I never really know what to write about for these, until I start writing, which means what you’re about to read is mostly stream of consciousness. Enjoy.
Family & Personal Life
I woke up one morning in late October with the sudden realization that my youngest child was now a teenager. At first I was quite sad about this. Don’t get me wrong, I’m beyond happy that all my children are now teenagers, but there was a psychological barrier I had to break through to fully accept and embrace the concept that they’re going to be moving on to their adult lives in the near future. I’m at peace with the concept now.
I don’t really travel anymore for work. Realistically I don’t travel much at all. In 2015 I only flew 9,352 miles. This might seem like a lot to some folks, but in 2014 I flew 76,109 miles, and there are a number of years I’ve cracked 125,000 miles without breaking a sweat. I’d like to visit Alaska, which I’m going to try to make happen in 2016.
We removed our oldest from the public school system and I started homeschooling him. While homeschool most definitely isn’t for everyone, it’s made a tremendous positive impact in his life. His grades, happiness, and self confidence have increased so much that I don’t regret the choice in the slightest.
Lastly, we adopted a female German Shepherd/Karelian Bear Dog mix that we’ve named Athena. She’s most definitely a puppy still (born on September 12, 2015) but all in all we’ve been incredibly lucky with her behavior.
There were many positives changes in my health in 2015, with probably the foremost being that I finally quit smoking on January 10th, 2015. Not that I haven’t had a cigarette since then (I’ve had a total of 31) but my mindset has changed to the fact that I don’t really want a cigarette anymore; it’s been months since I’ve had one. I do vape now, but that’s rapidly falling by the wayside too as I frequently forget it exists for hours at a time.
I’ve also started working on my general overall fitness. I walk an average of 12 miles/week now and am continually ramping that up. As of today my current Fitbit average steps per day is 8,918, and I’m aiming to get that to at least 15k steps/day by the end of 2016. Fitbits are awesome, you should obtain one.
For the first time in quite a while, I’m starting to be happy about what I do again. I had a span of a couple years there from late 2013 through early 2015 where I took a huge hit on the business side (that I’m still dealing with, just no longer reeling from) but I’m finally back where I started in my business; primarily working by myself, occasionally subcontracting out pieces of work I can’t do or don’t want to do. I’m pleased with this setup and don’t see any forthcoming changes here.
Being home instead of a couple thousand miles away made this much easier to do. In 2016, I’m turning adventure up to 11. Realistically, I live in one of the best places in the country to partake in more adventure. The only thing stopping me is myself.
I desire to spend more time with the people I care about, which means I have to live longer, which means I need better health. Simple as that. However that plays out is fine with me, just as long as I keep doing it. The only real health related goals I have at the moment are:
- Drop down to 15% body fat. I’ve dropped 6.7% in the last quarter of 2015 (according to my Aria scale at least), so I just have to keep doing what I’m doing.
- Walk five miles a day, seven days a week. This is going to be more challenging for me, but I will accomplish it. My knees are no longer giving me pain after walking more than a mile, so this is becoming drastically simpler with every pound I lose.
- Start jogging. This is something I want to do, but only time will tell if I can get there or not. I’m confident I have a good chance of starting this by late spring or early summer.
More Family Time
I’ve never been good at telling people how much I care about them, nor have I been good at keeping in touch with them. For the first time in years though, I was able to spend more time with family, and I’m going to keep doing that.
Whether this is my current plan of one post a week for 52 weeks or I expand it by writing some fiction, I am going to be putting more of my thoughts down on electronic paper.
Remember to Smile
I think the world would be a much better place if people simply smiled more.