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Normally my year-end review and goal-setting session include choosing three words that succinctly describe what I want to accomplish over the coming year. This time I’m going with just one word! One, that has three meanings.

Forge

  1. To be formed by extreme heat and pressure.
  2. To create relationships and opportunities to serve.
  3. Move forward, even (or especially) against adversity.

2022 was an extremely trying year! From starting a new career (non-self-employed OR a J.O.B.) in a non-marketing related field to working with a completely incompetent, micro-managing, and narcissistic elected official that lost her re-election bid, to not knowing if I had a job because said “elected” lost, to getting picked up (retained) by the incoming Commish and offered a huge jump in salary to do a job that I had no clue I’d love as much as I do. And, that was just 1/3 of my time.

I also earned my Level 2 USA Hockey Youth Coach and am an Assistant Coach on my son’s 12U Tampa Bay Jr. Lightning Ice Hockey team. (2022 Florida State Champions 12U White). I was off the ice for 38 years and now skate 5 times a week – 2 days for my own time – Mid-level Novice at Advent Health Center Ice and a clinic at PowerPole Arena in Tampa. Plus I dropped almost 20 lbs. in the process.

For 2023 I’ve decided (well, honestly, it was part of retaining me at work ) that I’m going to college. I’ve picked Pasco Hernando State College for this #57YearOldFreshman. I will be pursuing an A.A. in Political Science with the intention to transfer to the University of Central Florida’s B.A. in their PoliSci program in 2025-26. From there? Who knows.

If you’d asked me in November of 2019 where I thought I’d be in 2023? My answer would’ve been much different

For now, it’s head down at work, head up on the ice, and nose in the books for 2023!