This is the time of year when we all reflect back on the past year and anticipate the next. Without a doubt, 2011 has been a memorable year (I use that term loosely) for just about everyone. For me personally, it was a year a change and uncertainty. On the plus side, I started FedBizCoach and now am in charge of my life. I don’t have any real downers during the year, so I guess I am fortunate. If I had to pick something, I would say it is the bad economy that is tearing at my 401k investments (and some of the ones I have outside 401k).
On the other hand, the Federal Government and citizens have not been so fortunate. We have a totally dysfunctional legislature who just cannot understand that their bickering and inability to open their minds is hurting their constituents – We, the People. At the same time, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer – something that goes against the grain of this great country. On the plus side, the People will get their chance to speak next year at the polls. I cannot predict what will happen, but am ready for some real changes.
Likewise, the economy has not improved much, although it has shown some signs of improvement at the end of the year. I am praying for continued improvement in 2012.
2011 was the year I decided to take my destiny into my own hands and not leave it with a corporate entity, who shifts policies like a feather in a hurricane. I found out how many friends and supporters I have, which is something for which I will be eternally grateful. I also confirmed that I hate working from my home as I do not have a lot of social contact (except for my wife) in that environment. No one close to me passed away this year and I officially became a “Golden Ager”… lots of age, no gold.
I am looking forward to a great 2012 for me, my family, and all my friends and colleagues. I think we are seeing the pendulum start to swing back. I thank you all for being there for me in my time of need and pray that 2012 brings you increased prosperity and joy. Keep in mind that the two tenants in life to which I subscribe: have fun and keep learning… all else seems to follow. Opportunities are constantly presented to us – it is up to us to determine whether we pursue them. I hope all of you find the right opportunities.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my family, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances.
…. Mark Samblanet
I have been asked to explain the Christmas Moose family. My wife and I exchange moose items and are always on the lookout for somthing “moosey”. We found this set one year at BJs and had to buy it. We have not seen it anywhere else and they have become part of our family tradition. We also have a moose Nativity set that we got in Alaska, as well as many other moose items. In fact, my wife’s first present to me was a moose ornament that said “I looooove chocolate” when you press its stomach. I just thought this moose family would make a good anchor photo and hope you enjoy it.