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Another Trip Around the Sun

business life personal Jan 16, 2019

Another Trip Around the Sun: A Birthday Reflection of my Previous Year

As I sit at my computer on my birthday, I thought it would be interesting to start a tradition of writing a blog looking back at my trip around the sun.  2018 was filled with personal challenges, amazing learning opportunities, relationship mending, self-doubt, and renewal.

I spent much of 2018 wondering "who am I?"  I had to face some hard facts that decisions I had made YEARS ago were still affecting relationships with my boys in the present.  I had always known that the realities of divorce would negatively impact my relationship with them, but for years we had been able to ignore some of the problems that my choices had caused.  Thankfully, my boys, their mom, their step-dad, and my wife all supported us working through the issues so that our relationships could flourish going forward.  While it hasn't always been easy, I am proud to say that the relationships with Daniel, Josh, and...

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A Christmas Season Tradition: "Life Lessons and Things to Ponder from A Christmas Story"

personal Dec 22, 2018
During the Christmas season of 2015, I wrote the first version of my blog describing life lessons learned from the movie classic, "A Christmas Story."  Due in large part to the amazing following the movie has, that first blog was popular with many people. Last Christmas I decided to write version 2, and this year I've decided just to make it an annual celebration.
 
I watch the movie multiple times during the Christmas Season and know nearly every line, yet I still find things each year that resonate differently with me.  With each year that passes, new life experiences affect the way we look at our lives, including our favorite movies.
 
Lesson 1: Sometimes dreams do come true!  Dream big dreams, and don't let the doubt in others make you doubt yourself.  Ralphie had a big dream.  He knew without a doubt that he wanted "an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two hundred shot range model air rifle!"  As a matter of fact, he asks for it 28...
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