Goodbye 2011

2011 can’t get me down no more. In fact, in a year that I was planning on being pretty awesome turned out to be one of the worst years of my life. I don’t mean that in a doom and gloom way, but just a matter of fact way of thinking about this past year. Here is a quick list of the big stuff:

  1. laid off The Art Institute of Pittsburgh
  2. Ford Ranger trouble to the tune of $2500
  3. new computer crashes constantly
  4. laid off again from Loud Mountain
  5. decided to leave my church and step away from a 10 year commitment
  6. financial setbacks
  7. iPhone stolen
  8. death in the family
  9. other minor annoyances


Getting laid off, twice, has taught me a few things. Early in the year I was freaking out, kicking it into high gear to find a new job. When in fact I wish that I would have relaxed and taken more time to find the right position. After my layoff in June I did just that. I made a lot of major changes in my life, including leaving my church. The second half of 2011 was about rebuilding, growing, and getting myself in a new frame of mind.

As the year unfolded I didn’t say whoa is me everyday, rather I thought “of course this is happening” at every turn. Because that is the kind of year it was. As I reflect on the negative I have to consider the positive. In fact the good that came in 2011 is really what inspired this post. Because with the downs came the ups.

  1. computer was replaced – runs perfectly
  2. truck repaired
  3. in a new job and surrounded by good people
  4. I made a lot of new friends this year
  5. getting to know a new church
  6. learning a lot about myself, personal growth
  7. iOS 5 and Lion
  8. Skyrim


2012 will be better because I’m growing my hair out again. Enough of this clean cut nonsense. While I was laid off I decided I wanted to have a clean and professional look. Right now I can say I’ve tried it and want to get back to long hair and beard. I’m a flip flopper on that topic so I could renege at any moment.

Really I am the most thankful that my computer was replaced. I’ve said to a few people that it is wonderful to be able to trust my computer again. Before it was like walking on thin ice never know when it would crash. In my new job I am excited and optimistic that we will grow to new levels in 2012. There are already plans in place and working with Rebecca has been a great new experience for me.

I can honestly say I don’t have any regrets in 2011, I don’t know what I would have done differently except maybe chill more in February and March. The year happened as it did and I’m the wiser for it.

3 thoughts on “Goodbye 2011

  1. 2011 gave you 3/4ths of the content for a gritty country western song–although you might have to leave out the part about your iPhone.

    Always hard to deal with the layoffs, the financial setbacks, and all of the other stuff that knocked the wind out of your sails in 2011. The hardest part is there’s nothing anyone can really say or do to get you out of your funk. You just have to keep on keepin on. And you did. And you’re getting your groove (and it sounds like your long hair) back. Life is good–all is right in the universe.

    I think Nice to Know You by Incubus should be your official soundtrack for 2011

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