So, here we are again. 365 days. 2018 was decent. There are plenty of ways to improve. I need to develop some discipline and lose some weight and get healthy-- no more excuses there. It needs to happen this year.
Of late, it also seems like I'm happy to see the end of a year for one reason or another. I want this to be the year when I look back on it and realize that I've met all of these goals I'm about to list and then some. 1 day down, 364 to go:
1. Health: Okay, at the very least I want to end 2019 weighing less than I did when the year began. That is the bare minimum that I will accept here. The real goals:
- Lose 60 lbs
- We picked up an exercise bike, so I wanna get my butt on that at least three times a week for 30 minutes.
- Eat less garbage. (Minimize soda, candy, chips.)
- Drink more water (at least 64 oz a day.)
- Kettlebell + Tai Chi at least two times a week.
- I tried a 'mileage challenge' a few years back using I-80-- the idea was to virtually ride/walk/run my way the length of the interstate which is 2,000 miles+ needless to say that didn't go anywhere. But I like the idea of it, so I'm bringing it back- this time with I-35... 1,556 miles from Duluth to Laredo. We'll see how far I get with it.
- I'm going to try intermittent fasting as well. (This one, we'll play by ear- the first few days have gone okay, but we'll see if I can make it a month.)
- Accountability... expect an update on my progress at least once a month.
2. Personal Growth: Google has added a Digital Well Being feature to it's phones and I want to use it to limit my social media. I think everyone's probably bad at this, but I want to get out of the habit of being so phone dependent. From when I get home from work to when the kiddos go to bed I've got about two-three hours to work with. I don't want to spend any of it on my phone. The full list:
- Develop healthy digital well being habits and stick to them.
- Get back on the Duolingo train... Arabic is coming, so soon all five of the languages I've studied will be available. Time to get them up to snuff.
- Podcasting. I have all the equipment... I just need to break it out and launch one. There's a lot of wrinkles to work out here, but I'm tired of it gathering dust and it's a skill set worth developing.
- Ditto with YouTube. Learning how to make decent YouTube videos seems like something worth learning how to do.
- More coding... I don't know what to do with it, but I wanna keep learning.
3. The Writing Game: This one is easy... I've got a working draft of a third book in the bag. I want to get into a position to publish either by the end of this year or early next year. The full list:
- Get the third book done and out there.
- Figure out how to market the first two books, Prisoner and Arrows
- Although I still don't know how accurate the stats on Blogger actually are, I did hit the 50K in page views. This year, I want to double that and break 100K.
- Keep on writing, keep on reading.
4. Professional Development: I'm not in a bad place, really. I've got benefits, a decent salary and a job that's actually interesting from time to time. The problem is that I've more or less peaked. The only way out is up or becoming a cop. The former is a supervisory position of some kind that straight up doesn't exist right now and the latter doesn't appeal to me at all. The full list:
- Learn about and use my LinkedIn more. (Also: make sure I have a good LinkedIn.)
- Get a GREAT resume together. (Also: make sure I can write amazing cover letters.)
- Pursue 'low hanging fruit'/achievable cost effective certifications to diversify my resume and professional skill set a bit more.
- Figure out the great, unanswered question: if I'm not going to do what I'm doing for the rest of my life, then what's next.
5. The Remains of The Day: Let's wrap up old resolutions once and for all...
- Get another tattoo, damn it. I know exactly what I want. I just need to go out and get it.
- Finish up my Year of Books: The Book of The New Sun by Gene Wolfe, Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Ulysses by James Joyce