Hi to all my Christmas Card readers! I wanted to be sure you got the full update on my 30 before 30 progress… but I realize (alas!) that none of you want to a 2 page Christmas letter. I get it, don’t worry.
If you didn’t realize I was doing this project here’s where I first blogged about it. If you click here you’ll find the last update I wrote in October. April 3 is fast approaching to finish, but I’ll probably give myself until April 30th to complete the items. One of my personal life philosophies is that “Getting there is half the fun.” This is probably because I owned this suitcase as a kid.
Also because learning (and setting goals) in my personal life is something I consider it’s own reward. I particularly like this quote in Warren Bennis’ book On becoming a Leader –
“Learning is experienced as a personal transformation. A person does not gather learnings as possessions, but rather becomes a new person. To learn is not to have, it is to be.” [emphasis mine]
Executive Summary. If you read nothing else, here’s what you need to know.
- 9 Goals finished.
- 8 Goals actively in progress
- 2 Goals dropped due to obstacles.
Progress Report since October 3.
Goals I finished.
Although I originally planned to run the entire North Shore Trail Series (as both a New Years Resolution and part of this 30 by 30 list) some important things came up on the way. For example, my brother-in-law’s wedding in Indiana, my final day of spring semester classes, and leading a board level retreat at church – an activity I consider to be one of my top accomplishments this year. The final race of the series was October – where I ran Ravenswood, in Gloucester MA. I love that race, it’s beautiful. Trail racing is also as hard as I remembered from HS cross country, and I’m not surprised that this year I racest my slowest pace times, despite actively logging more miles than last year. There were other factors involved too, I’m sure. Here’s the final NSTS point counts.
Floss Daily – I cracked down on my lax tooth care habits in November/December and worked hard on flossing every day. How did I make this happen? I started brushing my teeth with Ethan every night. This is one of my favorite things about kids – they keep you real. How could I not floss when Ethan wanted to as well?! Attaching the new habit you want to do to an old habit is a proven method for making things stick. After making this every part of my day, it’s pretty much routine now.
Goals Actively in Progress/ Half Finished
Meeting up with an old HS friend. Actively working on this… but scheduling old friends into your new routines is hard too. Hoping to meeting up with plenty of old friends during Christmas break.
The Economics Course. I completed the first 3 weeks of this Macroeconomics course… but then our internet was a little bit out of our control for about 5 weeks. I couldn’t stream video. When it finally got put to rights, I’ll be honest, I spent a week and a half catching up on my favorite TV Shows (Once, The Mindy Project, and New Girl) rather than learning more about the classical economists, supply side economics, and budget deficits. The class wraps up this week… and there’s not way I’ll finished 9 weeks of material in the next 3 days. We’ll see where this goal goes.
Recognize Influencers. I ran into a woman I used to work with who really influenced how I build teams, achieve cohesive groups, and think about what it means to be inclusive. We didn’t always see eye-to-eye when we worked, but she strongly influenced how I work with others and how I view leadership and success. It was really great to let her know this, as well as apologize for some of my less than stellar behaviors. Two more to go!
Goals I dropped/ Am Skeptical I’ll finish.
Mentoring. I signed up to mentor a freshman at SSU this fall… but my student dropped the program and I was left without a mentee. I’d still like to do this, but it looks like formal mentoring isn’t in the cards for me yet.
Graphic Design/Photo Editing. Depending on how I count this one, I’m either done… or it’s probably not going to happen. I has a really fun time over the summer reading more about graphic design theory. This fall I spent an enjoyable evening completing this Skillshare Course in Lettering, and even produced this sign! But, lately, I haven’t had very much interest in manipulating images.
I could still probably pull off 25/30 of these goals… especially if I put more effort into the long term ones. I spend a totally disproportional time job hunting compared with achieving any other goal. However, this goal is also the most important to me. Figuring out what to do with this blog/blogging future, then clarifying our family’s five year plan fall right under that. The other goals are pretty peripheral… even if rock climbing would be really fun.