If I had to pick a favorite holiday it would be New Year’s Day. Not so much the day itself, which on a good year consists mainly of not being too hung over to choke down some sauerkraut, but the meaning. While I try to make introspection a routine, I never find myself so motivated as at the end of the year.
Last year was a bit of a rollercoaster for me. My divorce was finalized and a silly legal battle ensued that is still ongoing. I went through a tough breakup, made much tougher by the fact that those are new for me and I had no idea what I was doing. I learned another valuable lesson about choosing acute pain over chronic.
On the other hand, things were good too. The aforementioned breakup lead, quite surprisingly, to a new relationship that’s in many ways the healthiest one I’ve ever had. My company had a rough 2011, but managed to rebound a bit in 2012, keeping us in decent shape. We spent the entire year working on a project that is yet to launch (but coming soon) which is a first for us. But the longer development cycle, though frustrating at times, wasn’t due to mistakes or ever moving goal posts. It was just because we were building something awesome, and sometimes that takes time. It is, I think, the most well-managed project we’ve had, and a good game too.
I’ve continued with my hobby of cooking and taken it to a new level. Some techniques I’d struggled with came together. I’ve gone from basically just cooking other peoples’ recipes to also experimenting on my own with a reasonable degree of success. Sure, I’m no Thomas Keller yet, no matter how many of his dishes I cook (dozens at this point) but I’m a hell of a lot better than I was in 2011, and I’m confident that I’ll be even better by the end of 2013.
My goals for this year at work are centered around making the new project a success. For me personally that means mostly doing a good job of hiring a couple key people, filling the roles until we do, and helping the great people we already have (and we do have a top-notch team) make the product I know they’re capable of.
My personal goals are two-fold. One is to take better care of myself physically. I actually had that goal last year and did a pretty good job of it. I’d say about 8 months out of the year I made it to the gym regularly. This year I want to get there even more. I know that’s the most cliché resolution ever, but there you have it.
I also want to improve my financial picture a bit. I know I’m doing much better than the average 32 year old, since most people my age are in debt and I couldn’t live that way. But I could do better with what I have. Perhaps I’ll talk a bit about it as I implement the plan.
Overall I expect it to be a good year. I’m feeling refreshed and my motivation is renewed.