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Title: Goals in 2018
Post by: jdc on December 19, 2017, 12:56:22 AM
Not exactly NY Resolutions but more goals or things to work on in 2018.  I keep these to myself most of the time, makes it easy to not worry if I don't accomplish them. But I found I got a bit more focused this past year when having some discussions and challenges with a friend. But I need to do more of it going forward. 

So, I am finalizing what I need to focus on and accomplish in 2018 and eventually post here or somewhere.

Feel free to add yours/
Title: Re: Goals in 2018
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on December 19, 2017, 09:10:02 AM
The past couple of months I've been thinking about this and I think the main thing I want to do is go back and enjoy the stuff I own and spend less time seeking out new things. I like keeping up with new stuff, but I'm probably spending too much buying stuff I'm not taking the time to enjoy because of all the new stuff I constantly chase down. To that end, I've made a couple of plans. Not necessarily ones I think I'll finish next year, but just want to follow for a while going forward:

-Watch most of the movies I own again and see if I still want to keep them.
-Read the books I own and havn't read and reread some of my old favorites I haven't touched in years.
-Play the video games I own and haven't finished.
-Play every boardgame I own at least twice before buying anything new.

Anything I don't plan on revisiting, I'm going to give away/donate. Already started doing this for books and DVDs at the library and they've put a good chunk of them in circulation because I keep my stuff in great condition. I figure if I ever get the urge to revisit it, the library will still have it and it won't be much of a hassle to go check it out.

Beyond that:
-Start writing more again.
-Get some IT or programming certifications
Title: Re: Goals in 2018
Post by: jdc on December 19, 2017, 09:16:59 AM
Anything I don't plan on revisiting, I'm going to give away/donate.

-Get some IT or programming certifications

These are both great and have something similar but in a modified form on my list that I started building
Title: Re: Goals in 2018
Post by: jdc on January 02, 2018, 03:06:35 AM
Most of what I plan to work on I started about a month ago.

Education/learning:[/b]
Start learning Mandarin (again). I have to admit, I started this a couple of times by going to a class. But I use to travel a lot for work which caused me to miss many classes and I never could keep up. That is pretty much an excuse for being lazy and doing other things besides studying. But now there are plenty of good online resources as well as I have the time.  Now I will try to get at least 1-2 hours a day of studying.

Keep up with my SFDC certification as well as add at least 1 more.

Also, add a few other data mining tools to my skill set.

Health/fitness

I started doing yoga last year and quite enjoy it. So going to try to step this up by going to 2 classes a week at a studio and at least 2 other times at home

I also going to try to correct my posture and mix in a few other exercises each day as well as keep at least 15k steps each day

Play tennis 1 to 2 a week (but need to find more players)

Films

For most of the first half of last year, I lost the access to watch many films but that has changed. Going to try to get back to watching 4 or 5 a week and keep better records. I originally joined here to help myself to learn to think and write a bit better about films or just in general. Though no specific goal, I  will try to be more engaged with contributing to the film side of the forum


Random

Will try to find 1 thing to give up each month that either distracts me or would just be a good health choice.  Since I hadn't checked Facebook since Christmas, I think January will be to give up FB. I know alcohol should be there at some point so maybe I should choose the shortest month for that.  I still have to think about other things to give up or if that is a good idea.

My dog also needs better training and boundaries. 

And maybe last, I do or should get another job. But then, that would interfere with everything above.
Title: Re: Goals in 2018
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on January 02, 2018, 10:28:25 AM
Giving up Facebook/backing off Twitter was the best choice I made this year. The first big step is just getting rid of the apps and feeling like you have to check it anytime you have downtime.
Title: Re: Goals in 2018
Post by: jdc on January 02, 2018, 05:33:42 PM
Giving up Facebook/backing off Twitter was the best choice I made this year. The first big step is just getting rid of the apps and feeling like you have to check it anytime you have downtime.

I don't have the apps, deleted them about a year ago and never really used twitter much. The biggest pain point is that FB is my main source of information on what is happening on the local music scene. I wish there was a better way to get such specific information or just create a custom feed/email by creating a custom group. I will have to individually check some of the venue sites or musician sites.

I am still growing a list of things to give up but not close to 12 yet.
Title: Re: Goals in 2018
Post by: philip918 on January 02, 2018, 11:09:42 PM
Get a new manager.
Write two features.
Sell something. Somethings, ideally.
Title: Re: Goals in 2018
Post by: oldkid on January 03, 2018, 02:57:50 AM
Begin a homeless camp that will protest the treatment of the homeless in my city.  Keep that sucker open until people can really get help.

Sell my house about mid year

Move.
Title: Re: Goals in 2018
Post by: saltine on January 03, 2018, 07:37:50 PM
oldkid, what are you ideas about the move? Would you consider leaving the state?
Title: Re: Goals in 2018
Post by: oldkid on January 04, 2018, 01:23:40 AM
If someone was inviting us to Australia, we'd consider....
Title: Re: Goals in 2018
Post by: jdc on January 04, 2018, 01:32:36 AM
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn_CPrCS8gs
Title: Re: Goals in 2018
Post by: saltine on January 04, 2018, 02:41:10 AM
Ha! I remember that ad!

Not why I'm here though...

oldkid, replied to you via pm.
Title: Re: Goals in 2018
Post by: colonel_mexico on January 05, 2018, 10:21:53 AM
Love the idea of this thread, this year on New Year's eve I wrote a letter to myself of the things I had accomplished, the things I hope to accomplish in 2018 and the things I would like to improve and work on for the year. Now put away, I'll pull it out next NYE and see how I did. For me this year will be getting through the 2nd semester of my first year of law school, heading to either China or Austria this summer to take some international law classes, and to try and be a better person by giving and volunteering. As part of some pro bono work I participated in ID recovery for Haven for Hope in downtown San Antonio, a very large homeless center. It was an incredible and humbling experience to help people get an ID or birth certificate and to hear their stories, some were just down on their luck and were looking to try and get back on their feet. Those Friday afternoons were just the right spiritual medicine for brutal heavy weeks of study. Additionally, being able to work with property attorneys who brought free services to the victims of the Sutherland Springs incident and the Hurricane Harvey victims in Victoria Texas were also touching. Lawyers seem to have a bad reputation in general it seems sometimes, but getting to see the impact the pro bono and community justice programs have on those in need has really inspired me in my future occupation. So very grateful.
Title: Re: Goals in 2018
Post by: jdc on January 05, 2018, 10:26:12 AM
Nice Colonel... I am probably a bit biased but I would push you towards China as being more relevant if you are looking to get international experience.

Title: Re: Goals in 2018
Post by: colonel_mexico on January 05, 2018, 11:38:04 AM
Yeah that makes sense, I feel like Beijing would be a great opportunity, but how is the pollution? From the stuff I've seen it looks so ultra modern, but the big knock is the smog, I'd be there for at least 35 days so I have some concerns. I've done Europe plenty and I'd like to consider international business law, I aced contracts this semester. The food in China I bet is amazing, I love spicy.
Title: Re: Goals in 2018
Post by: saltine on January 05, 2018, 03:05:43 PM
I'll let jdc answer the main China questions, but if I had a choice between Shanghai and Beijing, I'd for sure pick Shanghai.

I absolutely admire the work you are doing for others, Colonel, and the pursuit of your law degree. Thank goodness for people like you and oldkid. The world needs more people with both your aspirations and your kindness.

Good luck as you move forward.  Keep in touch.
Title: Re: Goals in 2018
Post by: jdc on January 05, 2018, 07:30:25 PM
If you worry about pollution, then Shanghai is the better city. Beijing has more smog as a lot of dust at times from sandstorms that happen outside the city. I like Beijing for the food more than Shanghai but you certainly will find lots of great food there as well.  Beijing is just a lot more traditional in style, culture, food, etc.  Plus it has a has a really nice, small jazz bar that I like though Shanghai has a lot more and bigger places.

Shanghai is usually the more international city for business and foreign companies, so I would think there would be more opportunities there unless you already have something lined up that is in Beijing.

But if you are very sensitive to the air, you may not like being there for 35 days. You could be lucky or you may have to walk around with a face mask.

Title: Re: Goals in 2018
Post by: Tequila on January 10, 2018, 04:13:16 PM
Finding more time for things, primarily. Dunno how, dunno where but life outside of work has been pretty non-existent, or at least it feels that way.

Night photography seems like something I might enjoy.
Title: Re: Goals in 2018
Post by: Sandy on January 10, 2018, 05:56:07 PM
Hi Tequila! Nice to see you. :)
Title: Re: Goals in 2018
Post by: Bondo on January 10, 2018, 07:00:33 PM
I'm basically at my all time heaviest (probably not near my all time unhealthiest fwiw, weight is an imprecise measure) so I suppose I need to do something about that in 2018.
Title: Re: Goals in 2018
Post by: jdc on January 10, 2018, 08:23:26 PM
You could try Tim Ferris’s 4 hour body. Think you probably find it in PDF format easily. If will work if looking to lose weight
Title: Re: Goals in 2018
Post by: Bondo on January 10, 2018, 09:36:50 PM
I'm looking to keep eating pizza and nachos and drinking beer so...
Title: Re: Goals in 2018
Post by: jdc on January 10, 2018, 09:40:06 PM
So you are not really looking to lose weight...

Actually, you can still do all those things... just all on the same day once a week
Title: Re: Goals in 2018
Post by: smirnoff on January 10, 2018, 09:42:22 PM
I'm looking to keep eating pizza and nachos and drinking beer so...

That's what Courtney Dauwalter eats and she just won the Moab 240. That's 240 miles on foot. Did it in 2 days 9 hours. 10 hours faster than anyone else. Great episode on the Joe Rogan podcast with her.
Title: Re: Goals in 2018
Post by: jdc on January 10, 2018, 10:08:47 PM
Bondo.. just have to choose, run 240 miles every week or reduce those foods to once a week.
Title: Re: Goals in 2018
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on January 10, 2018, 11:09:14 PM
Oh man, now my goals seem so lame.  ;D
Title: Re: Goals in 2018
Post by: Bondo on January 11, 2018, 08:09:27 AM
Bondo.. just have to choose, run 240 miles every week or reduce those foods to once a week.

I hate running more than I love food. Anyway, obviously that was a joke. I'm not going to be able to exercise my way out of this, primarily because exercise tends to result in net caloric gain as I increase food consumption by more than I burn due to how exercise affects hunger. Obviously I need to exercise enough for cardio health but beyond that it's all diet-side and alcohol is public enemy #1.
Title: Re: Goals in 2018
Post by: DarkeningHumour on January 12, 2018, 01:00:15 PM
Forswear the False Gods. Deliver yourself from the deceptive promises of Beer, Beer the Betrayer, the Destroyer of Bodies and Waists, Dark Lord of Paunches and Bellies, Father of Flatulence. Embrace Wine! See the Red Light of Salvation, the Crimson River of Life!
Title: Re: Goals in 2018
Post by: jdc on January 12, 2018, 08:41:57 PM

that goal I can support... just to make you jealous from time to time.. last nights indulgence.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4747/39658992891_766ee1b843_z.jpg)
Title: Re: Goals in 2018
Post by: DarkeningHumour on January 13, 2018, 05:07:28 AM
You are a cruel, cruel person, jdc.
Title: Re: Goals in 2018
Post by: Bondo on January 13, 2018, 06:39:31 AM
I think the total price of the three bottles of wine I was drinking from last night was $20. I don't think this is what you had in mind DH.

Of course I also had beer and margaritas during the evening and have a birthday-worthy hangover.
Title: Re: Goals in 2018
Post by: jdc on January 13, 2018, 07:24:28 AM
In US you can find drinkable wine for those prices.