200 People Lifted Me Up… Thank You!

Yesterday I celebrated my 32nd birthday and was blown away by something incredible that happened. Social media and an Industry I love so much lifted me up more than I’ve ever experienced before.  In the last 24 hours over 200 people sent me love, blessings and well wishes through Facebook, twitter, email, text and phone calls. Can you imagine me sitting here having over 200 people sending positive, happy vibes? I could barely contain myself.

I don’t know many industries, if any, that allow for people to care that much about those around them and express it so clearly and beautifully through social media and connectivity. People that I admire and respect more than anything sent me messages like this:

“Happy Birthday! You are one of the most beautiful, motivated, loving and caring people I know. I am so so so thankful you came into my life and even more thankful you never left. Cheers to you and the best year of your life yet! I love you!”

“Hey Happy Birthday to one of the hardest working people i know. Take the day off! You deserve it!”

“Happy Birthday Sarah. Your dedication to your work and family is an inspiration! Wishing you an amazing day!”

“Happy birthday to one of the most amazingly talented, strong yet gentle, generous and loving women I know!”

“I love you!!!!! You are what I aspire to be one day!! I am so happy with the process and the goal. Hugs from afar and Happy Birthday!”

The list goes on and on. There are no words to express how grateful I am for the overwhelming love that came my way yesterday. Thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart!

Days like yesterday are reasons why I don’t want to work anywhere else. I love what I do. I love that I have the opportunity to inspire people as much as I’m inspired. I’m grateful we work in an industry where so many people care about each other. What a blessing. Thank you for lifting me up, everyone! Yesterday, for me, will never be forgotten.

The Best of 2012: A Year In Review

Affiliate marketing best of 2012With 2013 only a day away I spent some time thinking about the last year and all the incredible things we’ve seen and done. I am extremely grateful for what we’ve been able to experience this year and it was an absolute pleasure to be part of the affiliate marketing industry throughout 2012.  Here are some of my personal highlights & “20 best” personal experiences of the year. In no particular order:

  1. Being listed in Affiliate Summit’s Top 25 Affiliate Marketing Blogs of 2012
  2. Having achieved over 10,000 unique readers during my first year of blogging.
  3. Actively contributing to the Industry Advancement Council and efforts of the PMA
  4. Organizing and launching the first annual Vancouver Affiliate Marketers Give Back event which helped men, women and children in need in Vancouver.
  5. Meeting and conversing with the great Gary Vaynerchuk
  6. Having someone I deeply admire and respect, Carolyn Kmet, join our team!
  7. Having the opportunity to mentor two young female entrepreneurs who are passionate about our industry
  8. Consulting for billionaires
  9. Enjoying time in the Bahamas while working with Sandals Resorts and meeting with their incredible team
  10. Working with respected brands such as Sea World, Sandals, Best Buy, Blurb, Abe’s Market, Kiyonna, Leading Lady, Dearfoams, Baggallini, LifeLock, Wondershare and more
  11. Expanding our global reach to work with clients in Canada, the US, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Ireland, Australia, Finland, Sweden and the Middle East.
  12. Contributing to several fundraising projects with fellow affiliate marketers to help raise money for Breast Cancer Research, Big Brothers and support those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
  13. Speaking at the first ever Affiliate Management Days Conference and leading a workshop at the Online Marketing Summit
  14. Being interviewed on several podcasts (The Buzz, GeekCast, QAQN, PMA) and being featured on Performance Marketer Insider TV
  15. Contributing the “Affiliate Marketing for Merchants” course at The School of Internet Marketing
  16. Successfully launching AffiliateManagementTrainers.com and creating Affiligate.org (launching 2013) to help Affiliate Managers learn how to better serve their affiliates, optimize their programs, become more profitable and enjoy sustainable growth
  17. Being chosen as the head instructor of Affiliate Marketing at the Online Marketing Institute
  18. Being asked to submit a speaking proposal for a TEDx event in Vancouver
  19. Becoming a contributor of Small Business Trends
  20. MOST IMPORTANTLY – Enjoying my baby girl’s first year of life (while still having the opportunity to experience the list above)!
I’m so grateful to everyone who allowed 2012 to be so successful for us (and me personally)! Thank you for the amazing opportunities, the referrals, and the friendships. I feel so honoured and grateful for everything good that has come our way.
I look forward to continuing to serve the industry, to help move it forward and to continue to give back to those around me. Further (and most importantly), I look forward to spending more time with my children, my family and friends. 2012 was a year to be remembered, and I look forward to what the future brings!
To each of you, have a safe and wonderful New Year tonight! I look forward to seeing you all in 2013!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

I just wanted to drop a note to say Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays for those of you celebrating Christmas next week. I will be away with my family enjoying time with my kids, singing Christmas Carols, having hot apple cider, turkey and lamb roasts and enjoying the smells of Christmas around our homes.

For us it’s a time for family and friends and although I will be offline and enjoying a break until the new year, I will be thinking of you warmly and hoping you’re enjoying your time together too.

Have a wonderful next few days and I look forward to seeing you again in 2013!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Respectfully,

Sarah Bundy

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