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My friend, Annette, writes a summary of her year. She's had a great year... I love it when the story turns out so well as hers has.

Borrowing from a few of her questions, here's my summary:

What date from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
My wedding is a close second, but I would have to say Christmas morning. All eight of our kids were with us that morning and we all had the best of times. "Magical" is the only word for it. And while my wedding was absolutely that, Christmas morning was the culmination of everything of Tamara and I have built in the last year together. I am in love with our children.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Being the husband and father my family deserves.

What was your biggest failure?
Can I rename that to disappointment? My biggest disappointments were the times I wasn't who I know I am and who I want to be. That's why each day is so important. A new day, a fresh start...

Whose behavior merited celebration?
My in-laws. They are really, really wonderful and good people.

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
A relative of mine. Utterly embarrassing.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
My budding new business project.

What do you wish you'd done more?
I don't think I'd change anything.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?

What kept you sane?
Seeing things as they are.

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I never do. We're all just people - they just have the misfortune of celebrity, so I feel sorry for them.

What political issue stirred you the most?
Mike Huckabee's religious bigotry in presidential politics, and that of his disciples.

Who did you miss?
My Aunt Onie.

Who is the best new person you met this year?
I got to know Rich Novak.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007.
I'll name three:

  • Be the best human being you can.
  • It's okay to state your own point of view.
  • Don't do others' thinking for them.
What was the nicest thing someone told you about yourself.
My wife told me I'm a "beautiful man."

The most touching experience you've had this year?
Watching all of our children play in the snow in our backyard the day after Christmas from our upstairs bedroom window while holding Tamara and knowing that I have the most fabulous life a man could ever dream of.

What did you like most about yourself this year?

What did you dislike most about yourself this year?
Occasional panic.

Was 2007 a good year for you?
Very much so, yes.

What do you want out of 2008?
I most want my new business to take off and do well. I've been around start-ups long enough to know that my development work only scratches the surface of the effort needed... marketing comes next. We'll see how I do, but I certainly hope to see good reward for my work in this. I'll reveal more about this in the coming weeks.

And here's a song to accompany my feelings for the year past and the year ahead:


Tags: my life
by Brett Rogers, 1/1/2008 3:05:39 PM


I almost put Rich too but then I don't really know him all that well. I love that you answered these questions. I think 2008 can be even better than 2007!



Posted by Annette (, 1/2/2008 10:30:33 AM

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