The end of the year is here, which means it’s time to look back and review my goals and reflect on the highlights and lowlights of the year. I can’t say that I’m sorry to see this year come to an end. 2013 was a tough, ugly year. Tension between developers and the operations team, on-call demands, and generally high stress levels nearly forced me to leave my job of 8 years in search of greener pastures. I’ve chosen instead to accept that maybe I’m part of the problem, and as such, 2014 is going to be a growth year for me.
It wasn’t all bad, not by a long shot. After postponing once due to a delayed SQL Server upgrade, my wife and I took our first cruise, where I discovered that I really like rum-based drinks. One kid moved out into his own place (soon after moving back in again), the other shipped out to college, which drastically reduced our grocery expenses and gave me control over the television. We also visited Las Vegas for the first time, which subsequently led to the creation of the RealSQLGuy M&Ms. I’m entitled to some candy – according to the Fitbit that I purchased this year, I’ll have walked nearly 4 million steps (1700 miles) by the end of the year. This, plus running my first ever official 5K (and several unofficial ones), led to a loss of 40 pounds. In spite of the stress at work, I’ve made my personal health and fitness a priority.
Enough of that, we all have our problems, and you don’t want to hear about mine. Let’s look at the goals that I set for myself in 2013, and how I fared on meeting them:
Presented this way, I guess it wasn’t so bad. An average year, some successes, some failures, I survived but I can do better…
As I stated above, 2014 is going to be a growth year for me (professionally and personally, not physically). I fully intend to continue the new fitness habits that I’ve started, no more “fat SQL guy with high blood pressure” for me please. I also intend to change some bad behaviors that caused some of the professional damage that I suffered this year. Don’t worry, posting stupid stuff on Twitter isn’t one of them.
Without further ado, here’s my list of goals for 2014:
That’ll do for now. Farewell 2013, hello 2014. Here’s hoping it’s a good one for everyone…
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