What an incredible year. I got the idea from a blog on how to do a year end review. Here I go:
Travel & Major Events
1. Las Vegas: Caesers Palace for a few nights for Affiliate Summit West
2. Miami: Attended the iDate conference and got to hang out with my buddy Eric who showed me the town.
- Launched We Just Match
- Got married to the sweetest woman in the world
3. Miami & Bahamas: Went on the Matchmakers Cruise on another trip to Miami.
- Quit my job and became self employed
4. Israel: Spent 2 1/2 weeks traveling Israel with my wife.
5. Union Pier, Michigan: Spent Labor Day weekend staying with Kathy and some friends at a small cottage near the beach.
- Added a Doberman Pinscher to our family
6. Los Angeles, CA: Visited my family in LA during Chanukah.
People I’m grateful for
- My wife: I feel so blessed to be married to Kathy. She continues to inspire me to be a better man. I can’t really describe how wonderful it is knowing that I have a partner who loves and supports me so much. It has become a life mission for me to do my best to brighten her day, support her and show her how much she is loved. Anytime I take action towards that, I feel better. Through her actions and words of wisdom, I hope to learn how to be more like her including more appropriate, patient and understanding.
- Kathy’s Family: Almost immediately, Kathy’s family embraced me as one of their own, as they do with all people. I see where Kathy gets her endless love from. We have so much fun spending time with them and laughing. They are wacky, energetic and so giving. I can spend hours going into each person in her family including her parents, grandparents, brothers and cousins. I didn’t just gain the best wife in the world but I got an awesome family to boot!
- My Nuclear Family: It took me almost 30 years to truly appreciate my family. Call me a late bloomer. But the more time I spend with my nuclear family, the more I realize how loving and giving they really are. I never thought I would want to spend time with my family and yet I really look forward to getting together and chatting with my family and playing with my adorable niece and nephew.
- My Extended Family: It’s been really cool growing older and building relationships with my extended family. I don’t have to look far for inspiration in my family. I have a few people in my family who have endured crazy tragedies and yet continue to give to others and be of service. There are families who keep reaching out to Kathy and I to have dinner with them or just hang out. And there are people who personally challenge me to grow…in my faith, in my profession and just as a human being.
- Friends: This is another area where I feel incredibly blessed. Sometimes, I wish I had a clique of tight friends who always hang out together but that has never really been my style. I tend to have an eclectic group of friends from all across the spectrum. From hippies and punks to religious and atheists. Some people I talk to almost daily and others I may talk to once a year. But the common theme the past few years is there is zero drama in my life with my friends. I surround myself with loving, kind people and don’t deal with the craziness that I know can be so prevalent in friendships. I also have a level of openness and honesty with a lot of my friends. Some of my friends have even become daily confidantes or in other cases, have inspired me to make changes that have launched me into a new level of existence. I’m not really good at chit chatting about pop culture or TV shows. I tend to enjoy talking about how we are dealing with life. The problems, challenges, solutions and very real emotions that people have to deal with. Luckily, so do many of my friends.
My Current Favorite Things
- Shabbat: This is one of the coolest things of this year. Kathy and I don’t drive from Friday night to Saturday night. We spend time with each other and with family. I love hosting Friday night Shabbats. In the past year, I think we’ve had up to 17 or 18 people over for dinner at our apartment. It so incredible getting to sit down and serve delicious, home cooked food to friends and family. I love slowing down and devoting a day to being close with others and recognizing how blessed we are.
- Our Apartment: It’s the perfect size, clean and so great for hosting dinners. We live right across from a big park, which makes dog walking a breeze. We also have great neighbors and are a short walk from our family. It’s a great price and most importantly, it gets WARM on cold, Chicago nights. Did I mention free heat?
- Rocky: Best dog ever.
- Cleaning: Who would have thought I’d be so into it?
- Organization: I love learning about this. I need more organization skills and can’t wait to learn more.
- Dog Parks: How did I miss out on these things in the past? We just discovered Prairie Wolf, a 44 acre dog park. It’s so. much. fun.
- Improv: I have never performed so much improv. The Horatio Ratio (my improv troupe) is filled with such talented people. I feel so lucky to learn from them and play with them.
- Dog Training: I really hope I stay into this.
- Judaism: My family inspires me to learn and grow in my faith. We keep meeting such wonderful people in our community. I really hope I get invited to more Jewish weddings soon.
- Meditation: Thanks to Andrew Sadock for teaching me some really cool meditation techniques. I’m putting these to good use!
- Masterminds: This has been one of the most powerful tools that I’ve used in the past year. Check out Napoleon Hill to learn more.
We Just Match: I’m looking to spend much more time on this in the year to come. It’s time to really grow this and make it a helpful service that is bringing people together. I know I have a ton to give, it is just a matter of learning how to balance the work I’m doing with the Institute and my own work.
Lisa Clampitt’s Projects: Working with Lisa on the Matchmaking Institute, Trade Association, Matchmaking Pro and the 2013 Matchmakers Conference has been such a wonderful experience. She and Christian are so cool and I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish this year.
What I want to work on in 2013
Balance: I think this is the big thing I’d like to learn. I have so many goals, ideas and desires that it can become overwhelming and I tend to follow the whim of the day rather than prioritizing. For 2013, I’d like to set some very specific goals and build routines, action plans and weekly/monthly reviews to ensure I am making progress.
Spiritual Growth: I’ve had an incredible couple of years, however I know that because of all the blessings I’ve been given, I need to work even harder to become a better person. The same things that I did before won’t cut it. I need to up my service to Hashem and the people around me.