Goodbye 2016. Hello 2017!

There’s no denying 2016 was very, very good to me. I graduated from college, found my dream job and was able to remove a very negative influence from my life! I’ve never been one to rest on my laurels though, so as 2016 drew to a close I sat at Starbucks with my fancy coffee and MacBook Pro and pondered what I wanted from 2017. Early in 2016 I listened to an episode of Mac Power Users which featured Laura McClellan discussing her 3 words for 2016 and I was inspired to come up with my own in 2017. The concept of the 3 words centers around coming up with 3 words that function as overall themes for the year. From those themes, goals and a trajectory of sorts can start to form. For me, the 3 words, as well as the process of coming up with them, are super useful since I’m not only forced to reflect on the past year, but I also get to think very broadly about what I want from the next year. Once I know what I want from the year ahead at a high level I can then start thinking about goals, etc that map to those high level concepts.

Without further ado, here are my 3 words for 2017:

Healthy –  I’ve always struggled with weight loss. While I’ve lost considerable amounts of weight with various diets over the years, I’ve never managed to keep it off and I’ve actually gained weight with each diet. Today, I’m hovering around 260 pounds and I feel terrible. I joined LA Fitness last month, but I’ve only been twice. I tell myself I’m too busy most of the time to go to the gym and, though partially true, I can make and will make the time to go in 2017. With regular gym attendance and a decent diet I hope to lose 80 pounds or so and end the year around 180 pounds.

Wealthy – I’m lucky to be paid very well to do something I love. In fact, I actually look forward to going to work every day! While I make good money, I’m finding that I also spend quite a bit. In 2017, I want to become more fiscally responsible and think more about the purchases I’m making. If I can’t fully justify a potential purchase I’m going to put that money into savings and watch it grow throughout the year. I’ve been seriously considering buying a house in the next few years (damn you House Hunters!) so changing my spending habits and redirecting $10,000 – $15,000/year into savings would be a great start toward a down payment.

Wise –  I’m strange for a great many reasons (ask anyone who knows me personallly), but one of the biggest is that I actually like school and learning. I finished my Bachelor’s Degree in 2016 and I’ve sort of missed being in school since graduating in April. My job, quite generously, pays for professonal development and technical certifications so I plan to take advantage of that fact and learn Python while also “leveling-up” my Linux administration skills with an RHCE (Red Hat Certified Engineer) certification in 2017. I’ve been toying with the idea of Graduate School and an MBA, but that’s still a few years off.

I look forward to the end of 2017 when I can write the follow-up to this post and see how I did with the goals and concepts set forth here. So, what are you three (or more) words for 2017? Leave them in a comment below.

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