“We all have our time machines, don’t we. Those that take us back are memories…And those that carry us forward, are dreams.” ― H.G. Wells
I took a serious step forward in 2012. I’m proud of myself. I’m gaining my focus back. Especially toward the last few months of 2012. 2010-2011 were tough years. But they were formable years. Years of struggle. Years of maturity. Years I spent out of the game.
2012 was pretty awesome. I got a lot done all considering how miserable 2009-2011 were.
I Started A New Business
It was an up and down 2012 business wise. But I started something and I’m committed to it for the long haul. Which feels great. Bryghten, is a handful of affiliate websites that generate leads for online colleges and universities. Some of the profits get funneled back to investors. 25% gets funneled back to me to cover salary and expenses, and the rest goes to building schools in the developing world. I fully expect 2013 to be pretty amazing for Bryghten and our impact.
I Transitioned Away From Consulting
I spent most of 2011 doing consulting. It was hard. It was miserable for me. So much uncertainty, working in someone else’s office, on someone else’s projects. It’s not my forte. I managed to get away from that in 2012 and it created a lot more happiness in my life as well as freedom.
I Spent Most of the year in Mazatlan
I spent most of 2012 in Mazatlan about 9 months actually. It was amazing. But in many ways it was a learning experience. Friends came and friends went. Ups came and downs came. But all in all it was great to be in one place for a considerable amount of time.
I Ended the year with net positive in Savings
For the first time in a few years I ended December with cash in the bank, and a positive financial outlook with all my projects. The key really is spending less and less, and reinvesting in my websites. Giving up on smaller projects and focusing on the bigger more profitable ones seems to be the answer to my long term financial success.
I Learned to Play Texas Holdem
I sepnt the last
few months of the year learning Texas holdem. It’s a fun hobby when I need something to distract me from my normal work routines. It also seemed to keep my mind fresh. It’s a hobby I plan to keep doing, even if just to keep my mind active when I’m not working.
I Overcame a pattern of health disasters
Since 2007 I seemingly battle a string of health disasters, and 2012 looked like I was going to have some struggles after a rough 2011 but with a focus on eating better, and exercising more I managed to steer clear of any disasters. I hope to continue this pattern into 2013.
Thoughts on Next Year
I’m really focused right now on working about twice as much as I did this year. I feel like I’m in a healthy groove. I’m loving what I do. And while my workflows aren’t always 100% successful and efficient I’m making solid progress on many fronts. I look forward to striving to reach my bigger goals and letting go of my smaller work goals.
Dating was something I was very inefficient with last year. I had 2 girlfriends, one of which was pretty awesome at times, and unstable some of the time. And in the end her irrational behavior scared the bejesus out of me. Don’t worry she was American. My other girlfriend was a real sweetheart but we had our testy moments in the end I realized it just wasn’t working out. And nor was it going to last long term. This year I plan to pretty much spend about 1% of my energy looking for a new relationship. I know I’m not getting any younger but honestly for the next 4 years my focus is going to be on my business development. I don’t expect to develop a long term anything in 2013. But you never know in years past when it was a larger focus of my life nothing came of it. Now that I am determined to leave dating behind something make come of it. And so be it.
I am really looking forward to business growth, and personal growth in 2013. I seemingly have found new energy again and that really excites me. Like, a lot. I don’t think I’ve had these energy levels since 2006. That’s a great sign of success as that was one of my better years.