Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Everyone! Today starts a new beginning for many and hopes of good tidings, cheer and success for the rest of us. I look at today as the start of looking at things a little differently than I did last year.

Last year was full of challenges and turmoil that at one point, i did not know how it all would turn out for me and my family. I try to always look on the positive side of things (an optimist – the glass is half full), but we all know it is difficult at times. I trudged away and trying not to worry how the rest of my life would turn out, hoped for the best.

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a persons determination” (Chinese fortune cookie) I utilized that proverb to keep me motivated through all the twists and turns; and continue to use it to this day.

It all worked out in the end and now today am ready to look toward the future and not worry about what happened last year, but to be grateful of what I still have; a loving wife, beautiful daughter that cooks like a chef a roof over my head and 3 dogs that love us for who we are and do not judge.

I have a chinese fortune cookie taped to my laptop that says:


That is what my plan is for this year; to explore what is around me. Look at what is different, keep my mind open and try to understand – keep things in perspective.

I will be working with many nationalities while deployed to Afghanistan and plan to keep all of you “in the loop”, so you may explore with me during my time there and beyond.

Have a great beginning to the new year and look forward to hearing from you in the coming months.


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