I hereby dub 2012 "The Year of Johnblog Silence."
Until today, I had no clue that en entire year passed without a single post (although I do see around 10 drafts that I apparently began but never completed or posted). "What happened?" you ask? Last year was a massive year for my family in terms of growth. However, that growth only came through some serious struggle. The good news is that we survived and are closer now than ever before.
And for all of the struggles, we had some great successes last year. We celebrated our 5th anniversary, Lydia has grown by leaps and bounds and continually amazes us with her intelligence and sweet demeanor, and we were blessed with job opportunities and a community service scholarship and were able to keep our student loans to a minimum. In terms of personal, creative successes, I finished writing songs for the Wishing Well (the 1st of a 3-album sci-fi tale), I began writing songs for the 2nd album of that series, and I finished the first draft of my first novel (the novelization of that same sci-fi tale).
Last year we also joined the Dave Ramsey ranks, completing Financial Peace University and taking a big chunk out of our debt through re-focusing our priorities and some serious sacrifice. We paid off my car (not having a car payment is a wonderful feeling) and created a game plan to have all of Sierra's student loans paid off by the time I finish law school (which for me means taking the bar). So by August the only debt we should still have is our home mortgage and my student loans.
I read some great books, saw some great movies, and heard some great albums. I feel content with last year.
Now, looking forward, I have big expectations for 2013. Much of the groundwork laid in 2012 and over the past few years should come to fruition in 2013 and I am excited to see what the future holds.
Some of John's Most Anticipated Events for 2013:
- Graduate law school
- Pass the bar
- Begin working full time (clerking for a State District Court judge)
- Enable Sierra to quit her current job and be a stay-at-home mom
- Celebrate Lydia's 2nd birthday (which she tells us she is very excited about)
- Record an acoustic demo of Wishing Well (not until after the bar)
- Write another novel (I am putting my first novel on hold until I finish writing all of the albums)