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Preparing for 2015; Preparing for the Unexpected

There is a lot I'm thankful for this year. In fact, 2014 was one of the best years of my life (so far)! I relocated to a new home, I got married to my sweetheart, grabbed a pretty neat job, and I even got to spend some time with my family for the holidays!

As I head into the future with new hopes, dreams, and concerns, I opened a fortune cookie tonight that showed the following text:
My Fortune
"The wise thing to do is prepare for the unexpected."
At first read, I think about my concerns. What if I don't excel at work? What if something bad happens to me?

But then I think back to 2014 and all of amazing changes that have happened to me over just the past 365 days.

If the quote wanted me to focus on the negative it would have said, prepare for the bad things that can happen, but instead it just says unexpected.

My new job in Atlanta? That was unexpected. The emotional changes that I went through were stellar, but in hindsight I have struggled with things like moving inside the perimeter of a major city and giving up a great hobby that I enjoyed in Huntsville and didn't have room for in Atlanta.

Sometimes we associate the "unexpected" with things we fear. We worry about sudden financial burdens, family tragedies, etc. The truth be told, though, is that those are things I am prepared for and do expect in my life. I have found that it is the great successes that I experience coincides with the moments that I find myself feeling unprepared.

So my New Year's resolution for 2015 is to prepare for the "unexpected" and just not the "negative".

Six months ago I would never expected to be living in Atlanta with my beautiful wife and a job with one of the best companies in the country. The experience has been amazing and I am incredibly thankful for it, but I dare say I was unprepared for all of the change that came so fast this year (except the marriage part ;) I was totes ready for that).

Here's to a New Year!

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