2012 was a fantastic year for me, all told. I just wish i could convince my head of that!
I intended this time last year, to write a post describing the high points and low points of my year. It is probably a good indicator of how my 2011 ended that I never got around to writing that post, although I really wanted to.
2011 was a standout year for me for a few reasons:
- My company sponsored a conference for the first time
- I had the honor of speaking at a couple of conferences, which was the first time I had done that
- I made a lot of great new friends who I now get to see a couple of times a year at events around the country
- I got published for the first time. Just a short story in a compilation book ( Hurray God! ), but it was the first time I had seen something of mine in print, on the shelves and that i got paid for!
- I marked the fourteenth year in a row where my wife had continued to put up with me. I am still shocked every day that someone as amazing as she is would want to be with me!
- My wife and I went on vacation together to Denver, Colorado. It was wonderful. If you’ve ever spent four days alone on vacation with my wife, you’d know why this event made it onto this list. She’s incredible!!!
- Our car got stolen and we replaced it with a minivan. I was very excited that we bought a brand new vehicle for the first time (after hours of calculations and discussion)… I wasn’t quite so excited that I’m now a minivan driver. Soon I’ll be a soccer mom.
BUT…. That was 2011.
It’s gone and I never got around to writing about it and praising God for his continued provision and new opportunities.
So this year, I’m not going to miss the chance.
2012 has been another landmark year for me… so here goes the highlights:
- This has to come first…. I signed my first ever book deal!!!!! WebHosting For Dummies is set to come out in May 2013. There are no words to describe my excitement!
- I sponsored another conference and met some wonderful people.
- My family and I got to spend a couple of weeks on the East Coast for the first time, thanks in part to me having to be there for the conference. Washington D.C, Philadelphia and plenty of the surrounding areas were marched through by me and my family as we conquered the East Coast history tour!
- I got to go inside The White House. Yes, it’s white, even up close, no, I didn’t steal any mementos and no, it’s nowhere near as exciting as it sounds. For what is probably the most famous building in America, if not the world, the tour was sadly lacking.
- I got to go away with my wife again. This time, thanks to United miles and American Express rewards points, we got three nights in a beautiful suite at Treasure Island in Las Vegas for the grand total of $20 in airline taxes and about $40 in hotel taxes. SWEET! And best of all, it was with my wife, who I don’t mind mentioning again, ROCKS MY WORLD!
- We celebrated 15 years of marriage. 15 YEARS and she’s still around. I’m beginning to suspect this relationship might go the distance!
- The organization I work with locally called Champions Recovery Alternatives went from strength to strength and is now opening a men’s residential facility to compliment the women’s transitional living home we already have. What’s more, some churches in town started working closely with us and we’re seeing both clients and volunteers blessed by the partnerships.
- I got to go back to speak at Type-A, the first conference I spoke at and got selected to speak at NMX in Las Vegas this coming January.
I don’t think it’s fair to write all that good stuff without admitting to the difficulties too.
- My depression is under control now, but still requires meds and therapy, which is depressing to admit!
- I haven’t broken my therapist yet… but it’s only a matter of time. Poor woman. She has no idea what she’s letting herself in for when she starts poking around in my head. The stuff in there is enough to drive someone insane. I should know!
- I still struggle with my weight. I have lost about 20lb in the last six months or so, but still self-medicate with chocolate and other sweets.
- This book is a bigger challenge than I ever dreamed possible. I can do it. I’m sure I can do it…. but the evidence coming out of my head onto the paper doesn’t seem to back up that assertion. The publisher is being nice thus far… I just pray things stay that way!
- I’ve not been a very good husband or father this year (or son, or brother). The stress of stuff is leaving me with no temper. I lose it milliseconds after waking up in the morning. I really want to improve that. My family deserves better!
Through it all and above it all though, God is good. I have a loving family, haven’t lost any close family members this year, have a nice roof over my head, a very nice car (*cough* minivan) to drive, food on the table and clothes on my back…. Oh, and don’t forget, I have an incredible trophy wife!!!!!
God continues to provide, continues to open doors and continues to be more awesome than I could ever describe.
I hope your 2012 was good and that we’ll all have a fantastic 2013!