The past few weeks of December flew by, we all did our little dance for the holiday season, traveled and celebrated and rested (hopefully), and now a New Year greets us. Here are a few of the highlights from my year. Scroll to the bottom and leave a comment — I’d love to know what you loved about your 2012! I hope you have a great start to your New Year, and thanks for being part of my 2012.
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Highlights of 2012
- Got engaged and planned (and planned and planned) and finally married my best friend Kati.
- I spent a few days in the same place as my brothers Seth, Nate, and Brian (it only happens once a year, so it’s really special).
- Traveled to Minnesota, California, Colorado, and northwest Oregon (cities Minneapolis/St. Paul, Rochester, Denver, Fort Collins, Los Angeles, Monterey, Santa Cruz, Portland, Eugene, and more).
- Supported my sister Laura and brother-in-law Tyler as they made me an uncle to a cool little nephew, Noah.
- Celebrated with my family when my brother Lee and his girl Allison got engaged.
- Got to live in a sweet house with some cool guys for a few months.
- I spent Black Friday in lines…at Six Flags Magic Mountain in sunny L.A. with my wife and new cousins.
- I surpassed the halfway point in writing my book (if you want to know more about the book I’m writing, click here).
- Attended one of the most creative, inspiring, and motivating conferences: Catalyst West Leadership Conference in southern California with my friends Nick and Christian.
- Had the privilege of shooting and editing a video that was shown for thousands of people (see the video here: The Story of My Church). I also got to shoot photos as official photographer for the Global Leadership Conference satellite campus in southern Oregon.
Lessons Learned in 2012
- Building deep, meaningful friendships take a lot of time and shared experiences.
- One of my passions is to live with vision, seeing with a bigger perspective, beyond the details of here and now.
- Between the promise and the payoff, there’s always a process.
- Planning a wedding is a long, frustrating, detailed process…but totally worth it in the end.
- Just as He always seems to do, God works through small details and a timeline I rarely understand to bring about better circumstances than I could have planned.
- I am driven to live with purpose, and help other people live with purpose.
- Friendships come and friendships go. Love and help people using discernment.
- Time is valuable. Prioritize.
- Don’t be afraid to create a little margin in your schedule. Down time, solitude, and rest are an important part of living in a good rhythm.
- If I want to live a better story with my life, I need to do stuff, not just think about stuff (but balanced with the above statement).
Favorite Quotes Found in 2012
- “Conflict causes us to value our ambitions.” – Donald Miller
- “Story is where people go to practice the key skills of human social life.” – Jonathan Gottschall
- “If you wish to influence an individual or a group to embrace a particular value in their daily lives, tell them a compelling story.” – Annette Simmons
- “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” – Ernest Hemingway
- “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” Augustine of Hippo
- “Truth involves more than intellectual statements; it includes acting on what we believe…” – Temper Longman
- “Community is not a common ideology, but a response to a common call.” -Henri Nouwen
- “Showing up in the life of another echoes God’s promise: ‘I am with you.'” @johnsowers
Favorite Books Read in 2012
- Thy Kingdom Connected: What the Church Can Learn From Facebook, the Internet, and Other Networks – Dwight J. Friesen
- Sun Stand Still: What Happens When You Dare to Ask God for the Impossible – Steven Furtick
- The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God – Tim Keller
- Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World – Bob Goff
- A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life (again) – Donald Miller
- Life Kerning: Creative Ways to Fine Tune Your Perspective on Career and Life – Justin Ahrens
- The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human – Jonathan Gottschall
- The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles – Steven Pressfield
- Saturday Nothing: The Words I Wrote While Waiting on Jesus – Josh Martin (read my take on Josh’s memoir here)
- Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity – Joel Stein
Favorite Albums of 2012
- Paper Route – The Peace of Wild Things
- Propaganda – Excellent
- Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – The Heist
- Mumford and Sons – Babel
- Lovedrug – Wild Blood
- SOLA-MI – NEXUS Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
- Of Monsters and Men – My Head Is An Animal
- Lowercase Noises – Passage
Favorite Films Viewed in 2012
- The Ides of March
- Into the Wild
- Love Costs Everything
- The Avengers
- The Dark Knight Rises
- Safety Not Guaranteed
- Moonrise Kingdom
What were the highlights of your 2012? What are you looking forward to in 2013?