2020 Goals

Posted on January 28, 2020

Happy New Year!

The holidays are over and I’m finally getting back in a groove from vacation time. It’s been a few months since I’ve updated or posted anything new on here, and figure its about time to get that rolling again with a small post.

In 2019 I made some small professional and personal goals that I kept mostly to myself. This year I’m planning on renewing these goals and taking them a bit further - hopefully posting them here will keep me on it.

12 Fermentations

Last year I set a goal for 12 fermentations and ended up short (landing on 8 total). This year I’m going to shoot for 12 again. This could be any multi-day fermentation - pretty much anything besides bread.

12 Open Source Contributions

My previous contribution goal was 5 pull requests to repositories I appreciate. This wasn’t terribly difficult, so this year I’m going to bump that to 12.

Read 3 Engineering Books

In 2019 I read 3 engineering books, and in 2020 I plan on continuing that trend. The majority of my reading list is STEM related, but this may also include professional or team development reads.

Read 6 Thoughtful Books

Last year my overall reading goal was 24 books. This worked out fine, but by the end of the list I noticed just how many of these were not that memorable. I still plan on reading for fun, but would like to make sure I’m also intentionally picking up more works to challenge myself or my views.

In 2019 I did pick up a handful of books that I’d say fall into this category:

  • Black Leopard, Red Wolf - fascinating and occasionally dense story telling with lore that varies greatly from a traditional western hemisphere point-of-view
  • Give People Money - a one sided take on Universal Basic Income that touts many of its hypothetical, and ocassionally known, benefits.
  • How To Be An Antiracist - delves into what it means to be an antiracist and how that differs significantly from being apathetic and simply not racist.
  • Wordslut - a recent examination of language from a feminist angle. Extremely accessible while still treading unfamiliar ground.

In 2020 I plan to specifically seek out more works like these alongside whatever technical and fun reading I end up doing.

2020, Let’s Go

There it is, an actionable list to hold myself accountable for this year. Looks like I have a decent chunk of work to get started on, but it should be a fun trek. In the spirit of accountability I’ll even keep track of these goals here.

Fermentations ❌ ❌ ❌ ❌ ❌ ❌ ❌ ❌ ❌ ❌ ❌ ❌
Open Source Pull Requests βœ“ ❌ ❌ ❌ ❌ ❌ ❌ ❌ ❌ ❌ ❌ ❌
Engineering Reading List ❌ ❌ ❌
Thoughtful Reading List ❌ ❌ ❌ ❌ ❌ ❌