2008 in Retrospect, and I promise to blog more!

After a relaxing New Year’s Eve, I decided to take a couple of minutes to reflect on what 2008 has meant to me. I started a business, started a blog, got fired from my job, and I’m now starting to feel really, really old (the youngest, my son Tyler turned 5 on New Year’s Eve–just doesn’t seem right!). In short, the year certainly had its ups and downs. But luckily I feel like I have made some progress…if not large strides, then at least some baby steps to get me closer to where I want to be. This is evidenced by the Dreamline Worksheet that I dug out today.

First off, if you’re not familiar with Tim Ferriss, author of “The 4 Hour Work Week” then I suggest you IMMEDIATELY go and purchase the book. The basic premise of the book is how to get the most out of life, and Tim outlines how he went from working 80+ hour weeks to working 4 hours a week. There is a consistent theme of living life to the fullest, and Tim’s book is a bible for those who may feel like they’re stuck in life. You can find out more about the book and purchase it here: www.4hourworkweek.com. Tim also has a blog which is inspirational for people who are looking to break free of the boredom that life can sometimes bring.

At any rate, Tim has the Dreamline Worksheet on his website as a resource to you to find out goals you have in life, and calculate what you need to make financially in order to achieve those goals. My Dreamline has been tacked on my bulletin board since I filled it out in late May (after reading the book for about the third or fourth time). The Dreamline is broken into three sections: things you dream of Having, things you dream of Being, and things you dream of Doing. My list was as follows:

42″ flat screen LCD TV
dream house
Mazda S6
Gibson Les Paul guitar
my fiancee’s dream wedding

a better father and spouse
better cook
owner of my own business
in shape physically

produce a film
go away for a sunny vacation
go to Europe for a month with my family
refinish a house

So after reviewing my list, I find that I’ve really only accomplished my goals in one area, BEING–but I’m OK with that. To me, these were the most important things for me to accomplish, and they were the easiest because I didn’t really have to rely on money or anything other than my own tenacity. I’m spending more time at home (being fired certainly helped in this respect!) so I’m there for more meals, which gives me an opportunity to cook more. I’ve never been Chef Boyardee, but I really love good food and drink, and I’m envious of people that can cook well. I’ve been spending a lot of time working on a healthy but delicious diet. This has helped me lose weight, which brings me closer to my goal of being physically fit–in fact, I lost 30 lbs this year! My new goal has been refined–I want the Brad Pitt body in “Fight Club”. A loft goal, I know, but I feel like I’m making strides…in addition to my diet I’ve been able to work out consistently for the last couple of weeks, and I can already seen improvement. Also, because I’m home more I get to spend more time with my fiancee and children, and I really feel like this helps me grow as a spouse and a father. I’ve spent a good deal of the last few years feeling guilty because of the time I’ve spent away from them, and I’m glad I’ve gotten this opportunity to reconnect. Lastly, I started a business this year–Braedy Photography (www.braedyphoto.com). For almost a full year I worked as a photographer in addition to my work at the Talent Group, and now I am free to pursue that full time. And in fact, I’m on the verge of launching a couple of other businesses.

So while I don’t yet have my dream house, and I haven’t gone to Europe, I feel like I’ve gained a lot where it counts–at home. I feel confident about my up and coming businesses, so maybe this will be the year I finally get that new car!

In closing–my 2009 resolution is to follow my Dreamline to try to achieve the rest of my goals.

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