Designing a Well Lived Life: Checking In (December)

Making the last check-in for 2018 for my "Designing a Well-Lived Life" blogging. This is about making small changes during the year to make larger changes.

  • Writing more / designing more: December really felt like a lot of things were converging together at once, but I managed to do a little more editing. The designing piece unfortunately didn't get the attention that I wanted to give it.

  • Programming more: I've been putting my focus here with learning about Django (see earlier posts). Also been doing more programming at work.

  • Engage more with people, not things: I think I can call this more of a success. I have the weekly Coffee House Coders meetings, the monthly Michigan!/usr/group meetings, and have had some more time with folks outside of those events. Calling this a success.

  • Blogging more: Calling this a semi-success, as I've been doing at least once-a-month blogging.

  • Getting out of debt: Ah, the perennial issue. Still working on this and having some success with budgeting, but exploring more avenues for producing more income would be helpful.

  • Supporting creators in sustainable ways: I've had some mild success with this, but I haven't been able to find better ways to do this outside of Patreon, Liberapay, and Bandcamp. I wish there were better ways to do this.

  • Physical health: Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

  • Kindness: Calling this a success for this year.

  • Mindfulness: Had some success with using mindfulness this year.

For 2019 I'm going to keep doing this challenge (I kind of like it, and it helps with the whole blogging thing). I'm going to concentrate on the following:

  • Administrative focus: I've let a lot of administrative things go by the wayside this year. I have machines that are out of date, and other admin sorts of things that haven't been kept up. I need to give this more attention.

  • Writing more: I really liked writing, so I want to split this off. This can include things like blogging, journaling, and what-not, but I think building more of a writing habit will help me to uncork a lot of the ideas that are in my head.

  • Design more: I want to focus more on designing games, especially the Pepper&Carrot RPG. This sort of fits into the writing piece but I'm breaking it apart so it has its own focus.

  • Programming more: Adding more programming to the repertoire would really benefit both my career and the projects I want to take on.

  • Getting out of debt: The eternal struggle, but it still needs focus. Especially on the budgeting and income creation piece.

  • Physical Health: If the body is a temple then this temple needs some renovations.

  • Mindfulness: Still want to focus on mindfulness this year.

  • Deeper work: Some days I feel like I really can't focus on my work. I'm looking to do more deeper work in my days and not fall into traps of distraction.

I'll blog about my progress throughout the year.

Hoping to have an amazing 2019. And I hope you also have a great 2019 too.