Christmas Letter 2008 – New Beginnings!
“Remember today, for it is the beginning of always. Today marks the start of a brave new future filled with all your dreams can hold. Think truly to the future and make those dreams come true.”
Happy Holidays! As always we hope this year’s Annual Patrick Family Christmas Letter finds you all happy, healthy, & wise! For those of you who do not know, life for The Patrick’s has drastically changed since last year’s letter, which is why we’ve chosen the theme of this year’s letter to be “New Beginnings”. We believe that a life experience delivers a lesson and once captured, it becomes a gift. Our new beginning started just before the New Year when we decided that life was just too short and that our company was literally killing us. So instead of living through another empty year of pain, we made an executive decision and decided to take a leap of faith and close our Mortgage Company. Yep, we picked up and literally walked out of our miserably, stressful life with a handful of business knowledge. I bet you’re probably thinking we must have had a “Plan B”, right? Nope, no plan, just a lot of love for each other combined with a lot of faith that there had to be a better way, and that’s where all the fun began!
The first step in this unplanned adventure was moving from Jacksonville to Gainesville. Once again, thank goodness for Barbara! I’m sure she’s ready to get rid of us by now, but again, there is no plan, so who knows! While in Gainesville we’ve opened a new company (apparently the old one did not wear us down quite enough yet!), AMP InterMedia, a marketing company where we create online training programs for people looking to become trained on things such as becoming a “Life Coach”. If you have any interest in seeing our first product you can check it out at www.onlinecoachingu.com. We are currently partnering with other well known experts & authors to begin creating their online training programs and are slated to begin sometime after the new year.
The next step in our journey was to begin enjoying a more fluid & fun life and not working the grueling 14 hour days 7 days a week schedule we had kept for the past 3 years. So lucky for us we had many fabulous opportunities with our friends come up this year such as flying to Key West for Matt McNulty & Stephanie Sanderson’s Engagement, flying to the Bahamas to enjoy Robin Campen’s belated 30th Birthday (we had forgotten how amazingly fun all of our friends are!), traveling to San Francisco and the Wine country with Barbara (reinvoking the desire for Becky to become a vitner), traveling to St. Petersburg to celebrate Robin Henderson & Ian Leavengood’s Wedding in the Spring while also celebrating our 3rd Wedding Anniversary, but unfortunately we had to miss Jessica Tyler & Christophe Baraton’s Wedding in Italy this Fall (that was heartbreaking!) but we had an exciting weekend with them in South Beach right before they left for their wedding. Becky was also fortunate to be a part of Stephanie & Matt’s amazing Destination Wedding in the Keys on December 5th, where we also celebrated Kevin’s 33rd Birthday, Kevin also had lasik surgery and has a new set of eyes to see everything with.
We also managed to find time in between all of our fun to join a mastermind group that focuses on starting a business the right way and crafts a plan of what to do with the wealth you create from that business. The group works with people who have no idea of what they want to do all the way to people who have assets that they would like to personally direct and put to work accumulating passive wealth. With our present economy where it is we learned that now more than ever you should be taking control of your wealth or understanding the specific ways to create wealth and Loral and the Live Out Loud community have opened our eyes to the art of possibility. To find out more feel free to visit www.liveoutloud.com. They also have a list of free webinars that you can listen to at Live Out Loud Webinars, the information you can get there could change your life like it did ours.
The next logical step of our “new beginning” was to start planning our future life. When you find yourself in a place of change it can be a very difficult experience and certainly can cause a lot of stress. But we remembered back to our difficult times and how often we had prayed for a new beginning and amazingly you attract what you want, so I guess it worked. As part of the “new beginning” planning, family was one of the first topics to come up, so I began pressing Becky for time frames such as moving from Gainesville, financial goals and of course when we would want to start a family. I personally think the family question was a difficult one for Becky because it is something she has wanted for awhile so she wouldn’t or maybe even couldn’t answer this one yet. To our complete shock, the very next morning (4am to be exact) Becky came running and jumping on me with the wonderful news that she was pregnant! We talked for a few minutes about how exciting this was and what it would mean, etc. She then promptly fell back asleep as I stared up at the ceiling for the next 4 hours with all of the fatherly thoughts creeping in… anxiety, excitement, concern, amazement… I couldn’t tell if I was 90% excited and 10% scared or 10% excited and 90% scared, but the rush of emotion is what made it all the better. So Becky and I are thrilled to announce that this Summer we will be the extremely proud new parents of either a baby girl or boy with an expected due date of June 13th. If you remember, two years ago we talked about the Jacksonville water and that there must be something in it because everyone was having babies, so I think Becky must have snuck a bottle or two of that Jacksonville water before our Bahamas trip. I’ve got my eye on her!
With Becky being a little less able to help these days (I affectionately call it “baby brain”), I am trying to discover what my next calling will be. We are still running our marketing company, AMP InterMedia, but I am also doing Business Strategy consulting and coaching (helping businesses choose the right marketing and sales strategies to get to more leads, sales, and profits as quickly as possible), and I am in the process of starting a non-profit company that is partnering with Junior Achievement to help teach disadvantaged students about entrepreneurship by actually starting a company! The company will start with 5 different schools who will all compete with one another while starting, financing, building and eventually selling a company in a 2 year time frame. All of this will be documented so that others can learn via the internet and we hope to begin in 2010. If you have been looking for a cause to get inspired by or have any interest in supporting this venture through donated time, money or expertise, please email me at email@example.com. Another pet project of mine is that I also am looking for opportunities in, is to market commercial real estate information and would be looking for anyone with expertise to contribute content for the site. (Articles, interviews, etc.)
Our final step to our new beginning was to have a completed plan that would include all of our goals and aspirations, right? Well, not quite yet! Though it’s been an entire year, we still have not figured out all the answers to this unknown journey, and truthfully, it’s really hard not knowing, but it’s also brought us closer together and taught us more about life and love than we would have ever learned if things had gone exactly as planned. Just the process of reapproaching what is possible in our lives has been a gift unto itself. Would I maybe have more hair if our plan had been perfectly executed? It’s possible. But would I know as much about life, love, family, & the reality of failing once or twice? Definitely not. New beginnings are extremely scary, but I can tell you with 100% certainty the quality of my life and our life as a couple has only continued to improve as we move forward through our journey of the “unknown”. Our wish for you this Christmas, is to discover the art of possibility. Our gift to you this year is to inspire anyone of your friends and family that is facing a new beginning or to anyone that should be facing new beginning and hasn’t made the wonderful leap of faith yet that it is possible and that you will craft a better version of yourself when you make that leap. If you’re unhappy or need to make a change in life there is no time like the present to take action or begin a new journey. If we can help in anyway please don’t hesitate to let us know.
We wish you all a very joyous holiday season with your friends & loved ones! We also look forward to receiving your comments or thoughts at the bottom of this page or by email! We hope to see you soon! God Bless.
Kevin & Becky Patrick