As noted earlier, someone taking a glance at my 2008 resolutions has made me realize just how much I've ignored that particular list. Of course, I think that's a part of the whole concept of New Years Resolutions.
Anyway, after much soul searching (oddly enough the same amount of time it took me to walk from my desk, get a drink and sit back down) I've managed to pull up a brand new list of 10 resolutions for 2009! After all, the way I figure it, the sooner I get them written down, the sooner I can start ignoring them.
Well, without further ado, here they are:
- Get my weight down to ~160lbs. This is simple to understand. I did a decent job on it until the cold kept me in my beds on those early mornings, so once again when the mornings start to warm, I hope to go out there and start working out again.
- Settle my finances. This is a bit harder to understand, as it's multi-faceted. I know I need to cut back on our spending, especially in the "going out for food" department. But this allow relates back to keeping an eye on my 401K better than I have in the past, and I want to start investing money in other options as well.
- Love more. Despite my contention in #2, I want to start having "date nights" at least once a month with my beloved wife. It's been much more haphazard and random in the past, and I want to make sure that she gets a decent amount of my time, especially with all the other demands I have on it.
- Get a new PC. I know this seems to be in direct contradiction to my resolution number 2, but I do have a valid reason for wanting it.
- Program more. This is the primary reason I'm wanting it. I have a couple of little things I program as vehicles to push my skill set, and to keep those skills I'm not currently using up-to-date. I need to spend a bit more time in them.
- Write more. This is the second reason I'm wanting it. I'm hoping to get my daily word count (over all blogs, and fiction writing) to 1500 words a day. Which isn't that much if you consider that a good blog entry can easily net 600-800 words.
- Get 10K reputation at Stack Overflow & post at least weekly on "A Programmer's Dream." This may seem like an odd one, but I want to become better known within my professional field--and I think these are two vehicles to do that on an international scale
- Start & become active in the local .NET User's Group. This is related back to #7. I want to be active, and known, in my field professionally. The User's Group would be helpful in this.
- Travel more. This is actually my wife's idea, as she wants to take some weekend, or three-day trips with the boys. Though I despise traveling, I know that those long trips my parents took me on are a big part of why I am who I am.
- Do more art stuff. I'm not just talking about getting out my pencils and drawing again, but I also want to do get back into photography.