This is old news, but I recently found out that Jeff Bezos considered “Relentless” as a possible name for his company instead of Amazon. If this is news to you as well, you can read a short article about it from Business Insider here.

Webster Dictionary defines “relentless” this way:

showing or promising no abatement of severity, intensity, strength, or pace

For some reason this word has stuck with me the past couple of weeks. This year has seemed a bit relentless on a personal level, but mostly in a good way. I’m not that into New Year’s resolutions, but I thought this coming year would be a good year to be relentless. To never abate in my strength as a husband and father. To pursue my passions with the same ever-increasing intensity. To work at the same or better pace as I have this past year. To always learn and grow and create. Most importantly, to continue my walk with God. In fact, 1 Corinthians 9:24 (ESV) states:

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.

If it’s good enough for Paul in the Bible and good enough for Jeff Bezos then it’s good enough for me!

While “relentless” may have carried some negative connotations for a business name; it seems perfectly fitting for a personal one word description for the new year. I’d like to start off 2019 by stepping out of bed and running towards the prize. Here are a few select goals I’d like to accomplish this year (I may update this list as I reflect on it and create more concrete goals):

  • Write 2 or more posts a month
  • Obtain 2 AWS certifications (obtained networking specialty instead of 2 associates)
  • Read at least 5 books
  • Create an Alexa app for my kids
  • Create another song recording