Reflecting on 2011 and looking forward to what 2012 brings

January 1, 2012

Many moons ago a mentor of mine beat it into my dense skull that if you don't set goals then you have no way of knowing whether you are moving forward, staying stagnant or moving forward. Looking at it now I don't know if that is accurate but I have spent so many years planning and scheming on things that I want to achieve that I just don't know how to do it any different. Perhaps I should have a goal of not setting any goals... nah.

Last year was amazing. Everything seemed to click. Not to say that it was all roses. I think a lot of us are scratching our heads wondering when the hangover called 2011 is going to end. My hope for us all is that 2012 will be a mind blowing year and that we will all check off our to-do lists early, achieve inbox 0 on Thursdays and blow the doors off of our New Year's Resolutions by February.

In reviewing my goals for 2011 I did pretty good. I like to keep it fairly general when writing goals (I've learned). Below are my goals for 2011:

  1. Bodyfat below 15% - possible (I haven't measured it recently) but more importantly I stuck with going to the gym 3-4 times a week. I am now in better shape than I have been in a decade or so.
  2. Run a 5k - negative. I have struggled with an achilles issue for the year. It is getting better. But now I have no desire to run a 5k. I can bench 250lbs though wink
  3. Be more focused with my time and tasks - definitely. I am very pleased that I can say I achieved this goal. It is so easy to get off task. Especially for me. I feel I had a really productive year. I have learned tons.
  4. Net (insert a specific dollar amount here)k - yup. Made it. Saved a bunch because of it. For whatever reason we have been blessed and I am thankful for it
  5. Save 5-6 months of salary - Can't believe it but we made it. Those of you that know us know that both Jen and I work pretty hard. It is an amazing feeling knowing that if something were to happen we have a little bit saved up. I know it definitely helps Jen sleep better at night.
  6. Take 2 vacations with Jen alone - Yeeessss! Gotta get some alone time with my bride. I am excited about this year as we have our 20 year high school reunion in DC that we will be going to. I would also really like to arrange to go away for a long weekend to Jamaica for our 15 year anniversary since that is where we went for our honeymoon.
  7. Spend quality time with the boys - So glad I did this. My little men are amazing. I think the world of them and can see them turning into amazing men right in front of my eyes.
  8. Take date nights with Jen 2x per month - nope. Too expensive. Sitters cost us $10-ish per hour around here. Add that to the cost of dinner and a movie and you can spend $100 for a 3 hour date for a cheap dinner and a movie.
  9. Have abs - close. This. will. happen. this. year.
  10. Continue eating healthy - This is for my family. My father had a heart attack in his 40s. I am closing in on that. Fortunately I have the luxury of making diet and exercise a priority in my life. I am determined to not follow in his foot steps on this one.
  11. Keep my office - yup. I love having a place to go work. I miss having my cohort in crime (Casey Lee) but at least I didn't have to move into our closet when he took a job in Birmingham.

So what does this year hold? This year I have some of the same or similar personal goals.

  1. Do physical activity 4 times a week - 3 times at the gym and some hefty yard work or something is good.
  2. Continue eating healthy - Try to eat out as little as possible. Paleo if possible. Mmmmm Bacon.
  3. Read at least 2 books per month - Time to dive into topics instead of just skimming the surface.
  4. Spend more time with my parents - They just moved to ATL so this should be easier. In years past they have lived in Caracas, Soeul, Sao Paulo and DC. ATL is closer smile so I hope that this year we get to see them for Birthdays and stuff.
  5. Watch less TV - see #3
  6. Have abs by summer - I don't care if it is a 2 pack....
  7. Take 3 vacations with Jen this year - Time away for us to reflect on 15 years of marriage and 20 years of being together. So awesome. If we go somewhere for our anniversary and DC for our 20 year reunion then we only have 1 other trip to arrange. Perhaps NYC near Christmas?
  8. Teach my boys something new, often - I think there are things every man needs to know. How to whittle a stick. How to operate a mower. How to be safe with a knife. How to build a really cool fort.
  9. Keep learning - I would really like to dip my toe into PHP this year... I hope DJ doesn't read this... I think it will help me understand a section of the ExpressionEngine community that has different needs than the average user.

For business my main goal will be to help the ExpressionEngine community grow. The new position is something I am really excited about. Once I wade through the mountain of email that awaits me tomorrow I intend of formalizing a lot of my plans for this year. I definitely intend on attending more conferences this year. I hope to have more conversations with members of our community, especially the Pro Net (hint hint). I may be doing some speaking. I will definitely be giving demos. If you are a member of the community ping me at my work email if you have ideas of what you would like to see us do to help our community grow.

So maybe this is not your thing. I have a friend that will probably read the first paragraph of this and go 'meh'. But for me it works. I keep these reminders in a folder in Omnifocus and refer back to them pretty often. And it makes me feel good to know at the end of another amazing year I worked hard towards some goals and achieved them.