Friday, January 1, 2021

2021 Goals

 After a challenging 2020, with more challenges awaiting in 2021, my word for the year is "Support."  In addition to all the COVID issues, we are having a new baby this week and moving to Guadalajara in the summer.  Sara will (barring a telework miracle) leave her job and Jack will start kindergarten.  Lots of changes coming up and it will be important for us to support each other.

Professional Goals 

  • Score a 3/3 in Spanish, with a stretch goal of a 3+ in reading.
  • Move the family to Guadalajara and settle into a new job
  • Get promoted (unlikely this year coming out of Spanish)
Personal Goals
  • Have a healthy baby boy
  • NOT get COVID
  • Get vaccinated before moving to Mexico
  • Bond with new baby during 12 week parental leave
  • Read 8 books (including 2 in Spanish)
  • Potty train Crosby (Crosby's potty training has been delayed by a combination of some minor medical issues, toddler stubbornness and parental laziness).
  • One of the highlights of 2020 has been playing an online board game called Diplomacy.  It is uber nerdy, but I've really enjoyed it.  My goal for 2021 is to win five solo victories.
  • Watch two sunrises and two sunsets
  • Celebrate Sara's 40th birthday in most awesome way possible
Exercise Goals
  • In 2020, I rode about 2300 total miles on the Peloton (destroying my goal of 1000 miles).  I recently learned that the United States is 2755 wide, so my 2021 goal is to ride across the USA
  • Complete at least two 30 day workout streaks on Peloton
  • Lose 15 lbs (weight of 218 by end of 2021)
  • Ride RAGBRAI (if COVID allows)

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Recap of 2020 goals

Here is 2020's goal sheet and my annual accounting.  Obviously, there were a few unexpected issues this year challenging my ability to complete some of these goals.


2020 goals

Exercise goals

  • Achieve a 30 day streak on Peloton
    • I met this goal twice.
  • Work out every week on Peloton
    • I am now up to an 80 week streak on Peloton.
  • Ride 2020 RAGBRAI (bike ride across state of Iowa)
    • This may be my biggest personal cancellation of 2020.  I had joined a team and was set to ride RAGBRAI, but COVID cancelled it.  I have small hope for 2021 RAGBRAI happening, but I will eventually meet this goal.
  • Bike 1000 miles (cumulative)
    • I killed this goal, riding over 2,300 miles on my Peloton alone.  They also tracked total minutes working out and I clocked in at over 8,000 minutes for the year.
  • Complete a 10k or longer road race
    • Signed up for Cherry Blossom race, but had it cancelled due to COVID.
  • Reach goal weights of 220 (March), 210 (July), 200 (November) and then maintain weight from November to new year. 
    • I was slightly on target to meet this in February, but by March, I was going the wrong direction.  I peaked in July and have come down about 7-8 lbs since then, but have really struggled with eating this year.
Travel/Entertainment goals
  • Travel to three new places (city/state/country)
    • Gettysburg, PA
    • Outerbanks, NC (technically, I had been here before, but I'm counting it)
    • I also got in a January trip to Phoenix, a February work trip to Dubai, with a side trip to Italy (right as the pandemic hit), and a Thanksgiving trip to San Antonio).
  • Read six books
    • My completed 2020 books in order of favorites
      • The Dutch House - Ann Patchett
      • Girl, Woman, Other - Bernadette Evaristo
      • A Visit from the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan
      • Nickel Boys - Colson Whitehead
      • The World as It Is - Ben Rhodes
      • White Fragility - Robin DiAngelo
      • ------
      • Executive Orders - Tom Clancy (a reread from high school that got worse with my age/education/government experience)
      • The Rooster Bar - John Grisham (I love Grisham, but this book was crap).
  • Attend two college/pro football games
    • NOPE
  • Attend two concerts/shows
    • NOPE
  • Attend at least one Husker game
    • NOPE
  • Take Jack to his first football game
    • NOPE, but I got the kid hooked on football, so there's that
  • Find regular board gaming group
    • Didn't find an in-person group, but joined an online board game site for a game called "Diplomacy", which I have really enjoyed playing this year.
  • Watch two sunrises/sunsets 
    • YES
Professional goals
  • Find a good/interesting gap assignment 
    • Changed plans due COVID/baby
  • Professional goals not for public blog
    • NOPE
  • Volunteer for 2020 presidential campaign
    • NOPE, I never quite pulled the trigger, though I did attend a few meetings and a rally back in the primary season.
Financial goals
  • Finalize student loan forgiveness
    • YES - YEAH!!!!
  • Pay off credit cards
    • YEP
  • Amass specific savings goal (not for publication). 
    • YEP

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

2020 goals

Somehow it is already 2020. 2019 flew by very quickly. My word for 2019 was “Gratitude”. Not sure I really lived that word this year, but it was a good year for me overall. Work had some successes, had some wonderful travel inside and outside the US.

My 2020 word is going to be a bit more active. I have chosen the word “Elect.”  The obvious meaning is the 2020 election. I hope to get involved politically this year. However, I also want to take specific actions with meaning. I want to “elect” to do things, to choose what I want, rather than just wait until things come to me.

2020 goals

Exercise goals

  • Achieve a 30 day streak on Peloton
  • Work out every week on Peloton
  • Ride 2020 RAGBRAI (bike ride across state of Iowa)
  • Bike 1000 miles (cumulative)
  • Complete a 10k or longer road race
  • Reach goal weights of 220 (March), 210 (July), 200 (November) and then maintain weight from November to new year. 
Travel/Entertainment goals
  • Travel to three new places (city/state/country)
  • Read six books
  • Attend two college/pro football games
  • Attend two concerts/shows
  • Attend at least one Husker game
  • Take Jack to his first football game
  • Find regular board gaming group
  • Watch two sunrises/sunsets 
Professional goals
  • Find a good/interesting gap assignment 
  • Professional goals not for public blog
  • Volunteer for 2020 presidential campaign
Financial goals
  • Finalize student loan forgiveness
  • Pay off credit cards
  • Amass specific savings goal (not for publication).