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Personal Direction for 2015

This isn’t a list of ‘resolutions’. I have nothing against them, I just feel like I already know what needs to be done. 2015 needs to be a year of change. A year to improve. A year to pay more attention to what needs to be done. A year to complete things.

Take my wife out on more dates.
Remember, we were a husband and wife before becoming parents, and, we were boyfriend and girlfriend before that; make an effort to date like we used to. Yes, I put this first in my list for a reason, she has been one of the most important people in my life for more than half of it.

Write more often.
I need to make an effort to write as much as possible. I enjoy writing the majority of the time, and honestly, Medium offers a platform that makes publishing online an enjoyable experience. I also need to figure out a place to write thoughts that will not be published. Maybe even a book draft. Thoughts and input are always appreciated.

Continue to minimize what I own.
I’ve long known that my tendencies lean towards being a pack-rat. I’ve also long known that I hate that tendency. It bothers the heck out of me. Last year I started to become more and more interested in a version of minimalism that will fit my life. I even started writing about it (see my Medium collection ‘To Minimize’). This year I intend to make major progress on this.

Digital de-cluttering.
I have way too many different sites, accounts, listings, apps, you-name-its. Something interesting comes out almost daily and I tend to sign-up just to check things out. Due to this, I have accounts all over the place, many of which I don’t need. This year I plan to whittle these down to a manageable list.

Learn something new.
Arduino. Social Media and Marketing. Build Mandalorian armor. Elder Futhark Runic alphabet. All interests of mine, and all topics I feel the need to move forward with.

I meditate every day without fail and have done so for years now. I feel that I could benefit from a few retreats this year. Even if it just turns out to be 1 day personal retreats where I hike into the woods and sit under a tree for a day. Or find a remote spot on the beach and sit on the shore all day. Either of those options sound fantastic.

Strength Training and GPP
I enjoy strength training. There is something about heavy deadlifts and squats that I cannot really put into words. When I am consistent, I think I have been able to push myself to move some respectable amounts of weight. I need to focus on that consistency.

I hate cardio and conditioning. I always tell people to call the police if they see me running; that means someone is chasing me. However, I know how important it is to get my heart moving on a more consistent basis. I need to find the right balance and be more consistent with it.

Read more
My love for reading has fluctuated for years, but in 2014 I think I’ve found more enjoyment for it on a more consistent level. 2015 needs to be a year to get through my stacks of books and lists of things I want to read.

Comments and suggestions are always appreciated; leave me a note if you feel so inclined.

I’m sure there are a few more things to work on this year — I may update as I go.
Thanks for reading; watch this space.

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