2012 was an interesting year. As the year began I was entering the second half of my Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University. I played geobachelor daddy for a couple months to allow the spouse to accept a new job while I took care of the kids. In April, a shipmate was killed in Afghanistan. We even moved to a new location and I started another job (within the Navy).
- Put 12% of my base salary toward retirement.
- Maxed out annual IRA contribution.
- Purchased a home.
- Maintained Zero credit card debt; rearranged credit cards to maximize reward benefits.
- Enjoyed more time with my kids. As compared to 2011 when I was deployed.
- Ran two marathons. The Pittsburgh Marathon and the Marine Corps Marathon. Ran the latter to raise money for St. Judes (Charity).
- Started this Blog. I know, you’re jealous!
- Went on two big trips. I enjoyed attending CES for the first time and a solo trip home to visit family.
- Invested further in a grown-up wardrobe. Millenium Falcon diagram T-shirts only go so far…although these awesome Millenium Falcon Cufflinks might have to be a part of this new wardrobe.
- Read several books. Check out these great reads!
- Completed 5 academic classes. Through National Defense University, they were CIO 2.0 Roles and Responsibilities, Enterprise Information Security and Risk Management, Information Assurance and Critical Infrastructure Protection, Cyber Security for Information Leaders, and Measuring Results of Organizational Performance.
- Discovered how education is evolving! Do you know what MOOCs are?
- Completed my Fellowship Report.
I’m putting together my 2013 goals now to ensure I have much to strive for! What did you enjoy accomplishing? What are your goals this year?
[Inspired by GMBMFB]
There are rare instances of pure joy in the world. I’m sure if you happen to be reading this then you are like minded as I am about the movie Caddyshack. The cast and characters of this movie make it exceptional for what it is – a very fun to watch flick. This deal has arrived in advance of the massive deals expected during Black Friday 2012 proving you don’t have to venture into the craziness of the crowds to get good finds! If you are looking for the perfect stocking stuffer then this deal is for you!
In just over 12 hours I’m running my second marathon; the renowned Marine Corps Marathon (MCM). I ran my first Marathon in May of 2012 in Pittsburgh. I dedicated that preparation and struggle to LT Christopher Mosko, a fallen shipmate, who died this year fighting in Afghanistan. I wrote about it in How to run your first Marathon. But with the MCM I wanted to do more than simply dedicate the work it requires.
A Registered Nurse (RN) my Mother dedicated her life and work to helping others who needed care. She did all this while she raised her children, much of the time, by herself. In mid 2001 my mother succumb in her battle with cancer. As people who have lost a parent know, especially to cancer, this is a life changing event. The marathon falls near what was her birthday – numerous friends and colleagues will have helped raise approximately $1200 for St. Judes in the name of Taylor. She is the daughter of long time family friend, is an 18 month old little girl that is working hard to fight off an aggressive cancer. You can learn more about Taylor and her fight here at PrayingForTaylor.
I’m quite anxious about tomorrow’s run. With my new job my preparation has been fairly limited. I’ve also had a cold since Monday so I’m sure the snot will be annoyingly flowing. To add to both of these a hurricane (Sandy) is headed up the eastern seaboard and the wind, if not the probable rain, during the race will make the run significantly challenging. This is representative of what individuals fighting cancer must face… why even try? Courage, leadership, and resolve… attributes like this make us fight. Exercising these traits, when not forced to do so in the face of something like cancer, sharpens these abilities.
I want to thank the following people who are my personal heros for their contribution toward fighting cancer:
Allycia and Michael LeCompte, Alonna & Ryan, Angela Hoppe, Avelynn and Cooper Bowie, Craig Gee, David Stilson, Eric Hadley, Karen Cegelske, Maureen Fox, Melissa Doney, Michael Richison, Peter Hoegel, Rex Boonyobhas, Rhoda and Omar, little Rocky, Thom and Deb Roth, Tom & Jennie Bishop, and Shrapi!
All of you have inspired me and taken action to help make a difference through your donation. I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences. I’d also ask for your continued encouragement into and through tomorrow as I fight for Taylor!