New Year, New FOCUS


Most honest, 2015 was not my year.

Somewhere around March or April, it went wrong and I could not find a way to make it right again. Plans I’d made went awry. Goals I’d set fell by the wayside. Projects I’d started lay unfinished. I seriously lost my mojo and life became about maintaining the status quo without backsliding too much. 

To be fair, some wonderful things happened last year…

  • Mumford and Sons did one of their Stopovers up the road in Waverly, IA and it was phenomenal.  
  • I got to see Alice in Chains two more times: in Council Bluffs on July 30th and St. Louis on August 3rd. Both shows – one at an outdoor ampitheater and the other at an intimate indoor venue – were glorious! I did manage to get a kick in the face in Council Bluffs by a wayward crowd surfer, but having Jerry Cantrell inquire as to my well being (albeit non verbally) more than made up for it. 
  • Ella and I were part of the crew and cast for the BHCT’s production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, in which we met some amazing people and had a blast. 
  • I graduated from IMPACT, the Archdiocese of Dubuque’s lay formation program after two years of study. 
  • I discovered the awesomeness that is Bullet Journaling. 

…but overall, the year that was 2015 left much to be desired. I am glad it is over. I bid it – and the negativity, self-doubt, and disquiet it contained – a not-so-fond farewell. 

It is with a clean slate that I heartily welcome 2016. 

I have new plans to make, goals to set, and projects to finish, with a new OLW (FOCUS – more on this shall be forthcoming) to help me through it. And that’s the beauty of this thing called life. [Electric word life. It means forever and that’s a mighty long time.] ACK! Sorry, where was I before Prince took over for a minute?  Oh yes. Life. Starting over. God willing, we can hit the reset button and start again. 

So bring it on, 2016! Let’s see what you and I are made of.