2016 was a rough year. We lost a lot of good people; the loss of Carrie Fisher in particular hit me hard. Politically, the year was disappointing.
But 2016 was also a good year for me personally. Doors and eyes opened.
2017 should continue that trend, if I read the signs correctly.
Yesterday I went on the Google Fi site and signed up for a Nexus 6P and a data plan roughly equivalent to what I spend at Verizon.
My iPhone 6 Plus, despite not (yet) being paid off, is going to sit in a drawer collecting dust starting late next week when the Nexus arrives. Continue reading “Switching away from iPhone”
2015 was a year of big changes for me.
The biggest was starting on the path to divorce and moving into my own apartment. For the first time in my life, I’m living completely on my own. That feels very different, and very exciting. Continue reading “2015 Year in Review”
A few days ago, I migrated all of my blog posts from my last primary blog on WordPress.com to this blog. In the process, I read over a lot of old posts. I noticed something interesting: back in 2007 and 2008, I was writing blog posts with fair regularity. Now, it’s a rarity.
The blog posts back then were fairly journal-like in character. They told a story of what I was working on, how I felt on certain subjects, and described some of my adventures in games I was playing at the time.
The blog posts I wrote in the recent past trend towards the same thing when they’re more frequent. When I choose to try and write something useful, like the Laravel on Docker post, it takes a lot longer, a lot more effort, and is a lot more intimidating to start on.
So as I sit here sipping on my orange pekoe black tea, listening to relaxing acoustic guitar, and writing these words, I’m thinking that I should allow myself to write journal-style posts again.
This, if for no other reason than to ingrain that old writing habit. It’ll be easier to write the big, important stuff if the simple stuff – the writing – comes naturally, right?
This year will be the year of connections, if everything goes according to plan. I hope to really strengthen my relationships with my friends, family, and the communities I care about. Since I had so much trouble with six goals last year, this time around I’m dropping down to just three big ones.
Goal #1 – Get Fit
I’m going to several conventions this year where I’ll be cosplaying as a Red Lantern (Denver Comic Con, Minneapolis Comic Con, and Convergence). If I’m going to be in a skin-tight outfit, the gut has to go. Toward that end, I’m going to make two major changes in my lifestyle. The first will be to make 50% of most meals I eat vegetables. That change alone should have a dramatic effect on my health, even if it doesn’t give me the physique I’m looking for. The second change will be to devote a portion of every day to strenuous physical activity. I’m going to be looking to the paleo community for help on this. These two changes will be very difficult for me, so I will need all the moral support I can get.
Goal #2 – Connect with Family
Maintaining contact with people I don’t see on a daily basis has always been hard for me. I don’t know why, exactly, but I guess it’s just a matter of tunnel vision. So this year, I’m going to focus on keeping in touch with my family at a minimum. To do that, I’m planning on making three changes in my life. The first is to call my sister and parents every week. The second is to make a habit of updating Facebook every day with the highlights of that day, or maybe the plans for the next day. The third is to carve out at least an hour every weekday and half the day on weekends for spending time with my awesome wife Treasure, whom I sadly had not been spending enough time with in 2013.
Goal #3 – Draw Daily
Since college, I haven’t drawn much at all. Sure, I do color work for Silver Gryphon Games on a regular basis, but my other art skills have been neglected. So, in 2014 I’m going to make it a habit to draw for at least ten minutes every day. It doesn’t matter whether that’s practicing life drawing, sketching random things, or doing full-on finished renderings. As long as I draw for ten minutes, that day will be considered a success, even if the end product is awful. It would be nice to document this by posting the result on Tumblr, but I’m not going to commit to that.