In the interest of reflecting on the past without avoiding the future, I would like to quickly review 2008 and reveal some preliminary plans for 2009.
2008: The year of acclimation
At the beginning of the year my goal was to become acclimated to my new status in life. At this point in my life I was a recent college grad trying to understand “the real world.” While this occurred, I experienced a change of position at my job, noticed some changes in my finances and I was rethinking many aspects of my social life. Any advancements that I experienced this year was a byproduct of my goals of maintaining past accomplishments and acclimating myself to my current life. As a result, I experienced the following things in ’08:
- Overhauled my finances so I can save significantly more money
- Started looking at houses so I could own an appreciating asset. Months later, I bought my current house
- Started my “Great Exploration” plan and visited Boston, New York, the Metro DC area, Philadelphia, Virginia, Mexico and Trinidad
- Launched a real estate management company to prepare for future growth
- Exercised several times a month by cycling to nearby cities and back. I also walked home three times with the bike on my back because I suffered flat tires.
- Sponsored a soccer team and attended their games.
- Learned the value of resting and avoiding burnout when I fell ill and, for the first time in my life, had to take medication
- Learned the value of technology (and the power of prayer) when my Macbook Pro died…twice
- Participated in roundtable discussions regarding postgraduate careers at a University
2009: The year of growth and expansion
I currently have a list of 20 personal, social and financial goals for 2009. Among them are:
- Decrease dependency on laptop
- Buy a new car–specifically the Lexus LS460 (late ’09/early ’10)
- Read 8 books
- Improve communication skills
- Become more consistent with this website
- Travel more
Most importantly, I plan to make everyday my masterpiece!