It’s 2016. Insert dad joke: “It seems like it was only yesterday it was 2015.”
Now that I got that out of my system – welcome to the new year!
I have no complaints about last year. I reached a few goals, and I whiffed on a couple of goals. I let myself get too busy, and it’s totally my fault. I read a book called Essentialism, and “essentially” I agreed with its principles. Realistically, I sucked at following them. So when I look at 2016 I see a new opportunity to approach life a little differently.
Every year we get start at day 1. It’s a great time to use that as a chance to set new goals and strive for new hopes and dreams. It’s a quantitative way to look at the new year and put something tangible to it. Somewhere in the middle it’s easy to forget what we started out to do. Only when we start getting closer at resetting the calendar to 1 do we usually take stock in what we’ve accomplished – myself included.
2015: What a Year
In 2015, here’s what made it great, crazy, busy, and awesome all rolled into one:
- BC Digital Marketing is still doing business! One year in the books.
- Started TechWise Academy with my good friend, Ryan Hunter. Check it out. Big things are coming!
- A new opportunity at Ball State University emerged. I jumped on it to work with great colleagues and launch a new responsive design (check out the home page, admissions, and Letterman).
- We moved into a new home right around the start of the school year. Talk about a stressful and exciting time!
Whew! Three jobs essentially. What was I thinking? And I’m thankful my wife is so understanding.
I went a whole year without drinking soda, or perhaps an even bigger accomplishment: Coca-Cola. Today I will have my first drink in over a year. I never really wanted to give it up forever, but I wanted to control my own “addiction” or “habit” or whatever. After a year, I feel more in control of what I’m putting into my body daily.
I didn’t read nearly as much as I hoped. I got lazy there.
I also had the goal to keep on top of my fitness, and I really dropped the ball the second half of the year. We moved into a new home, I was working three jobs, and making time to go to the gym became a low priority – I regret this more than anything that I didn’t get to in 2015.
2016: Looking Ahead
So back to my original thought: seeing a new year as new opportunities. Last month I posted on Facebook I was going to start reading every day. I asked for books from friends that I should look into. I knew they’d jump at the opportunity since I have so many that love to read. I got a strong list of books, and starting today I will be reading 30-60 minutes every day. It’s a chance to disconnect from technology and read a book that’s in hand. I’m excited for this.
Back to the gym. This week I went back a couple of times, and my body is reminding me of that every day. This is a good thing. Next year the goal is to work out 3-4 days per week. At the gym. At home. Wherever I can.
Back to Essentialism. I’m looking at simplifying my life quite a bit. I want more time for family and friends, and I want to spend less time being busy.
Finally, I’m working on a new design and approach for my blog. I lost focus on it (again, too busy). Look for a new look and approach.
Happy New Year
My goal list starting out is short and attainable. Simplifying my life is a little vague at the moment because I don’t know how to quantify it like reading daily and exercising 3-4 days per week. As the year progresses, it’s about how I approach my decisions. It gives me a core belief to look back to when I’m in doubt.
Keep accountable. This blog is a way of doing that. That accountability helps bring about commitment to reach our goals. I hope as you read this you keep checking in with me. I want to return the favor. Share with me your goals. I want to help you reach them in any way I can. There’s no rule that says you have to reach your new resolutions on your own each year.
Happy New Year. Let’s make it great.