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2014 Review 2015 Goals

Happy New Year! Its been one heck of a year! I don't think I can cover all the stuff that has happened over the past 525,600 minutes. Well shall we see what has happened over this past year?

January

One year ago today I started full time at my job. I was hired in November of 2013 and worked part time, on January 1st my status officially morphed into full time with full benefits of a working employee.

My workspace at work

I learned about leg day and started my full year worth of workouts. I had been pretty stationary for a good 3 years and didn't do much exercising. I learned that if you start moving a lot of weight and your body wasn't ready, you barely move the next day.

I got a new phone and switched over to Sprint: Nexus 5

nexus-5

February

I discovered that work is hard, but I can do it. I was really worried after school that I wouldn't be able to perform. I was actually pretty stressed out about it just because I had a couple of mock interviews before I got this job. A particular interview I had with one of my teachers said at the end of the interview, "What are you doing?! This isn't good..". So it was good to see that even though I might not perform well with the dictionary answers I can still solve issues in code. More on this later.

I know not very many people appreciate dubstep or drum and bass. I have found it to be rather soothing and sometimes even bring up a lot of emotion. I also listen to dubstep when coding because I have found it to be the best kind of music that helps focus for me. If I listen to songs with a lot of words I find myself getting distracted.

March

I got my official degree! Bachelors of Science in Computer Science.

degree

I learned about the $15,000 coffee machine we had in the office. It does its own cleaning cycle and will top off drinks with milk or soy if you so desire.

15k-coffee-1

April

I tried growing a balcony garden. It had good hopes.

My Garden

I got Kitt, the cat that hated me. I probably did a bad job at trying to keep him entertained and I am sure that is why he decided to keep messing in the corners of my room. He was always really fascinated with outside and spent most of his time looking out the window. So it doesn't surprise me that my Mom says he likes spending more time outside than he does in.

Kitt my cat

May

I tried to teach Kitt to use the toilet as his place to do his natural duty. It took a long time for him to adjust, but after I got his claws removed he just started peeing and messing in the corner of my room and I wasn't able to get him to stop.

potty-training-1

June

I learned that Kitt gets car sick:

July

I found out that bow-ties are hard even with instructions:

bow-tie-1

I really started feeling the pressure of being an adult. Student loans were going to hit soon and I did a little math. (Math that I later found out was poorly calculated.) I found that I would have barely any money to use and have fun with. Over the past few months I had basically been able to do whatever I want and buy pretty much anything I wanted.

August

I posted a blog about my concerns and discomforts of losing a job. I didn't lose my job but I definitely had a fear of it. What would I do if that were to happen? I got into a little trouble at work, IT found some software on my computer that they didn't like. At the time I was using it for Wallpaper syncing so that way if I downloaded a wallpaper at home it would download it on my mac for work. The problem with it is that it used the Bittorrent protocol. I was upset on multiple fronts, feeling like I may lose my job over a misunderstood protocol. It is something I will never make the mistake of again. You can read more about it here: Good Golly Gosh...!

September

I got really sick. I had never felt so sick in my life. It was like stomach cramps from gas and other things that may go through the digestive system. The problem is, that I had nothing in my gut for a good portion of me being sick. I went to work on friday with this discomfort and then over the weekend I couldn't sleep. The cramp would come on and I would sweat buckets, this pain was so bad it made me feel like throwing up. I ended up forcing myself to do so just so that I could clear out my body for the night. Drank a ton of water and laid in a hot bath for most of the night trying to watch Netflix. I don't want to relive that ever again.

I waited several months and my garden produced 1 tomato. Everything else died.

tomato

October

I got a new car, 2015 Subaru WRX! It has kind of been my baby since I got it.

My car
Different view

November

I moved into my new apartment. So far it is been pretty nice. Since moving I kind have felt like I really get to start living my life the way I have wanted to live it. The other apartment was in a bad area, with some pretty trashy people. It felt like a craphole. This place I have a new car, practically new apartment with new carpet. It has been nice.

This month I also worked quite a bit extra helping out to meet a deadline. It was frustrating and challenging for multiple reasons. But in the end even though I worked a ton more, I found that I wasn't dreaming to go home. I was fine with staying at work for as long as I needed to get things done. This has been the first job that I have wanted to be there for.

December

Last and finally we get to the end. Work gave us a Christmas party to attend. We went tubing for a few hours then went to an open bar and they fed us as much as we could eat and drink. It was a really cool place to be and nice to have a company pay for such an event.

Summary

I have met a ton of great people this year, worked with awesome people and overall had a great time. I am far from being perfect and can tell there is a lot more growing I will need to accomplish before I feel that I am satisfied. There is a ton of information out there and a lot to go see. I hope to try to observe and absorb as much as I can.

Where to now?

Well I know a lot of people are saying that they need to go to the gym. I have been doing that for a year now and so I don't think that is really an issue from this point. I plan on sticking with a schedule that helps and hopefully I can actually start getting some of this stuff trimmed off. My strength I have gained a ton and so I like seeing the improvement.

Nope. For my actual goals I think I need to be a little more serious about. This year I am going to try to aim for 5 things to accomplish.

  1. Figure out a way to pay off my student loans quicker
    • I think this is a really big deal. Right now my loans are a substantial amount. If I can pay off my loans with either more money or refinancing, I think that needs to be a top priority.
  2. I need to get out more.
    • I am definitely an introvert and find that going out is hard for me to do without friends. But the majority of my friends are introverted too, so that means I stay inside. You can probably imagine how hard it is to find a girl if you never leave your home.
  3. Finding a woman.
    • I think my mom will sleep better if she knows I am dating someone. I am pretty sure she is worried for me haha. I have had some rotten luck this year with trying to date people so it might take a while before I address this one.
  4. Improve my skills.
    • My skills are my life, and so with that the better my skills are, the better I can influence job direction.
  5. Be more serious.
    • I like to joke around... a lot... I am also very sarcastic. I don't want to change who I am for others, but I think being a little more serious about things wouldn't hurt. I don't like conflict and I don't like super serious conversations and I blow off a lot of that tension via sarcasm because that is how I deal with stressful situations. I feel like I have grown a ton this year alone but it needs more work.
    • Kind of a side goal to that as well, I need to learn to loosen up a little too. I find I am kind of stiff in social settings, which could be the fact that I don't get out much.

The end

There you have it; parts of my life and goals for the future. I don't expect this year to be any easier than a previous year. But with a lot of tough choices and determination, I believe that you can make any rough spot in life rewarding. Just like with goals, if you want to achieve it, you have to imagine yourself already accomplishing that goal. If a rough spot in life comes up and scares you to death, you have to believe you will get through it. One of the many lessons I learned while I was in college.

Thanks for relieving parts of my life with me!