2011 Goals Revisited and 2012 Goals

So here’s what I said I wanted to do, last year:

  1. Learn iPhone programming. I didn’t make this one. I started, but realized once again that I’m not a programmer and I hate hard programming.
  2. Cook more meals from scratch. Done! Drank nary a soda, no fast food, didn’t purchase any inorganic frozen food and went vegetarian late this year.
  3. Start writing a book. Done! Wrote two, actually. Sold a handful on Amazon, but was read by 44,000 visitors last year on another blog of mine.
  4. Increase revenue this year by $10,000 over 2010. Almost.
  5. Really build a name for myself among the web community in Indiana. Put together re:build with Tony. I think that helped.
  6. Find a good money manager and start investing. Done! Started investing with Jim Fleming up in Fishers.
  7. Learn to shoot. Sorta. I have a gun, and took it to a range once, but I haven’t taken formal lessons.
  8. Go to a beach. Didn’t do it. I’ve never been to a beach on a warm summer day.
  9. Be more efficient and effective with every hour of the day. I feel like I’ve made good progress here, too.
  10. My “personal goal” failed.


So what about 2012?

  1. Bike to Salem. Ought to take me about 8 hours to make the 100 mile (one way) trip some summer day. It’ll put me in the Centennial club, too.
  2. Read at least two books a month. I read a lot more last year, but not as much as I’d like.
  3. Go to a beach.
  4. Use an iPod Touch as my only phone and save on those data charges and minute costs.
  5. Start some new recurring event for Indy.
  6. Payoff all debts but the house. (I’m already kinda close.)
  7. Write more human interest stories for thecorresponder.com
  8. Make 40% of my income from non-web design work.
  9. Consistently keep my living expenses under $1,200 a month. (I currently average about $1,700.)
  10. Keep deadbeat client losses to $2,000 or less. (I lost $8,000 last year from crap clients who didn’t pay.)

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You’ll probably see him around Indianapolis on a bicycle.

2 thoughts on “2011 Goals Revisited and 2012 Goals”

  1. I’ve read several, many of which are cycling-related.

    Prayers for Bobby, by Leroy Aarons (very good)
    The Art of Urban Cycling, by Robert Hurst (not good at all)
    The Big Book of Bicycling, by Emily Furia (okay)
    Buddhism Plain and Simply, by Steve Hagen (pretty good)
    Pedaling Revolution, by Jeff Mapes (pretty good)
    The New Rules, by Bill Maher (very good, at least to me)

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