’08 Reflections and ’09 Forecasting

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

:  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!

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