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2898960550_972bc1e1eb_b As we prepare for Rosh Hashanah - the Jewish New Year, I usually take a moment to look back on the past year and share my hopes and dreams for the coming year.  It has been a wild 12 months, and I would like to thank Gd, my wife, children, family, friends and colleagues for all of the wonderful support and blessings I have been privileged to receive.

At this juncture last year:

  • My wife and I were learning to play man-to-man defense as our newborn son Ovadya reintroduced us to sleepless nights and endlessly pooped diapers.
  • We had no idea how we were going to find the time to cook and prepare for the Jewish holiday season with our newborn celebrating his newfound ability to scream our three year old "celebrating" his new competition brother.
  • We had set our sites on aliyah to Israel and were just beginning to plan for the move.  I vividly recall my wife telling me "There is some paperwork we have to go through."  Some was an understatement.
  • I was celebrating the launch of my first scaled social customer service and social commerce platforms, and was beginning to craft the framework for what would become my first whitepaper.

The year we're facing a very different set of challenges:

  • We are still learning our way around Israeli society.  How do you say overnight pull-ups in Hebrew?   Or better yet, in Russian?  That supermarket stock boy seemed to have less command of Hebrew than we did.
  • I'm learning the ropes in a very exciting and new position (more to come on that soon).
  • We are trying to figure out how we're going to find the time and space to cook and prepare for the upcoming holidays with our new kitchen under construction. (Answer: don't sleep!)
  • First time home ownership in a brand new country and culture is... interesting.

Looking back on this past year, I couldn't be happier with the changes in my personal life, my family life and my career.  While life certainly hasn't gotten much easier or simpler, we have learned a number of valuable life lessons and grown with the challenges.

Throughout this journey, the greatest lesson I have learned is that life is as wonderful or difficult as you choose to make it.  Sure, the economy isn't great.  And budgets in almost every field are being cut.  And some of my close and very talented friends are out of a job.  Everyone is being asked to do more with less.  Cliche as it sounds, I have begun to realize that happiness is not found in materialism and satisfaction is not found by reaching a pinnacle of perfection.  Happiness can only be found in the journey itself.

As we set out on another year, I would like to wish all of you a year of health and happiness, joy and love, inspiration and faith.  Shannah Tovah and Happy New Year!