Well here I am again, if I blog nothing else each year, I have always opened the year with a post to reflect on the past year and to look ahead to next. Let’s take a look at 2009 and see what my goals were and see how I ended up.
Recap of 2009 (Last Years Post)
- Last year I stated I wanted to become more Christ like and to become a better father and husband. Not sure how well I succeeded in that, guess you’ll have to ask my wife and kids. I do know that I love my wife and kids more and more each day. And while I falter like any human and don’t always show it like I should, my love for Christ has not lessened.
- Last year I stated I refused to participate in a recession. Well I think I’ve succeeded in that to a degree. Business has been great, perhaps better this year than in recent history. On the other hand, I’ve been more careful with my purchases and have been hesitant to make any purchases beyond the essentials. I think this stems from the uncertainty of where our current administration is leading us more than anything.
- I wanted to develop more tools and products – well I’ve failed miserably there. No progress at all on this, though in the last few months I’ve come up with some ideas that might actually work (we’ve all said that haven’t we.)
- In 2009 I wanted to read more. In that, I have more than exceeded my expectations. I typically read between 20-30 books each year, mostly fiction with a few non-fiction sprinkled in. In 2009, I finished the year with 42 (if I counted correctly) So I’m quite happy. To see the books I’ve read (as well as my buddy Todd) go to www.wordsforwords.com.
- I vowed to blog more in 2009. I’ve failed miserably there, other than my increased book reviews due to my reading 42 books.
- I wanted to get my wife started in a business. Well, that didn’t work out so well either. The idea we had just never got out of the idea stage. The good news is, it didn’t cost us anything and very little time was invested.
- I wanted to continue to get in shape. Well I failed miserably there as well. I put on the 30 pounds that I lost in 2008 and failed to follow through with my marathon hopes.
In general however, I did enjoy 2009 much better than 2008 and it was a very good year. Anyone who knows us knows that are children are very involved in sports. I got to see my oldest son play varsity football as a freshman (limited Friday night time, but did start on the JV team), my second son had a good year in his first year of tackle football and his team made it to the championship game (which we lost, but we were very proud of the team), youngest son too young for sports yet, but becoming quite the little person. Our daughter was involved in competition dance the first part of the year and did quite well and has the trophies to prove it. We did pull her off the team this year because of the financial and time commitments was just too great for the family.
Looking forward to 2010 – my goals for 2010 are much the same as they are every year.
- As always my number one priority above all else is to honor God each every day, as well as becoming the husband and father that my family needs.
- Continue to grow and expand my business. We have some great plans here that are already in the works. I hope that this time next year I can come back to you and report success.
- I do have an idea for a tool that not only would I use every day in my work, but may just be something I can make a little from.
- I read 40+ books in 2009, I want to at least stay at that level if not exceed it. I do have some work related books that I want to read as well this year to expand my knowledge in my field.
- Ok, ok….I’ll say it again. Blog more.
- Get myself in shape and improve my healthy lifestyle (or start living one at least)
- I’ll get slight political here….I want to work towards bringing our nation out of the mess it is in and work towards restoring our republic. Return our nation to one where the constitution mattered and people worked hard to achieve what they obtain…I feel we’ve moved away from what made this nation great over the last year and I want to work in my own small way to restore that. End of my political rant.
- I want to become more self-reliant. What do I mean by this? Well garden more, raising my own crops and livestock (starting with chickens – have one already), and putting more food up by canning, freezing or whatever. Here’s a great magazine / website I’ve found with lots of great articles to help towards this goal.
- Work towards becoming debt free.
I’m sure there are goals here that I will not succeed at or at least not to the level I may have hoped, but I always feel goals are worth having. If you set your sights high and work towards that, then even if you only make it halfway, you’ve at least moved closer.
God bless you all and here’s hoping that you all have an awesome 2010.