Reflections on 2018

I started off 2018 by sharing some of my goals for the year. Some went well. Some were left somewhat wanting.

Goal 1: Get better at playing piano.

I actually spent a good bit of time on this for the first half (or so) of 2018. It sort of died off later in the year, but if I hadn’t set this goal, I would never have gotten as far as I did.

This is a large part of why I set goals for myself. I do strive to achieve what I set out to do. But even if I don’t “succeed” at the goal, I know that I will get much further having set the goal and tried, than if I had given up without trying first.

Goal 2: Lose weight and exercise more.

I never did get into a great exercise routine, and in the end I put on a few pounds in 2018. I had my ups and downs though (coming out of the holiday season is not a flattering time to talk about how my weight is doing…)

There were a couple of real wins though. Last winter, I did a bunch of snowboarding. Not a ton, but more than I had any other year. I feel that this helped to keep me in shape during the winter months.

In the summer, I did quite a bit of mountain biking. Especially later in the season. I’ve been really enjoying it, and Sarah and I both got some new bikes last season. I’m looking forward to getting back into it this summer!

Goal 3: Blog more.

Hmm. Well, technically I wrote more blog posts in 2018 than in 2017, so that’s a win! My plan for this year is to ramp it up just a touch, and try to write at least one post per month. That may not sound like a lot, but it will represent a solid improvement for me. I can always grow from there.

What else?

In 2018, I wrote my 750-word journal every day, did a bit of travelling, had a speaking role in a musical, took on some interesting projects at work, became pretty fluent typing on Colemak, and went on a few camping trips. My “theme” for 2018 was “growing and sharing”. I certainly felt that it was a year of great personal growth.

I have been thinking quite a bit about 2019. I’ve put together some thoughts, vision, strategies, and goals for the year. I’ll write about that in my next post soon. Stay tuned!

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