Looking Towards 2017

Cue the New Year’s Resolution clichés.

I’m not much for them. I tend to take a look at my life and focus on the things that seem to be out of whack. I tend to take the “Do more of this, do less of that” approach rather than a “My resolution is to…”

In 2016 I took a serious look at my health and made some significant changes. And throughout most of the year I stuck with things, until a severe ankle sprain in late October has had me hobbling around the last couple of months. I lost a bunch of weight and will continue to do so in 2017.

I also rediscovered my love of the outdoors. I dusted off the old mountain bike and put quite a few miles on it, including some awesome group rides with friends.  In 2017 I’m going to do more of that and include some more outdoor adventures like camping, hiking and maybe a bikepacking trip.

I’m a firm advocate of the Maker Culture. Looking forward to the next year I’m going to actually work on more projects and spend less time cataloging, reading and hitting forums about potential projects. The key word in Maker is Make, not Collect.

Keep on reading. I’m two books short of a book a week in 2016. In the past, I’ve used that as a benchmark, but I’ve also added a lot more long-form journalism to my reading, which I think weighs the scales in my favor. I do want to start archiving the books I read somewhere on the site though. Right now I keep notes in my homegrown journaling system on my laptop (maybe a blog post one day?).

Career comfort level. Things are pretty comfortable. The younger me would probably chide me about the way things are. The older, responsible me tends to rely on the level of predictability. In reality, I should probably work myself closer to a middle view between those extremes. Predictability comes with the dull and monotonous. It can also lead to a pretty strong case of burnout if left unchecked. I do have a couple side businesses that could also use more attention from me. Those who know me well, know the struggles as we often talk of them and I find those conversations much more productive than a random blog post here and there.

I keep saying I’m going to do more blogging, and to that end I’ll keep trying. I have built out some sites in the last year that I use for professional reasons. Keeping those going does take a lot of content generation, so it isn’t like I don’t flex my writing muscles that often. I’ve also toyed with changing my primary domain for blogging away from sh2.com as sometimes I feel that comes with a bit of stigma for a bunch of reasons.

I’ve been unsocial on social lately and that isn’t by accident. I still love Twitter, but when we are still talking to each other and not when we are dropping links to our content marketing efforts (of which I’m also guilty). Facebook will probably be a casualty as I rebalance myself.

I also have a few things I want to investigate in 2017 such as:

  • Alternate methods of daily journaling (Bullet, BestSelf, Volt)
  • Meditation
  • Programming for mobile devices.
  • Photography & Video
  • More 30 Day Challenges
  • Float Tank
  • Bitcoin & other cryptocurrency

2017, I’ll see you in a few hours.