A New Year of Awesome!

Mastery is not about perfection. It’s about a process, a journey. The master is the one that stays on the path, day after day, year after year. The master is the one that is willing to try, and fail, and try again, for as long as he or she lives.

George Leonard – Mastery
He is / was a 5th dan in Aikido
Thanks Maarten for this one.

2011 was great. 2012 will be even better. Why? Well, life is what we make of it, after all, and this is what I think 2012 has in store for Julia and me.


We’re in Japan, working, living and learning. I think 2012 will see more opportunities as we get even more at home here, learning the language and travelling. Our goals for this year are to learn more Japanese, to travel and experience more of Japan and for me to take Iaido to the max and finally get some rank to my name. Most importantly we’ll be putting more effort into finding a Church.


This year we’ll reach three years of marriage, and it just gets better all the time. Julia is super and truly is my better half, we are growing all the time. Being able to face the highs and lows of Japan together has been so good, and we are looking forward to growing and strengthening our relationship together.


Last year I managed to write a novel, wow, I can’t really believe that (okay, still needs a few more words to reach my target, but it’s close enough). I’ve also been pumping out the blog posts at Rising Phoenix Games, including a whole solo campaign for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game that includes three maps I made. I’m also writing for a small project Julia and I are working on for foreign English learners, but more on that later. 2012 will see more writing and creativity, hopefully with something going up on Drive Thru RPG by the end of this month even.

I hope…

That your 2012 is full of promise and that you manage to grab all the right opportunities and hear God’s call for your life. Have a great 2012 everyone!