Year of challenges – Warrior Reflection

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This past year has been full of challenges and setbacks. I began the year very well; practicing my qigong, ninjutsu, and beginning to practice kenpo. My financial situation was not the best but my bills were paid and I still had some money left in the bank at the end of the month. However, I got a hernia during the summer that derailed my training and kept me our of work and my wife got sick and can no longer work a full time job so my financial situation completely tanked and now we are struggling to make ends meet. I am getting back into my training and working on keeping a positive attitude knowing that I will come out of this stronger than when I went in.


  • I gained my second black belt in Ninjutsu.

This was the only real achievement for this year so it is significant for me.


  • Hernia surgery
  • Wife getting sick
  • Very bad financial situation

These were all contributing factors to my  bad year. Two could not be helped thus accounting for the third. I don’t know what I could have done to eliminate any of these issues.