2016 – The Year Ahead

A new year has started and I, like many people have been thinking about what will be different and better this year than last. Although I did not write down any formal resolutions, I have a few that have been stewing in my mind for months.  Health is huge and number one on my list.  Losing weight, as is a goal for many, and one I definitely need to do, but overall physical, mental and spiritual health is my top priority. I have other self improvement, and income goals as well, and today, a nice cool, lazy Saturday morning I’m getting things geared up.

I actually started last night by downloading the “Couch to 5k” app on my phone and will kick that off Monday am.  I will be going for a walk today where I’ll start listening to my podcasts I spent the am downloading and organizing, and have already changed my eating habits to reduce carbs, alcohol (Crown) and generally eat more veggies and fiber.

I used to be an avid reader, and have shelves and shelves full of books that covered, DIY, ScIFI, mysteries and of course lots of ‘self improvement’ books.  Now days audio via podcasts and the Audible app are what keep me absorbing new information.

So today, as part of getting my audio library built, I downloaded, filtered and sorted 38 podcasts and 2 new Audible books. I have a decent selection of Audible books already, but my two new additions (affiliate links) are “The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure by Cardone, Grant (Unabridged Edition) [AudioCD(2011)]” and “The Compound Effect” by Darren Hardy.  This should get me through January and into February – the podcasts and audio books make my 30 – 40 minute drive to and from work worthwhile.

Another big goal this year is to clear my plate of ‘too much stuff’ as my wife puts it.  I’ve starting I unsubscribing from my tons of email lists, and have taken off January from doing any home improvement projects.  Saying “no” is a must do this year as well.

Speaking of home improvement projects, we have spent the last year renovating the interior of our house, redoing the kitchen and bathroom entirely and replacing the floors in about 75% of the house.  I plan to follow up with some future posts on those projects.

Kitchen Before:

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Kitchen After:
kitchen-after (Mobile)

We also had our back yard redone so we could start utilizing it all year.  The outdoor grilling seating area was our biggest feature.

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Note that other than designing the sitting grilling area, all the work was done by someone else – Amazing Gardens and Landscape.  They don’t have a website yet, or I would provide a link, but one of my new projects this year is creating one for them. If you would like to contact them for a project of your own, let me know.

Time to make some breakfast and get my day started, today is ‘Tech day’ where I get to setup my new toys and do some system upgrades I got myself for Christmas! : ) The following is a list of links to the products on Amazon (affiliate links) if your interested in stepping up your own system.

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