I only recently realized that we are actually coming to the end of another decade. This decade itself has presented several major milestones for me:
2010: I became a parent for the first time when my son Jack was born.
2011: I turned 30 years old. Parents Magazine chose me as their official daddy blogger- a side gig that was last the next 4 years.
2012: I became the manager of the retention department at my employer at the time, which triggered my fascination with emotional intelligence- especially, the concept that being offended is always a person decision.
2013: My wife and I became debt-free, other than our mortgage.
2014: We started building our new house.
2015: We moved into our brand-new house; having previously owned a town home. I also started my first YouTube channel, which currently has over 8K subscribers and earns me an average of $500 per month.
2016: Four days after my 35th birthday, my daughter was born.
2017: The company I had been working for the past 11 years closed down my branch, starting a 6 month stretch of me being a stay-at-home dad.
2018: I made by television debut on the Lifetime Network show, This Time Next Year. I also got a new job, at a Fortune 500 Company, where I have now worked a year and a half.
As for 2019, there are 5 particular events that come to mind…
1- Existential crisis: Having reached all my major life goals before the age 40, I came to a point where I had to re-evaluate my goals and ambitions.
2- Jeep Wrangler: After owning my Honda Element since 2006, I finally got a new” vehicle- a 2010 Jeep Wrangler JK 6 Speed.
3- 20th Year High School Reunion: My wife and I had a great time with the people I grew up with and graduated with in 1999.
4- Releasing Original Songs: So far, my wife and I have released 4 new original songs together on my YouTube channel. Despite both moving to Nashville to start music careers, we had never publicly performed together.
5- 1st Family Pet: Despite our “no pet” policy in our home, my son wanted a teddy bear hamster for his 9th birthday. Ultimately, the hamster quickly became my pet- or at best, the “family” pet.
Now, with the 2020s ahead of me, I shall enter the decade in which I turn 40 and became of the parent of two teenagers. That ought to be fun.
4 thoughts on “My 2019 Year in Review: 5 Things That Defined My Life in the Final Year of the 2010s- Existential Crisis, Jeep Wrangler, 20th High School Reunion…”
Good to hear you’ve reached your goals. Time to set new ones right? I’d like to be at a similar place in my upper 30s. I am turning 32 soon and have 3 kids already.
Thanks John! Have you reached the point in your life where you refuse to allow others to offend you or disrespect you? That usually kicks in around age 35 for men.
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Ahh honestly that’s a work in progress… I dealt with some of that while building my last business. It took 5 years lost some money but I am better for the experience.