Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012, A Year

Beginning last night, I began to see a lot of people giving a run down of what 2012 was to them on their select social networks. I decided to wait until today to author that post, as I wasn't sure yet what 2012 still held for me (which was really just an audiobook).

2012 was a year of change for me. A change of vision, a change of focus.

Most of this began last February, when I started to think about the possibility of doing web design professionally. From this came OnRamp Web Design. Prior to 2012 I had never really though of web design as anything more than a hobby. Many people are resistant to turn their hobby into a profession, as that act often takes away the enjoyment of the activity, However, I have found my run with OnRamp to be quite the opposite. I love my work more than I'd ever loved it before, and the web fascinates me beyond measure.

The spring was pretty busy for me, as my time was split between school and getting OnRamp off the ground.

Then, in early June, I packed my bags and headed 500 miles east and landed smack-dab in the middle of Montana. I spent the entire summer there working on a cattle ranch. Even though I had spent parts of my last two summers doing the same, there was still quite the learning curve.

I worked long and hard days over there, getting up at 6:00 and going to bed at 11:00. It seemed most of my time was spent racing about on a four wheeler, wether it be delivering salt and mineral to the cows, checking on the grass, or spraying weeds. Once when I was spraying a patch of thistles, the rear wheel of the four-wheeler dropped into a ditch and flipped the rig over. I didn't have time to get off of it, and so rolled over with it. In the end, neither I nor the four wheeler were hurt at all, thanks be to God!

I loved the people in Montana more than anything. The simple, thoughtful, and kind lives they led were a prime example of Christ's work in people hearts through the generations, and have inspired me to be a spokesperson of their thoughts and opinions.

There is a time for everything, according to the Bible, and in September it was time for be to head back to the hustle and bustle of the big city. Bidding those fine folks farewell for the time, I began my trip back home.

During the summer, my parents and I decided that my schooling for the coming fall would be running my own business. I am truly grateful for them letting me pursue my passion. Once I got home, it was time for web design work to commence in ernest. One thing I learned was that, even though they sounded highly interested, many potential clients back out at the last minute, meaning that the first half of the fall was not quite so full as I had thought it would be. This was not a bad thing as it turned out, because it allowed me to spend that time focusing on learning some of the more advanced techniques and coding that goes into creating an amazing website.

All the time from getting home to now could pretty much be summed up as computer work. I got my own iMac, which is sweet and allowed my sisters to use the families computer, found my way to twitter (which is epic), built my own website (calebgrove.com), started another blog (on that website), spent a lot of time in the Freeway community, and have done various jobs for clients.

Christmas was enjoyable, and now I'm looking forward to what 2013 holds for me. My plan for 2013, so far, is to stay home this summer to work on the business, and to really get my name known in web design circles.

How did 2012 treat you? Comment below!

6 comments:

  1. What a year! Let's hope 2013 is even better.

    Come to think of it, it's hard to explain in few words just how 2012 treated me. It's rather complicated.

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    1. Duke: Enjoyed reading your blog post! Your year was quite inspiring. (I'll go post this over on your blog, too).

      Years do tend to be complicated, although they are getting to be very short over here.

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  2. 2012 started off as a slightly bumpy ride, but now I'm more settled into a fairly steady trot (or somethin' to that effect). Learned a lot, experienced a lot, and truly feel blessed. :)

    Plans for this year? Gain more maturity.

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    1. Neigh!

      Umm...Nay!

      Actually, that doesn't make any sense, as I agree with you.

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    2. Oh, wait! I forgot, I also want to see if I can get my hair about....8" longer. Let's see if I can do it. :D

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