2018 in Review Day 6: Career

I’ve been with my employer for 4.5 years. I have a good job with a respected firm. I’m compensated well and have outstanding benefits. I work from home and maintain work / life balance. I have good relationships with my manager and colleagues. My last performance review was solid.

I’ve been trying for the past couple of years to get promoted, without success. One of the downsides of working remotely is that it can be difficult to build relationships. In my case, I need to build a relationship with my boss’s boss and build a case for my promotion with him. I should have worked harder on that this year.

Overall grade: B

Goals Progress Week 4 / Day 6

Friday, December 28, 2018
Goal 1: Develop a healthy eating habit
Steps I took today to achieve Goal 1
I stayed within my daily WW point allowance.
Is this enough? Yes
Goal 2: Develop an exercise habit
Steps I took today to achieve Goal 1
I rode my stationary bike for 15 minutes.
Is this enough? Yes
Goal 3: Develop a meditation practice
Steps I took today to achieve Goal 1
I meditated for 10 minutes.
Is this enough? Yes
Goal 4: Develop a daily writing habit
Steps I took today to achieve Goal 1
I posted to my blog.
Is this enough? Yes

2018 in Review Day 5: Finances and Legal

My net worth decreased by 5% in 2018. The value of my assets increased by 1% – my investments weathered the recent downturn in the stock market reasonably well, and the losses I experienced there have been offset by a significant increase in my home’s value.

My liabilities increased by 16%. Almost all of that is because my older daughter graduated from college in 2017, so I began paying her student loans.

The biggest financial challenge I face is liquidity. I need to spend less so I can keep more cash on hand and pay down debt.

One of the larger expenses I had this year was legal fees to renegotiate my custody agreement with my ex. That had to be done because my younger daughter moved out of her mom’s house and in with me at the end of 2017. That was a good thing, but it was also costly. My younger daughter graduates from high school this year, so that should eliminate the need for any future agreement changes.

Overall grade: C

Goals Progress Week 4 / Day 5

Thursday, December 27, 2018
Goal 1: Develop a healthy eating habit
Steps I took today to achieve Goal 1
Nothing
Is this enough? No
Goal 2: Develop an exercise habit
Steps I took today to achieve Goal 1
Nothing
Is this enough? No
Goal 3: Develop a meditation practice
Steps I took today to achieve Goal 1
Nothing
Is this enough? No
Goal 4: Develop a daily writing habit
Steps I took today to achieve Goal 1
I posted to my blog.
Is this enough? Yes

2018 in Review Day 4: Fun and Recreation

Cigars

I smoke a few cigars a week at my local cigar lounge. I’ve met some good people and built some strong relationships during this social time.

Games

I enjoy tabletop games and role-playing games. I ran a 1930s pulp fiction campaign that broke up in 2017 and I’ve struggled to find a new gaming group this year. Maybe in 2019…

Video Games

I played a lot of games in 2018, including:

Movies and Television

I don’t go to many movies; I tend to watch them when they come out for rental. I also don’t have cable. I watch programs on subscription services like Hulu and Netflix or purchase them. This year I enjoyed:

Books

I’ve always loved to read. I enjoyed the following books in 2018:

Comic Books

I’ve always loved comic books too. This year I enjoyed:

Webcomics

I always read:

Music

If you’re interested in what I’m listening to you can check out my default playlist on iTunes.

Podcasts

My favorite podcasts of the year were:

Summary

I know what I like, which is good. Sometimes I spend too much time having fun and not enough time on tasks that need to get done, which needs improvement.

Overall grade: B

Goals Progress Week 4 / Day 4

Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Goal 1: Develop a healthy eating habit
Steps I took today to achieve Goal 1
Nothing
Is this enough? No
Goal 2: Develop an exercise habit
Steps I took today to achieve Goal 1
Nothing
Is this enough? No
Goal 3: Develop a meditation practice
Steps I took today to achieve Goal 1
Nothing
Is this enough? No
Goal 4: Develop a daily writing habit
Steps I took today to achieve Goal 1
I posted to my blog.
Is this enough? Yes