2017 was quite a year
There have been a lot of changes in my life the last year.
Health events, career events and just general life events have all added to the mix. Some of the events have been surprising to say the least and frankly you could look at what happened in 2017 and almost ask “What a great year? Are you nuts?”.
Yet despite all the challenges, I’m still on this side of the dirt. I happen to think that is a good way to start each day.
The Career took a pretty radical turn as well.
We decided to downsize our work a bit and step away from corporate politics for a while. Maybe forever? I guess we will see how things go in the next few months. For now, its been nice to sleep in a little bit and not worry about what fires needed to be put out when I got into work each day. The fires have continued unabated but I no longer feel the direct heat.
Family life has changed a bit too.
My second favorite girl in the whole world is on a whole new journey and there have been a few bumps along the way. Its been interesting to see the way people who you thought you knew ending up being complete strangers. I am incredibly glad that I can distance myself a bit from some of them. Its one thing to keep up appearances but there is a marginally thin line between protecting someone’s dignity and denial. I chose to face things head on which sometimes makes me a bit unpopular. Thankfully, my wonderful wife and my dog love me. The cat tolerates me so I guess that is all I can expect from a family.
(By the way, Moses the cat is thinking about expanding his Facebook presence this year. He’s pretty clever I’m told)
The new year seems pretty promising though.
I happen to believe that unshackling the many prohibitive regulations of the last eight years and cutting burdensome taxes on business and industry. I read a report that businesses are now facing a potential shortfall in workers and leadership since the baby boomers are retiring in mass numbers. The same report indicates that business will need to hire management consultants in large numbers to make up for the shortfall. As a management and leadership consultant, that sounds pretty good to me. I already have a number of classes set up at Westmoreland Community College and hopefully will have some more to add to the list. I’m also getting some interest in my story telling services. That should be fun.
2018 is shaping up to be a good year also.
What to expect for next year
I hope to publish a few more submarine stories and some helpful stories on leadership and lean. The submarine stories make up most of the blog and range from the early days of submarines to current operations (unclassified of course). Maybe I will even finish the book (I have eight chapters ready to go to the editor but still want to finish the last four).
Thanks for all your visits this year.
We have published over 580 blog posts with 354,000 views since the blog began. While a majority of the posts have been seen in the United States and other English speaking countries, the total views have come from 194 countries around the world. The most interesting missing country remains North Korea. But they may be sneaking a peak as another country in disguise. You never know.
There is a small chance that this may be the last story for the year.
2 thoughts on “2017 – What a great year.”
Excellent year-end piece. Teaching at Westminster? Just notice, new photo of boat on the banner. A healthy and happy 2018 to you and yours.
A healthy and happy New Year to you as well. Actually teaching at Westmoreland County Community College near Greensburg PA for their Workforce Development group. The boat is one of the T-hulls up in the Hood Canal (I collect lots of pictures of random boats… just a hobby 🙂 }