2011 Year In Review

Howdy Friend,

I hope you’ve had a peaceful and productive 2011 and are looking forward to new opportunities in the new year.

The last year of my life has been simply amazing.  I just feel so full of life and am looking forward to amplifying these effects as the new year emerges.

The super duper short version of my going’s on:

  • Fell in love with sailing
  • Joined the citizenship of Burning Man
  • Traveled to the magical lands of New Zealand and Australia for the Rugby World Cup
  • Left Sotheby’s to join Coldwell Banker
  • Started development on 3 pieces of software
  • Directed InternetCE.com in getting approved in California
  • Increased the search ranking position of several companies
  • Agressively pursued happiness

Now for the expanded expanded made for TV version:

  • Sailing – I wrote a lengthy passage here about my latest passion, however this quote from E.B White sums it up:
    “If a man must be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps a bit better than most. A small sailing craft is not only beautiful, it is seductive and full of strange promise and the hint of trouble. If it happens to be an auxiliary cruising boat, it is without question the most compact and ingenious arrangement for living ever devised by the restless mind of man–a home that is stable without being stationary, shaped less like a box than like a fish or a girl, and in which the homeowner can remove his daily affairs as far from shore as he has the nerve to take them, close hauled or running free–parlor, bedroom, and bath, suspended and alive.”
  • Burning Man – I shared my thoughts on the event here.  Wiith out hesitation, I feel this event is the most creative, bizarre, welcoming, nonjudgemental, and industrious I have ever known.  I’ll go back.
  • Rugby World Cup – I organized a tour for 9 friends I have played rugby with over the years to visit the footy motherland, New Zealand.  I share all the details fit for print here.  We also spend a bit of time in Australia, which was cool.
  • Real Estate – I left Sotheby’s International Realty, after nearly 5 years, to join Coldwell Banker.  It is safe to say that the company I joined in late 2005 is a very diferrent one that Ieft earlier this year.  I still apreciate the competence and friendship of many co-workers that remain with Sotheby’s and have much gratitude for the opportunity to have worked with them.  With all of in mind, I am also thankful to have been invited to join Coldwell Banker and to continue to be called on to advise on the transfer of properties in Los Angeles.
  • Software – With 6 years behind me in the real estate game (lease, residential, land, and commercial), I have realized several opportunities that can be achieved through software.  Although the programs are still in private beta, I am happy to share them with anyone that might be interested.  I sincerely believe that they, independently and collectively, will change the way real estate is traded.  To say that I am excited about these developments is an understatement.
  • InternetCE – Over the past 5 years, I have helped bring my family’s company online.  A major milestone reached this past year was getting approved to sell our courses in the state of California.
  • SEO – Search engine optimization became an interest with the development of InternetCE.  Understanding how to get the most out of Google is important for every business and I find the process very interesting and challenging.   I’ve enjoyed having been able to help several companies achieve more from search and I’m happy to do a free audit for you, if you’d like to learn more.
  • Happiness – Pursuit of happiness has come to the forefront of my focus.  Not to say I haven’t enjoyed my life thus far, but I am putting much more intention into making sure that my actions are aligned with what I know makes me happy. In an effort to plan and record these actions, I created a Life List, which was public when I first wrote it.  I have since redacted it.  Got keep em guessing a little, right?

I am amazed at the surprises life brings.  I am fascinated by the world around me.  I am in love with learning.

“Stay hungry.  Stay Foolish.” ~ Steve Jobs

Here’s to 2012!  Let’s make a good one, shall we?

Talk soon,


Aaron Loring Davis

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