A family shot, for old times’ sake.
We are cherishing this Christmas season as this might be the last year where Santa is a very real part of our world.
We’ve been tracking his progress from the North Pole (via an iPhone app, of course!) and she’s on pins and needles awaiting his arrival.
The truth is, most of us discover where we are headed when we arrive.
Bill Watterson is the author and creator of one of the best comic strips of all time, Calvin and Hobbes. I spent much of my childhood reading these in my father’s morning paper and then later in the compilations that were published.
Recently I asked my mother to send me a few of them (if they were still around) so that my 7 year old could experience the joy of the adventures that both of these two characters experienced. She blazed through the first two books in one entire sitting and who could possibly blame her as they are that entertaining and engrossing.
When my wife is upset with me she’ll put up her fist in a threatening manner as if she’s going to deck me. It’s playful as things can be between life partners and such who have known each other through the good times and the very, very challenging ones.
But when she’s really upset she’ll make sure to show me her left hand, that is, the hand that has the wedding band and engagement ring on it to signify that I’m going to really feel it (and that it’s going to leave a mark!) if I don’t get back in line. I call it the “Ring Bear” move and every once in a while I’ll see it pop out.
So when I saw this image for an upcoming movie I just chuckled to myself a bit.
2013 has been an incredible year for me as I’ve walked through and overcome some significant personal and professional challenges that have changed my life quite literally.
I’m sure I’ll share a bit more in detail of many of these things in my upcoming Year in Review post for 2013 (you can look at my 2012 here) but this event deserves its own blog post entirely.
To cut to the chase (or the fat) one of the most significant events of 2013 was the fact that I was able to lose over 27 pounds this year and improve my overall health and lifestyle in ways that I did not believe was possible.
Sporting some “Hard Hat” action!
It’s been an insane last month of the year as I’ve been ramping up my responsibilities for The Iron Yard and closing down responsibilities and projects that had been in flight.
It’s neat how things become so obvious and clear when you have distinct direction – you’re able to say “Yes” and “No” with confidence as you put each opportunity on the stand for evaluation. Things that were, at one point, very exciting have now faded very much into the background.
For example, I had applied to a host of accelerators and incubators across the nation and have had a host of interviews for many of them and being accepted into some of the final rounds for a few. Now, it’s no longer a choice between Accelerator A or B or C as none of them can be seriously entertained.
I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. your mind must know it has got to get down to work. – Pearl S. Buck
Sometimes that’s all you really need to know and remember. Chuck Close has another good one too:
A friend of mine just recently shared with me that they had received a promotion from being one of the Project Managers to now holding a much larger leadership role, essentially managing all of the PMs in the organization.
His jump is well-deserved as he’s done a fantastic job historically and has proven his leadership capacity in his previous role when challenged. I can’t think of a better guy to have been given the green light for managerial advancement.
And clearly via my last conversation with him he’s delighted (as he should be) and is looking positively at a great 2014 year professionally. It’ll be a year of stretching, that’s for sure, but he’s’ got all the natural resources that he needs to be a success. I hope senior leadership will continue to give him the challenges and mentoring he needs to take it to the next level.