What Will I Do In 2017?
I found that in the past being super critical of myself has not been very helpful and actually makes me less motivated, so I opt for a New Year wish list instead of New Year resolutions. I promised myself I won’t mention Brexit or the inevitable inauguration of one Donald Trump so don’t expect this to be political and in no particular order.
I don’t mean physically, I mean intending to grow as a person. Being 41 does not mean that I cannot learn new things and my opinions cannot be changed. In fact I have done most of my mental growing over the past 10 years. I want to continue to grow the relationships that I have and hopefully make one or two new ones. I want to do things that scare me, like climbing, performance, maybe a spot of amateur dramatics, that sort of thing. Things that may cause me to look inward upon myself and realise that things need to change or maybe just tell me things are fine as they are.
2017 sees a potentially very scary thing happening. Somehow (I really have no idea how) I intend to purchase my first property. This will render me penny-less for probably sometime and no doubt take up any spare time that I have so I may have to forgo a few things. This is a massive step for me. I grew up in a poor household so have had very little financial help in my life but I don’t hold that against my parents. It’s not their fault. Over the past 10 or so years I have saved as much money as I can and every year I have the amount that I need for a deposit gets more and more. I am trying to make 2017 the year that I make it happen. I am quite fed up of paying off other peoples mortgages and am at the point where the money I have in the bank should be enough for a deposit for a place of my own.
Although the whole house buying thing is going to take up a lot of my time and money I still want to find the time and funds to travel. I have a goal of buying some panniers for my new motorbike (Suzuki VStrom 650 for anyone interested) and going on a little journey in the UK. Ideally I’d like to take it into Europe but it’s one of those “Learn to walk before you can run” things. There are a few festivals I can go to and take my Motorbike as a bit of a test that do not involve travelling for hours across borders so that could also be fun to do. On the foreign front I still have a huge list of places I want to visit so no doubt I shall be hunting out some cheap flights on a quest for adventure.
GeekOut & Community
Given the above I really have no idea how I am going to fit in time to write for GO. I may have to halve the amount of stuff I contribute or take the odd week off. As I have mentioned before GO has expanded my social circle and actually allowed me to do a few things I would never of thought of doing. I want to continue to support and contribute whatever I can to it. I’ll try to get to a few more Expo’s, get some more interviews with developers and creators alike and keep my eyes open for those fun things on Kickstarter. With community, I will as always be on the look out for something that is going to help my local community. I am already volunteering for Code Club again at the beginning of the year but I have a feeling I will want to do something different in 2017.
There is something in me that loves to dance. There is also something in me that forgets that I love to dance. Now I’m no expert dancer and like to believe that I have an understanding of rhythm and pace. I have been to quite a few gigs and even a few parties where I have had to get dressed up and been dancing at them. I just forget how much I enjoy it and enjoy letting my body do what it wants to do. I never dance to hit on people, I dance just because I want to, it’s a great way to express myself. In January I have semi-booked going to a Ceilidh in Bristol for Burns night where we celebrate the works of Robert Burns. You’ll find me fully kilted and ready to wind anyone that can keep up with me in a few reels while we address the haggis (it tastes better than it looks)
I have no idea what else I might do next year but I have told myself one thing and that is to keep track of all those joyous moments during the year that we forget. I’ll put it on Tumblr or some other internet platform that I can easily access and look over at the end of 2017 and remind myself good the good bits. What are you planning for 2017? Going to any good expos or conventions? Got any that we could attend with press passes? Are you planning a big trip? Or buying a motorbike! Tell us of your plans via the comments section or tag your post #My2017WishList over on Facebook and Twitter so we can bask in your glory when you achieve what you set out to do. I’ll catch you on the flip side.
Love, peace and happiness