This was by far the best year in a long time. Kelly and I were mar­ried on May 9. It was the best day of my life.

We were sur­rounded by all of our friends and fam­ily who smoth­ered us in so much love and hap­pi­ness. If I could, I would live that day over and over. It sounds so sappy, but I just can’t help it.

Working Full-time Again #

With my group at the team building excursion

ACL took us on a team ex­cur­sion in May. Our team name was: The Totems

Having a regular” day job has its pros and cons. After run­ning my own busi­ness for so long, hav­ing a more rigid sched­ule where I work 5 days a week has been dif­fi­cult to get used to.

But, there’s some­thing to be said about hav­ing a reg­u­lar pay­check, paid va­ca­tion, and other ben­e­fits. Most im­por­tantly, I re­ally wanted to work on a team, and I’m so for­tu­nate to have landed on a team of in­cred­i­bly smart, tal­ented, and hum­ble peo­ple.

Stepping Down From Goodstuff #

As you may re­call, Goodstuff was a pod­cast net­work I started with Adam Clark and Chris Enns in 2014. Running it was so much fun, but with me get­ting mar­ried, I could­n’t make it a pri­or­ity.1

Soon af­ter, I started a pod­cast again, which has two re­ally great episodes pub­lished. For The Record is the best show I’ve ever done. I have about 6 in­ter­views recorded that I’ll be work­ing on in the next few months. I hope to bring the show back in the spring.

Podcasts have taken on a whole new life for me this year. Sure, they’ve been around for a while, but my good­ness! The level of qual­ity has gone up like crazy, and I’ve dis­cov­ered some amaz­ing shows this year. Maybe I’ll post a list of my fa­vorites at a later date.

Summer Trip to Europe #

Kelly and I went to Europe for the first time this sum­mer. It was the first time both as a cou­ple and in­di­vid­u­ally. Europe was won­der­ful. Visiting places you’ve only ever seen in pic­tures is quite the ex­pe­ri­ence.

The Europe group on the tour bus

We saw the Eiffel Tower at night with all the lights on, walked many un­known streets, took the sub­way, had espresso and pas­tries in a French cafe, missed our train, felt frus­trated be­cause we could­n’t speak French, ate amaz­ing food, made great new friends, and saw peo­ple nude on the beach like it was no big deal. I hope we get the chance to go back.

The last high­light of the year? Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I’ve watched it in the­aters four times.2 Each time bet­ter than the last.

What’s in Store for 2016 #

My co-worker Phil told me that his fam­ily agrees on a motto for the year. I loved the idea so much, that I’m steal­ing it. As al­ways, I’ve got some goals for this year, but I also want to share the motto Kelly and I plan to live by.

Motto: Live Healthy.

  1. Build a Piece of Furniture
    I’m keep­ing this one from last year. I re­ally want to dab­ble in some car­pen­try this year. It’ll get me away from my com­puter, and the chance to spend some qual­ity time with my Dad.

  2. Lose Weight
    Not much I can say here that I haven’t said. Part of liv­ing a health­ier life.

  3. Travel
    Taking breaks is part of be­ing and stay­ing healthy. I have paid va­ca­tion now, why the hell not use it?

It’s go­ing to be a great year.

  1. But! That does­n’t mean that Goodstuff is dead! Chris and Kyle Roderick are still run­ning it. They’re kick­ing butt! ↩︎

  2. I was so ex­cited to see this movie, and it did­n’t dis­ap­point. It was so good to see a new Star Wars movie feel like Star Wars again. ↩︎

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