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2018 Year in Review

2018 was a big year for me! Another amazing year of growth. 

I am going to go into detail in a bit on my vision, but first I wanted to take a few minutes and talk about focus. I had a lot of irons in the fire in 2018. Any one of them would have been gangbusters if it had taken off, however, with so many things going at once I want not able to give proper attention to any of it. I have always been a guy who shoulders a lot of responsibility. I loved everything I did in 2018, but looking into 2019 I am going to be trimming the fat- once again.

Let’s go over some of the major highlights before diving into the vision update.

These are in no particular order.

San Juan Sailing Trip

Alix and I went on our first extended cruising trip together. We toured the beautiful San Juan Islands for a blissful two full weeks! I had never been to the San Juans and Alix had only been a couple of places. The island chain is stunningly gorgeous. There were boaters all over, but we kept our marina stays to a minimum and were able to avoid most of them. 

Winds were flukey, as they tend to be around islands. We kept the engine running most of the time, motorsailer often (where you use the motor to generate apparent wind for the sails), and sailed disappointingly little. The massive forest fires in Vancouver, Canada had smoke settled over the whole region, so thick that it was like brown fog everywhere, but we did not let that slow us down! We hiked, swam, lounged, and read lots. Even met up with fellow Shilshole Bay Yacht Club (SBYC) members Larry and Sharon for a great dinner aboard their boat Antares in Deer Harbor.

All in all, it was a fantastic trip. Alix is already scheming on how we can stretch it to three weeks in 2019!

Baby on the way!

Alix had been feeling odd for a few days after returning from our sailing trip. We found out she was pregnant! We are expecting our first child, a little girl, in April of 2019. Don’t worry! We are not going to let a baby slow our sailing down any. We have been getting lots of good advice from friends who live aboard sailboats with babies, SBYC members, and the Giffords from Sailing Totem. They are from the Pacific Northwest and spoke to our club after returning from a ten-year circumnavigation (sailing all the way around the world!). They wrote the book on Voyaging with Kids.

Real Estate Investment (REI) purchase

I picked up a house hack. A house hack is a house that is purchased and you can live in part of it while renting the other to pay the mortgage. We snagged a large two story house. The lower unit needs a full renovation, and the upper is livable but does need some big renovation to make it modern. We are living in one currently, while building out the other. The goal is to have most of the renovation in both units done before the baby arrives.

By the way, I picked up this property without a dollar coming out of my own pocket. Read how I did it in here .

Business partnership fell apart

I partnered with a good friend on a business venture that started in 2017. It was exciting and had huge promise. I was all in on it. When we started the business it was with a grand dream. We worked hard and pushed the company to grow. There were three employees hired in the first quarter of the year. Unfortunately, my partner and I had different ideas about the company we wanted. Neither idea was wrong, but they were mutually exclusive of each other. So we called it quits. He took the company to the other side of the state with his family, renamed it, and is doing well for himself. I am glad to see that. My hope and prayer is that the company supports him and his family well in the years to come.

Won first in class for sailboat racing!

I am very proud of this! My first full season as the owner, captain, skipper of a racing sailboat. Granted, Billabong’s “racing” design is from the 1980s and does not compete with modern races boats, but she does great against similar boats in her class. We had a bumpy start in the first of three series; in the second series we moved up in rank, and would have been first if not for a modern racer in our class; during the third series, we dominated! It was like the turbo button had been hit. The crew was perfectly in sync and everything we did went off flawlessly. It was thrilling.

Over the winter we decided to step it up a notch and enter the spinnaker class. Billabong is not rigged well for spinnaker, and we have not flown it before during a race. The other spinnaker boats have been racing with spinnakers for years and are really dialed in. We did a great job and really made them work for their wins.

Read 89 books

I saw a stat somewhere that the average person reads only a handful of books after graduating from college. That is not my style- I love reading! Last year I read something like 42 books. I wanted to push myself and see if I could read 80 books in 2018. I killed it at 89, and that was easy. I read primarily business, personal growth, coaching, and real estate investing books. I gained a lot of knowledge from books this year, but I also found that while 80 books was easy to hit, I have not retained all the knowledge. I kept going from book to book without a pause to really absorb the knowledge and let it sink in. 

I am tracking the books I read on GoodReads. Become my GoodReads friend.

Footloose boat fundraiser

Footloose Sailing Association, a non-profit that gets sailors with disabilities out on the water, has a few old boats that are showing their age. I am currently Vice President of Footloose and I put forth a vision to get the two Columbia 21s replaced. We were able to raise enough money to purchase a new boat! Footloose has been in operation for 28 years and I want to ensure we are positioned for another 28 years of operation. This new boat puts us well on our way.

Ok, you still with me? I know this is long, and really only good friends and family will read the whole thing, but I do not care. These year-end posts are mostly for myself, to look back to my life with. If you have read so far props to you! I hope I am providing inspiration.

Update on the vision statement

Vision: Become a topnotch, well respected communicator and coach

To date I have completed/am currently doing:

Speaking Engagements 4
Masterminds 7
Coaching Over 90 hours!

Over the year I gained respect and trust as a coach and a team trainer. There were some great events and fantastic coaching sessions. 

Look for a change here in 2019!

Vision: Let my money make me money, not me making money

This is my fun vision! Building businesses is exciting. This year I lost one business :(. That loss was humbling and has helped inspire me to drive harder into the future with businesses and partnerships.

The percentage of income did not reach as high in the “from business” category as I had hoped, but it was a year of great learning and 2019 is poised to be a business growth year.

In planning/exploratory phase 2
Pre-launch 1
Self-sustaining 2
Flops 1

Vision: Build an ever improving relationship with my wife that others coming behind can model after

Woowee! The relationship with my wife helps drive every other area of life. When our relationship is good I am motivated and take on the world. When it is not going well I lay around without energy to do anything. The impact she has on me is astonishing. 

This has been a huge year for Alix as well. Everything listed above, in addition to several of her own ventures, including running her own business and starting her teaching career.

With all the change it would seem that our relationship would be suffering from chaos, but quite the opposite has happened. I feel closer to my wife than any other time. We are more in sync and operate better as partners and a team. 2019 is set to be a great year for our relationship. The addition of a new member of the family is going to be an interesting one too!

Vision: Live a slow paced life

If you read all of the above, you are probably scratching your head, wondering how in the world this vision fits in. I have always been a busy person, very busy. Everything you read above did not hit my capacity. 2018 was a busy year, but there was also a lot of open space. By honing my focus I was able to accomplish more in a smaller amount of time. Heck, I read 89 books! That should prove successfully slowing down life right there 🙂

Will my vision be changing?

The beauty of having a vision instead of yearly goals is that allows me to drive forward toward something in freedom. Goals lock you in place, visions provide openness and flexibility. Goals change often, visions can last a lifetime. The beauty of vision is that as you walk down the road you learn more and the vision becomes more and more refined.

Will my vision be changing in 2019? A little. At its core, it will remain the same, but with the addition of a child life is going to look a lot different and my vision will change to support that.

Stay tuned for a post on my 2019 vision soon!

Spring 2019 baby girl ultrasound

Baby Girl – Debuting Spring 2019

It’s official, as official as can be till it squirms out the birth canal, we are having a little girl!

Spring 2019 baby girl ultrasound

The dogs are excited to welcome another female to their pack.

Dogs Mariah and Bella with sign adding to our girl pack

End Q2 2018 Update

There has been a lot going on since my Q1 Update! Still working hard to make my 2018 Vision be, and continue to be, a reality.

How’s it going so far? Pretty great! There have been some setbacks, but much more positive forward motion than backward :).

Lets go through the four vision statements…

Vision: Become a topnotch, well respected communicator and coach

To date I have completed/am currently doing:

Speaking Engagements 4
Masterminds 5
Coaching Over 60 hours!

There are two masterminds currently running, and I have plans to start another in September.

Within a week I will have another coaching clients.

I have several team building training sessions in planning phase currently.

In the final planning phase is a leadership networking group.

Vision: Let my money make me money, not me making money

This is my second most actively worked vision, after the next vision which involves my relationship with my wife.

To date I am actively working with startups (new businesses) in the following categories:

In planning phase 1
Pre-launch 2
Self-sustaining 0
Flops 0

The business I was most excited about flopped, however others are in the works! Also currently working on a multifamily real estate deal.

Vision: Build an ever improving relationship with my wife that others coming behind can model after

This is going great! I feel that Alix and I have never been more in sync. She graduated with her masters this year and we are looking toward the next phase of life. More will come on that in the next quarter.

Vision: Live a slow paced life

I have cut a lot out of my life. I am able to enjoy sailing and business building a lot more because of it. Life is still busy but it is a different type of busy. It feels slower because the busy now is of my choosing and timing.

Life is good!
I expect it only to continue getting better!

New Toy: 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee

What I have been up to Q1 2018

People are noticing!
Noticing that I have not posted on this site in a couple months.

Yes I am still around! Kicking butt and taking names.
I have been working hard to make my 2018 Vision be, and continue to be, a reality.

How’s it going so far? Nailing It!

Lets go through the four vision statements…

Vision: Become a topnotch, well respected communicator and coach

To date I have completed/am currently doing:

Speaking Engagements 2
Masterminds 3
Coaching Coaching: 27 sessions with 6 clients for 41+ hours!

Just today in fact I spoke for Simply Beautiful Tiny Homes LLC during a Real Estate Investors Association of Washington training day on Team Building and Communication.

There is a lot more coming down the line too! For example, I currently have 528 mastermind sessions planned with clients. Some of those sessions are part of a year long daily growth session.

Vision: Let my money make me money, not me making money

This is my second most actively worked vision, after the next vision which involves my relationship with my wife.

To date I am actively working with startups (new businesses) in the following categories:

In planning phase 2
Pre-launch 1
Self-sustaining 2

Vision: Build an ever improving relationship with my wife that others coming behind can model after

This is the most exciting vision for results!

Alix and I have been growing together exponentially. The last two years have been very busy for us personally and combined. As you can see from above I have a lot going on, so does Alix. She is currently working as a NICU nurse, finishing a Masters in Nursing Education, and running her own clothing business.

At the beginning of the year we read the book How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It. In the book, the authors share the differences between men and women and how we relate to our environment and each other. It walks the reader through the physiological and phycological differences between men and women and provides clear examples on how a situation affects each sex with proven scientific research. This book has opened our eyes to truly be able to see from the other persons perspective and quickly reestablish connection. I 100% believe every dating and married couple should read this book.  If you have not read it already please please please make it top on your list to get a copy and read it. I would love to hear how it changes your life. Drop me a message on the contact form and lets chat!

Vision: Live a slow paced life

Though it may not sound like it from the above I am actually accomplishing this vision too! Sure I have a lot on my plate but it is on my schedule. I have been using Pareto’s 80/20 Rule to analyze and aggressively cut out activities that fall into the 80% category. This has resulted in a much calmer, more peaceful state of being. It has allowed me to expend more time and dedicated energy in communing with Alix and close friends, as well as dialing in the areas of my life that move me towards my goals. As a bonus, I have been able to read again. I set a goal of 80 books this year and as of this writing have finished 18!

Life is good!
I expect it only to continue getting better!

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