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One flame is extinguished while another begins to burn

Posted by on January 1, 2009

I love New Year’s Eve.  It never matters what country I am in, who I am with, or even my immediate surroundings but there’s always been something special to me about 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1…. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The beauty of December 31st or 11:59:50 is you can make the countdown whatever you like. It can be your very own reset button on a terrible twelve months, or a starter’s pistol propelling you into January with vigor.  Yet no matter what you decide, its important to take those memories with you.  Sure we can reset the score, but don’t forget the lessons you’ve learned from the game.

For yours truly, 2008 started in a different country (Barcelona) away from family and friends for my first time ever, and I recall January 1st being a day of triumph.  Moving across an ocean was a big leap of faith that thankfully paid off and I felt I had adapted well to my new surroundings. I was supremely proud of myself for  going away from my comfort zone and I was rewarded with the many experiences and memories that I cherish today.  But with this same triumph I also realized I would likely not fulfill my goal of living in Spain for a full year, the stakes had changed.

My job in Barcelona, though surrounded with amazing people began to wear thin, and the weekend nightlife was slowly killing me.  I arrived in the city as the pinnacle of health and wellness, but slowly was beginning to believe the diarrhea was quickly becoming a part of my new lifestyle.  Things had to change.  My decisions were to stay in Spain and live the life of a teenager and possibly travel throughout Europe a little more extensively (very tempting) or return to a Canadian winter and start making a move in a new direction.  I chose the latter.

By February 1st I was back in the white north, still employed by the Europeans and working from home but also learning as much as possible about internet marketing and how to make a living online.  With that plan in place I decided my goal would be to start 2 separate websites by March 2009 no matter what they might be.  I decided action was always better than deliberation.  My first site, in an ongoing learning experience, and though its never made even one penny, I’ve not yet given up hope.

My second site, is a venture I personally never thought I’d ever undertake, but its been a lot of fun so far and 2009 will be the test of its viability.  And though the investment was far larger than I had originally anticipated, I am very proud of myself for believing in an idea enough to put my money where my mouth is…because once again, action is always better than indifference.

In taking the macro approach to 2008 I think I can sum up my experience with one word: Growth. I am a better person now than I was January 1st, 2008.  Im healthier, stronger, wiser, smarter, and I like to think I’ve patched some holes in some gaping flaws, or perhaps just learned to keep them at bay. 😉

Moving forward, my goals for the New Year have been written down and they`re mine and mine alone to accomplish or fail. I now step on the gas into 2009 as the landscape in the rear view mirror of `08 begins to fade into memories and all that remains is the promise of the future, and I’m alright with that.

Happy New Year to everyone and I wish you nothing but health, happiness, and success in 2009.

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