2017 “Other” Goals

I am more than a pair of running shoes. Most days.

Here are a few other things I’d like to continue/practice/improve in 2017:

Read more non-fiction
Unlike most Americans, finding time to read or just reading in general, is not my problem. I’m an avid reader and probably average 40 or 50 books a year. But give me a choice and I’ll always go for the pot boiler over the pop psychology. 

I have noticed as I’ve gotten older than I’m increasingly interested in non-fiction, but I’m still primarily a fiction reader so I’m giving myself a goal for ’17 of reading at least 12 non-fiction books (cookbooks don’t count either). 

Degree of difficulty: Moderate

Learn more about 3D modeling and motion graphics
This is an area I’ve been interested in for the past few years and always enjoy learning more about when I make the occasional vacation or year-end video, but have found it hard to build on those experiences with the type of deliberate practice that would get me more comfortable with the program. 

Typically, I’ll invest in making those videos for 3 or 4 weeks, but then not return to After Effects or Premiere for a few months and basically have to start over again. I ideally I’d spend 3-5 hours a week consistently doing tutorials or working on my own projects in the program. 

I have a feeling this one may be hard given the limited time I have and where this falls on my priority list.

Degree of difficulty: Mod-Hard

 

Continue baking bread and making pizza
This is almost a gimme. I like routines and I like the little learnings and small masteries that come from the deliberate practice of a craft. I’ve been making bread and pizza at home for about five years and I still find whole process fascinating (and delicious!), so this one will definitely continue in 2017. 

See also:   3 Simple & Quick Bake Sale Desserts

In fact, my big Christmas present this year was an Uuni2 wood-fired pizza oven so as soon as the weather warms up even a bit, I expect to be out there figuring out the best way to use it. Pity the family and friends that have to come over and eat all those test batches!

Degree of difficulty: Easy

 

Try to develop a passive income side hustle
Both Michelle and I are very lucky (or smart) in that we both found jobs that don’t make us hate Monday (most of the time). We both actually really like our jobs and find them challenging, rewarding and a good fit for our skills. So this goal is less about escaping and more about gaining a little freedom. Not being completely reliant on our jobs as our sole source of income. Trying something new and maybe learning something new, too, along the way.

Degree of difficulty: Hard

 

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