2020: A Year in Review
Updated: Jan 9
I spent the last week in a state of reflection: enjoying the days at home with my family before the first work day of the next trip around the sun.
That's when the New Year really starts isn't it?
What a year.
It certainly deserves its own sentence.
It's hard to even know where to start.
So I guess I'll just start from the beginning.
I spent my first few days in Nashville with thousands of other baseball coaches, soaking up one of my favorite events of the year, all of us blissfully unaware that the nastiest curveball most of us have ever seen was headed our way. If 2020 was a pitcher, he most certainly would have won the Cy Young.
On March 12th, just past the halfway point of our season, after overcoming a 5 run deficit in the 7th inning, a 10th inning RBI single led to a thrilling walk-off victory, putting a mark in the win column and, simultaneously, marking the end of our season. Our world, and everybody elses, was about to change. History in the making.
Not that this is news to anyone.
The next 9 months were a blur.
After 4 months of quarantine, hundreds of paper airplanes, and the birth of our son Mack, we packed up our belongings and moved to Idaho. I traded my dream of becoming a collegiate head baseball coach for the pursuit of a career that would allow for more quality time with my family.
After 50+ rejected job applications, something I had grown quite accustomed to after the past 3 summers of applying fruitlessly for baseball jobs, I settled on the insurance industry. It wasn't a career path that even remotely interested me initially. I was trying to avoid sales at all cost. But this feels less like sales, and more like helping people.
I have quickly come to realize that it offers me the opportunity to help people, and to build a career without limits. Building things is fun. Especially because I am willing to get on my hands and knees and do the dirty work required, in the early stages of this and any entrepreneurial venture, to be successful long term.
And I'm going to win.
I have to.
My family is relying on me.
I refuse to sit here and complain about last year...so I won't talk about wearing masks...or politics. That won't get me anywhere. Sure, it was a challenging year.
Had a baby
*Actually, my wife did, but you know what I mean
Moved to a new state
*The kids LOVE snow.
Discovered we had mice
*Got a cat
Did lots of pushups
*I dialed it back to 100/day
*My joints decided that 250 was too much
Began intermittent fasting
*Down 15 pounds since July
5 extended fasts
*Only coffee and water.
Read 33 books
*25 before the end of June
*My 5am wakeup discipline suffered during the back half of the year
*My reading and writing practices followed suit
201 blog posts
Began a daily gratitude journal with Sara and Mia
*"3 Things I'm Thankful for Today"
2020, through all of its challenges brought us more things to be thankful for than I can count.
I eagerly anticipate the year ahead:
Hope will be 3 in 2 weeks
Ace will be 5 in 2 months
Mack is 6 months old and observing his development is fascinating
Mia will be 16 in July, and I'll have to figure out how to afford another car.
Sara, my beautiful bride, is a hero, and I'm sure she will continue to be one. Managing our family of 6 is more challenging than anything corona can throw at us, and she does it marvelously.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, at least as far as my own development as a man, husband, father, etc: My word for the year.
You'll have to wait till tomorrow, though. It deserves its own post.