As the year again comes to a close and that arbitrary line is drawn for a new beginning, I want to look back at the past year and then (mostly) ahead at the new year.
Now’s the time to reflect on what was good and make some assertions on the year to come.
Fair warning: this could get lengthy. Thanks to those who read the whole thing, but I also get it if you don’t 🙂
The past year held a few notable events, some of which I might write about later, some that I won’t.
While we were able to travel some – and one of those being the furthest distance yet – most of our trips were within a couple of hours. Nothing wrong with that, but I do have an itch to travel a bit more outside of our 1-hour radius (more on that later….).
Here are a few (if not all) of the places we traveled in 2018:
This year also marked a few birthdays and anniversaries… (okay, every year does, but here were this year’s):
Because these don’t fit in a category of their own, here are a few things that also happened this year.
Etsy Shop (Four Bees) – The start of the Four Bees Etsy shop came in March. While not a complete failure, most of the sales for this “Adventure travel”-themed shop came from Porg-themed clothing/accessories. As the year closes and 2019 begins, this shop will likely just fizzle out since I’m not renewing the item listings.
Grace Oviedo photography – While I’m far from being a professional photographer, I’ve taken on a couple of free gigs to get used to taking photos for anyone other than myself. We’ll see if I choose to pursue photography further or not, but it’s been a fun challenge.
Recreated FlipQuiz on WordPress – From the ground up, FlipQuiz was completely redesigned and redeveloped on WordPress. This has definitely led to a little bit of confusion from users of FlipQuiz Classic (the Drupal site), but it’s a work in progress. Still a lot more work needs to be done to make it what it needs to be, but it’s a step in the right direction.
Enough looking at the past. Let’s look forward.
The overall theme that I’ve adopted for this year is “Clean Up.” That means a lot of things, but mostly it means that I want to focus on tidying up the personal practices and professional processes I’ve adopted. It means that I want to fix my personal finances. It means I want to remove distractions, make better food choices, intentionally spend time reading the bible and praying, and prioritize my time.
In 2019, I want to focus on developing sustainable good habits that I can carry forward into the coming years.
For better or worse, I want to do some things more and some things less. Here are just a few of each.
Just as important as the things I want to more of are the things I want to do less of. There’s a bit of overlap in theory from above, but here ya go.
There you go. This article is long enough and I’m already publishing it on January 8th because I had too much to write. Hopefully I can stick to these and build some solid, sustainable, good habits that I can carry forward.
Happy New Year everyone!