Here it is, my obligatory year in review. With as bad as my memory is, I require myself to at least once per year document the cool things I can remember that happened over the course of the year… and this was definitely a year of ups and downs. It’s always hard to believe as I try to remember all the things I do in a year how blessed me and my family are, and how lucky we are to have so many great friends and experiences. Thank you 2012, here we come 2013!
- Remembering my grandmother, who died in early 2012 from cancer. So happy to have been able to see her for the months leading up to her passing.
- Mourning the loss of our 10 year old golden retriever, Cason. He was the only constant in our family, sad to see him go.
- The happiness of 11 years of marriage. Every August I cant help but think of how lucky I am to have met someone so perfect for me at such a young age.
- The pure joy of learning of our first child. Coming in March, our little boy has been hands down the most exciting thing we have ever planned for.
- A trip to Memphis with friends, Dave & Sherry. We probably would not have made it there without your prodding.
- A trip to Mexico with family. A week, unplugged, with loved ones. Always worth it.
- Spending time on the mountain (Monteagle). It’s awesome to learn who your greatest friends are, and to be able to do cool things with them.
- Brewing beer with Rob, Matt and Jeff. We’re not the best, but we make amazingly drinkable beer.
- Finding companies to start to mentor, and to continue to mentor.
- Backing cool projects on Kickstarter that range from underwear, to gadgets, to food and a book. More great companies.
- Another amazing year at the Jumpstart Foundry. The 2012 companies truly amazed me.
- Being part of the wedding of my good friends Matt & Rachel.
- The tremendous execution of Checkd.in. We built so many cool campaigns, its hard to mention them all: Taylor Swift, Pink, Kenny Chesney, Dunkin Donuts, Less Conf, Pitbull and so many more. The team is just crushing it.
- The explosive growth of Change Healthcare. The stats are still unpublished, but before this year is over – peoples minds will be blown.
- The launching of Curious
- Fangtastic 5k with John Wyckoff and family
- The warrior dash complete, and highly recommended. Drink beer, costumes, live music and giant turkey legs.
- Ran the 200 mile Ragnar with team CHC. It’s amazing what you learn about people and their desires to succeed when you spend that much time in a van with them. This was a great experience, hope I can do it again one day.
- Bought my new Cervelo R3. Decided if I was going to commit, I needed to commit.
- Trained 700 miles (small, but moving). My hopes is to do so much more in 2013
I’m sure I have left out soo many moments, but this is what my memory (and facebook, and flickr) remind me to write about. I can only hope that 2013 is more impressive than 2012 in every category. To those I know, much love – lets go get it!
It’s always amazing to look back on your life and see what you have done in the past 12 months. That is probably what I love most about the new year. It’s not the aspirations to make my life better, but taking the time to think about what my family and I have done, and how we can keep making our lives and those lives around us better.
2011 brought a lot of greatness to my life. Great friends, great memories and great opportunities as well. None of this is designed to be bragging, if you know me you know that is not my strong suit. And you will also know that one of my weaknesses is a terrible memory. This post is mostly for me. I want to remember all of the things I have done. So with that, let me remind my self today of 2011…
Staying in shape, finding new friends…
Ran the Fangtastic 5k with Matt, Rachel, Matt & Nick
Cycled Over 1,000 Miles & Raced a 100 Mile Race
Battled (and Beat) the Warrior Dash with Amy and Nick
Ran the Cinco in the Gulch 5k
Friends & Family
The ones I love, and the things we did…
Sold our Country House, Bought a City House
10 Years Strong of Being Married to My Best Friend
Watched My Sister Get Married in Salt Lake City
Celebrated the Life of Eli Witt (RIP 2011)
Celebrated the Life of Tim McGovern (RIP 2007)
Visited Mexico, 1 Week, No Technology
Visited Florida with Matt, Rachel & Nick
Built Furniture for Rail Yard Studios
Managing Director of the JSF, Launching 6 Companies
Raised the First Round of Funding for Checkd.in!
Built Amy and Nicks First Startup – EverydayBetter.com
Invested in 6 Kickstarter Startup Companies
Attended TechStars Demo Day in NYC
Learned Tons About My Grandma Southworth
Funding and Growth (Doubled in Size!) for Change Healthcare
Season Tickets to the Preds with the CH Nerds
What’s in the Future?
I can only hope I continue to be blessed with great friends, a loving family and good fortune. I know not every moment can be glorious, as I found out in the past year. We remembered Tim on the four year anniversary of his death, donated oars and planted a tree for Eli Witt after his death from battling Lymphoma, and then finding out that my grandma has pancreatic cancer just to name a few moments.
But find the good in the bad. I realize over and again how important friends are. How important family is. And how important it is to try to live every day to the fullest. I’ve learned how to listen, how to help and how to care. I have also tried to teach more and more as I met with 100’s of startup entrepreneurs and mentors in Nashville and across the country helping them work on their companies.
My number one lesson in 2011?
Live life, appreciate your friends and family
& love what you do.
What started as a joke years ago at PodShow has now become a tradition at Mevio. If you are unlucky enough to find an error or 404 page on the Mevio.com website you will find the back of my head not looking back at you. We have had a number of different versions of these over the years within the company for some reason. It’s sad that I look forward to the site crashing and burning to get a good laugh at the images that show up that we have forgotten about.
Thanks to a few of the people (jawbone, sue, bryn) who made me a living error.
Here are a few of the previous ones I could find:
Well, we did it. Amongst the long hours of work, moving to the city and other surprises… not to mention Amy Macs knee tendinitis, 6 weeks of inactivity and 4 weeks of physical therapy… we made it! Not only did we make it, we made it look goooood.
Ok, maybe not good, but we both were very happy with the race. 26.2 miles is a hard race to prepare for not only physically, but mentally as well. How do you run that far, and more importantly, how do you plan to run that far? When we started this adventure 6-7 months ago we had no idea what to expect in terms of time commitment, training hours and miles or even how fast we would try to run this thing… so we through some goal times out (pulling them from thin air) and put them out there.
Originally I thought ~4 hours would be something I could accomplish, and I would try to drag Amy along with me. But as time wore on it became more and more obvious with our short training schedule and demands at work that this would not really be possible. I adjusted my plan to be around 4:30 and Amy adjusted her schedule to be 5 hours (although she really wanted to be able to keep pace with me). While not 100% successful, we are very happy with what the results were. I ended up running 4 hours and 38 minutes and Amy ran 4 hours and 59 minutes! Success, I say!
As of this writing it has been one week since we finished our race. I will probably run one again, but Amy was only in it for the one race. Im not sure when I will be able to begin my training again, my toe nail fell off yesterday (my big toe) and it hurts to walk, let alone run. We will just have to see how soon the pain goes away so I can start moving again. Most likely I will start training for more triathlons and half marathons and find a sweet full marathon in the next few years to test me again.
I just read that Sarah Palin ran a sub 4 hour marathon… and with that, I have a new goal time. I would like to say my goal was to qualify for the Boston marathon, but to make that happen I would have to slash about 90 minutes off of my time. Ha ha ha ha!
To all of our supporters for the last few months and those who cheered us on along the route in Portland, thanks for your support, kind words and tips. You helped make this a memorable experience all around.
This is a solo shot I took of myself, balancing the camera on a nearby pickup truck. It was taken at the end of the day (Memorial Day) and I was thrilled to be watching the sun set on the ocean after such an emotional day. I had spent the morning at the veterans cemetery and then decided to spend a few hours solo, winding through the woods and mountains before heading back towards San Francisco up the coastal highway. I’m too tired now to post the details of my day (with photos) but I will tomorrow. I was pretty amazed with the whole day. To my friends and family reading this… I wish you were here to enjoy this with me.