Today I had the opportunity to catch up with Dr. Karen Barwick at Elmo’s Diner in Carrboro, NC.

I was introduced to Dr. Barwick in December of 2009, when the web firm I was working for at the time took on her website project. She was starting a Dental Assistant Training Center at her office in Graham, NC. I wasn’t really involved with hands-on development at the time, so I didn’t get to see the nuts and bolts come together for DATC, Inc., but what I didn’t know then was just how involved I would ultimately become.

I’ve had the good fortune to work with Dr. Barwick as my position with my old web firm evolved and then expired, as I began my own content management company focused on social media and again, even now, as I work with clients to build WordPress websites. I’ve been able to offer assistance on many levels of online platform maintenance – for both her personal and professional accounts, including training, and I’ve enjoyed every minute.

When I grow up, I’d like to be like Karen Barwick.

There really aren’t a lot of people I say that about. Just a select few who have faced the battles of life and have come out on the other side still holding their heads up high, who offer wisdom, who extend kindness, who are exceptional and passionate about what they do, who are honest with themselves and with others.

That’s the kind of person I want to be.

That’s the kind of person I hope I’m growing up to be, because the battles are raging and I am trying to maintain a positive outlook and keep my wits about me. I’m trying to remember that kindness is a preferred path and that honesty is – most definitely – the best policy.

Today, Dr. Barwick and I talked about her new website. A project that I am embarrassed to say is way past its estimated completion date. I wouldn’t want a late-running project with any of my clients (and – for the record – it’s not my MO), but I’m sad to say that I am playing catch with hers.

Or at least, I have been.

January has been a sprint to the finish line, and we’re just about there. My portion of site development will be complete before the end of the weekend, and we’re hoping to launch my mid-week.

It’s exciting times. Past due times, but at least the times are happening. She hung in there with me – and I am appreciative!

I am excited that her new site will be more functional and user-friendly for her patients, which is why I wanted to get my hands on it from the start. I’ll be really proud on launch date knowing that the end product is some of the best work that I’ve done.