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That was fast. Last I checked in with you, half the year had already passed. Then I planned to do a third quarter update and suddenly it was the end of the year. I even have a draft of the third quarter newsletter and now I'm just rolling it into the year-end newsletter.
An entire decade is concluding and Twitter is a-fire with decade-in-review posts.
I am going to keep this quick, let's go over what happened since 2010!
Holy Shit. I did a ton of stuff. I have a LOT to be proud of and thankful for. 🙏 The next decade will hopefully be even more rewarding for me and my family.
Again let's start with a review of what I set out to do in 2019, as of my last update.
I like including this because it goes to show you can't predict everything for the year!
Wow, I had a great 2019! There are quite a few partial or incomplete goals up there but all the important things were hit: new course, lots of writing, shoring up personal finances, in addition to some unplanned accomplishments like our new craft blog.
I feel like each year this list gets smaller and smaller -- which is good, I think. I would like to stay focused on what's important and will move the ball forward.
By the way I should just mention that I haven't truly shared the why behind these goals. I have a why but I am keeping that close to my chest. Just know I have 5-, 10-, 15-, and 20-year goals in mind when I write these and all these goals work towards those larger ones. You have to have the why nailed down to work towards, otherwise your goals exist in isolation.
I want to continue doing paid and free content creation in 2020. I feel like one course is a good goal to balance everything else but two would be great.
I have a couple paid opportunities to write and so I'd like to do at least two more. Tangential to that, I am tired of the friction of static site + Git + Markdown and would like to leverage Ghost since I've been really happy with it for the LGTU blog.
I enjoy speaking but I don't intend for it to take over my life. Doing one or two large conferences a year is enough for me! I would still love to get a chance to speak outside Minnesota, so I've applied to KCDC, NEJS, and React NYC.
Now that I finished two major migrations for KTOMG, I want to work on getting my first paying user. To do that will require some more infrastructure work but I feel confident I can make it happen in 2020! I'm also feeling the friction of a heavy web front-end stack so I'd like to simplify it a bit.
Right now LGTU doesn't cost us much, about $15 per month. I'd like to earn at least that much in affiliate revenue for 2020.
I modified the financial goals from last year to take a different perspective. Rather than measuring side income in terms of W-2 income, I'm comparing it against our annual expenses which is much more under our control. In 2019, it covered 8% of our expenses which is awesome. We also maintained a respectable 40% savings rate (see also The Gap) and I want to maintain that momentum going into 2020. It will actually be tougher since we have to buy a new (used) vehicle.
I activated my GitHub sponsor profile. If you want to support me directly, that's a way to do it. I am not sure what to expect from this but I'll be pleasantly surprised if I get at least one sponsor in 2020.
I still feel like I'm in the "learning" phase of DIY but I am starting to get comfortable knowing what I want to do around the house. I have one specific project in mind I'm very motivated to do and it would teach me everything about framing and drywall in a small, controlled space. I'd like to build a closet around the sump pump in our basement family room (which is otherwise just exposed in plain sight 😑).
I am pretty excited about what 2020 holds and how it will get me closer to my overall goals in life and family. Each year seems to be even better than the last and I hope the trend continues. I'm sure some of these goals won't be achieved in total but even making progress against them is a huge win.
What are your goals for 2020? Do you have any specific things you want to get done?
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