2020 In Review

One of the hardest things to do every year – especially with the daily pressures of everyday life is to find time to get a clear view of exactly where you are and where you are heading.

The craziness of the day to day can overwhelm and confuse even the most focused of us and 2020 was nothing if not overwhelming.

For me personally, there were a lot of moving parts – many of them wonderful.

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I’ll start with the major developments:

  • My fiancĂ©e sold her house and we lived in a owner-occupant duplex which allowed us to save prodigiously for the many events of 2020.
  • We got married! COVID threw a monkey wrench in our original wedding plans so we decided to pivot and get married in Vegas during the midst of the pandemic.
  • We bought a House! Deciding to keep up with our theme of doing the most- my wife and I decided to close on a house right outside of a major metropolitan city. We managed to get a great rate (2.75%)
  • We got pregnant! We’re expecting a baby girl in May of 2021.

So in summary – we decided to do every possible thing in 2020.

While these big events were definitely monumental on the personal/relationship side of my life – I’m not certain where the rest of my life stands as it relates to the goals I set for 2020.

Major Areas:

  • FINANCIALLY
    • Financially we had a great year – I was able to max out my 401k investments for the year. This was a huge accomplishment as we had a lot of large expenses that occurred this year.
    • My wife sold her house for about 10-15k over asking price and was able to get 27k saved which went towards
    • Purchasing a new home – we moved out of a 875 square feet apartment to our potentially forever home and acquired a new mortgage.
  • SPIRITUALLY
    • I was able to speak twice at church – giving two sermons – one in Newnan Georgia and once at my home church here in Roswell, GA
  • PHYSICALLY
    • This was one of the bright spots – I was able to attend Crossfit courses consistently and as a result I saw significant improvements in my body composition.
      • One of the reasons I think I had success with this particular goal is that the gym I went to really helped me to make new connections with actual people who then were able to hold me accountable. The people at the gym became some of my favorite people and one of the reasons that I was willing to wake up at 6am to head to the gym.
  • CAREER-WISE/ENTREPRENEURSHIP
    • I received above average performance reviews and made many presentations that I feel made, hopefully, a positive impact at work
    • I was able to renovate and successfully rent out the apartment that we left in about a month.
    • I was able to go to a career-specific conference this year that was amazing for my growth – this was great for my understanding of the field that I was in.

All in all, 2020 was a monumental year by any measurement.

I hope 2021 is a good one for us all.

Fly or Fall,

OFO