The final day of 2013 has arrived and it is time again for me to reflect on how 2013 went.
The company has nearly doubled in size this year over last year
We have the best team we have ever put together now
We had multiple big wins for our clients
Employee turnover was way too high, Justin is production manager now to assist with improving this problem. I am personally improving my management style and trying to learn how to better inspire and motivate people.
Our margins have been much narrower than in the past due to our growth, poor scope management and poor account management.
I have improved at rock climbing (able to lead up to half of 5.10cs without rest or falls) and have leaned down to 200 pounds. Ideally I would like to lean down to 195 and lower my bodyfat to 7-8%. I also would like to improve my diet to having 2 60 oz blender drinks each day consisting mostly of vegetables. In 2013, I averaged 1 blender drink four days a week.
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Family and friends
I do not spend nearly as much time as I should with my family and friends. I do not see this improving in 2014 as the business continues to suck up more and more of my time. I will have to try to find ways to creatively fit in more time with both.
My stock portfolio had a nice win yesterday thanks to Google’s increase in stock price of 12% yesterday after their earnings call. I am going to hold onto it as I think Google has some awesome product announcements coming up, including:
Self driving car technology being licensed to auto manufacturers
Wearable tech devices being taken to market (Google Glass, watch)
And of course they have several highly successful business units including:
Tomorrow, Joel and his hordes of minions descend upon the ACT Theatre in downtown Seattle to celebrate all of the joys of 2008 and cheer the coming of 2009.‚ Jarek, Nick, Plato, Bryan, Kenny and many other friends will join me in ringing in the New Year with unlimited drinks, food and beautiful ladies. Adventures will be had, stories will be made and Seattle will be rocked.
To Jeremy & Daniel: It didn’t work out for me to join you guys in Las Vegas for New Year’s Eve this year, but I will be there with you in spirit.‚ Buy yourself a shot of Johnny Walker and put my spirit inside of you.‚ That nice Vegas bartender will put his… spirit.. in you later.
To my brothers: Sing a rousing edition of “Happy Birthday Joel” to me at midnight.‚ You weren’t there when I was born, you don’t know I wasn’t born at that time.‚ Don’t question my supremacy.
To everyone else: Have an amazing New Year’s Eve and BE SAFE!
I cooked up a huge tenderloin for our monday night dinner last night.‚ On the side I served swiss potato casserole (which rocked) and herb roasted carrots and onions.‚ Everyone in attendance loved it (Ian, Di, Ben, Plato, NIck).‚ Very good times, but now I have a ton of cleaning to do.‚ At least I have some leftover swiss cheese potato casserole!
I rode my bike today to Golden Gardens after work and back. I did the trip on a bit of a whim- I was supposed to hang out with a friend, but she was lame and cancelled. So I did something way better… cruised to Golden Gardens and back. I actually haven’t done any cardio in a very long time, so I was pretty sore by the end. The trip was a lot of fun and took about two hours and forty-five minutes round trip, including stopping for 15 minutes at Golden Gardens and 10 minutes at Gas Works Park in Seattle. The round trip distance from my apartment in Pioneer Square to Golden Gardens and back is 20 miles. Below are some photos I took during my bike ride to Golden Gardens.
Above is the first place I stopped to take a picture, the Montlake cut at the University of Washington. It was a beautiful day today, 77 degrees out when I reached Golden Gardens.
The picture above shows me sweating my butt off. I took this picture right after I took the first photo of the Montlake cut.
Golden Gardens was beautiful, tons of sail boats (you can see them if you squint).
Tons of people were out enjoying the sun today at Golden Gardens.
I recommend bringing a frisbee to this field and playing. Fun times.
I REALLY want to get a house boat on Lake Washington. How sick would that be?
I love Gasworks park. Such a beautiful view.
Everyone was out playing on their boats today.
Can you believe that the best real estate in Seattle was originally a garbage dump?!?
Mission Accomplished- 20 miles to Golden Gardens and back to my place in Pioneer Square.