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So, how was it TWW?

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For me, I'd say 6
The Suck (1) > [ . . . . . x . . . . ] < Awesome (10)

Career:B+
Love Life: F-
Social life/Friends: C
Health: A-
Hobbies: B
Money: B

12/6/2017 9:57:35 PM

NeuseRvrRat
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fair to middling

12/6/2017 10:03:30 PM

fleetwud
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7
Career: C
Love Life: A
Social / Friends: B
Health: B
Hobbies: C
Money: D

Worked on certifications to dig outta my financial black hole, working 3rd sucks but do what I csn to visit, girlfriend of 2 years hates my schedule more than I do, mid-thirties bring more reflux and joint pains, and what little time left is spent biking, beering, or playing old games on a 4K

12/6/2017 10:10:44 PM

TKE-Teg
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another forgettable year

12/7/2017 8:13:07 AM

mkcarter
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Quote :
"fair to middling"

Quote :
"another forgettable year"

12/7/2017 8:53:51 AM

Douche Bag
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2017
Career: A+++
Love Life: A
Social / Friends: A-
Health: A-
Hobbies: A
Money: A+++

Overall good report card. Record year in real estate brokerage, 2 successful flips (netting $110K in profit) with a 3rd going to market tomorrow, kids are growing up and sleeping well, health is good and wife and I are doing fine. Going to Cancun to see Dave Matthews in January, Disney in February and possibly skiing in March, so the year is off to a good start.

12/7/2017 8:58:49 AM

jbrick83
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2017

Career: B+
Love Life: A
Social / Friends: B
Health: A+
Hobbies: N/A
Money: B

Career is best it's ever been, just hasn't hit the high water mark I want it to be. Cases are coming in more consistently and I'm getting and settling some big ones. Could probably handle 2 or 3 more at a time (that's what she said!)...but since they keep coming in, hopefully I can reach that mark in a year or two.

Still married...happily.

Not enough time to hang out with all of the friends I'd like...but still seeing my close ones every now and then and not losing any.

In possibly the best physical shape of my life...maybe only matched by my senior year at State when I was working out 6 days a week. Not bad for 34.

What is a hobby? I like to watch sports and binge tv shows. That's about it. Doesn't bother me a bit.

Money would be better if we didn't just double our house size and have a kid. Didn't burn through any savings doing that, but didn't save any either. Now that we're done with that, hope to start saving more and maybe make a few investments.

12/7/2017 10:15:35 AM

raiden
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2017

Career: A
Love Life: A+
Social / Friends: B
Health: C
Hobbies: N/A
Money: B

Career is best it's ever been, just hasn't hit the high water mark I want it to be. Cases are coming in more consistently and I'm getting and settling some big ones. Could probably handle 2 or 3 more at a time (that's what she said!)...but since they keep coming in, hopefully I can reach that mark in a year or two.

Career is going well, got a raise this year in the summer and just got a promotion and another raise last month. In grad school again, doing my MBA, so will be looking for new opportunities after that.

Happily married to an awesome wife.

My free time has dramatically reduced due to MBA school. Its a lot of work, but the time I do get with friends I try to make sure its good time.

In possibly the best physical shape of my life...maybe only matched by my senior year at State when I was working out 6 days a week. Not bad for 34.
Gotta get back in the gym. Finally recovering from 2 Achilles tendon surgeries in 2 years (on the same tendon). Unfortunately, I gained about 35 or so pounds, so gotta lose that.

No time for hobbies really, I try to study as much as I can.

12/10/2017 10:57:21 AM

raiden
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well I completely fucked up the previous post. Let's try this again.

2017

Career: A
Love Life: A+
Social / Friends: B
Health: C
Hobbies: N/A
Money: B-

Career is going well, got a raise this year in the summer and just got a promotion and another raise last month. In grad school again, doing my MBA, so will be looking for new opportunities after that.

Happily married to an awesome wife.

My free time has dramatically reduced due to MBA school. Its a lot of work, but the time I do get with friends I try to make sure its good time.

Gotta get back in the gym. Finally recovering from 2 Achilles tendon surgeries in 2 years (on the same tendon). Unfortunately, I gained about 35 or so pounds, so gotta lose that.

No time for hobbies really, I try to study as much as I can.

Money would be better if we didn't just double our house size and have a kid. Didn't burn through any savings doing that, but didn't save any either. Now that we're done with that, hope to start saving more and maybe make a few investments.

Money could be better, and its getting better. Wife was out of a job for about 1.5 years, but she got a job earlier this year and we're on the home stretch of recovering from that.

12/10/2017 11:31:20 AM

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5

Career: A
Love Life: F
Social / Friends: B
Health: C
Hobbies: A
Money: C

Career: I changed professions about 2 years ago, started working for a big company in a very small division with ALL 60+ year old peers and boss. I took the job knowing that there was not room for advancement, but was ok with it because I love the job and was more focused on family life than career, and the money was good enough to support us and my hobbies. However, the last few months my boss has been strongly hinting that he's grooming me to take his spot, and I got an unexpected raise (on top of my annual raise). I still love the job and I'm finally starting to get comfortable with my knowledge of the industry and my experience.

Love life: My marriage of less than a year (10/17/16) ended in July. Not divorced yet, just separated, but after the mandatory year of separation, I will be. Nothing on the horizon, but also no interest yet either, so I suppose that's a wash.

Social: I've finally been spending time with old, close friends I've sort of lost touch with over the past few years. Unfortunately, they are all between 1 and 3 hours away from me. I've been spending some time with people from work though, I need to make more local friends.

Health: I don't have cancer or anything like that, but I'm in as bad of shape as I was in high school and college. I lost a lot (LOT) of weight when I started working my first "real" job, but my new career has me driving around a lot and less physical work than I've been doing, so all that weight is starting to find me back.

Hobbies: Drinking beer, grilling/smoking things, hunting, fishing. All are going well, except for deer hunting. I'm getting more and more terrified of heights, so tree stands and climbing stands are pretty much out. I'm thinking about picking my banjo back up, maybe taking lessons.

Money: I lost dual income, and I'm stuck in a house that I NEVER would have bought on my own, partially because of the cost, the rest due to it being in a cookie cutter neighborhood, and way more than I need. My mortgage payment is more than I'm comfortable with, but I have been able to (easily) cut back drastically in other areas that were just due to my wife, so that's a bit of a wash too. Finally got out of debt (minus mortgage, obviously), and I'm putting away SOME money, just not as much as I'd like.

12/10/2017 1:29:07 PM

ShawnaC123
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Career: B
Love Life: C
Social / Friends: D
Health: B
Hobbies: D
Money: D

So I guess like a C- overall.

Career: Everything's going fine and I just got a 5% annual raise.
Love Life: Nonexistent but I can't find it within myself to care
Social/Friends: Don't really have any friends that live nearby but it's my fault for not going out to meet more people. I dropped the only friend I had nearby because she kept blowing up my phone like a jealous lover and that's unacceptable.
Health: I feel fine. I need to do more to improve my fitness because when I do stuff I feel it more the next day than when I was younger.
Hobbies: Don't really have any but I'm okay with that.
Money: I'm still getting raped by student loan payments but I got a weekend job to make so more headway on them.

Also one of my dogs died of cancer this year, but she lived like a year longer than her original prognosis so that was good. It was stressful to live with someone who was dying and know the end was coming but not be sure when. I can plan travel and stuff without as much worry now, so that's a plus. I still miss her though.

12/10/2017 2:15:47 PM

qntmfred
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Career: D-
Love Life: F
Social life/Friends: D
Health: C
Hobbies: F
Money: D

on paper looks like a pretty shitty year. and certainly it has indeed been the hardest year of my adult life. and yet, somehow i'm still generally pretty positive about the year to come and even recognizing the positive role of this year's challenges. guess we'll see!

12/10/2017 3:21:22 PM

GrumpyGOP
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Career: B+
Love Life: A
Social life/Friends: C
Health: C
Hobbies: D
Money: C

Overall about a C.

I enjoy my job and like almost all of my coworkers. There's room for growth. The only downside is that it's not something I feel particularly passionate about; it's not anything I ever dreamed of doing.

Things are good with the fiancee. We've been living together for a year and a half, six months out from the wedding, and so far it just seems to get better as time goes on.

Social life is in a rut. The only people I know in DC are old Peace Corps buddies. Don't get me wrong, some of them are very good friends, but there's not that many of them, and they're virtually all women, and city people, to boot. I am a man who remains a bumpkin at heart, even if one with flashes of pretension to urban refinement. I miss my North Carolina friends, and I'm terrible at making new friends here.

I'm inching into the mid-30s and away from the perfect, unthinking health that I took for granted in my 20s. I quit smoking back in 2013, and I'm no longer drunk all the time. Great, my doctor says. Your cholesterol is too high, regardless. Meanwhile my foot doesn't work half the time; colds seem to last forever, as do hangovers (I said I'm not drunk all the time). Really the only reason I'm grading health as high as a C is because I can manage to run a mile or do a dozen push-ups in a row for the first time in my life.

I don't have any real hobbies, nor the knowledge of how to get one in my current circumstances. If I'm not at work I cook, drink, or play video games. Maybe the cooking counts.

Money is better than its ever been but still not great. I manage to put away a significant portion of each paycheck - into the wedding fund. There's no GrumpyGOP rainy-day fund.

12/10/2017 8:33:44 PM

UJustWait84
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Career: B
Love Life: A++
Social life/Friends: B+
Health: B
Hobbies: A
Money: B

Overall: A-

Added to my CV with conferences and presentations, but aside from a slight bump in pay, nothing really has changed. Got engaged a few weeks ago, so that's pretty great. Saw a lot of friends I'd lost touch with, but definitely wish I had the energy to be as socially active as I used to be. Lost about 30lbs from doing cardio every day and eating better, so that's good, but I definitely need to start lifting again seriously. Visited 9 new countries and took a few cooking classes, but aside from photography, I have no other 'hobbies' to speak of. I am, however, happy I got to go so many cool places though. Paid off a ton of debt, but not much in savings right now- paying for a wedding is fucking expensive, no matter what.

I kinda feel guilty since so many people had shit years, but life's pretty great

12/13/2017 9:36:10 PM

PaulISdead
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Pretty good considering

12/13/2017 9:44:55 PM

justinh524
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Craptacular

12/14/2017 5:56:17 PM

ShawnaC123
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That's because you didn't participate in secret santa.

12/14/2017 8:34:31 PM

dmspack
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Career - A

i like my job, it's great. my coworkers are good (mostly family, which is fine) and we've had a successful year which makes work better.

Love life - A

got engaged. getting married next october. it's wonderful.

Social life/friends - A

the majority of my friends live close by so we can hang out plenty. none of us have kids yet so doing stuff is pretty easy now. i'm sure that'll change in the next couple years.

Health - A

no health issues to speak of

Hobbies - B i guess

never really had a ton of hobbies. got a garden at the house and that's about it.

Money - B

money is fine. more would always be better, but we are living within our means and are living comfortably and able to save at the same time. i don't make a ton of money (fiance got a new job this year that was a pay increase for her, so that's great) but i love my job and have great flexibility with it. so to me, it's worth it.

12/15/2017 10:01:35 AM

CalledToArms
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Career:A- (love my job and this company, but i slacked a little this year at times admittedly)
Love Life: A
Social life/Friends: B+ Tale of two halves. First half of the year, multiple good friends moved away. Second half of this year, I made several new friends and reconnected with some old ones.
Health: A
Hobbies: A - got back on the wagon with writing and a few other things. But most importantly started a new band im really excited about.
Money: B - I spent way too much this year on travel and tattoos but it made for an awesome year

12/15/2017 10:47:22 AM

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Career: B

Pretty much status quo over the past several years, did get an extra bit of a raise mid-year that I wasn't expecting. Have a feeling I'll be getting a bump over to another department next year, so that'd be exciting.

Love Life: B

A 3 year relationship came to an amicable close in May. We'd just grown apart and realized there wasn't much in the way of romantic love left between us. Been trying the dating game some, but aside from one woman -and that would've been complicated - haven't really found anyone that I'm really interested in.

Social life/Friends: A

I'm really lucky with my friends, always a good group to lean back on now that I'm single (not that I neglected them when I wasn't). They're the high point of my life, and thankfully we should all be together for years to come.

Health: B

I guess? No real change here one way or another. Been gradually losing weight over the course of the year by regimenting my diet, but could stand to throw in some actual exercise to drop the last bit I'd like to.

Hobbies: A

Gaming and playing around in the kitchen are my two go-to hobbies I suppose. More time for gaming now since I'm single, but less cooking since cooking for one isn't always fun so much as just something that needs to be done. Got pretty into college football with the boys this year though, so that was/is fun.

Money: B

Again, kind of status quo here. Lost some disposable income when the ex moved out, but evened out a bit in the end since I used to spoil her quite a bit and I gained that bit back.


Overall: A-

12/18/2017 11:19:36 AM

ShinAntonio
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Career: B-
Love Life: B
Social / Friends: C-
Health: B
Hobbies: C
Money: B

12/20/2017 11:15:05 PM

LastInACC
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Career: B-
New Job. Challenging, stressfull but very good career development.

Love Life: F
2rd Kid. No time for each other.

Social / Friends: D
New city. Knows no one. And Family, no time for socializing.

Health: B

Hobbies: F

Money: D
Kids. Lol.

12/21/2017 11:26:21 AM

Kiwi
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Career: B
Love Life: A
Social / Friends: C
Health: C
Hobbies: B
Money: C

Career is stahm currently. I also do some website work in the cracks of raising children. I’m really fulfilled. I would love to find something that would really bring in the money while staying home with my babes. Love life is great, we will be celebrating 10 years in February. Pretty happy. Social life exists but isn’t huge but that’s expected as a stahm. Health has been rough this year, rough pregnancy then gallbladder surgery then a slipped rib. My weight is terrible but starting after holidays I’m committing to getting in the best shape of my life. Hobbies? I’m pretty happy creating things during the holidays. I take photos of my kids as a creative outlet. Getting into cooking creative meals too because I’m so tired of eating out. Money is C because we are basically one income so savings are tight but we are making it. Overall B year.

12/22/2017 3:54:03 PM

bmel
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Career: A
I graduated from CT school and went directly into a full time job working the exact shift I wanted. I probably should've searched for a job in Raleigh, since it would've paid better, but I like it here.

Love Life: A+
My husband is still my favorite person ever. Still not sure how I got so lucky.

Social life/Friends: D
Don't really have any friends other than my husband and his friends. I am making friends in my new department, but have yet to hang out with any of them outside of work. I think the main issue is I have no desire to make friends. After being around people at the hospital all day, I just want to be left alone.

Health: C
Overall, it's been a pretty healthy year. I'm currently eating my feelings though, along with not exercising. Hopefully I'll get out of this rut/depression soon..

Hobbies: D
My hobbies are watching TV and cleaning the house. I think I'll try to start reading again soon.

Money: A
With my full time job and Peter's raises, we're doing pretty good. Pretty much able to buy what we want, pay extra on house and car, and put plenty away in retirement. However, I think this will change if we manage to have a kid.

12/25/2017 12:10:58 AM

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Career: A

Things have gone well over the last few years performance wise, but no pay raises (boss says he tries but doesn't get it approved for anybody on the team). I applied for a managerial IT position with a different graduate school right across the street this summer. After having to jump through so many hoops including Board of Governor approval, everything became official Friday before last and I start the new job the second week of January.

Love Life: B+

Still married (16 years in February) and going just fine there. We still get along great but like most guys wish we had more time for just us. Two kids plus school and other commitments don't leave a lot of time.

Social life/Friends: A

Still going well. I only really keep up with a couple of my old friends from back home, but I have a pretty good group of work friends as well as some from Scouting and other activities. Hoping with the new job and hopefully a new home that maybe we can actually entertain some in 2018 as our current apartment is quite small for four people but we love having folks over. Also recently reconnected with an old friend who had been distant due to work drama; his current boss is a total asshole and said that I was trying to steal a job from the friend when it was posted. I had no idea the friend was even applying for the position but his boss has turned total shithead so he's finally seen how crappy he is and realizes who to trust now.

Health: B

More of the same. Got a bike and need to start riding it to and from work so I can lose some weight. Still fat and think I had my first sciatic nerve episode a month or so ago (numbness in my butt and down to my left pinky toe) but I didn't go to the doctor as I saw there was nothing that could be done and up to 40% of people have this happen.

Hobbies: B+

Still love photography and leading kids in Scouting. Not much new to report on either.

Money: C

Didn't really save any money this year, but 2018 should be a big turn around financially. The wife starts an internship in January and graduates from her program in May. The new job I landed is a 50% pay raise, so 2018 should finally allow us to pay off all of our debts and start saving. We really want to move to a bigger place with three bedrooms but living in CHCCS district where the kids go to school is $texas.

Overall: A-

12/25/2017 8:04:00 AM

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Career: B - good job but don't feel valued or utilized to my full potential

Academics: A - doing a separate category for this since I did start a PhD program (not necessarily tied to my current career) and have done really well so far. got my first publication and am on track to finish early.

Love Life: F - I think I had sex twice this year? It's super hard to meet people and I haven't been in a relationship in five years now. Very depressing, especially over the holidays when everything is couples-oriented and parents think there's something wrong with me for not being in a committed relationship.

Social / Friends: B - I made some friends in my cohort, which has been really nice. My existing friends are getting harder to hang out with because they're becoming either couples-oriented or they're single, have bought their own houses and just dig in and never come out

Health: C - out of shape, aging, and feeling it but I'm still trying. I'm completely motivated to get in shape but just keep getting hurt doing what used to be just basic stuff. It's very discouraging and feels like I'm taking one step forward and three steps back.

Hobbies: B - I've been taking piano lessons for about a year and a half now and while I'm no virtuoso, I think I've come a long way with theory, reading music, and technique. I really like my teacher and piano has helped my guitar and singing as well. I also bought a uke and picked it up pretty quickly. It's a nice change of pace from guitar and allows a different singing range for me.

Money: A - I sold my condo and made a really nice profit, my job pays very well, and while I've been waiting for the right place to buy next I've moved back home and have just been stacking cash. I also made some investments that have tripled so far and should have some really nice payouts down the road.

Overall: C - despite doing some really good things and working toward goals that are important to me, I feel like I'm not in control of my social/love life anymore and I'm a person that can find ways to deal with being alone (filling time with commitments/hobbies) I don't like it and it makes me very depressed.

[Edited on January 3, 2018 at 12:06 PM. Reason : pity party]

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