Reverb10 Day 1: Family Dreamed 3119 days ago | | 776 words

Reverb 10: Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you? (Author: Gwen Bell)

Family is my one word for 2010. I started my own when I married the girl of my dreams after proposing late in 2009, Dec 17th to be exact. We married in May in a beautiful beach wedding. The weather was picture perfect. DJ iPod provided the tunes and we had amazing food and great fun with family and friends. I never cared much about weddings before I had my own but I can tell you once you go through it, you love it. But not until it is over.

I seriously don’t understand how people can write and remember their own vows. I was so nervous and crazed on the day of the events I was doing well to show up on time, dressed properly, and correctly follow the words I was to say to my beautiful wife.

And gentlemen, if you think you’ve seen your fiance looking heart-stoppingly, breath-takingly gorgeous… You’ve seen nothing until you see her that first time on your wedding day.

You realized you’re marrying an angel. And she’s yours. For life. Family takes on a whole new meaning once you begin one of your own.

In 2010, my mother turns 60 (in a few days actually). My brother is moving to Portland to work at a startup from the World Company in Kansas and has been living his dreams since he graduated college.

My wife finished graduate school and is working towards becoming an Art Therapist. She was also very fortunate to secure a full-time job very quickly. And most importantly, she is very happy with what she is doing and where she is working.

I have a secure, full time, salaries position as well which I am thankful for everyday because it helps me provide for my family.

This brings me to 2011. The word I want to capture 2011 is Better. I want to get better. I want to get thinner and start working out normally. I want to start putting real money into savings and paying off all my credit card debt. I want to make my family happier and stronger and start saving for the house we’d like to buy one day.

While I call 2009 one of the worst years in my life. 2010 was all about rebuilding mentally. For the first time in many years I have a real full time job. I have a salaried position I don’t have to worry about going anywhere.

There was a lot that went right in 2010 and I am working hard to make 2011 better for myself and my wife. I am finally at a point where I’m not a contractor and can confidently look ahead to my future without the uncertainty of contracts changing or not being renewed. I am in control of my own future and it feels really great.

I am going to make a dedicated effort to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle. Since dating, engaging and marrying Annie and her wonderful skills in the kitchen my eating-from-boxes has come to an end, save the rare Hot Pocket or pizza from time to time. I have also taken the opportunity, and wonderful selection of cookware, to improve my amateur cooking skills as well. There is nothing more delicious than a meal you’ve cooked yourself.

Starting with Health Month, I am making a concerted effort to get to the gym, eat more fresh fruit, drink more water and less soda. All in all, to pay more attention of what I put into my body and how I treat it and keep the focus on my physical self this coming year.

In the past I have always put my mental health and advancement above and beyond my physical health but in 2011 I am going to change all that. I am excited for the year to come and to what life holds in store for my new family.

I have never been happier in my life. Maybe when I was a toddler because really, when your biggest concern in life is who has the red crayon, how stressful can it be?

Reverb 10 is an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next. Use the end of your year as an opportunity to reflect on what’s happened, and to send out reverberations for the year ahead. With Reverb 10 – and the 31 prompts our authors have created for you – you’ll have support on your journey.

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