking engagements, the workshops, travel, and all these good things I am reminded of how lucky I am to have the ladies & gentleman I have behind me. The power houses at weddings, delivery drivers, bucket washers, floor-scrubbers and errand runners. All of these girls and Charlie too–I’m so fortunate to have them as my staff, the ‘doon crew’. But no one more than my front-runner gal Dawn. She’s my rock. Always steady and ready. Sweet and calm, funny and always by my side motivating me and holding me up when I need it. And I cannot even go there with her design skill. WAY back in 2003, when I first stole her from a shop in Carmel Valley, I almost fell over when she showed me pictures of her work. Wow! I was hooked and had to have her. From that day on I have never, ever regretted having her part of my life and team. I owe a lot of what I can do today—especially be away from the shop for days on end and I know she’s got it covered. I am SO lucky to have her. I can sleep at night and in order for me to be successful, that’s necessary. It’s a demanding business and takes a lot out of you. I am so grateful I have Dawn to relieve some of the pressure. She’s enabled me to be able to take the next step forward and to dream bigger. And I thank her for that. Cheers to Dawn!