I’ve heard that as you get older, time goes by faster. I def­i­nitely felt that this year. As with most years there were good times and bad, here are some of the high­lights.

Almost Canadians #

In January, Kelly and I were in­vited to Toronto by Shopify. I was in­ter­view­ing for a job there—that I even­tu­ally did­n’t get. You can read all about my heart be­ing bro­ken, but aside from the in­ter­view it was an ex­cel­lent trip. I en­joyed get­ting to know Toronto.

My friend Cayce took me to Kinton Ramen which blew my mind. I’d never had ra­men be­fore, so I was a lit­tle skep­ti­cal, but af­ter this I could­n’t get enough. Kelly and I ended up eat­ing there two more times be­fore we left. If I had all the money in the world, I’d have my pri­vate jet fly me there just for lunch.

While we were there, we went apart­ment hunt­ing. Prices for apart­ments in Toronto are pretty crazy. We were look­ing at places for $1900 CAD at the time, which did­n’t get you much.

I think mov­ing would’ve been a great ex­pe­ri­ence for the both of us, but oh well.

Speaking Again #

This year was a great one for speak­ing events. I had the honor of speak­ing at four events this year. Out of the four events, I’d never been to two of the cities.

I was in­vited to give my talk on CSS Grid. Giving this talk was in­sanely ex­cit­ing be­cause we went from only hav­ing sup­port in Firefox and Chrome, to hav­ing sup­port in al­most all browsers ex­cept IE11. As some­one who’s work­flow has been com­pletely changed with CSS Grid, I was ex­cited by the browser sup­port and the re­ac­tion of peo­ple to the topic.

I’d like to ex­tend a huge thank you to Minnebar, BeerCity Code, Converge, and EE Conf for let­ting me speak at their event. Sharing new things you’re learn­ing is al­ways very re­ward­ing.

Mealthy #

@keaton_taylor hooked me up with the awe­some peo­ple at Mealthy. At the time, Mealthy had­n’t launched their site yet. They had a site in de­vel­op­ment al­ready with great bones, but needed some pol­ish.

I started work­ing with them in August and over the next few months we de­ployed the site, launched the com­pa­ny’s first phys­i­cal prod­uct, then launched the sec­ond. I also had the plea­sure and priv­i­lege of work­ing with a fun and trust­ing team. Working with Mealthy is hands down one of the best pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ences I’ve had.

Even though I was laid off in December, I wish the re­main­ing team the very best.

Brightly Colored #

After four years of this site be­ing called The Bold Report, I de­cided it was time for a new name. I de­tailed some of the rea­sons back in October, but to make a long story short, it’d been a long time com­ing.

2017 was a great year for this blog. It saw growth in read­er­ship, I wrote a lot, and it’s cur­rent de­sign is the best one I’ve made. I’d love to see read­er­ship grow a lot more in 2018, but I feel like I’ve been say­ing that since the site’s in­cep­tion.

Times with Loved Ones #

Dawson

2017 was a great year with friends and fam­ily. My sis­ter-in-law from Montana vis­ited us with her kids, my brother-in-law from California paid us a visit with his fam­ily, my sis­ter-in-law from Wisconsin came to visit a few times, my un­cle and cousin moved from California to Minnesota, and we took (our now tra­di­tional) cabin trip up north in the fall. We also made a trip out to California to cel­e­brate my aunt and un­cle’s twenty-fifth an­niver­sary.

Family at the Fair
Friends at the Cabin

YouTube Channel #

2017 was the year I fi­nally bought a cam­era. Shortly af­ter, I started a YouTube chan­nel. In just a few months, I’d cre­ated some prod­uct re­views, un­box­ings, and movie re­views. They’re not too bad (if I do say so my­self).

The setup has changed a bit since this photo, but the mess is the same

The setup has changed a bit since this photo, but the mess is the same

Then, the sum­mer came and things just… stopped. And I haven’t had a chance to get back at it. I have plans to fix this in 2018, with a siz­able list of ideas. But my biggest goal con­cern­ing the chan­nel is to find my own voice in video. It’s been a dif­fi­cult ad­just­ment to be in front of the cam­era since I would­n’t con­sider my­self pho­to­genic. Not only that, but I don’t sound like my­self just yet—my scripts still feel very ro­botic and my de­liv­ery too stiff.

A Two-Wheeled Adventure #

Tim on Scooter

In May, Kelly and I went to get our mo­tor­cy­cle per­mits. A few days later, we bought a Honda PCX150. A sleek lit­tle scooter that I could use to run er­rands while she’s at work. Since we only have one car, be­ing able to go out, get some sun, meet peo­ple for lunch, and more was amaz­ing dur­ing the sum­mer. I got a taste of be­ing on two wheels and was hooked.

In October I took a mo­tor­cy­cle train­ing class and fi­nal­ized get­ting my mo­tor­cy­cle en­dorse­ment. It was two in­tense days that stressed how to be safe on a mo­tor­cy­cle. There’s a lot that’s com­mon sense, but there’s also so much you don’t think about in a car that could save your life on two wheels. I’m very tempted to up­grade to a mo­tor­cy­cle next year.

Izzy doesn’t fit in a box on my desk anymore, but she’s just as cute

Izzy does­n’t fit in a box on my desk any­more, but she’s just as cute

New Kitten #

We added a new mem­ber to the Smith fam­ily this year. We adopted a tiny grey kit­ten from the Humane Society and named her Izzy. Four months later, she’s sig­nif­i­cantly big­ger but still in­sanely play­ful. This cat has the most en­ergy I’ve seen in a kit­ten. She’ll run around and play, take a five minute power nap, and get back at it. Her and our other cat get along well so we’re happy about that too.

Timberwolves Season Tickets #

After many years of an­guish, be­ing a Timberwolves fan is ex­cit­ing again with the ad­di­tions they made in the re­cent off-sea­son. We de­cided to get sea­son tick­ets in the nose­bleeds, which turned out to be great seats.

Before the sea­son started, we were in­vited to an open house and had the chance to tour the whole arena. The ren­o­vated Target Center is beau­ti­ful. We even had a chance to sit court­side while the Wolves prac­ticed. There we were just inches from these in­cred­i­bly tall bas­ket­ball play­ers, and I could not get the smile off my face. That night, I was a kid all over again. I was on the jum­botron too!

Kelly and I with Crunch at the Target Center open house

Kelly and I with Crunch at the Target Center open house

Winter Basketball #

I needed ex­er­cise to be part of my reg­u­lar rou­tine so this win­ter I signed up for win­ter bas­ket­ball. It’s been so much fun to play every Monday night. The sea­son started in November, and I feel like every game I get into a lit­tle bit bet­ter shape.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not even a shadow of my nine­teen-year-old self, but the car­dio makes me feel ex­hausted and amaz­ing at the same time. I’m so ex­cited to be play­ing the game I love on a reg­u­lar ba­sis again. Oh and I fi­nally have a jer­sey with my num­ber on it.

Looking Forward to 2018 #

All in all, I’m re­ally happy with 2017. I feel like I used my time the way I wanted to, im­proved my phys­i­cal and men­tal health, and en­joyed ex­pe­ri­ences that widened my hori­zons.

Here’s our motto for 2018:

Our Motto: Be Proactive, Not Reactive.

Now for my goals:

  1. Produce at Least One Video a Month
    At least. I’m hop­ing I can make more than that, but one per month feels achiev­able. I’d like to get 1k sub­scribers by the end of the year too.

  2. Read One Book Every Two Months
    I’ve got a list of sev­en­teen books. I’m al­most pos­i­tive I won’t be able to read all of them this up­com­ing year, but I think six is a rea­son­able goal.

  3. Buy a House
    After liv­ing al­most three years in a base­ment apart­ment, 2018 will be the year we move out. I need more sun­light, and I’d like for us to have a place of our own.

It’s go­ing to be a great year.

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