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2015 Year in Review & Goals of 2016

2015 was an excellent year, although odd years pose the challenge of no Olympic Games to watch, it still gave way to an excellent viewership of sports including a Calgary Flames playoff berth, my introduction to MLB via BlueJays bandwagon fever (Joey Bats!) and the Rugby World Cup.

Beyond sports, I was privileged enough to move back to Victoria, the city where I have spent the majority of my twenties and one that I always hoped to return to. It did not disappoint, although I will admit things are much different now that I’m not a student and city actually does extend beyond Gordon Head and Monty’s.

I compiled a video of my GoPro footage taken throughout the year; primarily sporting events and stags, cheers to all those who made it so god damn memorable!

 

2015 Goal Re-cap

Last year I really sought out to quantify my goals; in past experiences I hated the feeling of completing a year without a measurable target and feeling unsure of whether that goal was hit or not. The three main ones of 2015 were:

300 Workouts

It was a tad lofty, I fell short at 196, but still decently proud of this one. As a result of tracking it every day, it was easily my most consistent year of working out and the gains reflected accordingly.

Read 10 Books

Despite reading 25 books in 2014, 2015 was very disappointing year for books, only managing to read 9. I did not prioritize my time and often found myself watching TV shows as a result (less engagement and commitment).

That being said, here are my Top 3:

  1. Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance
  2. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
  3. Abundance by Peter Diamandis
Drink 12 Times

Definitely got the most criticism on this one, but in the end it was definitely the one I am the most proud of. I defined “drinking” as having more than 2 drinks and after all was said and done, finished the year off with 18 nights of drinking. It made the nights mean that much more and allowed me to really focus on health and fitness on the weekends. That being said, December was considered a “free” month, because the holidays are my time of the year to let loose!

 

2016 Goals – Please Hold Me Accountable!

QUANTIFIABLE GOALS

250 Workouts

Despite only garnering 196 in 2015, I did have a few breaks in the year, which I plan to avoid. Additionally, not every gym session is clanging and banging; going to include a lot of mobility workouts to work on imbalances and prevent injuries.

Read 15 Books

Only reading 9 books in 2015 really shook me up, but I have only myself to blame; getting caught up in work and not making time to read. I have now cancelled my Netflix subscription and gratefully welcome any and all book recommendations! (Non-fiction, please)

300 Days of Meditation

2015 was the first year that I took meditation seriously and I can honestly vouch for its impact on everyday life. It’s not an overnight change, nor is it even noticeable (like a gym session); it’s only when you stop that you realize how effective it really is. With the money I am saving by cancelling Netflix, I have now subscribed to the Headspace app for the year.

6 Podcasts (Bi-Monthly)

2015 was the first year of my podcast channel and I cannot thank all those who took the time to listen, those who provided much needed criticism, and of course those six who were brave enough to be interviewed by an amateur! I am going to keep it at the bi-monthly pace and hope to improve my own interview skills this year with the new round of guests.

12 Nights of Drinking

Last year it was 18, this year I’ll be gunning for that 12 number again (December as always is a free month), as the amount I can personally gain when partying and binge drinking is reduced is well worth it. Already off to a good start with Dry January!

LIFESTYLE GOALS

  • Visit ONE new Country
  • Visit ALL of the Gulf Islands
  • Subscribe to a local produce service (Good Food Box)
  • Consume as much local & organic food as possible (~75%)
  • Monitor all expenses on a spreadsheet, put XX in savings
  • Throw a BIG fundraiser