Year of the Doug
Starting off 2011 with a bang. So far I’ve:
- Reconciled my check book
- Reinstalled my PC with Windows 7, from XP
- Spent some quality time with the family
- Re-committed myself to losing some weight
Well aside from maybe the re-installation, I think I’m par with most Americans who would make resolutions. I for one was determined not to make any at all, and then inspected my last few years progress.
I’m not where I want to be. I don’t enjoy my job much and feel limited. I let that keep me from doing anything else in life, really. But that’s my problem, not the job’s.
So, while it may seem self-absorbed or indulgent – or at least that’s how I began to see it, it actually should be very rewarding to all involved. What I have resolved is this:
- To treat myself with respect.
- Realize my own value.
- Believe in myself.
- Read my bible – hopefully in entirety, this year.
- Shower every day.
You may or may not be surprised how far you can get, or even how far you can’t get, without those first three items. The fourth item will certainly help with the others. And the last one will at least for the most part grant me some continued success. Check that baby off the list – Day number one of the new year, and I’m already hitting one of the goals!
Launching a new endeavor focusing on Social Media and mobile apps, as well as some basic web development is one of my key goals here in the first part of 2011. I’m missing a lot of the joy that comes with being creative, and allowing myself to be stifled by those who pretend to pull at the purse strings.
My second big goal is to get my finances in order. I’ve poured over my statements and accounts enough to literally be staggered by how little I would need to live on, if all my debts were gone. Granted, a mortgage is going to take a while to pay off… not to mention taxes and other large accounts. I could live quite happily on part-time income, if I had my affairs in order. That must be how some retired folks can breathe so easy: getting their affairs in order well before they need to.
Lastly, I’m making a real effort to get back into writing. Blogging, articles, content, fiction – however it plays out. Likely a combination of them all as it goes hand in hand with my first goal.
Looking at this all splayed out to examine, I can see easily its a lot to try and manage, what with the work I already do. Trying to get all this in and not do it an injustice, seems like I could be setting myself up to fail from the start. I hesitate to give that thought much merit, however. I’ve seen too many of my friends take what seemed to me to be risks, and chance failure – only to succeed. I’ve had some successes, dispite myself and inaction. Imagine what I could do if I removed the chocks from my training wheels.
So this first post of 2011 is pretty boring, and is for me, more than it is for you. I have to start somewhere, and this is where I have chosen to kick it off. Like I implied earlier, today has already been full of effort and surprise – lets see what tomorrow throws at us.
This is gonna be good.