It’s 2014. I can’t be­lieve I’m writ­ing that. It seems like yes­ter­day that I pub­lished this post.

2013 was an in­ter­est­ing year. It was rid­dled with both suc­cess and fail­ure. Thankfully, the year ended on a high note. This was the first year that I ac­com­plished all of my goals, ex­cept one.1

My goals for 2013 were:

  1. Lose Weight
  2. Pay Attention to the Relationships that Matter
  3. Speak on Design
  4. Work Less
  5. Travel More

This is quite an ac­com­plish­ment! I spoke at two events last year: MinneBar, and Blend Conf. I talked about the ben­e­fit of side pro­jects, and peo­ple seemed to en­joy the talk.

In May, I quit my job at Rocket Lift, and de­cided to do Anythin’ Goes full-time. This has been re­ally good for me. I’ve had the op­por­tu­nity of work­ing with some great clients, and the flex­i­bil­ity of man­ag­ing my own sched­ule. I’ve also tried spend­ing less time in front of my desk, and more time with fam­ily, friends, or other ac­tiv­i­ties.2

This year, I trav­eled a lit­tle too. I went to New York City in the sum­mer and the fall. I had the chance to walk Central Park the sec­ond time, which was ab­solutely beau­ti­ful, and the weather was per­fect. I went to Charlotte, North Carolina to speak, and San Diego, California to visit my folks.

So what do I want to ac­com­plish in 2014? Here are my goals for this year:

  1. Lose Weight
    I know this is a re­peat, but I se­ri­ously want to tackle this. I know things that are bad for me, but I don’t re­ally know what I should be eat­ing. I want to ded­i­cate a bit more time into plan­ning my menu every week, which I think will al­low me to gro­cery shop ef­fec­tively, and help me learn how to cook new dishes.

  2. Learn Rails
    I know I can’t pos­si­bly learn Rails in one year, but I want to get very com­fort­able with it. At the mo­ment, I can build a sim­ple ap­pli­ca­tion with Rails, but I’d love to get into more com­plex things, and start im­ple­ment­ing best prac­tices like tests.

  3. Collaborate with Friends
    Adam Clark and I have been talk­ing about work­ing to­gether on some­thing for the longest time. I’d love to fi­nally take a pro­ject where we can work on it to­gether. I’d also love to work with other peo­ple. 2013 was full of pro­jects that I worked on alone, I’d like to be in a po­si­tion to as­sem­ble teams for pro­jects this year.

  4. Mentor a Student
    Similar to Laura Kalbag, I’d like to guide a stu­dent through a pro­ject. I’m at a point where I can teach some­one how to man­age a pro­ject, and I should do my part in pay­ing that knowl­edge for­ward.

  5. Take Work-cations
    Running my own busi­ness al­lows me to work from any­where. There is no need for me to work from my stu­dio 80 per­cent of the year. I need to start tak­ing ad­van­tage of the flex­i­bil­ity I have.

Those are my five goals for 2014. What do you want to ac­com­plish?


  1. Didn’t lose weight. Damn. ↩︎

  2. So many ac­tiv­i­ties! ↩︎

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