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
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
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.
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…
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:
I’ve always loved to read. I enjoyed the following books in 2018:
- Ink Mage: A Fire Beneath the Skin, Book 1, by Victor Gischler
- The Tattooed Duchess: A Fire Beneath the Skin, Book 2, by Victor Gischler
- Strange Practice, by Vivian Shaw
- Bossypants, by Tina Fey
- A Girl in Time, by John Birmingham
- Failure is an Option: An Attempted Memoir, by H. Jon Benjamin
- Old Man’s War, by John Scalzi
- The Ghost Brigades: Old Man’s War, Book 2, by John Scalzi
- Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions, by Neil Gaiman
- Based on a True Story: A Memoir, by Norm Macdonald
- The Coldest War: The Milkweed Triptych, Book 2, by Ian Tregillis
- Necessary Evil: The Milkweed Triptych, Book 3, by Ian Tregillis
- The Name of the Wind: The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1, by Patrick Rothfuss
- The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction, by Neil Gaiman
- Storm Front, by Jim Butcher
I’ve always loved comic books too. This year I enjoyed:
I always read:
If you’re interested in what I’m listening to you can check out my default playlist on iTunes.
My favorite podcasts of the year were:
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
In 2018 I met several new people from diverse backgrounds. I also maintained existing relationships. I did a good job of remembering friends’ anniversaries and birthdays.
Overall grade: B