Learn? Yes. Absolutely. Go somewhere new. Yep. Nicaragua, baby. Read old books? Some. Thoreau’s Walden is probably the highlight, as I meant to read it for ages. Do something stupid? My god, yes. DNF a race? Twice. 🙂 Very proud of both! Be a great coach? My clients say so. Be great, in general? That’s harder. But I am good at doing hard things. So, yes. 🙂 Tell the story? Many stories, in fact. Take the next step? In oh so many ways. Try hard? I did. Sometimes harder than I should have. Cry in the process. A good amount of tears was shed, yes. Fall in love with my body just a tiny bit more than last year. A whole lot more than tiny bit.
The word of the year was FOCUS. I wanted to focus on my work, my writing and my health. I wanted to single task.
I would say success on all fronts, except the latter.
run across the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco, CA
watch a Shakespeare play in Stratford, ON
Missions completed: 17
The video that my dear friend Lisa put together to capture the Free Hugs Campaign undoubtedly takes the cake among all the cool shit I have done this year. Thank you so much, Lis!
There were couple of things that I started, but did not finish.
read “Origin of Species”
Omg, this thing is dry. I got through 20 pages or so in the beginning of the year, and that was it. I think I will have to tackle it the same way I tackled “Walden” – take it with me to Nicaragua as the only book, divide up the number of pages in the book by the number of days I am there, and aim to get through that number every single day.
write my personal mission statement
I’m close! I was able to identify some of the large themes, and the big picture IS emerging. In fact, I am very happy with my progress on this one.
Not that I was planning to get married in 2015, but it was the year where I made progress towards this one. 🙂 Thanks to Italian, who proposed earlier this year. So, I am checking this one off in 2016, ladies and gentlemen.
be able to tell merlot from shiraz
Probably not yet. But, I am significantly less clueless about red wines than I have been a year ago. I think I may be able to do that by the end of the year – I am dubbing this Operation Wine Snob In Training.
read the main works of the Four Horsemen of the Non-Apocalypse
Still pretty far from being done, and I think the only book I finished this year from this list is “Waking Up” by Sam Harris. It got nebulous at times, but I enjoyed it overall.
go on a West Coast road trip – drive from Vancouver to San Jose
Not quite. But I have driven from San Francisco to San Diego earlier this year, covering a big chunk of that shoreline.
have a logo designed
I actually launched this process, and got to a point of evaluating a number of different options. None of them were what I wanted. In fact, I got pretty bummed out with this whole thing. Yet… in retrospect, this was a very helpful process to go through, as it helped me understand my own brand more clearly.
OTHER COOL SHIT:
travelled to Nicaragua, first experiment at remote work outside of US/Canada
learned a lot about my own workflow
got my CrossFit Mobility certification
PR’d my weighted pull-up at 53lb
PR’d my squat clean at 175lb
finally learned how to climb a rope, using J-hook technique