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How to be bold in 2012

Birthdays can be a scary time.

In case you haven’t heard, I turn 37 today.

It’s been great so far.

Got a really nice birthday card and Subway gift card from my wife, Becky. I’m also enjoying reading the nice messages on Facebook.

I’m looking forward to this year.

Becky and I are considering and praying about some exciting ideas for the upcoming year.

But with excitement comes fear and nerves.

I can worry a lot. I worry about my life, health, family, finances and work.

How can you contend with that?

I was fascinated to see Blackberry’s new commercial series for 2011 called “Be Bold” for the new Blackberry Bold 9900.

You can see one of the commercials below.

I’m not a big fan of the Blackberry phone, but I like the idea of being bold.

But my inspiration for being bold in 2012 doesn’t come from a smart phone, it comes from Joshua 1:9.

“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

The verse is a great encouragement to me, especially during days when I worry.

A couple of professional changes

Change can be an exciting thing.

I wanted to share I have accepted a full-time offer to become a Business Development Executive with Cybervation in Worthington to market their new NeedNexus membership product.

The site links Central Ohio service providers with those with job needs in the area. It’s a great way of putting more people to work, which is never a bad thing.

My duties there will include marketing and social media work for the company.

You find out more about NeedNexus by visiting its web site.

I would be honored if you would connect with the company at our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn sites.

I’ll also be blogging for the business at http://www.neednexus.com/Blog.

In addition to my work with NeedNexus, I’m also working with The Ohio Insurance Institute on a consultant basis.

The organization offers support to auto, home and business providers.

My duties there include compiling the organization’s daily news briefs and social media help.

You can connect with the Ohio Insurance Institute on Facebook and Twitter.

I’m also working with The Frontier at Grace, View From The Pugh and Daily Referral Central Ohio and you can also connect with me through my personal blog.

With my added responsibilities, I have ended my consultant work as a supervisor with The Affinion Group in Westerville.

It truly is a bittersweet day for me.

The company really stepped up during a difficult time for me and shared a lot of kindness and patience with me over the past eight months.

I highly recommend the company for professionals going through transition or who want to try a new field.

I also want to thank Denise Clark, Dan Toland, Dan Farkas, Mackenzie Betts, Joe Franz, Erika Pryor, John Reed, Rick Starr and Grace Polaris Church, namely Pastor Beau Stanley, Bill Palmateer and John Noose for the professional confidence they have shown in me. It’s encouraged me to give back to those in professional need.

Thanks for your thoughts and prayers for me over the past year.

I’m not sure what the future holds, but I’ve been blessed from above to walk this journey with some incredible people.