I hope your Christmas & New Year celebrations with family & friends were as fun as ours was. Over the past couple weeks we’ve had alot of down time and relaxing days. I was able to really think hard about 2011. Cynthia & I were blessed with a wonderful year. I personally wrote a long thank you letter to my mentor & best friends Claude & Lana Hamilton. I’ve read many books where the author suggests to write a thank you letter to people who have helped you in your life. I’ve been meaning to write one to them for the past couple years now and it never got done for some reason. But finally, I did it and I feel good about it.
First off, Claude is a founder of LIFE which launched on November 1st, 2011. This was by far the highlight of the year. With the help of Orrin Woodward & Chris Brady and the rest of the TEAM Policy Council leaders, LIFE is the fix to the Networking Industry that people have been waiting for. For me personally, I am excited about tackling 2012 with our new business model.
Another blessing this year was the birth of our first child, Kaleb Dionne on July 31, 2011. What this little bundle of joy brings to our home is incredible. Every morning is exciting for us now, from his first burp to his first solid food meal, everything is fun!
This summer was a memorable one. On June 8th, 2011, I worked my last day as an employee. With our business moving forward very nicely and our finances lining up the way we wanted it, Cynthia & I made a decison that I could come home to be a “full time dad” and we could both enjoy our time together as parents.
I want to finish with this. Christmas 2011, we fulfilled a long time dream of ours. My mom & dad (Paul & Murielle) and Cynthia’s mom (Stella) have been amazing for us. Not just in recent years, but our whole lives. Cynthia & I both set the goal many years ago to reward our parents with a nice family trip. Christmas 2011 was our best ever, we were able to “give” to those we love most without having the financial stress on our shoulders. We surprised both our parents with a cruise to the caribbean. The opening of the gift was a bit different, we wanted them to play a little guessing game! So, Cynthia took out her “slideshow” skills and built the most amazing videos. Our parents would open up a gift that had a note that read “watch the video that Joce is going to play on TV and guess what your gift is” … FUN! The slideshow then had messages and pictures dating back when we were young kids and how amazing parents they have been for us etc. And then at the end, they got the big SURPRISE!
Here is the slideshow we showed my mom & dad;
Surprise cruise gift to Joce’s parents (click on link to view) & Joce’s parents reaction to cruise gift.
Now here is the slideshow we showed to Cynthia’s mom;
Surprise cruise gift to Cynthia’s mom & Cynthia’s mom’s reaction.
A special thank you goes out to Claude & Lana Hamilton and Orrin & Laurie Woodward, without you guys, this would have never happened.
It’s easy to see that 2011 was by far the best year of our lives. Now it’s time to turn the page and make 2012 even better. In 2012, we have many friends that have set similar goals and we want to help them accomplish those goals. Have fun, Make money, Make a difference!!!
Love, Joce & Cynthia