With one month down and 11 more to look forward to in 2014, it’s a fair guess that many people have made an initial attempt at keeping their obligatory resolutions for the new year. I’d like to say I’ve made profound promises to change the world—like saving the planet or feeding the hungry—but this year, I chose to keep it simple and personal.
First and foremost, my goal is to be a better parent. Second, I’m going to have more patience with family, friends and coworkers. Finally, I want to enjoy life to the fullest.
Much of the first item is tied to the second, as I truly believe in my old age (soon to be 50) that pausing to take a breath in a time of crisis, anger or frustration can resolve any conflict I’m having with those I care for the most. Being a parent can be tough, and with two boys heading into their formative years, I am finding patience is the key to maintaining my family’s peace of mind.
In order to keep my sanity these days, I try to get out and about as often as possible. I’m fortunate to live close to the ocean and the hills, so I can surf, paddle and run as frequently as I wish. My family is very active, and this helps us all stay both mentally and physically healthy. It also makes parenting much easier when the place we call home is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts, with the beach and trails in either direction—check that first resolution off the list.
As for my second resolution, I didn’t have to wait long in 2014 for my patience to pay off at work. This month’s men’s issue is over the top in the best possible way, and I think I speak for all of my male coworkers when I say it’s about time we get our own issue!
How can you go wrong with a healthy dose of bars and cars? We celebrate the best things about being a man in Newport, and I can say with certainty that I’ll be enjoying this new issue over an ice-cold schooner at Mutt Lynch’s. This year, I also vow to practice my newfound patience as I wait for a glorious tower of seafood at Mastro’s, get fitted for a beautiful new suit at Gary’s and gaze longingly at my future midlife crisis purchase at Newport Auto Center. How’s that for living life to its fullest?
Here’s to 2014—may it be a safe and successful year for you all.
Publisher and Chief Technology Officer