I believe in "the journey," "the process," in really truly working hard to build something special, and that the daily grind of that process should be what you fall in love with, NOT some "end result" or "big payoff" or "greater thing."

The greatest thing is right in front of you, all the time.

That is how I feel about my wife and my marriage.

I met my amazing wife Kate just over 16 years ago. Pretty much in the first few days of having met each other, we both knew this would happen. Today, we've been married for 13 years.

All of this Data Driven Design wouldn't mean anything to me without her, and I'm not just being cheesy. To many reading this blog, she's a part of the Data Driven Design team.

To me, she is my life teammate, and I am hers. She knows me better than I know myself most of the time, and to simply say she "supports me," or "allows me to do what I do," would be grossly understating and patronizing her real importance in my life. What she's capable of is far beyond any other human I know, and I cherish that every day.

But the best thing about her to me, and the best thing about our anniversary, is that it's really not that big of a deal to us. We've always treated it just like any other day.

That's because every day of our marriage is fun, appreciated, celebrated, cherished and earned. We work hard. We play hard. There's really very little middle.

I wouldn't have it any other way.

13 years ago today I married my Sweetness Jones. I love you with all my heart. Here's to 93 more years just like these first 13.

Thanks for reading, watching and listening, and have a great day!


Paul Hickey, Founder / CEO / Lead Strategist at Data Driven Design, LLC has created and grown businesses via digital strategy and internet marketing for more than 10 years. His sweet spot is using analytics to design and build websites and grow the audience and revenue of businesses via SEO/Blogging, Google Adwords, Bing Ads, Facebook and Instagram Ads, Social Media Content Marketing and Email Marketing. The part that he’s most passionate about is quantifying next marketing actions based on real data.

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