Final day of 2011, it really does feel at times that time does go by quickly. Where did the year go.
2010 I felt was a bad year for me, but 2011 was a pretty normal year, so I will take it. Nothing really jumped out at me as being overly special.
The highlight was the trip Tao tao and I took down to Yellowstone park in August. We went for a week, and spent some time in Montana and Wyoming, and it was nice. Not a big type vacation or anything, as we did not hit any major cities, but something that we could afford. I found a peaceful trip personally, as no stress of having to keep a schedule. We just sort of arrived when we arrived. The driving was pretty laid back, we spent a lot of time in the park hiking, and over all it was relaxing. I might not have felt it at the time, but I think it was a great trip that I needed, as I think it helped me get to a calmer place.
The Podcasting front was a bit of a let down. I started up my collecting Podcast JediJeffs Basement, but after a few episodes, I had to stop, as I ran into equipment issues. Basically I purchased a new mixer, as the previous one I could not record in stereo. I had the same issue with this one, as I cannot record in stereo. So I am sort of at a loss right now on it. I am working with the vendor to try and get it to record in stereo, but not going well. I really would like to do my podcast in stereo as it is a bit of a pride thing with me, so that is why I am not releasing anymore until I can get them recorded in stereo and sounding good. So I am hoping that in 2012, I can find some sort of resolution to this and get back to my collecting podcast. Champodcast is still going, we did more podcasts this year then last, but I think Jason and I want to commit ourselves to a better schedule and a more polished podcast.
On the work front, it was not the year that 2010 was. I would not call it a success at all, but more a realization about where I am with my career. I think I am ready to take another step in my career, but realize that it will not be with my current employer. So I will start the year more actively looking for other jobs that I feel I might be qualified for or that I find interesting, and see where it takes me. I was also talking to a co worker of mine about possibly a career change, and might look at going back to school if possible, and getting into some sort of engineering field. I also had another enlightening conversation with another coworker, who told me, where you really get ahead financially and maybe even in a job sense, is not what you do from 8 to 5, but what you do after those hours. So I want to also focus myself on trying to find more jobs in the website side of things, to do after hours. I am hopeful by 2013, I have made some moves in some direction to change up my life in the career area.
So looking back, 2011 was a pretty low key year. Nothing really jumps out as me at being overly memorable. But for being middle aged now, maybe that is alright, I might have needed the year, to get me prepared for 2012, and hopefully some changes.