I've been very busy lately after having taken on a life coach. One of the exercises that I recently did is a sum up of my accomplishments in 2007. I thought I'd post it here.
2007 was a fantastic year.
I bought my first house at the beginning of the year...my first house ever, and I jumped right into it. My house is a very nice (for me, anyway) two-story, 2800 square feet with 500 feet unfinished. The house sits on 2.36 acres of land in a rural area. I put up a new garage door. I took down a swing set that my wife and I acquired with the purchased of the house, board by board...that was a fun day. I also helped a neighbor move an old playhouse (also acquired) onto a trailer so he could move it to his house for his children (instead of me busting it up). I put up a new mailbox. I pulled down all of the wallboard in the garage and put up insulation (because the guy who built the house "forgot" to do that). I pulled up the carpet that came with the house (had new put down...I haven't figured out how to lay carpet yet). I put a new toilet in and repaired one (learned a lot this year about house repair and maintenance). Painted a few rooms. I took down a privacy fence that surrounded the whole back of my yard (not much into fences). That took about 45 minutes to knock down the actual fence and three weeks to dig up (or cut) the posts and remove the wood.
Straight out of the box, I obtained three "upgrade" computer certifications before the end of January. A+ Depot Technician, A+ IT Technician and A+ Remote Support Technician.
In July, I also took 70-216 (Network Infrastructure) and passed it (after three no-shows...THREE...talk about sabotage...by the way, this represents $375 down the drain, just because I didn't show up)(Go figure...I passed the first time I actually showed up). This test was the fifth (of seven) test taken and passed towards the MCSE 2000.
In August, I also took and passed 70-217 (Directory Services) towards the MCSE 2000. This was the sixth (of seven).
In October, since I am a master instructor for the last three version of Microsoft Office (2000, 2002 and 2003), I was offered five free vouchers and an application waiver for the new version of Microsoft Office (2007) in order to become an instructor on the new version.
I studied for a little over a month and over the course of two days in mid-November, I took (and passed) the five tests towards that certification (they now call it MCAS instead of MOS...whatever ). Since I was in a testing center that offered it, I also ordered the three vouchers while I was there and took (and passed) the three IC3 for 2005 (and subsequently filled out the application to become master instructor for those as well). That particular certification doesn't mean much to me, but it would be useful if I ever teach again.
I saved over $20,000 this year, more than in any other year of my life up to this point.
I went to training twice this year for my company (on the products I'm supporting for them). Training is "optional" at my company, but you really have to fight to get it, so going twice was outstanding, in my opinion.
I was given more responsibility at my work, without actually asking for it, which is a first. Because of the new responsibilities and the amount of hotel stays it generates, I also became a platinum member at Holiday Inn (that may seem like a trivial accomplishment, but I've been wanting it for two years...you get free room upgrades when checking in to that hotel!).
I became the volunteer "IT guy" at my gym. The first order of business, after implementing a new time card system (they were doing it manually, believe it or not) was putting up a new web site, which was completed a little over a week ago.
Speaking of the gym, I was there A LOT this year...with more consistency than I've ever displayed up until this year. The volunteering part had a lot to do with that...I "had" to be there for other reasons, which compelled me to work out more.
On a sad note, after 10 years, the band with which I performed "broke up". The guitar player in our band got a great "upgraded" job in Texas (he now affects many of you without you knowing it, product-wise). That signified the end of our partnership in what had been a wonderful set of memories...amazing times.
I started waking consistently at 4:30 in the morning.
I started taking green drink at least twice (and most days three) times a day.
I improved my diet tremendously, swinging to the extreme of eating 100% raw for spurts (thanks to a challenge from a friend on this one). Believe it or not, before this year, there were years (YEARS!) that I went without eating one single piece of fruit or one single vegetable. Extremely unhealthy.
I continued my vitamin intake, twice a day, once after breakfast, once after lunch.
I also continued my water intake (thanks to my spacious mini-van, in which I keep bottled water for that purpose). Most days almost a gallon consumed.
I continued my breathing patterns three times a day (although, I do have to admit, sometimes I only got one per day in...though there were days I'd also do it every hour on the hour).
I listened and implemented the lessons in Personal Power II. I did it twice this year. The second time was a little more passive on my part...I used it for a refresher at that point.
For the first time since my divorce, I was able to keep my son over a summer, which I did this summer. It was great. Now, it's a tradition that will continue.
I made a very small website for a friend, who runs a "mini-farm" selling eggs.
I created a "vision board" after watching the secret. I look at this vision board often and am on the verge of having one of my "visions"...through hard work and persistence, but the board keeps it in front of me everyday to focus on, which helps me a great deal.
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