H1 Goal Review + Q3 Goal Planning

For the sake of ledger(ing), here’s a review of my H1 2017 goals and a listing of my Q3 2017 goals (all personal goals—professional goals excluded). H1 2017 Goals Buy less than H1 2016 — Success. I’m sure I’m missing a few variables (tracking reimbursable work spend, for instance), but my YoY spend through Q1 and […]

October Monthly Challenges

August & September are in need of reflections. I’ll soon do that. My goals for October: Finish final draft of Travel eBook [DONE — Current in Editing] Build out personal “best of” longform article reading list (long blogpost) [DONE — read here!] 10 minutes of morning meditation & 10 minutes of evening [Completed 50% of […]

July {reflection}

Mid-Year Reflections July was an “off” month on challenges. I determined this back in my January planning phases — as a way to assess the larger goals of my yearlong project and perhaps set a stronger course going forward for the second half of 2015 based on what I learned in the first. I’ve done […]


June has come and gone. It was a great month in sunny Vancouver (and some in Victoria and some in Seattle too). I found myself with time to explore this new city, sit at the beach and the parks, and visits to the cities above—both for the first time. As for my goals, there was mixed success […]


I was just re-reading my post from April’s challenges. April was kind of a month of everything – lots of running around. May was not that. May got simple. I’m set up here in Vancouver and have my own space (a first in four years) and am coming to enjoy the simpler things — having […]


April was a busy month. I spent time at home with my family, in Chicago with friends, made it to the Final Four and Championship game, did 9 days in Panama, got my SCUBA diving certification, officiated a wedding, and flew to Vancouver, my home for the next four months. It’s been a necessarily relaxing […]

Why A Framework?

This is the second post in my monthly challenge. The idea is to help explain what I’m doing with these monthly challenges by blogging about it — which is a monthly challenge in itself. Meta, yes. Confusing? Perhaps. This blogpost will center around frameworks. Or, more specifically, one framework. One I seek to pull out […]

February Challenge Results & Analysis

February began my year of monthly challenges (January was a planning month). I set three goals for myself: meditate for 30 minutes per day, increase my flat-footed squat hold time to 5 minutes, and write (and post) a short story. Below are the results of my challenges, followed by an analysis of these result and what […]