Sunday, January 17, 2010


I’ve held back on my New Years post for awhile. The main reason was I that I wasn’t quite sure what exactly I wanted to say. Truth is I’ve been writing this post and thinking about it for the better part of 2 weeks. 2009 was a good year for me. If I had to give it a rating I would give it a B- or a C+. I did some things well, but I’m not where I want to be.

Here are some highlights from my year

Went skydiving for the first time. I was scared before hand, as in out of my mind maybe I’ll pee my pants scared. That’s why I did it, because in life it’s important not to be ruled by fear. Because fear is often just chains that keep us in a box. This represented my commitment to free myself from fear. It’s a long process and one I’m not close to finishing, but I’m committed.

Another thing I did this year was start a media fast. I sold my tv and stopped watching/following the news based on the suggestion of a few bloggers I read. The effects were tremendous. It filtered out all the noise and constant worries and still I felt well aware of the big events. I couldn’t be more happy with the choice. Currently I probably watch about 2-4 hours of tv a week.

I researched opening and starting my first business. It was a process that lasted about two months and allowed me to dig down and research the opportunity. It didn’t pan out, but that didn’t matter; it was a great learning experience. If another opportunity comes along I’ll be well equipped to handle the initial stages of negotiation.

One of my very best friends got married this last year. The rain torrentially fell all around me, but with the help of some friends I cooked enough food for 150 people on three charcoal grills. It was incredibly challenging and a ton of fun. The wedding in and of itself was a beautiful experience and a great chance to get together with a lot of great people I hadn’t seen in along time.

I exercised a lot whether it was Crossfit, rock climbing, or salsa lessons. I slacked off the last one and a half months or so, but for the most part I was fairly solid. This next year I want to take that up a notch and continue to pursue activities I find engaging and fun.

I took a leap and decided I would go on a huge trip. For an entire month. Spurred on by some of the blogs I follow, I am taking a sabbatical from work and traveling the continent with a 10 pound pack and nothing else. I will be blogging my exploits on

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking of what my theme for 2010 will be. The theme for me is ACTION.

2009 was really good, but looking back I felt that I spent some time on the sideline. I spent a lot of time analyzing and reading, instead of doing. And truthfully the growth is in the doing. I tend to gather and gather information before I make a move. I want to make more moves. I just got back from skiing in Breckenridge which was a great trip, and I leave for Europe in about 3 months. I hope to take one more trip this year depending on time.

I really want to tackle work and make a big impact. 2009 was a year of change as I moved to a new client and got promoted. I had to decide what I wanted from work. Is it a place I go for a paycheck or is it somewhere I go to grow? I’ve decided that I want my job to be something that I excel at. That starts with effort, which I have been putting forth so far this year. I have a long way to go, but I’m up for the challenge.

Physically I want to make staying in shape a priority and add some size to my frame. I plan on going on a hypertrophy regiment starting the week after this one and then going back to Crossfit for toning work. I haven’t tried to add mass in several years so it will be an interesting experience.

I’m not sure what else I’ll do or where else I’ll be, but I know that the best things that will happen in 2010 I can’t even begin to plan yet. I hope you share in my journey into the new year.

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