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My 7 aims for 2016.

Last year was tough.

It was so tough, that I didn’t write any resolutions or plans, because I couldn’t divert any outward energy to them, and didn’t feel I was able to write candidly without self-censoring. So I wrote no plans.

This year I’m going to try to be more transparent – my current aims for this year are something like:

  • Find someone who’ll love and support me, and let me love and support them.
    • So we can explore our journeys together.
  • Ingest as much information and knowledge about relationships in whatever forms I can: books, talks, audiobooks etc.
    • So I understand more, and at least know where to look if I need to quickly develop skills I don’t have, which help me be a better partner.
  • Improve and polish the van to make it more desirable to live in
    • So that it’s more polished, more comfortable and could grace the pages of insufferable lifestyle magazines.
  • Get fitter by doing more hiking & climbing
    • So I feel physically & technically fit enough to consider more outdoor challenges.
  • Travel, explore and see the country (and others).
    • To see the world from different perspectives
  • Learn Javascript programming and AngularJS so I can build simple web apps.
    • So I can play around with building ideas that might make other people happy
  • Figure everything else out.
    • So there are answers to the unanswered questions in my life.

This is a snapshot (accurate only on the day it was posted) of constantly evolving plans. If I decide that one of those isn’t so important, it may be removed, changed etc – and that’s ok.

So here’s one last thought, if you’re able to help me take any small footsteps towards getting closer to any of those goals: recommending, suggesting, encouraging, supporting etc. then you’ll be helping me with exactly what I want to be – and I’ll be incredibly grateful.

If that’s anything I can do to support you then I’d love to know, to see what I can do – I appreciate you taking the time to read this. :)

I need your help: challenge me something!

Find a horizon
Find a horizon

In three months, I want to have completed 7 personal challenges.

I’m not too bothered about where the achievements weigh in on a global scale – I’m not trying to set a world record – just a “Tim record”.

I need your help to help me work out what to do. I’ve had a few ideas, some of them are ok, some of them aren’t so great. What do you think I’d find challenging?

A note: challenges have to be vaguely appealing to me – it doesn’t matter whether playing golf or BASE jumping are challenging, I don’t want to do either.

“Fitness”

Other suggestions welcome

  • Complete a street marathon
  • Swim over 100m across open, cold water without assistance
  • Swim 30 consecutive lengths in a 50 metre pool
  • Drop a stone in weight and maintain it for at least 30 days.
  • Be able to do 50 sit ups in 5 minutes
  • Be able to do 10 consecutive pull ups
  • Run 70km over 7 consecutive days
  • Run 10km in under an hour
  • Climb up and down x000 metres in xxhours (how many?!)
  • Do a 20 mile hill walk
  • Do a 30 mile hill walk

“Skills”

Other suggestions welcome

  • Get baseline climbing qualifications
  • Get baseline kayaking qualifications
  • Get baseline windsurfing qualifications
  • Get surfing lessons
  • Go paragliding
  • Bake something new
  • Make a short film (must not be a documentary, music video or advert)

“Culture”

Other suggestions welcome

  • Throw two, 3 course, dinner parties
  • Perform two open mic nights
  • Prepare an entertaining 30 minute talk on notechnical subject and give it at two barcamps
  • Learn theĀ Melbourne Shuffle
  • Write a song for Youtube

“Technology”

If anyone can suggest technical challenges that are actual challenges, that’d be good.

  • Be able to deploy a 4 machine Magento cluster from a script (or systems provisioning system) with mysql master-master replication, Varnish ESI, local CDN, SSL, sane firewalls and low impact scheduled backups.

“Travel”

I’d quite like to have a travel section here, but I can’t think of anything that sounds appealing that’s a challenge. (I’m not a fan of “x countries in x hours” because it seems rather shortsighted, and liable to make sure you only see a bunch of airport lounges, in addition most “visitĀ this country” challenges seem to essentially be “spend some money”, which isn’t really a challenge – the challenge was getting the money or being a creative routefinder.)

  • Travel by as many different modes of transport as possible from A to B

So yeah, which 7 of these should I do? What should I do that’s not on this list?

You tell me.