Self Care

Don’t forget to take care of yourself too this holiday season. And all the time.

*Credit to my wife for sharing this on Facebook.

Thirty Six Years

[Pictured above is my Grandfather, 95, and me, 36]

Just for fun, I decided to look back at my post from this date last year. Honestly, I was surprised at how different I feel now from how I felt about my birthday then. I don’t know if I was having a bad day or what…it’s a little embarrassing actually.

This year, while things are far from perfect in so many ways, I’m just grateful. Grateful for my wife, kids, family, job, and so much more. Things could always be better, but things could always be worse too.

Maybe I’m a little bit wiser, or maybe I’ve just learned to appreciate what I have a little more.

That doesn’t mean I’m happy all the time. Although, with the Eagles finally winning a Super Bowl last year, that helps a little (which reminds me, I still need to write about that someday).

Since I already wrote my goals for next year, I won’t dwell too much on that. I’m hoping and planning to write more, both here and in other places and ways. I’m still working on a long form music project which will probably take me another 10 years to complete. I’m still doing woodworking a year later and learning a lot, which is fun.

Time to get to work.

Goals for 2019

Write More

This should be easier, but life has a way of keeping me busy and distracted from doing many of the things I enjoy. I don’t like to write on a schedule but maybe that’s something I need to accept if I want to accomplish my goals.

Make More

I have been woodworking now for a little over a year as a hobby and it has given me a chance to work with my hands and mind at the same time, something I don’t get to do enough of at my job. I’m still learning a lot and figuring out what I enjoy making, so hopefully, that process will continue into next year and beyond.

Do Less

There are so many different things to do and experience in life, it’s hard to not feel like we’re constantly missing out on hundreds, if not thousands, of things at the same time. Each year feels like it’s going by faster, which makes sense when you realize each new year makes up a continually smaller percentage of your total life. Time is the only resource we can’t buy, so it forces us to focus on what’s important.

I just want to focus on what matters and get the most out of life in the short time I have.