Welcome to 2018!
Last year I published ten resolutions for 2017. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but it ended up being a post that I referred back to throughout the year to see if I was on track with my goals.
Here’s how it stacked up:
Take better care of myself: I said that I’d change my eating habits and get more cardio into my routine. Both happened. I started following a ketogenic diet in the spring and jogging, including a couple of 5km runs. I’m down 25lbs from this time last year.
Attend more meetups: I got back into leading local WordPress meetups. WPToronto East meetups were small, roundtable discussion sessions hosted at Kobayashi + Zeitguys on the Danforth. I attended a few other meetups in 2017, but overall I’ve come to accept that I just can’t get out to as many meetups as I used to.
Create something new every day: While I did do more in 2017 than in previous years, I fell well short of my goal. I’m not giving up on this one yet though. (More on that down below.)
Improve my web development skillz: This was a straight-up fail. I started off with React For Beginners from Wes Bos but gave up a few weeks in. I made a few false starts later in the summer at working with Python and SQL.
Tinker with hardware: I wanted to do more hands-on work in 2017, specifically with Arduino and home automation. It didn’t take. Not even a little bit. I did next to nothing with hardware.
See more of North America: This was a success! I visited Sonoma County and Santa Cruz while in the Bay area for work; I checked out old downtown Gilbert in Arizona; and I went to Miami, Rochester, and Portland (Maine) for WordCamps. Plus I did some hiking in Maine, which was a nice experience.
Small road trips around Ontario: Another success. I got my G1 in February 2016 and my G2 in February 2017. Bought a used 2013 Honda Civic shortly after. Porthos — yes, we named our car — took us as far north as Tobermory, ON, as far west as Lake Huron, and as far east as Montreal, QC.
Spend more time with family: I thought that having a car would give me more freedom to see my out-of-town family. But it turns out that the biggest challenge wasn’t the distance; it was the time. On the flipside, we saw in-town family a lot more… but because of our roadtrips, we spent less time with them during the summer.
Read less fluff and more books: I started a list of books to read and it’s grown to over 200 entries… but I don’t think I finished a single new book in 2017. So that’s a great big fail on this one. By comparison, Matt Mullenweg read a whole bunch.
Write a book: I worked on a handful of Pro eBooks for the GoDaddy blog, and I got as far as outlining a book of my own, but that was it. I didn’t write or publish a book last year.
So that’s about a 50% success rate of sticking to my resolutions.
Keep reading…Ten resolutions for 2018