It’s a rainy Easter Sunday. The apartment is quiet. I’m typing out this post in the kitchen, listening to a “lo-fi” Spotify playlist. The calm beats mesh well with this morning’s lazy pace. There is no rush to do anything right now.
My last post was a rushed update. I never wrote a concluding post about last Summer. I typed out multiple drafts, but never finished any of them. Time passed, and the moment to write a proper ending felt like it had passed too. It’s now the end of April 2019, and another Summer is on the horizon.
I think last Summer highlighted a lot of my strengths and weaknesses. I am able to find new opportunities quickly (as long as I keep an open mind). I am stubborn. I can be very impatient. I often start new ventures with lots of enthusiasm and effort, but get quickly demoralized whenever I don’t see results in a short period of time. I need to take better care of myself.
Despite all of the change that happened last Summer, I feel like I didn’t make a lot of progress on my goals. I think I had too many goals. I never set up proper markers to measure progress. It’s hard to feel any sense of progress if you don’t know where you’re at.
So, for this upcoming Summer, I plan to keep my goals simple (yet specific). Here’s my list (so far):
- Ride 5000+ miles on the R3 (over the entire Summer/riding season)
- Put new fairings on the R3
- Run a mile in under five-minutes
- Run five-miles daily (rest day on Sunday)
- Earn at least one CompTIA certification
- (Stretch goal: earn three certs)
- Develop coding portfolio (on GitHub, personal website, etc.)
- *At least three finished projects (by end of September)
- Develop a weekly meal plan (in advance of the week ahead)
- Go on four backpacking trips
- Go on a backpacking trip in Glacier National Park
- Read daily
- Finish one book every 7-14 days
- Attend Big Sky Developer Conference
There’s a lot of different things on there, and I’ll likely change this list as the Summer progresses, but I think it’s good to start with a broad list of ideas. I can always adjust this as time goes on.
As for this blog, my goal is to post an update at least once a week (every Sunday around 11 AM).
I’m excited for the Summer ahead, and I can’t wait to bring you along for the journey. I’ll post more updates before Summer “officially” begins in June.
Until next time,