Happy New Year!

Welcome 2015!

Photo by Joshua Earle via Unsplash

Photo by Joshua Earle via Unsplash

I don’t know about you, but 2014 was a strange year. It felt like 12 months of putting out fires, personally and professionally. I’m usually on top of things, ahead of schedule, highly organized, but 2014 felt like I was always one step behind.

(I should note that “one step behind” means “only one day ahead of schedule instead of a week ahead,” but that doesn’t change the fact that I felt as uncomfortable as if I had actually come close to missing a deadline.)

I don’t do resolutions, but I’m going to adopt new guiding principles for 2015. Interestingly, I never used to give these things any thought at the start of the year, but since the holiday break is now my only nonworking vacation of the year, it’s actually the perfect time to step away from the electronics, get some distance and reflect on stuff.

So here are the principles for 2015:

  • If I enjoy it, I should do more of it.
  • If I don’t enjoy it, I should do less of it.
  • This applies to life as well as work, which means that I’ll doing more writing for Betty in the new year.
  • I don’t have to be completely prepared to have a good time. (See US Half Marathon, San Francisco.)
  • I should try more new stuff.
  • I am completely open to packing up and moving for the sake of exploring someplace completely new.

And one more for the benefit of The Assistant:

  • I will learn how to join him for a tour of his Minecraft world without falling off a cliff, walking into walls or accidentally sliding down the ladder.

So as the clock strikes midnight, I wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous new year filled with good surprises. Thanks for being here.

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