2009 – A Year In Thanks
About this time a year ago my wife and I talked about how good 2008 had been to our household. It was a fun moment of connection, and reflection, and celebration, and optimism. In a demonstration of faith we agreed that 2009 would be an even better year for us. And so it has been.
Of course 2009, for our house, began with tremendous questions in the air. Walking away from a long term employer in January amidst the prevailing economic climate and with no known landing spot will do that.
But the time between jobs was refreshing and motivating. Within a month I launched this site and have been faithfully exploring and chronicling my thoughts and reactions for all of those patient enough to read along. I believe this exercise is more for my benefit than yours and it has certainly opened doors of opportunity in my mind – more to come as we track my goals in 2010.
The time between jobs also helped me identify what I had enjoyed most about my previous employer. I honestly thought I wanted my next job to take me in directions far from my previous experience. That was the case until I really started walking through my resume and in preparing responses to mock interview questions. It was then that I realized how I wanted to perfect my previous experience in my next career chapter.
Then – as if suddenly – the perfect opportunity presented itself. The fit was instant and obvious like hand in glove with much less travel and in aggregate a more handsome benefit package. I asked, God answered. That’s not to say there are no challenges, that’s every day, but solution to challenge and growth through exposure is part of what I enjoyed and enjoy most.
And, that’s not to say one day my dreams and harnessed abilities won’t lead me to new pastures, but 2009 introduced me to a perfect career home for this season.
2009 brought us incrementally closer to financial security – debt repayment, Roth IRA Investments, and a dream realizing Real Estate Investment. Perhaps not all were executed in absolute accordance to Ramsey’s plan but none were whimsical or ill-considered either.
2009 brought us upgrades to our previous car situations – his and hers. New used cars that will serve us for years to come and with no monthly payments in tow.
2009 afforded another ride weekend with my father – moments in time, for me, that at once race forward and stand still as snap shots in my mind.
2009 marked the passage of time with my 20th high school reunion. It was everything and nothing I would have expected and it was invaluable in the way it dusted off long ignored friendships.
2009 is a banner year for my college alma mater as our football program marched through a spectacular season and now stands on the threshold of greatness.
2009 yielded reconnections with family members and time well spent with dear friends crafting memories that will endure.
Yeah, 2009 certainly delivered on its promise and our household is better for it.
…A couple nights ago my wife and I talked about how good 2009 had been to our household. It was a fun moment of connection, and reflection, and celebration, and optimism. In a demonstration of faith we agreed that 2010 would be an even better year for us. And so it shall be…
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