Party time!

Party time!

August 8, 2012 |  by  |  Wordbliss  |  , ,


Confetti? Check. Cue the music; it’s time to celebrate!

You may have already heard about this writing blog, liked the Facebook page, or stumbled here serendipitously (isn’t that a great word?) No matter what brought you, I’m delighted you’re here.

I’m Crystalee, and I love to write. The way I see it, our world is made of words, and I can’t get enough of them. After all, without words, how would you get a card in the mail from a long-time friend, see funny grammar mistakes on a bathroom sign,  quote your favorite movie line, critique a billboard advertisement as you drive by, or feel that pat-yourself-on-the-back satisfaction when you get a sentence just right?

When words come purposefully together, magic happens. Writing or reading, you’ve no doubt realized words have tremendous power. You know the feeling, when you read a book, article, or even a phrase and it touches you, reaches something deep inside and makes you want to share with the nearest person who will listen?

I call feeling that wordbliss. I hope we’ll have many wordbliss moments here – I’m thrilled to learn from you.

On this launch post, I’d like to recognize the wonderful people who encouraged, taught, edited, and assisted me.  Here’s the kind village who helped launch this blog:

Thank you everyone who’s already liked, followed, tweeted, subscribed – I’ve seen every one of your names and sincerely thank you for your support.

Thank you talented Blaine for designing the logo and being patient in the process.

Thank you Selena Sorensen for sharing your gifted photographer’s eye.

Thank you Jen and Katy for being my pre-photo hair support team.

Thank you Phil, Amy, Katie, and Samantha for being the first professionals who will be featured. You’re all oh-so-talented and I’m ecstatic to share your words.

Thank you MPC professor, Dr. Josephson, for editing upcoming posts and supporting this launch as my summer grad project. (And giving it an ‘A’!)

Thank you to my amazing colleagues at MarketStar who trust me as go-to editor, writer, and manager of company blogs and social platforms. That experience gives me confidence for this venture! Dave, Adam G., Adam P., Phil, Manuel, Tim, Brenda, Candis, Catina, Travis, Jeff, Katie B., Jay, Julie (the list could go on and on): thanks for teaching me every day about marketing and business at a best-in-class level.

Thank you Katie Salter and Ryan Olsen for your professional and peer edits of my pre-launch marketing plan.

Thank you Mark Carpenter for challenging me to start a blog years ago and being my mentor and friend.

Thank you my mentor in Chicago, who believed I could write. I’ll never forget when you told me during my internship I’d have “one helluva career.”

Thank you Adam Price, my brilliant developer/designer guru friend, for helping me get WordPress set up.

Thank you Amy Wilde for being my special writing friend. Your encouragement means more than you know.

Thank you Mom for regularly library visits when I was a kid and instilling the belief I can do anything I set my mind to.

Thank you Dad for yesteryear’s reading challenges and your adventurous way of exploring new lands and thoughts.

Thank you Jim, Sue, Ron, Trisha, Erika, Matt, Emily, Crysti, Dave, John, Rob, Jen, Kensi, Richard, Tami, Randy, Riley – I’m blessed to have such great family. I love you all.

Most of all, thank you to my Ryan, who lets me stay up too late writing, probably more than he’d like.  You’re my favorite.


P.S. Tune in this Saturday for the first spotlight to meet a communication professional who worked behind the scenes at the Olympic Games in 2002.


  1. Best wishes to you on your new blogging adventure!

  2. woot woot! so excited about this adventure. looking forward to all your posts about all things writing!

  3. Excessive use of the passive “you”.

    Just kidding, congrats on the blog! I’ve often considered starting one myself, mostly documenting the melodramatic stories and situations that arrive in my head as I’m falling asleep, but I’m pretty sure I would be carted away to a mental institution.

    • It’s funny, what comes to us in the space between asleep and awake. I’d visit you in the mental institution if they carted you away. 😉 Thanks for reading, Elizabeth.

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