Happy New Year
New Year, New.
Cliché, yes, but true. The motivation for this site is to help propel and document efforts of self realizaton and improvemement. So, "New Year, New Me"
“New Year’s Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.” -Mark Twain
I've never been one to make Resolutions at this time of year. They seem to originate from a contrived place; the turning of the calendar. But, this "What's Brian Doing" endeavor of mine, undertaken to stem off the early signs of physical and mental decay, more or less coincides with the beginning of 2020. So, let's make some actionable and measureable resolutions.
I've previously outlined some goals. We're sticking with them, but today I'll set some targets. Some clearly delineated objectives. I may reframe some of the 'goals' to broader categories of improvement. For example, Eat Better and Drink Water are getting grouped under Get Healthy.
Here they are.
Learn to Code
I like learning new tricks. I like knowing a bit about what my amazing colleagues do. I like to make things. So, I'm finally going to learn, really learn how to code this year. I'm not looking for a career change; but I'd like to be able to make and maintain full stack apps in a variety of operational environments.
Process: Daily exercises. Target 1 hour or more. Understand this isn't always possible.
Objective: Build a dedicated Life of Brian site with features that support my day-to-day living.
In my current goals I'm working on Eating Better. That's a part of a bigger objective. Get Healthy. I'm overweight. I'm Pre-Hypertensive. I possibly have plaque buildup or large artery vasculitis. There are things I can do to improve this physical state. Mainly - I need to eat much better and get some exercise. Here's the broader plan:
Approach: Eat better, drink water, exercise regularly
Process: Define specific, small habit changes (such as eat better, drink water), exercise regularly and actively monitor them.
Objective: Healthy blood pressure, improved test results. BMI around 20. No discernable belly / waist fat.
Be more Mindful
I've become intelectually and spiritually lazier.
I'm someone who enjoys lifes many, varied moments: I like to go with the flow and take the world as it presents itself. I like it so much, this "take the world as it comes" approach occasionally inspires a conscious decision to be intellectually removed from my moment-by-moment life.
I'm also not religious at all. I don't take stock in any theological system nor let them form or shape my life explicitly. Yes, I'm an American, and have invariably absorbed may of this complicated country's cultural ethos. And, my parents are Christian (raised in strict Catholic or Protestant households) and did a nice job teaching the secular generosity and personal ethics incumbent in those faiths. That being said, I do think I have a spiritual life that is somehow different in kind from my intellectual life, even if it's just a taxonomical trick I play to segment and categorize my world view.
So - how is this a resolution, and what does it entail? For now, it means reading, meditating and being more actively engaged in documenting the world around me. Let's break it down.
Approach: Read, meditate, document
Process: Daily activity in all three approaches.
Objective: Reading becomes part of who I am. Meditation is easy for 20 minute daily stretches. I have writen on this site daily.