In 2002, when my hours at my old place of employment were cut (and the pay and benefits that went with them), I went deep into survival mode. My wife and I got through college, and five years later we both have full time jobs we love and are pretty close to achieving an optimal state of stability in our lives. We accomplished great things in our marriage, and are an incredibly tight, solid unit and team as a result of our struggles and perserverence through them.
A casualty of all this is the amount of time I’ve spent with friends. Outside of work, the time I spend one-on-one with people I consider friends in my life has been minute relative to their importance in my life. In 2008, I am bringing my friends into focus more. My goal is to go out one night each month and just catch up with people I care about and haven’t given the kind of quality attention and focus they have proven countless times to be deserving of.