Lindsay Bell

Spin Sucks Brings You: The Best Year Ever!

By: Lindsay Bell | December 31, 2014 | 
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Spin Sucks Brings You: The Best Year Ever!

By Lindsay Bell-Wheeler

It’s New Year’s Eve at Spin Sucks!!

Ok, I know, it’s New Year’s Eve everywhere, but I wanted to get that keyword in there.

Whether you’re heading out to a huge sparkly party tonight, or settling in for a quiet night with loved ones, ringing in a brand new year is exciting.

People are reflecting on the year that’s just passed, and pondering what lies ahead.

Like most of us, I’m sure there have been a few bumps in the road these past few months.

Some of you have had medical scares.

Some have been in accidents.

Some have changed jobs, or struggled through less than stellar months from a business perspective.

But we don’t want to focus on anything negative today.

So, the team here at Spin Sucks decided to regale you with some of the amazing-ness that happened this year, to each of us.

Let’s begin!

The Spin Sucks Team and the Best Year Ever!

Kathryn Kaufman

What a roller coaster of a year 2014 has been. After putting some deep thought into the year, there have been some great things that have happened to me. I got a big promotion, which means I ams lowly working my way to one day bossing my bossesI am sure they are on board!

I also became newly single. I now get to spend my time enjoying life, spending quality time with friends, and taking my children (my two Boston terriers) on walks.

So if you are ever free for a nice glass of wine let me know as I turn this blog into my personal dating website. Gini Dietrich will pass along your information to me. Thanks Gini!

I hope you all have a happy, healthy, and safe holiday!

Joe Hackman

This was a very eventful year for the Hackman family. We sold our house, moved to a new community, and took a roughly month long RV trip around the Southwest USA.

It’s hard to say what the absolute highlight of the year was. Perhaps some of the worst news that ended well would be the most worth sharing. You see when we went to store our RV at the end of our adventure we discovered a water leak.

As luck would have it, it was a bad leak from the shower that resulted in water damage and mold. I felt the RV was essentially ruined so I pleaded my case to the Newmar Corporation and they agreed they should buy it back from us.

This not only made me very happy it also gave me great confidence that there are businesses out there that really do the right thing.

Jess Ostroff

It’s been a tough year. 2014 has tried my willpower in a lot of ways, and I’ve learned a lot about limits and how far I can push them. After developing sciatica in the first half of the year and then shingles in September, my body has found some very interesting ways of telling me what I can and cannot do!

As a result, I’ve re-prioritized things and put personal wellness at the top of the list.

Gini has been a huge inspiration for me as I’ve seen how much she protects her workout schedule. Not only is it a time for her to tone that hot bod, but it also gives her the much-needed brain break where she can be alone with her thoughts.

I can only imagine how many brilliant ideas have come from her bike rides! For me, it has meant finding new things that I actually like to do. Things that both make me sweat and shift my focus away from work-work-work all the time. 

Those of us who do live to work can relate—especially those of us that work in service-based businesses. The reality is that we are our business. And if we aren’t our best, then we can’t provide great work for our clients. 

I’m proud that I’ve been able to make personal wellness a priority and found some awesomely fun ways to get more sleep and move more without sacrificing work time.

Plus—not surprisingly, I suppose—the stronger I get, the more productive I am with my time. So, even though I’ve had to find the time to devote to sleeping more and working out more, it’s meant fewer physical work hours. Imagine that? 

Ellie Pierce

It seems like most people I know are ready to say goodbye to 2014. I certainly am. In a don’t-let-the-door-hit-you-on-the-way-out kind of way.

This year, I’ve had my struggles. But more than that, it’s been a year full of promise. I mean, I got hired to work for Arment Dietrich this year. Talk about promising!

There’s also been the literal kind of promises: My partner and I promised to hang out together until one of us dies! I now have much fancier jewelry.

And, of course, many of you also know 2014 also brought me one life-altering, holy-cow-here-we-go, miracle-of-life promise: Our first baby’s a-coming! News like that can make all matter of inconvenience, struggle, and stress seem like small potatoes. Or at the very least, make the struggles seem like a part of the cycle.

So, while I hunker down and do my best to prepare for a promising 2015, I wish all of you that same kind of life-affirming perspective. Maybe your perspective won’t come in a diaper, and hopefully it won’t be accompanied by quite as much sleeplessness.

Laura Petrolino

2014 was no doubt fueled with endless Petro-Powered adventures, including a journey to explore the great Northeast {Note from Lindsay: Canada SOUTH!!} and shower the people of Maine with my presence (YAY people of Maine…go you!).

Upon moving to Maine I became an expert iPhone photographer and started taking pictures of, well, everything. I learned this whole photography thing isn’t that hard when you live in a place that looks like a fairy tale painting.  

I’ve explored my new, beautiful state by land and sea–built fairy houses, climbed treesplayed in the snow, hiked my way up a few mini-mountains (like this one and this one), posed in front of a lot of beautiful scenes, posed some more, really…ok, 2014 was mostly me posing

Lindsay Bell

We’re simple folk. I know, that sounds like something right out of The Grapes of Wrath, but it’s true. My best things from 2014 are pretty basic. I managed to stay employed, at the best job ever. Somehow, even though Gini fires me practically every day, she ends up hiring me right back again (what’s up with that?). Silly Gini.

My husband and I managed a seven day getaway to Mexico in April—our first trip in seven years. It was heavenly, and sorely needed after the insanity of last winter and the whole Polar Votex thing.

And, this sounds weird, but we revamped our trailer trash/mud pit/large dog destroyed tiny back yard, installing tiered decking over the entire thing. I love being outside on my back deck—and now I can practically LIVE outside, for three seasons at least, weather permitting. It’s truly made me deliriously happy. See above regarding simple folk.

Otherwise, we’ve all stayed relatively healthy, and no one died. All in all, a banner year! So, from my family to yours, stay safe tonight, and have a happy and prosperous new year.

Gini Dietrich

What a crazy year this has been! I’d be lying if I didn’t say I cannot wait for it to end. In fact, this last month has been a literal countdown to tomorrow.

A year ago, I found a lump in my breast and was rushed in for a biopsy. On my mom’s birthday (January 14), I learned it was benign (talk about going on a severe adrenaline rush), but that I had to begin my annual mammograms. Yippee!

That very same day, Mr. D and I had a pretty big personal change, which I cannot wait to share with you sometime this year (fingers crossed).

For the first time ever, I did not crash my bicycle once. I didn’t even get pulled over for speeding on it (maybe I’m slowing down…or just better at not getting caught).

We got new plumbing at home, which now allows us the ability to take a shower, run the dishwasher, and have a load of laundry going all at once! But it also killed my grass when a three-day project took four months. For four months, there was a large pile of dirt on our front lawn that made Lindsay’s trailer trash/mud pit backyard look like the Four Seasons.

During that time, I also got new appliances and a new Wolf range, which I have been coveting for a good 15 years (it takes a long time to save for something like that!). With the Wolf came a new freezer, which Jack Bauer has figured out how to open.

And so, every time we leave the house, we have to padlock the freezer closed (which, by-the-way, he has eaten through twice) and pile all of the dining room chairs and kitchen stools in front of so he cannot get into it.

It took us several times of his eating everything in the freezer to figure this out.

And Santa got me confused with someone else. Instead of bringing me the snow I asked for, he brought me bronchitis turned pneumonia (guess I needed the break from work).

It’s been a definite year of ups and downs, which means 2015 can only get better.

Happy, happy new year to every single one of you!

About Lindsay Bell


Lindsay Bell is the content director at V3 Marketing, and works in Toronto. A former TV producer, she’s a strong advocate of three minutes or less of video content. She has a cool kid, a patient husband, two annoying cats, and Hank Dawge, a Vizsla/Foxhound/moose hybrid. Ok, maybe not moose.

  • KerryGorgone

    Here’s to 2015, you crazy kids! Love you all. XOXO

  • Happy New Year everyone! For added happiness and effect, WRITE IT IN BIG GREEN PEN! (Or, okay, Gini, pink, but indulge me occasionally……. #YesIWatchedTheaMAWebinarRecording) xo

  • biggreenpen YAY 2015!!!!!!

  • KerryGorgone Cheers, Kerry, right back atcha!! xox

  • ElissaFreeman

    Happy New Year everyone!! Spin Sucks continues to be an inspiration to us all – here’s to more of that in 2015!

  • Happy New to all the Spin Suck’s team who grace my eyes each morning with candor, enlightening and deliciously edible content, and humorous antics that would make Jimmy Fallon blush and Robert Downey, Jr. lust. 

    While I can not take monetary credit in affecting the purchase of the new Wolf range for Gini, I will to continue to contribute to keeping those flames burning (even if gaseous at times) or at least assist in keeping that freezer on kilter as a part of the solid footing that exists 😉 She’s on her own with Jack Bauer who really seems to be the only figure that can outwit her with his determination and smarts.

    To all the followers and friends who have made the comments here rise with more effervescence than a bottle of Goût de Diamants, Taste of Diamonds -$2M (I had to look that up as in reality I am but a pauper patron of fine wines) may you have healthy, productive and dream acquisition in 2015.

    Back to bed now as I have convinced myself that this seasonal crud (that I and so many others are experiencing) is but the expulsion of all that was bad in 2014. We will wake up tomorrow to start refreshed. See you then.

  • annelizhannan Oh, man. Hope you feel better soon! Happy new year Anneliz!

  • biggreenpen Ha!

  • “So if you are ever free for a nice glass of wine let me know as I turn this blog into my personal dating website. http://twitter.com/ginidietrich will pass along your information to me. Thanks Gini!” << This!! I think this is a terrific idea. Now that I’m all boring and matched off, I’ll need some singledom stories for vicarious living! What about some dating blogs thrown into the mix, eh Kathryn?

  • Happy New Year (almost) to the team and all the crazies…

  • KateNolan

    No one died??? Way to jinx it belllindsay! 
    Happy New Year to the Spin Sucks team and everyone aboard S.S. Crazy! Full steam ahead for 2015! (That’s the best a non-mariner can come up with…)

  • Happy New Year to the whole team and all the crazies. Here’s to 2015. Cheers!

  • KerryGorgone same to you and yours Kerry. 🙂

  • Good lord, my latest blog post is 2007, oops sorry, off the rails. I love you Livefyre.

  • LSSocialEngage Crazies UNITE!!

  • KateNolan Oh jeeze. I hadn’t thought of that, Kate. LOL *doesn’t leave the house until midnight*

  • annelizhannan Dear Anneliz: Best. Comment Ever. Next year, YOU’RE writing the end of year post!! 🙂 Hope you feel better soon!!!

  • ElissaFreeman Woohoo!! Tell the boss!! LOL 😉

  • hackmanj HAHAHAHAHA!! Hey, you’ve been *busy* Joe!!!

  • annelizhannan Are you still not feeling well?!? You poor thing!

  • biggreenpen HAHAHAHAAHAHAH!!!

  • tnfletch

    Happy New Year! Thank you for all of useful insights in 2014. I really enjoy following this blog.

  • amberlturner

    “ginidietrich: Spin Sucks Brings You: The Best Year Ever! by belllindsay http://spinsucks.com/communication/spin-sucks-best-year-ever/ via SpinSucks” #client

  • Happy New Year, Spin Suck family! I really hope I get to spend more time with all of you in 2015 than I was able to in 2014.

  • Happy New Year to everyone at Spin Sucks! Thanks for keeping even the sanest of us crazy all year round. Looking forward to seeing what’s in store for 2015.

  • Hey Yall Yo MHNY!

  • belllindsay I think a post from the perspective of the team’s pets or children would be far more interesting! . Who knows you better, senses or reacts to your moods more instinctively, lives with you 24/7, always loyal so you can trust their authenticity and forgives your foibles (unlike your boss;). I bet JB and Hank would have a lot to say!

  • ginidietrich Thank you. I’m just an immunosuppressed (health) person so I don’t as easily fight off the typical bad winds that others do. If you spoke to my family members they would say I make up for it by being a tornado in decision making, often cutting through the clutter with placement that is not always comfortable 😉

  • Howie Goldfarb Oh Howie, you always tax my brain.  What does that acronym mean? Me Hate New York? Most Happy New Year? Many Happy Nuts Yuletide?

  • I’ve been on a plane all day so I’m late with my greetings (well not technically…it’s not midnight yet!) So….HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Let’s hear it for 2015 a rockstar year waiting to happen!

  • annelizhannan Merry Happy New Year Anneliz!

  • EdenSpodek I love it! You used “sanest” and “us” in the same sentence. Here’s hoping! 🙂

  • annelizhannan feel better!

  • DickCarlson

    Never imagined at the beginning of the year that we’d be living in a little motorhome in the forest, full-time.  Lost our baby girl pug to cancer.  Lost a son-in-law to a blood clot.  Moved to Texas. Explained to Gini that good content is really all that matters.  Stopped blogging and started living.

  • EdenSpodek You. Are. Not. Sane. The end.

  • Anthony_Rodriguez Yes, Anthony, your absence was duly noted. Try and do better this year! 😉

  • tnfletch And a happy new year to you as well!! 😀

  • Happy new years y’all – hope 2015 brings good heart/mind work for Gini & Team, and the whole Spin Sucks Fam

  • belllindsay EdenSpodek As. If. I. Don’t. Know. 😉

  • belllindsay EdenSpodek hahahahaha. Not one among us 🙂

  • JoeCardillo Happy New Year, Joe! We miss you.

  • wow…what a year for everyone! Happy very belated New Year to all.  My moms birthday is January 14th as well.

  • Digital_DRK Clearly our moms both rock.

  • ginidietrich  Clearly!

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