Here are 22 pictures from my 2022.

I used to love writing our family’s Christmas card letter. The letter would sum up the highlights of our year and mix in some humor and reflection on life. But I realized that modern technology would allow me to create an even better look at our year. And since a picture is worth a 1000 words, I could write a million-word letter without any typing. Or Whiteout. #winning

So when my children were little I began creating a video of our year in photos. I have done it every year since. And my man Steve Jobs made it easy. The photos from Steve’s magical phone-cameras drop automatically into my computer that Steve built.

I then take the full year of photos and drop them into a digital album. I narrow those photos down to about 250-300 of the best images that tell the story of our year in chronological order. (Which is my favorite order of all time.)

I export the images as a slideshow to iMovie. Then I add a 3-song soundtrack and some title cards at the beginning and end of the movie. And voila! I have a 10-minute video of our year in review. Which means that when my kids graduate or get married I don’t have to make a video. I already have all the embarrassment collected. #DadHack

The Bigger Win

There are 3 great things that have happened as a result of this annual tradition:

  1. We have a fun and easy way to show our friends and family what our year was like.
  2. We have a highlight video of every year of our children’s lives.
  3. We have an ever-present reminder to make the most of each day.

Knowing that we will summarize our year in a video story inspires us to live a fun and adventurous life. Because if we don’t we won’t have anything to share in our annual video. This yearly reflection is a reminder that life is short, and to make the most of every day.

Our 2022 video will be finished and shared on New Year’s Day. But the process of assembling the photos and reliving the year through the images has been rewarding.

Here are 22 images I pulled from our year to share with you. I hope they inspire you to live an adventurous life, to make the most of your 2023, and to capture your life in photos so that you can relive the best moments over and over again.

We learned to surf in Santa Monica this summer. And not just on the sand.
We attended a 1920’s murder mystery party thrown by our friends Jessica and Josh Hunt. (That’s Jessica throwing the peace sign in the back.)

We tilted and whirled at one of the festivals we attended this year.
All-Pro Running Back of the Indianapolis Colts (and Badger) Jonathan Taylor came to Mequon to check out our couch. JT and I were working together on some UW Credit Union stuff I do at my day job at The Weaponry.
I got to guest host The Morning Blend, and throw my hands in the air.
Me and my fellow Homestead High School Girl’s track coaches, after winning the conference championship.
My kids checking out Las Vegas at night from our room.
Buddy V, The Cake Boss, stopped by our table at his restaurant in Vegas.
Taking in some big hair bands at Fenway Park.
The other team I coach. My son Magnus is #55. If you squint you can see my right knee next to his left knee.
Magnus getting back to nature.
Nut crack’n in Chicago.
Me and my wife Dawn were on thin ice for a while in the Windy City.
The fairest of the Wisconsin State Fair.
Hiking The Narrows at Zion National Park after some rare summer rain that turned the river into chocolate milk.
My Crew at Bryce Canyon. Which sounds to me like ‘Buy us crayons!’
Meeting up with our guy Joe Brunner after his first football game at the University of Wisconsin. He hardly seems big enough, right?
Me and my daughter Ava after she had the farthest discus throw at our conference relay meet as a sophomore.
Taking in some Zac Brown Band in the ATL
Us enjoying a sandbar in the Atlantic Ocean several miles off of South Carolina. It was a fun experience, despite the fact that the bar didn’t serve drinks.
Mini golfing. Because we don’t Mickey golf.
Playing Red Rover on the beach on Hilton Head Island.

Key Takeaway

Make each day count. Make your life an adventure. Take pictures to remember. Reflect often. And make 2023 your best year yet.

*If you know someone who could benefit from this message, please share it with them.

+For more of the best life lessons I have learned check out my book, What Does Your Fortune Cookie Say? from Ripples Media.

Published by

Adam Albrecht

Adam Albrecht is the Founder and CEO of the advertising and idea agency, The Weaponry. He believes the most powerful weapon on Earth is the human mind. He is the author of the book, What Does Your Fortune Cookie Say? He also authors two blogs: the Adam Albrecht Blog and Dad Says. Daughter Says., a Daddy-Daughter blog he co-writes with his 16-year old daughter Ava. Adam can be reached at adam@theweaponry.com.

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