Brittany does this every year, and it’s a good idea.

  1. What was the single best thing that happened this past year? Mountcation 2012. It was nice to remember that we could actually get out and enjoy life some.
  2. What was the single most challenging thing that happened? Brittany’s dad passed away this year. This has affected both of us more than we realize.
  3. What was an unexpected joy this past year? Being surprised by just how much my wife loves me.
  4. What was an unexpected obstacle? Seeing the possibility of me losing my job but having to put aside the stress and work hard(er) anyway.
  5. Pick three words to describe 2012. The long game.
  6. Pick three words your spouse would use to describe your 2012 (don’t ask them; guess based on how you think your spouse sees you). Growing and maturing.
  7. Pick three words your spouse would use to describe their 2012 (again, without asking). Victories and trials.
  8. What were the best books you read this year? Didn’t read many books, but I did finally get around to starting the Dragonriders of Pern series.
  9. With whom were your most valuable relationships? Brittany and my family (though I need to work on the second more).
  10. What was your biggest personal change from January to December of this past year? I’ve re-learned that things don’t just happen; you have to do them. To wit, “if you were the inventor of Facebook, you would have invented Facebook.”
  11. In what way(s) did you grow emotionally? See previous. I’ve spent less time spinning my wheels wishing for life to change and more time trying to change it.
  12. In what way(s) did you grow spiritually? I’m recognizing my need for God, but I need to spend more time seeking Him.
  13. In what way(s) did you grow physically? I HAVE A BIG HEAD AND LITTLE ARMS.
  14. In what way(s) did you grow in your relationships with others? Trying to talk less and listen more.
  15. What was the most enjoyable part of your work (both professionally and at home)? I spent about two weeks on a side project that has netted me at least a week in saved time/energy. It was fun to get back into the mode of solving problems.
  16. What was the most challenging part of your work (both professionally and at home)? Showing up and doing good work even when I don’t want to.
  17. What was your single biggest time waster in your life this past year? Stress and/or escape.
  18. What was the best way you used your time this past year? Working on bettering myself and working on my marriage.
  19. What was biggest thing you learned this past year? It will not “just work;” I need to make it work.
  20. Create a phrase or statement that describes 2012 for you. S#!% just got real.

See you guys next year!