Looking Back. It is at this time every year that many of us reflect on the events of the past year. The things we have done. The tasks we failed to complete. And the goals we resolve to accomplish in the New Year.

As I reflect back on the achievements of 2011, I am truly humbled by the how fast an idea can grow when it's nourished with passion, watered with determination and tended with faith. VoogDesigns was a seed that was planted inside of me over 15 years ago, but it took that time and the experiences during those years to allow the roots to take hold so that he stalk could finally reveal itself through the soil. Another beautiful metaphor is a rear view mirror, which was used in the church bulletin that I also contribute a comic strip to every week found on Page 9.

Enjoy this special New Years Eve comic strip, and unlike the dad character, let us not be too eager to ring in the New Year without taking the time to reflect on the knowledge and experiences we have gained throughout 2011, to provide us with the wisdom for a meaningful and blessed 2012.

To our past, present and future clients, it is with much gratitude that I thank you for the opportunity to serve you on this wonderful journey and pursue my dreams.


The Gift of Dreams

Gifts. With the beginning of the Christmas Season upon us, I wanted to encourage nurturing the unique gifts we all are blessed with. Last month a tragedy struck our family when we discovered that a young family member had unexpectedly lost his mother. After speaking with him during Thanksgiving, I realized that this young boy loves to draw, and he created for me this wonderful and imaginative piece of artwork.

As kids we all have dreams. Dreams of what we'll be when we grow up. Dreams of what we will do and places we'll go. And our dreams usually have something to do with the gifts and talents we are blessed with. When you see these gifts in others, encourage them rather than tear them down. And I choose to live by "The Optimists Creed".

"You got a dream, you gotta protect it. People can't do somethin' themselves, they wanna tell you you can't do it. If you want somethin', go get it. Period." -Pursuit of Happyness