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Looking Back on January

In Giving Back, Inspiration and Motivation, Pursuit of Happiness on January 31, 2010 at 10:52 pm

On January 1, 2010, while out taking a walk, I decided to finally launch a blog that I had been thinking about for some time.  Like many others, I really felt like I needed a fresh start, and was glad to see the last decade come to an end.  Although I was never one that bought into resolutions very much, (as they are often times broken before January comes to an end), I was determined to make this year the beginning of something better.  A new and improved mindset if you will.  My first post on this blog, entitled “Beyond Resolutions,” described that the blog would chronicle my pursuit of health, wealth and “happyness.”  Please read the post to see why “happyness” is spelled incorrectly, and in quotes.

When no one is watching, it is easy to revert back to bad habits of the past.  Change can be difficult, but can also be well worth it in the long run.  If nothing else, this blog has given me a sense of accountability (something that I never had when making resolutions in the past).  Even though no one reading this blog is likely to call me out for not following through on any of the changes that I laid out, there is always an underlying push going on in the back of my mind because I am reporting my progress.  With that in mind, I’d like to take a look back on the month of January as a sort of report card to keep myself in check, while keeping my readers in the loop.  So here it is…


Millions of people promise to take better care of themselves as the holidays end, after they’ve eaten too much, exercised too little or a combination of both.  The gyms get crowded, but start to thin out little by little.  Once the holiday bliss fades, and people return to “the grind,” stress starts to set in, and excuses are made.  I’ve been there and done that enough times to recognize the pattern.  However, I am determined to make real changes in a permanent way.

I decided that the best approach for me (not necessarily for others) was to take things one step at a time.  The first step was literally to start taking steps and walking every day for exercise.  I didn’t reach my goal of walking every day, but I came pretty close.  On 26 of the 31 days of January, I walked at least a couple of miles, undeterred by the weather (for the most part).  What started out as something that I was pushing myself to do, quickly became something that I enjoyed doing.  In fact, I was disappointed on the days that I didn’t walk.  Quite a change from the “old me.”


The simplest way to determine my success in this area is by measuring my income.  However, I don’t think that using money as a measuring stick is a good idea because it fails to take into account actions that I have taken to build towards the future.  Using actions taken to plant the seeds for the future as a measuring stick, I’d say that it was a good month, and a solid start.  But there is more work to be done in all areas.

Working on different projects requires the ability to prioritize, juggle and set aside the proper amount of time for each.  Since this is the first time that I’ve ever worked on more than one unrelated project at once, it didn’t go as smoothly as I had hoped.  While most of the important things got done in my desired timeframe, one project is still in the “waiting room” (so to speak).  As my journey continues, I need to work on improving my time management to make sure that nothing falls through the cracks.  The project that didn’t receive nearly enough attention is one that didn’t have deadlines or other people counting on me to make it happen.  It is really designed to create another stream of income while pursuing better health.  I am looking forward to getting it off the ground, and sharing it with others as soon as possible.

My goal is to make sure that February is better than January was.  And since I am looking at this as a marathon, and not a sprint, I can already say that my goal in March is to do better than I do in February.


I can honestly say that 2010 has been better so far than any point in 2009, and most of it can be attributed to my renewed sense of discipline and determination to reach my objectives.  Have there been bumps in the road?  Absolutely!  But there is one big difference this year, and that is my ability to deal with adversity, recognize it for what it is, and continue on my journey.  After all, it is the pursuit of “happyness” that I am focused on, NOT the pursuit of perfection (which I know does not exist).

My overall progress in my pursuit of health and wealth has been a key factor in my pursuit of “happyness,” but it is only part of why I am encouraged by 2010 so far.  I’ve enjoyed writing every day, and connecting with people on a whole new level.  There have been great moments with my family, which is really what all of this is about in the long run.

Perhaps my biggest achievement so far this year though is helping to get the Olivia Grace Armand Foundation launched.  In the time since Olivia’s passing, some incredible progress has been made.  Like me, the foundation is a work-in-progress, but things are definitely headed in the right direction.  The logo has been completed, and it has truly captured the spirit of both Olivia and the goals of the foundation.  Fundraising events are being planned, and the overall awareness of the foundation is nothing short of incredible.  I truly believe that the best is yet to come for a foundation that is going to change many lives in the future.

While I am truly saddened by the reason for the foundation’s existence, I am proud to be a part of it and doing something positive to help my friend Trish put the pieces of her life back together.


January turned out to be about as good as I could have expected.  I’m looking forward to continuing on my journey and having my readers along for the ride in my pursuit of health, wealth and “happyness!”

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