The time has come to look back on another year. 2013 was exciting for me as I started my new job as a web developer at a local web consulting company Pixo, and boy was I ready for it. There were a lot of exciting new things to learn, but one thing I know I didn’t do was to stop and re-evaluate my goals I set at the start of the year. That said, there is no time like the new year to look back for a little self-review…
Write at least 2 blog posts a month. 24+ for the year.
- Total posts written: 6
- I need to get better about quick turn around times. Once I have an idea, don’t let it languish in ‘draft’ purgatory. I’ve noticed I like to start a post when I have an idea, but then abandon it because I don’t give myself a publish deadline.
Attend at least 1 tech conference or a meetup in Chicago-land.
- I did make it to Py-Ohio for a second year which was awesome, but nothing in Chicago land… I’m still going to count that in the win column since I actually left C-U
Submit 1 iOS app to the app store.
- Once I started at Pixo, all my learning went toward PHP, WordPress, and Symfony. On the plus side, I’ve built 2 wordpress sites and am into my first Symfony project. They aren’t iOS apps, but they are projects on a new platform.
Expand on existing web apps, possibly launch 1 or more of them.
- Like with the last post, I was working on a Django app when that took a back seat to the new job.
Start a hacker/coffee coder’s meetup in Champaign-Urbana. This city needs more venues for programmers to meet programmers, for the love of craft.
- Enter the CU Coffeeshop Coders and @CU_Coders. In the last year, the group has acquired 86 members! We’ve had regular coding sessions and socials.
Learn Postgress & MongoDB; integrate one or both into my web apps.
- Postgress & MongoDB, no. MySQL, yes (for wordpress).
3 of 6 met.
Run a half marathon in under 2:00.
- Once I started at Pixo, I began biking to work, which was awesome and I loved it! However, I ended up cutting way back on my running.
Better manage my productivity and (mental) energy levels when would otherwise fall into the burnout pit of despair.
- I’ve made some good progress here, especially now that I have a job I love with a company I enjoy
Better manage my personal relationships, especially during aforementioned times of burnout.
Read (& finish) at least 8 books this year.
- I finished reading 4, and have several others in progress.
- But in progress is not the same as complete.
Get back into Genealogy.
- Sadly, nope.
2 of 5 met.
My biggest take away this year is the reminder that it is important to periodically re-evaluate your position, especially in the face of large life changes. Taking a new job is one such inflection point. Even though I only met 5 out of 11 of my goals, I still feel like 2013 was a great success. Many of them were an attempt to compensate for being in a professional rut, but because a new professional door had opened, that would prove to meet many of the same needs. These are things I’ll be thinking about as I set goals for the upcoming year.