Looking Back at 2012: Year in Review


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


What were the highlights of your 2012? What are you looking forward to in 2013?


2 responses to “Looking Back at 2012: Year in Review

  1. My quote: You can look at a photo of an inspiring mountain scene, but to experience it for yourself, you are in for a climb. Life is going to take some work, and the view along the way is worth the work.

    Sent from my iPod

  2. Good words man. I was about to quote you on my facebook for “Between the promise and the payoff, there’s always a process.” but I realized it was a Steven Furtick quote. You should add that to your favorite quotes. 🙂

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