One of the best things about being a journo is getting to interview smart and interesting people. It’s a bonus when you develop friendships with some of these folks.

I’m lucky to count Seattle-based Lori Marcoux and Phil Holcomb of Extraordinary Learning as both reliable sources and good friends. I’ve interviewed these two executive coaches about a range of topics from dealing with jealousy to getting more out of corporate training. They’re currently working with Steve on a short piece about balancing a busy professional life and a fulfilling personal life.

We also caught up with Snoqualmie Valley residents Monty and Amy Wright. Monty was a solid source for the faith-based dating column I wrote for Match.com. His reasoned, practical approach to scripture and religion was invaluable to me as I helped singles navigate issues of faith and relationships.

It’s also been great to spend time with our Jet City friends and fellow writers, Ginny Morey and Pete Andersen. Both are super-talented, and they inspire us with the flair they bring to our shared craft.

I’ve long felt that my success in this business has been due in no small part to the people I’ve developed relationships with along the way. Great sources and great writers keep me motivated and productive.

Who are the people who keep you and your business going? Have you spent time with them lately? Have you thanked them for what they do for you? Now’s the time!