GOTE from 2017 with Reflection
- Finish up at least 2 MCSA SQL certifications and get on the road to MCSE.
- Keep my Ranger running in good shape.
- Participate in a powerlifting meet.
- Be more involved in making the world a better place – nonprofit work, volunteering, contributing to disadvantaged communities.
- Work is going to be extra busy due to a new CEO this year. I tend to forget that I’m already giving it 110%.
- It’s easy to take a running car for granted.
- This is way outside of my comfort zone, both emotionally and physically.
- I’m only connected to the animal rescue communities, and I want to go beyond those contributions. I’m a bit overwhelmed by options that has me paralyzed by choice before getting started.
- Pass 70-483 (C#) in the first quarter of the year since I’ll be brushing up on C# for a training in January anyway. Take 70-762 before the end of the year to upgrade the 2012 MCSA to a 2016 MCSA. Start learning the intricacies required for 70-473 (MCSE).
- Do proactive maintenance (beyond oil changes) at least twice during the summer to catch any aging parts before they become a problem.
- Starting to confront my physical angst about wearing a singlet to compete and will pick a meet before mid year.
- Work with my wife in listing our levels of interest so that some of our engagement in making a better world is a part of our partnership.
- Have 1 MCSA complete and be confident that MCSE can be achieved in 2018.
- Know my Ranger will make it into 2019 (15 years old).
- Have competed in a meet or have one scheduled early in 2018. Have purchased and be comfortable lifting in a singlet.
- Have reached out 2-3 times with communities or organizations.
- Completed MCSE! And became an MCT, testing what I can contribute as a certified trainer as a part of my role as an IT Director.
- The Ranger is doing well. I didn’t replace the suspension parts I thought I would, but I ended up fixing some electrical and powertrain issues.
- Never did get out of my comfort zone, especially in relation to wearing a singlet for lifting. This year I almost went backwards in that regard and am probably further away from having that comfort level than before.
- My wife and I worked with an organization that brought dogs out of the Houston disaster area and have started moving our food consumption to more sustainable resources (which is surprisingly hard due to a bunch of bullshit information out there). From a political aspect, we made sure to vote in the local election and worked to mobilize voters in our immediate community. It was a small effort but it was very energizing and bodes well for 2018.
GOTE for 2018
- Utilize my professional blog more to tie together work initiatives, open source contributions, and independent endeavours.
- Get started working on our 5 acre lot – gardening, tending, and planning.
- Keep MCSE for 2018 and be elligible for MCT renewal.
- Find a physical activity or pattern that raises my confidence in regards to my body.
- It’s a 1 year old habit that I haven’t quite been able to pick up yet. In year 1 I had 18 posts, most of them in rapid succession.
- The purchase of raw land and working it towards building a new home in 5-7 years is a completely new experience for my wife and I. It will be challenging for us to tackle completely new skills and continue to work as a team.
- These will both be big time commitments and MCT renewal would be in August, which only gives me about 6 months.
- My knees hurt when I lift, I’m at a higher body fat than I’d like even for this time of year, and I have a sort of frustrated mentality with my body that has been lingering for about 6-9 months.
- Anytime I do something fun or interesting I need to hold myself accountable for writing it out. I might try blocking 1 hour every 2 weeks.
- We’re starting off small this year and will be learning about the lot as much as trying to make improvements to it.
- Start with the training course launch in the spring and try to make it fun for both me and the students (my coworkers).
- Doing fun stuff. Practicing olympic style lifts ahead of the winter olympics and running short distances so I can see my 5k time progress. Find numbers to fixate on that aren’t body weight based. Find accomplishments that are masculine affirmations.
- 24 posts in 2018, with at least 1 each month.
- Get a small garden shed up on the lot to store some tools. Be looking for a garden tractor and have a site plan for greenhouse, barn, and house done.
- Be able to articulate the ROI on the training to my company.
- Have 2 activity accomplishments in 2018 that I can honestly say I’m proud of.