In an ef­fort to keep up a good habit, it’s time to do a lit­tle re­flec­tion on last year, and set new goals for 2015. I can’t be­lieve how quickly 2014 went by. I feel as if every year seems to go by quicker than the last. Still, I was able to ac­com­plish three out of five goals this past year, which I’m quite proud of.

Here were my goals for 2014:

  1. Lose Weight
  2. Learn Rails
  3. Collaborate with Friends
  4. Mentor a Student
  5. Take Work-cations

I did re­ally well! I lost 10 lbs in 2014 and man­aged to keep them off. This is still an area I need to work on and will be putting more ef­fort into this year.

2014 was the year I built the CMS pow­er­ing Goodstuff. Together with Will Duffy, we built this awe­some sys­tem that makes cre­at­ing new shows and post­ing episodes a breeze. With Will’s help, I’ve be­come more com­pe­tent with Rails. I can han­dle my own when it comes to gen­er­at­ing new mi­gra­tions, cre­at­ing new con­trollers, and I even learned how to in­te­grate Stripe pay­ments into a Rails app!

Last year, I com­plained that if I could work from any­where, why was­n’t I? This was fixed by fly­ing to Guatemala and stay­ing a to­tal of six weeks! It was an ab­solute blast, I rode the bus every­where, got to see old friends and make new ones, went 5 days with­out wa­ter1, and even spent 3 days on the beach. I did all of it, quite cheaply. I’d def­i­nitely rec­om­mend it.

What do I want to ac­com­plish in 2015? Here are my goals for this year:

  1. Lose Weight
    This stu­pid goal is on the list every year. But slowly, I’m mak­ing progress, and it needs to con­tinue. I signed up for the gym in January,2 and thanks to my lovely fi­anceé, we’ve been go­ing reg­u­larly.

  2. Learn a Javascript Framework
    I’d like to even­tu­ally be­come a de­signer who’s also a full-stack de­vel­oper, and this is what I see as the next step in my de­vel­op­ment knowl­ege. There’s a lot of talk about Angular, Backbone, Ember, etc., and I’d like to know what’s go­ing on here. I’ve heard you can cre­ate some re­ally awe­some ap­pli­ca­tions with these, which is where I see my ca­reer head­ing as a whole.

  3. Sell More CMS Licenses
    Last year, I built a pod­cast­ing CMS. I also li­censed it to three net­works: the one I co-founded, Goodstuff FM, Relay FM, and Broken Buggy. I’d like to li­cense this CMS to more net­works who are in need of a pow­er­ful, yet sim­ple sys­tem to man­age their shows. This might in­volve cre­at­ing some type of mar­ket­ing site, but also might mean that I de­velop this into a SaaS.

  4. Better Sleeping Habits
    Sleep is so im­por­tant. They say that when you miss out on sleep, you don’t ever re­cu­per­ate it. That’s de­press­ing. Either way, I’ve got to get bet­ter about get­ting to sleep ear­lier and wak­ing up ear­lier. It’s not so dif­fi­cult, and in­ter­est­ingly, I al­ways feel re­freshed when I do.

  5. Design and Build a Piece of Furniture
    When I was lit­tle, I’d work with my Dad build­ing fur­ni­ture for our house. My Dad has al­ways in­ter­ested in car­pen­try. We built my desk to­gether, my bed, their bed, and many oth­ers. This year, I’d like to de­sign and build some­thing for my home. Admittingly, I’ll most likely need his help, but for once, maybe I can re­tain some of the knowl­ege he im­parts.

Those are my goals for this year. What are yours?


  1. I know, I know. You must be think­ing, that’s hor­ri­ble.” But it was ac­tu­ally quite in­ter­est­ing. We ended up buy­ing wa­ter (the kind you get in those five gal­lon jugs) and us­ing that to cook and shower. Although a slight in­coven­ince, it was a fun part of the ex­pe­ri­ence. ↩︎

  2. Just like every­one does. And the gyms to­tally take ad­van­tage of this. They run this spe­cial for all of us New Years Resolutioners”. They fig­ure they’ll make tons of money of these chumps who’ll sign up and never go. ↩︎

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