Sunday, December 31, 2017

New Years Resolutions - Again

            A year ago I posted the following, I wonder how I have done? 
            Goals for 2017
  •  Give myself six hours per week, to go to the gym, walk on the treadmill, the elliptical, swim, ride a bike, take a hike, or take an unnecessary walk. 
  • Continue to seek organization in my life, the other closet and the bookcase in my bedroom need to be sorted through this year.  I will feel better for having done that. 
  • Set aside $20 a week out of my "spending money" to buy myself indulgences.  
  • Deliver a surprise, a random act of kindness to someone, at least once per month. 
  • To be humble and give others credit. 
  • To think seriously about what I want to do with the last quarter of my career. It is not so much about legacy, as it is about doing work that I find rewarding in the here and now.
  • Add a personal day, into at least one of the three work trips I have planned for this year.
  • Blog every day.
  • Check at least one item off of the list of things I'd like to do before I die. 
  • Have more music in my life.  
How I have done in 2017
  • I have made it to the gym 4-6 times per week, I have gone out got long walks.  I am a little nervous about riding bikes. 
  • I have added some organization, I have also added a bunch of stuff from Mom and Dad's house.  
  • Setting aside cash worked, I rewarded myself with a Nikon DSLR. 
  • I forget to be kind often enough. 
  • I have actively working on humility and giving credit.  
  • I still have no clue what I want to be when I grow up, but I am thinking seriously about the end of my current work in less than a decade.  
  • I added a couple of day stop over in Arizona, to my business trip in November (and a day in Detroit for a memorial service on the way out.) 
  • Blog every day, mission accomplished. 
  • While in Florida waiting for mom to die, I took an air-boat ride, check one off the list. 
  • I have become a nearly daily listener to Amazon streaming music, in the office and at home.  

So what are my resolutions for 2018. 
  • Continue my gym time
  • Add a couple of personal days, to at least one of my work trips
  • Continue to explore what I want to do when I grow up
  • Read 25 books
  • Create a top 10 list for post retirement 
  • Get the house in Lexington ready to sell and start consolidating the house into the Condo
  • Plan a real vacation 
  • Reach out to reconnect with family   
What are your top five goals for 2018?


  1. Congrats on your goals!!!! I myself don't really do resolutions or have set goals. The one thing I always tell myself though, every year is to have fun and live and enjoy the most of each day. "Life is a banquet, and some sorry suckers are starving to death."

    Happy New Year to you Penguin

  2. HNY 2018 to you & sweet bear!

    no goals here, just wake up each day alive and ready to kick some ass!

  3. I've resolved never to do resolutions, New Year's or otherwise. No point in setting myself up for failure! My husband always says "Everyday above ground is a good one." I always restrain myself from hitting him upside his head with my iron skillet! We were made for each other :)

  4. Happy happy New Years to you! Sorry we missed each on]their this year with my families change in plans. May our paths cross one day soon. My best to you both!

  5. good for you!
    I would also suggest some rolling down grass hills - still quite salubrious for ones health.

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