This year has been one of self-discovery and of asking myself what I should do next with my life. It has been one of learning and big decisions.
I discovered the importance of nose breathing, went cold-turkey on black coffee (more than 11 months now!), started studying the Navy SEALs (an unrelenting source of physical motivation), took a firearms course.
I discovered some incredible bloggers who have inspired me more than words can describe and whose tweets from various exotic places continue to inspire and motivate me. Most notable are Sid (connected through HN), Amber (connected through Sid), and Colin (connected through Amber’s blog comments). Amber and Colin’s dramatic transition to a nomadic lifestyle motivated and inspired my decision to take the steps necessary to make my own nomadic lifestyle transition a reality.
I discovered lifestyle design, personal development, and the importance of my own personal brand. I began consciously developing my own personal brand and will continue to do so well into the coming year.
In August, I announced the closing of a chapter in my life — a chapter of possessions and stuff — and that I had decided to change my lifestyle and transition to one of a minimalistic nomad. The year 2010 will finally see the realization of a life-long dream to travel the world and live nomadically.
I very unexpectedly met someone who broke me out of my shell (even if only for a moment) and opened my eyes to an artistic world of beauty all around me. She has given me support and a new perspective and she has taught me that amazing things can happen when you take a chance. Wherever our relationship takes us in the future, I know her love has made a life-long impression on me.
I became an Uncle to my sisters' baby boy, Linkin Tola Bou.
Realizing my web hosting business had growth potential and that it needed a better “brand” image, I renamed it (from Akami.net to ActualWebSpace), revamped the website, registered the business with the State of New Hampshire. I opened a PO BOX and a bank account and set up the billing system to automate things like invoicing, payment processing, new orders, expired domains, etc. I opened an account with eNom to provide domain registration and SSL Certificates.
While working on the new website for ActualWebSpace, I observed myself getting out of my perfectionist state of mind.
My grandfather passed away and I saw my family come closer together than ever before. The event made me realize how important it was to follow my dreams and make the most of this life.
This year I got "wasted" for the first, and hopefully the last, time (it took four Gin & Tonics' + 10oz of Jameson).
I was already aware of the power behind a having a routine and developing a habit, but I rediscovered that power when I started a daily routine of one hundred pushups. Doing a minimum of one hundred pushups every day -- first in five sets of twenty, then four sets of twenty-five, then three sets of thirty-five, and now two sets of fifty -- I improved from barely being able to do twenty pushups, to being able to do eighty pushups in 1 minute and 30 seconds. I will continue to do at least one hundred pushups every day.
I took the first big step towards my transition to a nomadic lifestyle and gave my notice to my boss: January will be my last month as an employee.
As outlined almost exactly twelve months ago, here are my 2009 New Year’s resolutions and the results. It’s a mixed bag. Looking back, I feel the goals should’ve been more “significant” instead of just a list of things I’d like to accomplish. The goals for 2010 will look much different.
- Get in the best shape of my life
- Improve my social skills
- Improve my handwriting
- Make at least one of my website ideas a reality
- Read one book every month
- Learn more about microcontrollers
- Add more programming languages to my skill set (maybe Scheme, Perl, Python, and Ruby)
- 500-yard swim in under 10 minutes (using sidestroke or breaststroke)
- 80 Push-Ups in 2 minutes
- 80 Sit-Ups in 2 minutes
- 25 Pull-Ups (no time limit)
- 1.5 Mile Run in under 10 minutes
- Become a certified scuba diver
- Complete the AFF program
Somewhat. This is hard to measure. I’ve definitely had a lower fat percentage in previous years and I’ve definitely been stronger, but this is the first year that I feel my health has been consistent. In the previous years, my physical condition fluctuated greatly but this year things seem to be leveling off. Overall, I think that’s a healthier state to be in.
Absolutely. I opened a lot this year and I feel a lot more comfortable smiling back at a stranger. My self-confidence has improved and I know more about my weaknesses and strengths. I need to work on initiating conversations instead of just responding to them.
Not even close. I didn’t set up any regular routine to improve my handwriting, so it remains unchanged.
Somewhat. I didn’t get any of the many ideas finished, but I did manage to finally finish revamping my web hosting business, which included designing a new website.
Somewhat. I read several books, including The Warrior Elite, ProBlogger, Pragmatic Thinking & Learning, The Four Agreements, Don’t Make Me Think!, and an eBook, 279 Days to Overnight Success. I wanted to review each of the books after I finished reading them, but I missed a couple. (I plan to re-read those and post reviews next year).
Not even close. This goal obviously wasn’t as important as I thought because I didn’t spend any time whatsoever learning about microcontrollers. While fun to learn, it’s just that: only fun. I fail to see any use for such knowledge in my future, so I subconsciously steered away from spending time on it.
Not even close. While I learned more about project management and software development, programming largely took a back seat this year. For the most part, I only dabbled with programming when it was required to maintain previous work. This is still something I want to focus on, however.
Not even close. The lack of access to a pool is my biggest excuse. I did some distance swimming in the lake at my parents house just to gauge my current ability (crappy), but the lack of a regular routine left this goal unaccomplished.
Absolutely! A little over a month ago, I was barely able to do 20 pushups non-stop. I set a goal of 100 pushups every day, starting with 5 sets of 20, and worked my way up to 2 sets of 50. A few days ago, I timed myself and did 80 pushups in 1 minute 30 seconds! That goes to show the potential of a regular routine!
Not even close. I can do about 30 situps non-stop, but then I’m spent.
Not even close. I can do about 12 pullups (full extension and then chin above bar)
Close! Before I moved to Somerville, I was using a treadmill that was in the office where I was living. I had a regular running routine and decreased my 4-mile run time from 42 minutes down to 30 minutes. At that speed, I would’ve run 1.3 miles in 10 minutes (8 mph average). Since moving to Somerville, however, I’ve lost my daily routine and my 4-mile run time is probably closer to 36 minutes now.
Almost! I took the PADI Open Water Diver course and completed all the class and pool work, however I still need to complete two open water dives before I can actually get the certification. It was too cold to do the open water dives this year, so I’ll be completing them in the Spring.
Almost! Unfortunately it was too late in the season to do the AFF program (solo-skydiving) so I had to settle with a tandem jump (strapped to an experienced skydiver). It was an incredible experience and I plan to at least start the AFF program next year.
I am very much looking forward to 2010 and I feel very confident that it will be an incredible year. If 2010 is going to be the Year of Transition, then 2009 was the Year of Realization (that a transition is necessary).