2007 For Me...
Today I had time to reflect on everything which happened this year. I'll try my best to articulate my thoughts, though I'm not exactly sure what will turn up.
2007 was a year of goal making, goal breaking, and goal taking.
I really hate to say this, in fact, I hesitate to even make mention of it, due to its total cliche, but it's really the only way to say it (yeah... It's almost 3:00am). 2007 went by so fast!
The only reason I can say that with any assurance is that I can remember almost to a weird level, the details of what happened each month of this year. I'm not exactly sure why, but... I guess this is the first year when I've taken to memory, the things which have happened. Probably because I've been writing them down.
January was a fantastic month. Holy cow. It'll probably be a month remembered for a long time. T'was the month of the Mustang. Yup. I got my Mustang GT January 3rd of 2007. It was the same day Justin Gregersen, my cousin was married, and that's not exactly a good thing, because I missed it. Man, my priorities were screwed up that day. Lesson learned. January was also the month I learned a little bit
about how to be more Christ-like.
February was the month we decided to tame the Salt Flats, and the day I most wish I had remembered to bring my camera. Steve's Cobalt SS was black when we arrived, and I kid you not - the back of it, if looking straight from the rear, was white when we left. Amazing.
March was the month I sold my 2000 Mazda 626 LX V6. The car served me well. T'was also the month of our 2nd salt-flats trip. We made a video
of the expedition and put it on google videos on the Internet. That was simply awesome.
April, I decided to start a spiritual blog called "LDSSS" standing for "LDS Scripture Studies", but I only got 3 or 4 posts up before I realized that I could integrate them into my existing poeticintensity site, so I scrapped it. March was also the month I finally finished my personal journal consolidation. All 3000+ entries of my life are now inside an indexed database. From 1990-01-01 to today. Pretty crazy. I'm not 100% sure why it's been so important to me to get it all consolidated, but I'm confident the reason will manifest itself sometime.
May was the month that complete craziness happened. It was the month that I got an email
telling me of the new job I was about to get at Nature's Way. Writing this, I can't help but shake my head in disbelief in the ways the Lord has blessed me. Working at Nature's way since June, I believe I've never had a better job. .... Simply can't believe it.
June was the month I actually began working at Nature's Way. June was also the month I decided to write my own blogging / journaling software, which eventually turned into www.ilovemyjournal.com
. What a month that was.
July was a month of blogging on my new website, and adjusting myself to my new work environment. Sarah and I also started around this time to prepare ourselves for the wonderful trip to Monterey which was to come in September. I worked for Truenorth Academy some nights to build up some extra cash for the trip.
August was another month of blogging, preparation for the Monterey trip, and the beginning of a couple of months of spiritual outpouring. I'm not exactly sure why it happened, but August through November, I had the most wonderfully spiritual time. It was so beautiful. I've taken mental notes as to why I believe it happened, so I can reproduce it. The problem is, the reasons I believe it happened are due to things I was doing which aren't too easy, thus making it difficult to do again. I *will* do it again, however.
September was when everything came to a head with my in-laws. My mother-in-law now thinks I'm the spawn of Satan, and I'm sure her husband and youngest daughter aren't too far behind. Ah well. I feel badly about it, but the emotions are unfounded, for the choice I made to bring such events about was simply a piece of the puzzle just waiting to be finished. Most of the pieces had absolutely nothing to do with me. Such a shame.
That said, I must follow-up with September being a simply marvelous month as well. The Monterey trip was definitely a double-edged sword. I'll never forget the memories made there. We had a wonderful time. I was at a mental and spiritual stage which caused me to enjoy myself wonderfully, even amidst an underlying storm which was raging inside my mother-in-law. The more I think about it, September will most likely be a month remembered in beauty, rather than contention.
I learned how much I love the beach, how much I love sunsets, and the sounds made by the ocean trying its best to overtake the land. I almost get chills thinking about it now. I can't write about the details, for 95% of my happiness was due to internal factors, which had nothing to do with the location or people I was around. I guess I was just truly happy during that trip. I want the rest of my life to feel that way. Hehe... I just thought about how I talked with the Mexican people next door to us in the hotel and within minutes had made 5 new friends. Life was good. It still is... Anyway... On to October.
October, this year, was host to the best Halloween ever. Ryan and I outdid ourselves by a long shot, consdering the past year's main event. Yup, that was awesome. I don't think I'll be forgetting that experience anytime soon. Writing about it
helped quite a bit.
November was a continuation of Jason's spiritual feast, as well as the month we decided to go cut our own Christmas tree
down in Ephraim, UT. T'was a good month, indeed.
And December was as wonderful as usual.
This year was a year I learned about the importance of fasting. Fasting provides a wider gateway to God's love, inspiration. Spirit, and guidance than usual. I will undoubtedly begin the regimen of weekly fasting soon again and continue on my quest for self-improvement and worthiness before God.
Today, my brothers Greg and Curtis came down with their families (Curtis only had the twins, Greg brought the whole lot), and I must say - we had the best Karaoke session I've ever heard. Greg and Curtis once again evolved into the dangerous duo, singing the likes of "Mony, Mony", with some dash of "Def Leppard", and concluding with a wonderful rendition of "The Devil Went Down To Georgia". It was awesome.
Other than that, I've gotta say:
2008, you've got a heckuva lot to live up to. Let's get to it!