I don recall a year flying by so fast as 2017 did. Wow. what a blur. 2017 was loaded with so many laughs and moments of joy, as well as moments of being dead tired, angry and stressed. I’m busy with my 2017 recap post as well so keep an eye open for when it drops.

So with the new year already on its third day, here’s my goals for the year.

I started to notice a pattern with my goals every year. They seem the be very similar year after year. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as goals can be “ongoing” to a certain extend. Like health, gym, personal time, etc. These goals have no end-date. My problem though is I’m not really sticking with them throughout the entire year. I start out well… but somewhere down the line, normally during/after winter I just can’t push through.

Health

  • Consume less sugar: Sugar  is probably the biggest addiction I am still struggling with,and sugar and coffee. This year I would love to cut out the chocolates especially.
  • Join CityRock and climb/gym 3/4 times a week: This is something new I’m starting with the wife. I really want to get into the best shape of my life.
  • Do stretching exercises/Yoga: After a fitness assessment late 2017  my flexibility was horrible. I need to incorporate stretching before and after every exercise. Seeing as my wife is now a qualified Yoga instructor I can leverage off her. Bonus!
  • Keep  using our Foodstate Vitamins. We spend a lot of money on vitamins. A lot. But once you educate yourself on the matter you quickly  realize  buying vitamins that work isn’t cheap. We’ve  never been healthier after upping our game with proper  vitamins, and we’re not  regretting a cent  spent.

 

Career

  • Maintain work life balance: I’m content with my career where it is at the moment. I worked really  hard to get the balance of life and work as it is  at  the moment. There are plenty of challenges, but this is good they say right? Nobody likes to work but nobody can afford to sit  at home and play computer games every day. This balance is my pride and joy and I treasure it and guard it with my life.
  • That said I would like to pursue other streams of income. Currently I have a few projects rolling, some slower than others. this is a post on its own where I’ll go through my plans for financial independence. I’ve mentioned some of these here before:
    • Crypto currency – Investing trading
    • Side hustles – Geekshizzle

 

Financial

  • To be financially free. I gave a detailed breakdown of my plan here, and it  remains the same for 2017. Keep living costs the same year-in-year-out: This means staying in the same small yet perfectly fine home. Driving the same car, etc. Buy less crap: Living minimalist is helping here. More is less. We don’t need that extra lamp, couch, bed, set of plates, clothes, shoes, clutter. Budget for nice-to-haves: Very difficult one for me and my wife as we love going away. Our travel and holiday costs are very high. Become less dependent on a monthly salary: Big one. the only way this can work is to start generating enough passive income from side-projects and investments. Invest money: Whether it is in stocks, life insurance, bonds, property or a savings account.

 

Family/Friends/Community

  • Treasure my inner circle: I want to focus more on the friends that are already in my life and build deeper more meaningful friendships with these people. I am blessed with many amazing friends and there’s  always room to grow with them.Family falls into this inner circle automatically which is often the problem. This year I want to strengthen family bonds even more. I made a list of specific people I have in mind that I   really feel I want to grow with more this year.

 

Personal

  • Read more: I really dropped the ball with my reading over  the last period. I want to go back to sitting on a couch and reading a book. A physical book with pages that can turn.
  • Play more PC games. This something I will never let go or stop doing. PC games. I list it  every year so I can remember how important it is  to me. This makes me who I am, it relaxes me, gives me peace and helps to center me.
  • Be the best Dad ever. I know I will fail  with this one and probably already failed miserably in a few things, but I will  continue to grow and learn and become the best dad possible  for  my Son. This will probably the most time consuming,  challenging, fun, joyful and entertaining goal for the year.
  • Travel. This year we have a few destination lined up, and we would love to make some more precious memories.
  • Get back into comics. This is a passion I left forgotten for way to long. I already bought a few Superman comics and hopefully this is the beginning of my way back into DC!

 

Wife

  • With a son as  part of our family spending the same amount of quality time with the wife is challenging. The key here is to do long-weekends away.
  • Spoil  my wife. The bonus in spoiling my wife is it basically spoiling me. Our values are aligned which means we’re going out, traveling, exploring the outdoors, etc.