Denise Stoppleworth – President – IRONCLAD Marketing

Denise Stoppleworth

It’s Thanksgiving and, at the risk of being a highly creative organization falling into the completely typical and anticipated, we thought it might be good to take a moment to reflect on those things for which we are thankful. It’s a great way to get to know us and to give the new members of our team their first blog experience. Of course, Mitch, whom I affectionately call our resident eeyore, (see earlier blog) retorted with, “Great, I feel like I’m in elementary school and have just been given an assignment in English!”

I hope you enjoy the thoughts from our team.

As for me, I’ve noted in my earlier blog reflecting on the year that I feel very blessed and with blessings come gratitude. I’ve already discussed many of the things for which I am thankful, but please indulge me once more.

I am thankful for an outstanding team that despite tremendous stress and tight deadlines, manages to maintain a positive attitude and passion for what they do on a daily basis. There’s yelling and bickering, teasing and laughing – all the things that make us a “family”. And we’ve never left work angry – okay I haven’t. I can’t speak for the rest of them!

I am thankful for tofu turkeys. Without them, I’m not sure how Lindsay would get the protein she needs this holiday season!

I’m thankful for my husband, who moonlights as our accountant. The best part is that he works for free…. and keeps on working even though I fire him on a weekly basis. What a saint! And I can’t find a better accountant at a more reasonable rate.

I am thankful for the Klinnert family who has become my saving grace with our kids as I’m on the road attending shows, conference and client meetings. Now my kids actually want me to leave so they can go to Hannah’s house. You’ve also saved their father’s sanity!

I am thankful that Mitch has only said he hates me once in the past 13 months – and that was proceeded by me saying, “Hey I just told a client we could…..”

I’m thankful for Photoshop, quick printers, 24-hours in the day and deadline extensions. Without any of these, we wouldn’t be able to pull off the things we do!

I’m thankful for clients who challenge us, harass us and befriend us. (If you haven’t already noticed, I can dish it out just as well as I take it in.) You all make coming to work each day something to look forward to. When you love who you work with, it’s no longer work!

I’m thankful for all of you … the people I have the opportunity to meet – be it editor, ad rep, client or prospect. You’ve helped me grow, and I enjoy learning from your unique perspectives and individual challenges. You’ve enriched my life, and the adventure never ends!

My list of reasons to be thankful could go on and on, but Mitch already has a wager on my blog entry being the longest. I really hate to prove him right! Happy Thanksgiving!

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