2011 Year In Review

Highlights of 2011

  • Celebrated with family and played a song for my sister and brother-in-law’s wedding ceremony.
  • Became the suavest wedding party known to mankind with best friends Seth and Brian, in best friend Nate‘s wedding (on Brian’s birthday, when we also ate both Chick-fil-a and In-N-Out).
  • Dating one of the most authentic, grounded, and humble people I know.
  • Traveled to Minnesota, Iowa, Utah, Georgia, California, Washington, Idaho (including cities Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Rochester, San Diego, San Francisco, Eugene, Spokane, Pullman, Moscow, Atlanta, Salt Lake City).
  • Summitted Mount McLoughlin (9495 ft) in southern Oregon’s Cascade Range (11-mile excursion).
  • Surpassed New Year’s Resolution to read an average of one book per month, plus blogs and magazines. Began working with a creative team and producing video and communications for student ministry programming and young adult community.
  • Invested in several mentoring relationships, listening to, learning from, and strengthening others while making personal growth.
  • Relaunched blog at johnweirick.com with more focus on writing consistently and integrating media I produce.
  • Saw my sister and brother-in-law buy their first house and plan more of their future together, and seeing my little brother grow in seeking life purpose and maturity.
  • Praised by Charlie Daniels on national radio for my good attitude.
  • Lambasted by Gary Busey on national radio for my lack of professionalism.

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Lessons Learned in 2011

  • A twelve ounce medium-rare sirloin tastes best after climbing a mountain.
  • Wearing a fedora through an airport incites questions as to whether one is a musician.
  • Sometimes impromptu conversations with strangers at bookstores and in flights lead to surprising connections and mutual benefit.
  • Less is less…but simplicity is refreshing.
  • The older I get, the more I value conversations and time spent with close friends and family who live across the country.
  • Investing in a select few who have a hunger to learn and grow can yield rewarding motivation for myself.
  • Listen while doing. Then keep doing.
  • Stay intentional.
Favorite Tweets of 2011
  • @CalebLaPlante@johnweirick You should add “verbal ninja” to your profile.
  • @NickRistow:  One of the greatest things i have ever seen. @johnweirick @theschaefer @ZehPants  http://bit.ly/tzDtm4
  • @DonMillerIs:  “try to sleep with that active sleep of confidence which is that of the seed in winter.” Teilhard De Chardin. Goodnight, world. Sleep well.
  • @DanielStancil: My boy @johnweirick and me having some fun while all u east coast peeps sleep 🙂 planking on a railway  http://bit.ly/tKIRck
  • @AtAttack: “if your vision doesn’t scare you, then your vision and your god are too small. ” – Brother Andrew
  • @JoshMartinMusic:  Thank you Steve Jobs. By Gods grace you gave the world a tool the Church uses for Gods glory.
  • @ASchibilla:  “worship becomes a place where we have our lives redefined for us.” Eugene Peterson
  • @RonSwanson:  The word is out, I’m freaked out and excited. I’m a church planter.
  • @JoelMorgan4: “Get off the video games five hours a day, get yourself together, get a challenging job and get married.” #manup #threeoutoffour
  • @JonForeman:  “Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.” – Ludwig van Beethoven
  • @CraigGroeschel:  Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading. Oswald Chambers
  • @RiggsJosh:  “Sanctification is a dirt path until God kills you.” – Chandler

See other favorite tweets.

 

Favorite Books Read in 2011

  • “Through Painted Deserts: Light, God and Beauty on the Open Road” – Don Miller
  • “Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job” – Jon Acuff
  • “The Catcher In The Rye” – J.D. Salinger
  • “Emerging Worship: Creating Worship Gatherings For New Generations” – Dan Kimball
  • “Jesus Wants to Save Christians: A Manifesto for the Church in Exile” – Rob Bell
  • “Chazown: Define Your Vision, Pursue Your Passion, Live Your Life on Purpose” – Craig Groeschel
Favorite Films Viewed in 2011
What sort of things do you reflect upon at the close of the year? What are your highlights? Influencers? Goals?

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