Goal 1: Learn German
I’ve tried learning languages before. I speak a little Spanish and last year I took German lessons in preparation for my trip to Europe. The problem is that when I get back from whatever trip, I lose motivation and don’t ever make it past the basics. I really enjoyed learning German last year and want to take this year to try and commit to learning it. Being bilingual would be awesome, and I want to make a real commitment to moving in that direction this year.
365 Day Duolingo Streak
Duolingo might not be the best or most efficient way to learn a language, but it is the easiest I have found to stick with. For that reason, I’m making that my base. I will complete my daily goal in Duolingo (30xp right now) every day for an entire year.
I like the idea of the 5-minute journal, but it’s another thing that I have never actually done. So this year I’m going to kill two birds with one stone and try to do it in German. They sell a German version of it on amazon.de, but I couldn’t get it here in the US. I reached out to the company and they were nice enough to send me a German version for free to try out! I think this will be a great way to force myself to use German every day.
More iTalki Lessons
iTalki is the best method that I have tried to learn a language. I took German lessons last year and learned exponentially more than I have from any other medium. Speaking to someone in real life makes you internalize a lot of what you have learned. Since I don’t know anyone who speaks German and wants to spend their free time helping me learn, this is the closest I will get.
Goal 2: Get in Shape
Ah, the universal new year’s resolution. The one everyone has and nobody keeps. Honestly, I hate putting this here just because it’s so cliche. On the flip side, it also needs to happen. A few years ago I really got things together health-wise and it’s slipped the last couple. Now I want to make it a priority again.
Maintain a healthy weight
I’ve lost, and gained, and lost weight again for years. This year I want to get to a better weight, and then focus more on maintaining it.
Find a reliable way to exercise at home
I work from home twice a week, which I really love, but I’ve struggled to find a way to make working out happen.
Goal 3: Morning Routine
This is the one goal from last year that completely eluded me. Mornings are not my strong suit. I’d like to try and get a more structured routine that involves all of these things. Even if I don’t stick with all of them, I think trying them all for at least a month at a time will give be something to go from:
- Wake up at the same time every day
- Morning Exercises/Stretching
- Keeping a Journal
- Eating a Healthy Breakfast
- Walking Maya (my dog)
Goal 4: Meaningful Free Time
I wasn’t really sure how to word this. It seems odd to make goals about your free time. But the fact is, I really like some of my hobbies, and they are things that relax me. It also turns out that thing everyone says about having kids taking up a lot of your free time is mostly true. So I guess the goal here is to optimize my free time by making more conscious decisions about how I spend it. I like to flip on Netflix as much as the next person, but these things are better ways for me to unwind.
- Make 5 batches of beer
- Make one all grain batch
- Turn 24 Bowls (2/month)
- Make four other projects
Programming (outside of work)
- Make at least 2 contributions a month to open source software
- Make at least three new websites
Well, that’s it, a little ambitious maybe considering it’s already February 😉