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A year in review and plans for 2015

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I’m laughing alone reading last year’s resolutions post. If you could see how things are today, compared to what I had planned that day, you might say that my life paused for a whole year. But no, actually very important milestones happened in my life but these pages were forgotten for the second half of the year.

It seems that I’m getting worse than last year in reviewing my year goals and achievements. Last year I wrote the post on February and this year, it’s already March! Anyway I don’t want to skip a year just because I couldn’t find the right time in the first days of the year.

So last year I had 5 major points of focus and I’ll review what happened on each:

  1. Health – Although I did lost the weight I wanted, I’ve accomplished somehow to gain it all back in December and January. I think I got even worse. My formula to loose the extra weight does work, but my formula to keep myself in shape is missing. So in that regard, I’m back to where I was last year.
  2. Projects – Artistelink has not happened. I didn’t even wrote a single line of code for it in the whole year. I mentioned that two days before writing that post I got some bad news that would change things. Well, things did change, work-related. But now that things have settled, it was a great change! I couldn’t have thought of it better. Artistelink might happen someday, but that idea evolved into something more that is half-way done and I’ll talk about later.
  3. Photography – There hasn’t been much paid jobs this last year, but I’ve done a ton of “free” work that I haven’t published but I did processed most of the RAW files I had pending back then. I still owe my family’s 2014 Christmas photos…and 2015’s too. I also got started editing video since I got a GoPro and combining footage from my DSLR and the GoPro has been fun.
  4. Traveling – I did a lot of travelling through 2014, and ended up moving permanently to Mexico city. I’m still not used to the traffic, but it’s not a big deal since I work from home. So in this regard, I consider it an accomplished goal.
  5. Writing and reading – I don’t know how to consider this. On one side I forgot to update these pages in more than 6 months! There’s a lot to write down, get off my head and share. But, I also started a news blog in Spanish: Notasbit. I update it every week with the latest tech news that I talk about on my radio show segment. Oh yes, that’s one of the things I haven’t shared in these pages: I have a radio segment every Tuesday at 5 pm Central Time in Zona3 Radio in Guadalajara. Okay, that aside, I have been writing a lot, just not here. On the reading side, I finished 3 books from my queue. Not much for a whole year, but it’s better than nothing.

So having 2014 craziness gone away now, my life has settled a lot more since moving to Mexico and getting married (this deserves a post of its own to elaborate the details). Settling down helps a lot to focus the mind and stop thinking about a thousand possibilities and end up doing none. I hope to get more done, more consistently.

Health

A few days ago I had some studies made on my respiratory system. There is a possibility that I’ll need surgery to help me finally breathe better. Maybe this is the root of the cause of my dislike of aerobic exercise? The Fitbit has helped me a lot on being conscious about my daily activity and I’ve done a lot better than before. I also got the Aria smart scale and I use it daily to keep track of my progress or failure. I need to get in better shape and a stronger body. I don’t mean big muscles, just a healthy body with a lower body fat percentage which is currently at 27.4%.

Work and Projects

Currently I love my work, my workspace (home) and what I’m working on. It hasn’t been all roses, but it’s been a great learning experience so far in the project management, client management and team management areas as well as programming challenges and new technologies. It is the whole package. Apart from that, in the first days of the year several projects came to my door by clients so life will be very busy. I have two main side projects that I’d like to get going this year, one with my dad and one with my brother, so that’s the goal here.

Photography

I’ve been using Darktable all these time and I recently tried Lightroom for the first time. I’m still skeptical if I’ll prefer Lightroom or not, mainly because my main machine (running Debian) can’t run it but I’ll continue exploring. I like how fast it was even in a slower computer compared to the one I use with Darktable. If it helps me get more done faster, it will be a huge selling point for me. Project wise, I don’t know, I don’t have real plans here, except for getting better lenses.

Traveling

I just want to go to Cuba this year. It might be the last year before McDonald’s or Starbucks starts popping up over there now that the US has announced they will reactivate relations.

Writing and reading

I’ll continue posting on Notasbit every week and try to update here at least once a month. I have a long queue of books to read. So far I’m half way though two books, so that’s more than half of last year’s mark. I won’t commit to a book a month yet, but let’s put the goal at 6 books this year at least.

Let’s see how a settled life affects my achievements. I’m optimist on being more focused and able to control better my environment. Working from home allows me to have a great quality of life, healthier home-cooked food, walk the dog between tasks, etc. It can also lead to bad habits like less socialization, being in pajamas all day and don’t shower for a week… but being married means I need to socialize with at least one person and shower every day. I’ll work on the pajamas part, as it’s 2 pm while writing this post and I’m still wearing them (oops).

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Resolutions for 2014

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It’s now February. I know, it’s very late to be writing about resolutions once that a whole month has gone already. Things have been crazy busy the last two months. I’ve been travelling very frequently and having a lot of projects going on so finding some time and mind to update these pages have been tough.

Nevertheless, I don’t want to skip posting this. I might forget to post a lot of things that happen in my life that I would like to remember later on reading myself here, but I don’t want to skip doing these year reviews and resolutions posts.

Checking on last year’s resolutions, it seems that my life was completely out of control back then, and I think I managed take back some control. Unfortunately two days ago I received very unexpected news that have now changed my whole plans for the year, but I’ll still try to stick with them as much as I can.

  1. Health – On the health side, I made good progress. I lost those 5 kgs I wanted (and a bit more) three times in the year. I did got them back but now I know my formula on how to loose that weight. I need to keep a better track of health results when I experiment on things but health checkups can get expensive if I want to do them frequently (monthly).
  2. Photography – It was another very active year on photography for me. I didn’t take any courses or got to assist another photographer, but I got my first paid gigs to shoot classical ballet and dance events.
  3. Cooking – I learned new dishes thanks to The 4 Hour Chef book. The cauliflower replacement for smashed potatoes is great, created a recipe for spicy fish and as simple as it sounds, my morning scrambled eggs are so top quality that anyone else’s scrambled eggs taste plain and dull.
  4. Projects – On that camp there’s still work to be done. I started the code and planning on one project that I wanted to launch on December, but as I mentioned earlier, these last two months have been very busy and the project has been sitting idle. However we did made some marketing at an event and launched an initial landing page at http://www.artistelink.com

Last year was a very active year on many fronts and another emotional rollercoaster. Things have settled by the end of it but the beginning of 2014 has been crazier than I had anticipated. For this crazy year, here are the resolutions I plan to achieve:

Health

This is going to be an important landmark year (I won’t say why yet, spoilers) so health is something I need to take serious now more than ever. I know how to do it and I will do it. Those 5 kgs that have been coming and going, will be gone very soon and will try to continue dropping throughout the year. I need to drop 10 kgs, I hope I reach that goal before December and keep it that way.

Projects

ArtisteLink is going to happen this year. That is a fact and it will be very interesting to watch it grow and change. On other projects, there are a lot of things happening this last weekend that I need some time to think through and plan, but many projects are definitely happening this year. Business is going to be a big item for me this year.

Photography

The paid jobs last year have been small but it’s a great step forward for me. I still need to polish my skills a lot and have much to learn. I hope to get more paid photo shoots this year. Also I need to improve my workflow. I have a ton of RAW files I haven’t edited and I’m shooting more than I can edit and publish. I think I still owe my family last year’s christmas photos!

Traveling

I had great ideas and plans for traveling this year but things just changed last Friday so I’m not sure how I’m going to be able to keep up with those plans. I’ve been travelling like crazy for the past 4 months, I love travelling. I hope I can keep doing it as often.

Writing and reading

I hate to read myself in the past and see that I keep failing at writing more. I don’t want to stop putting it on the list because it is something I really want to achieve. It feels great to be able to go back in your life and read yourself. Sometimes it is useful when I read my posts and realize that I’ve been wanting something (like writing more) or that I’ve achieved progress on some areas (like photography) that I hadn’t noticed. On the reading side, this last year I lost track of how many books I read but I’m sure it was not more than 3. I have lots of books in my shelf that I’ve purchased but I haven’t even opened yet.

There’s a lot I’m not telling here and a lot I’m not covering yet, but as I said I’ll try to keep writing more often, I do promise to post about those unsaid things later in the year when things are ready to be known.