Sometimes it takes a break to help you analyze and understand what is valuable. Our recent beach vacation helped remind me of the fact and challenge around what is and is not valuable - and that lesson came from my Anna. Anna remembered that her Aunt Kristal had a sea glass necklace. Anna wanted to find sea glass, but first didn't know what it was. On Wednesday morning I took her for a short hunting trip and found her a nice piece of sea glass. She thought it was wonderful and was amazed. I explained to her that could be someone's discarded trash, a glass bottle, which the sea has broken and beaten and molded into a beautiful rounded edge rock. She loved it. One man's trash is another's treasure for certain. That afternoon Anna went on a hunt for sea glass and found another 30 pieces. Thursday morning, she found another 50 pieces. She found her treasure. She even packaged a few of her best pieces in a bag for her cousin's birthday. She put in work to find it because to her sea glass had value.
Thursday, January 02, 2014
Posted by Erik Burckart at 11:07 AM
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
It is New Year's day when I am writing this (perhaps not when you are reading it). I find New Year's day as a great day for reflection on the past year and looking forward to what is happening in the next year.
I will start my review with work since it will be quick since earlier in the year I had described my first year at PointSource. We continue to grow at PointSource and will be over 40 employees in Raleigh by the end of January. We have been so blessed, we have over doubled employees and revenues year-to-year. Since my letter above, we have hired an incredible sales leader in Luke Langford which has further accelerated our business. We also have shifted towards certain strategic investments which we believe will fuel our company in the out years. More to come in various launches throughout the first half of 2014.
Personally, I have grown a good bit. The largest change has come through the constant internal battle I have between workaholism and family I have learned to balance even better and be humble enough to be told when I am screwing up and being a workaholic by my wife, family, and friends. Although IBM required hours to get the job done and that was an easy place to retreat, my work life at PointSource has become a part of my life. Small business ownership shifts from a career as part of your life to a career as part of your identity pretty easily. I have learned to maintain first my identity in Christ, second my identity as a husband, father and friends, and third the CTO/Partner in PointSource. That sounds simple when said, but the better part of 2014 was God teaching me that. Meanwhile, Heather has been steady and faithful throughout by my side and loving me every moment. I can't ask more of her and she gives so much of herself that she daily shows me Christ's love for me.
2013 was not only my first full year at PointSource, but it was Heather and I's first year of zone defense as parents of 3. We survived. Ava is a beautiful and active 1 year old who listens well and brings us great joy. Meanwhile, Anna started first grade and Maddie started kindergarten, both at North Raleigh Christian Academy. Anna started piano and this year played soccer. Anna and Maddie both did ballet. Anna and I also started Indian Princesses this year. Overall, a very active and exciting year for our girls. They constantly amaze us with their faith, understanding, and smarts.
We decided since we have such sweet girls and life seems to easy, we'd mix it up in 2013 for 2014. We have a boy to be born in 2014 due February 14th. A boy! Many people believe we were trying for a boy but that truly isn't true this time. Anna and Maddie are 18 months apart and we hoped for Ava to have a little friend like Anna and Maddie do. God choose to bless us with a baby boy and we have no idea what that will be like. We wouldn't have planned on it ourselves because a baby girl would have been more comfortable. But we are thrilled and excited about a little boy coming into our lives!
God has blessed us greatly in 2013. Some other things God has done: Heather became the Children's Director at our church, Harvest Bible Chapel North Raleigh. We had a great Babymoon in Chicago a day before we attended our first Harvest University. God took me to West Africa (another blog post will be coming about that soon) for a missions trip that changed lives- at very least mine. And so much more. We are thankful for our friends and family in our lives and if it is God's will, we pray for a 2014 together of continued growth and learning for God's glory.
Posted by Erik Burckart at 10:45 AM