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2019- A Year of Growth and Many Firsts

December 31, 2019

2019 was a year of growth, both personally and professionally! I experienced many challenges including loss and rejection. I chose to focus on sharing the best parts of my life online. This is a choice and it doesn’t mean I don’t have bad days just like everyone else. It means I choose to highlight positive moments to inspire others and share my favorite memories so I can look back and smile at all that I’ve done.
I learned how to get through tough situations by both working hard and taking breaks to rejuvenate. 2019 also included a lot of significant firsts…
  • My first full year of being a working mom. I’m proud of the fact that I have been able to grow my business while never missing a milestone and spending as much time as possible with my baby. This involves a lot of strategic planning, working late nights and patience.
  • Created, recorded and launched my first LinkedIn Learning course on Content Marketing. I worked so hard to create this resource and in just a few months, hundreds of people have learned from my knowledge.

LinkedIn Learning with Melodie Tao

  •  First time in 10 years since I launched my business that I chose to focus on marketing to a niche audience, real estate professionals. Not only has this allowed me to grow in my niche market, but it’s also allowed me to grow in other industries.

Speaking Photo Marketing Melodie

  • After being a Professional Speaker for over a decade, I finally launched my first Speaker Reel which has led me to book more paid speaking gigs.


  • Celebrated my daughter’s first birthday with a family day to the Del Mar Fair, a DIY mermaid themed party and a Disneyland trip.
  • Celebrated my first wedding anniversary with my husband. I gifted him a traditional “paper” gift which was framed sheet music of the song he performed for me on our wedding day.
  • First time traveling to the East Coast with a baby! We visited family in Boston and took a cruise to Bermuda.

Cayley and Melodie in Bermuda 2

  • First time watching my baby crawl, talk and walk. Watching her milestones makes me so happy.
  • First time staying at the iconic Hotel del Coronado for a staycation. I’ve admired this place since I was a kid.

2019 is the end of a decade and I’m beyond grateful that I’m happy, healthy and alive to see the clocks turn 2020 at midnight tonight. I don’t have a “word” for 2020 but I do have a feeling that it will be another life changing year. I can’t wait to grow as a mom, small business owner, Professional Speaker, blogger (yes I’m finally blogging again) and vlogger so I can document my favorite memories.

Thank you to every single person who has supported me this year!

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