For the first half of the year, that may have been true. But on July 1, last year, my world was torn apart with the sudden death of my mother. Instead of being the rock supporting Sara and Jack in the sea of changes, I was thrust into the current grasping for aid and support. I found it in the arms of my wonderful wife and the smile of my amazing son. Sara was always there by my side to keep me going. She was there to listen when I needed to talk or to cry or simply needed a hug. Instead of me getting Jack out of bed every day, Jack helped me get out of bed every day. His daily achievements - rolling over, crawling, walking, talking, learning "touchdown", saying "Dada" or now, "Nana". These are the things that kept me going. Jack didn't know, couldn't know that I just wanted to crawl into bed and stay there all day. He wouldn't let me.
Let's start with a look back at 2016 goals and how I did -
For 2017, I have more modest goals and hopes. Perhaps its the inherited pessimism from the end of 2016, but my word for 2017 is "survive." Survive having two kids under two. Survive a Saudi summer. Survive the bidding process. Survive toddler jet lag. Survive my busy work schedule.
As for goals, here is what is on tap for 2017.
- Have a healthy baby boy
- Get promoted at work
- Visit two new countries
- Watch at least two sunrises and two sunsets
- Get a "good" new post during bidding season
- Weigh 185 lbs or less by end of year.
- Work out 3x/week for at least 30 minutes
- Run a race of at least 10k/6 miles or more