Goals

I am setting goals publically for accountability and long-term documentation.

These are my goals. Here is what I’m doing now.

2022

🏠 Buy a property and/or house

My biggest life goal for the year is to find the right place to make our home and further plant roots in our local community. Whether that right place ends up being an existing house or a parcel of land in which we can build something new is still TBD.

πŸƒ Exercise 300+ days

Focus is not on distance or length of time but rather frequent movement. Hiking, biking, or simply walking around the block all qualify.Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β 

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πŸ“š Read 30+ books

Read books that educate, inspire, or entertain. In 2021 I read 37 books.

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✏️ Write 30+ minutes per day

I want to get better at writing and the best way to do so is through consistent practice. No established word limit, just a block of uninterrupted time to journal or focus on my other writing projects.

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πŸ₯‚ 2x month date night with Shan

The intentional setting aside of time to talk, laugh and smile with my favorite person. Furthermore, our restaurant list is never-ending.

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πŸ‘ Appreciate more

My word for 2022 is appreciate. The appreciation of life, the people I am surrounded by and the opportunities I have available to me. But also an appreciation for the less obvious things. The way the wind whistles through the trees or the distinct smell of an old book. The list is endless and that in of itself is something I want to take time and energy to better appreciate.

I’m also going to use this space as a running list of the things I appreciate as I go through the year.

  • Waking up fresh from a power napΒ  (January 1)
  • Drivers who use turn signals on the interstate (January 2)
  • Having a clean desk on your first day back at work (January 3)Β 
  • Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History podcast (January 4)
  • When your cat allows you to sleep in (January 5)
  • When the grocery store has fresh raspberries in stock (January 6)
  • Green tea in the mid-afternoon (January 7)
  • Learning how to play a new board game (January 8)
  • When the sun hits the snow and glistens (January 9)
  • Starting a new book after reading a bad book (January 10)
  • Listening to a really good Ted Talk (January 11)
  • Grammarly (January 12)
  • Finding a new restaurant that feels like home (January 13)
  • Cashews (January 14)
  • Josh Ruben’s impressions on Game Changer (January 15)
  • Boozy Tea from Owl’s Brew (January 16)
  • Actually having time to reflect upon something importantΒ (January 17)
  • When snow has that good crunch sound when you walk on itΒ (January 18)
  • Getting the ratio of water and lemon juice just rightΒ (January 19)
  • Wikipedia’s homepage (January 20)
  • The exact moment the weekend starts (January 21)
  • Robbie Gould (January 22)
  • Pesto Burgers (January 23)
  • The usefulness and durability of a Nalgene bottle (January 24)
  • Getting the Wordle right in three or fewer guesses (January 25)
  • SiriusXM (January 26)
  • DeMar DeRozan and the return of the Chicago Bulls (January 27)
  • Kind real estate agents (January 28)
  • wikitrivia.tomjwatson.com (January 29)
  • Cooking with a crockpot (January 30)
  • Jay Foreman being back and blessing us with a great newΒ YouTube video (January 31)
  • Peeling off a piece of plastic protection from a screen (February 1)
  • Finding something you were so sure that you lost (February 2)
  • Parmesan cheese in literally any recipe (February 3)
  • Starting a new custom Google Map (February 4)
  • Finally blocking that one spam email that keeps showing up in your inbox (February 5)
  • Drinking cold milk right out of the carton (February 6)
  • When you look at the clock and it’s your birthday – mine is 10:20 (February 7)
  • The incredible search feature on Google Photos (February 8)
  • Seeing the first movie trailer for an upcoming film you know you will love (February 9)
  • The game of tossing socks into the dresser drawer (February 10)
  • Conan O’Brien (February 11)
  • Becoming an expert on something trivial (February 12)
  • When your best friend’s team wins the Super Bowl (February 13)
  • Lay’s Poppables (February 14)
  • Ryan Broderick’s Garbage Day newsletter (February 15)
  • When two people you love are on the same podcast (February 16)
  • Spotting hawks along the side of the road (February 17)
  • When your last Friday meeting is canceled (February 18)
  • Sleepy Saturdays (February 19)Β 
  • Remembering the cicadas will be back in Wisconsin in 2024 (February 20)
  • Watching re-runs of Key & Peele (February 21)
  • Finding a new high caffeine tea to replace your coffee needs (February 22)
  • A highly anticipated television show living up to the hype (February 23)
  • Carrying warm clothes straight from the dryer (February 24)
  • When my Bluetooth headphones connect right away (February 25)
  • Β Finding a new running route that is the perfect number of miles (February 26)
  • When a random connection on LinkedIn but doesn’t try selling you something (February 27)
  • February being short so we can get to the better month of March (February 28)
  • Getting a great deal on a hotel (March 1)
  • The early stages of trip planning when everything sounds exciting (March 2)
  • Severance on Apple TV+ (March 3)
  • Doing an anonymous act of kindness (March 4)
  • The power of nostalgia (March 5)
  • Β Jonathan Goldstein and the genius that is Heavyweight (March 6)
  • Breakfast sandwiches (March 7)
  • Rotten Tomatoes for providing critic and audience scores (March 8)
  • When Spectrum internet service goes a whole day without failing (March 9)
  • The Toyota 4Runner community (March 10)
  • Geoguesser (March 11)
  • MLB getting their act together and ending the lockout (March 12)
  • Rock ballads from the 1970s (March 13)