2009 Year-End Review

As 2009 came to a close, I took a look back over the year to determine what went well and what didn’t.

    What went well in 2009:

    (I was able to cross off a few more items from my Life List and work towards a few others.)

  • studied abroad in Ireland
  • visited Northern Ireland, Finland, Estonia
  • visited/met the family my wife stayed with while in Finland
  • found nice place to live upon return to US
  • stayed within budget and was able to build emergency funds
  • shifted focus from accounting (which doesn’t interest me) to art (which is a lifelong passion)
  • developed a scheduling system that works well for me (something I’ve struggled with for years)
  • started Adventure-Some
  • took 22 hours this semester while maintaining a 3.63 gpa
  • sold some portraits and commissioned others


    What didn’t go well in 2009:

  • Dad passed away (nothing that I could control, but still bad)
  • anything with the Holts (Dad’s family)
  • prioritizing time with my wife (she didn’t feel neglected, but I felt we could have done better)
  • making time for rest of family
  • spending time with God
  • working out – I found and started a routine that I like, but didn’t follow through with it
  • building the Adventure-Some site to the level I had planned on
  • continuing to travel – even though I did quite a bit of traveling in the first half of the year, the second half found me solidly placed in Lexington


Armed with this knowledge, I was able to move forward and set my goals for 2010. I will be building on my strengths and fixing some of the weaknesses. You can check out my plans for 2010 here.

One thought on “2009 Year-End Review

  1. IRA Rules says:

    Thank you so much, there aren’t enough posts on this… or at least i cant find them. I am turning into such a blog nut, I just cant get enough and this is such an important topic… i’ll be sure to write something about your site

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