Brad's Year End Review Questions

Brad Lomenick gave me this list of questions on his blog yesterday. I told him I’d post my reply here. I wrote this up in a hurry, so don’t think of this as my definitive collection – just an “off the top of my head” sort of thing.

1. What are the 2-3 themes that personally defined 2009 for me?

Graduation, rest, and antsiness. Others-orientedness and friends matter. Encouragement is everything.

2. What people, books, accomplishments, or special moments created highlights in 2009?

People: Discovered Seth Godin, Gary Vaynerchuk, Sarah McLaughlin.

Books: Awakin the Giant Within, Purple Cow, Humility.

Accomplishments: Graduating from IUS, starting this blog and again, teaching on Sunday morning.

Special moments: (this is crazy to choose – I’ve had so many… here are the first that came to mind) Pretending the ’09 is switched and going with a 90s-style, Van Dike beard. Walking down the steps of Hillside Hall after finishing my last class (something I’d imagined doing for a couple years). Eating a whole apple pie before my birthday. Reading in the van with my family on the way back from the Michigan vacation, thinking I couldn’t possibly be any happier (that’s a milestone if you can think that in your early 20s).

3. Give yourself a grade from 1-10 in the following areas of focus for 2009: vocationally, spiritually, family, relationally, emotionally, financially, physically, recreationally.

Vocationally: 4

Spiritually: 9

Family: 8

Relationally: 7 (this is a mix because with some people, I’ve expanded tremendously, but with other people, my relationship with them has almost dropped off.)

Emotionally: 10 (I seriously feel as amazing as I could hope to feel)

Financially: 4

Physically: 8 (I made some excellent progress during the year but over the last couple months have slacked off)

Recreationally: 9 (lots of vacations this year)

4. What am i working on that is BIG?

bondChristian: the blog, the e-course, the community, the career, the life.

5. As I move into 2010, is a majority of my energy being spent on things that drain me or things that energize me?

Things that energize me. I’m spending more time with friends I’ve just met. I’m interacting more. I’m working on a project/projects that I truly care about. And I’m challenging myself with new things. In 2010, this is going to explode.

6. How am I preparing for 10 years from now? 20 years from now?

I’m not.

7. What 2-3 things have I been putting off that I need to execute on before the end of the year?

Launching the newsletter/e-course for Finishing a couple books I’ve been meaning to finish. Working harder to get a job I’m truly passionate about.

Now it’s your turn. Answer the questions and let me know. Or answer just a few and let me know.