Did you know The Button Law Firm turned 8 years old this January? The firm’s anniversary always makes me nostalgic, so I thought this would be a great time to look back over 2022 and share a few highlights. Some of these are things the team achieved, and some are big wins for me personally. Combined, they made 2022 one of my best years yet.
1. I PROPOSED TO MY NOW-FIANCÉE, SAMMY!
That’s right — in case you missed the news earlier this year, I’m engaged! I proposed to Sammy at White Rock Lake back in August. We rode our bikes to a beautiful spot and were enjoying a picnic when I popped the question. Sammy is incredibly intelligent and funny, with the biggest heart of anyone I know. I can’t wait to start the next chapter of our relationship together! Now that we’re officially tying the knot, I’ll tell you more about her in an upcoming newsletter.
2. I TRAVELED TO 3 AMAZING PLACES: THE FLORIDA KEYS; COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO; AND BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK.
I’ll never forget relaxing on the beach in the Keys, hiking through the mountains of Colorado (where Sammy and I caught a few trophy trout), and soaking up the silence of Big Bend. Not only did I make memories with Sammy that I’ll cherish for a lifetime, but I also tested BLF’s autonomy. The firm ran just fine without me! Thanks to the team, I also managed to squeeze in more time with my family at home. I fished with my dad, hung out with my niece, and visited my relatives in Lubbock a half-dozen times throughout the year.
3. THE BLF TEAM DOUBLED IN SIZE.
At the start of 2022, Ashley and I were running the firm with four amazing team members. Now, we have more than eight hardworking, dedicated people with us in the BLF family! Thanks to their efforts, we resolved several long-standing and life-changing cases with criminal components this year (you can read about one of them by clicking here). The biggest leap forward was adding our operations team. Elizabeth, our new operations manager, is the bridge between every other aspect of the firm, and James, our operations assistant, took office maintenance and inventory off my plate. Because of their help, Ashley and I can focus on the big picture. We truly have a team of superstars!
4. I LEARNED — AND AM STILL LEARNING — TO BE A BETTER LEADER WITH HELP FROM VIVID VISION.
The firm is growing too quickly for me to be involved in every decision, so I’ve found ways to lead differently and delegate to keep us on track. The book Vivid Vision: A Remarkable Tool for Aligning Your Business Around a Shared Vision of the Future by Cameron Herold helped me put things into perspective. I shared those lessons with Ashley and the team, and we plan to use Vivid Vision to reverse-engineer our goals and start 2023 strong.
5. MY PUP, CHUIE, MADE IT TO AGE 12.
Chuie is my best friend, and I’m glad my parenting hasn’t failed her! She seems to get healthier and stronger every year. I hope she’ll be by my side for many more birthdays.
Overall, 2022 was a massive success for me and BLF. I can’t wait to see what the team accomplishes for our clients in 2023!