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2013 Aspirations

Closed BookLast year I published my 2012 personal aspirations.

Reflecting on the last day of 2012, I made significant progress. However, my multitude of aspirations probably prevented me from realizing any single one to an extreme. Regardless, my family is fortunate and thriving, so I’m most thankful for that.

Among the most defining events of the past year was a professional one: Clickable’s acquisition by Syncapse. After five years of building Clickable, we’re fortunate to have joined a talented, innovative team to continue redefining how marketing gets done in a digital world. It’s been a fun ride.

Additional highlights of the past year include:

  • An ocean voyage with my five-year-old son.
  • My son’s kindergarten debut.
  • My daughter’s debut in her final year of preschool.
  • Completion of a few quality books (and consumption of less marketing-and tech-news garbage) — especially maritime nonfiction including: Magellan’s treacherous global circumnavigation;  Captain James Riley’s 1815 shipwreck on the Northeast African Coast and ensuing enslavement and escape; and Captain Thomas Musgrave’s  1864 shipwreck and survival on subantarctic Auckland Island.
  • Quality family time — and thankfully little home damage — during Hurricane Sandy’s destruction of the East Coast.
  • A nasty truck-driver moustache that raised $420 and some “Movember” awareness for male cancer research.
  • A slightly larger backyard garden than the year prior.
  • An awesome Fathers Day celebration at Medieval Times.
  • A continued fascination with sharks, including Ocearch’s capture-and-tagging of great whites.
  • More quality date nights, especially with our kids old enough for sleepovers with family and friends.
  • The Cast of Dads, the “mother of all daddy podcasts”, lives on.
  • I published 94 blog posts in 2012, including this one, probing topics related to both work and personal.

My aspirations for 2013 remain mostly consistent with 2012.

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Happy new year.

(Photo: seanmcgrath)