Some thoughts on 2014, which has been easily the most stressful year of my life for a number of reasons:
1. I started a new job this year, which has taken some getting used to. I'm back to working the 2nd shift at a place, which is something I'd rather not be doing. Hopefully in the next little while, I will be able to move to a day shift and get back to having my evening with the kids, and my projects.
2. I lost both my parents this year. I can't even begin to tell you what losing both parents in the space of 90 days is like. It really doesn't seem very real, but I had Thanksgiving and Christmas to remind me of it. Mom had just passed in October, so the wound is still pretty fresh.
3. This website has taken quite a lot of my time. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but once I decided that I was going to put all my content in one place with my name on it, it became the reason I was getting up in the morning and doing anything. I've worked really hard to put a lot of content here to start with, and I think I've succeeded. There's more coming, and I'm continuing to give this place the voice I want it to have.
4. I've been the only breadwinner. We've historically been a two income family here, and my wife has been out of work for 6 of the last 12 months. Makes things a little hard to handle while you're trying to focus on a new job, a new project, and dealing with the sickness and death of your parents. Ideally, I would like to bring her into the fold as a writer and blogger here once (and if) this site starts making any headway at all. No one knows my voice better than The Redhead (at 20 years, she's the one who's put up with it the most.)
Now, having said all of that, here's what I am going to look forward to in 2015:
1. This year I will earn the right to move to a dayshift at my place of employment, and to return to working from home four days a week. If I stay on target, that will happen during the Summer of 2015.
3. By 6/30/2015, I want to have coached 5 people who were not podcasting at the beginning of 2015, and celebrate their first episodes by then.
4. I will write and post The New Pirates Manifesto as part of NaNoWriMo
5. I will be far enough ahead of the curve by 7/1/2015 where I can take the month off from all tech.
I'm pretty sure I'll have more goals as time goes on. I'd like to see the site at least pay for itself by the end of the year, and of course, there will be projects that involve a product or service of some kind that I'll tell you about.
It's all towards the biggest goal I have, of course: Setting sail on this ship, and never coming back to The Crown. How long that will take, I haven't a clue. We'll call that an open ended goal. When I get to do that depends on how much work I put in today, and if you decide my work is of some value.
So, I have a lot of work to do, and a promise to keep.