Bri Manning

2018 Resolution Final Update

January 4, 2019

2019 came up on me quickly, so I’m just getting a chance to review my 2018 resolutions.

  1. Professional Development
    1. Update Type. I actually put out two updates. One was a simple update in the first quarter of the year and a second one went out in the fourth quarter to fix a couple bugs and remove support for Facebook. Unfortunately, they disabled the ability for most apps to publish to someone’s timeline, so I had to remove that option.
    2. Create a simple app with Flutter. I actually finished the first version of this other than finalizing a logo, figuring out signing for the Apple App Store and Google Play.
    3. Write a blog post each quarter for the Rocket blog. With publishing a blog post about migrating to AndroidX, I finished this one off.
  2. Personal Development
    1. Continue reading a book a month with a stretch goal of 15 books this year. I even almost hit 16!
      1. The Bee: A Natural History by Noah Wilson-Rich
      2. The Black Monday Murders, Vol. 1: All Hail, God Mammon by Jonathan Hickman
      3. Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O’Neil
      4. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
      5. The Weekend Garden Guide: Work-Saving Ways to a Beautiful Backyard by Susan A. Roth
      6. Beekeeping for Dummies by Howland Blackiston
      7. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell
      8. Attracting Backyard Wildlife: A Guide for Nature Lovers by William J. Merilees
      9. What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
      10. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
      11. Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman #1) by Neil Gaiman
      12. With a Tangled Skein (Incarnations of Immortality #3) by Piers Anthony
      13. Wielding a Red Sword (Incarnations of Immortality #4) by Piers Anthony
      14. The Wars of the Roosevelts: The Ruthless Rise of America’s Greatest Political Family by Will J. Mann
      15. Being a Green Month (Incarnations of Immortality #5) by Piers Anthony
    2. Missy and I decided to do a monthly art club. This one ended up being a failure. I guess that happens.
  3. Fitness
    1. Ride my bike to work every day it’s reasonable to do so. Now that it’s cold and dark early, it hasn’t been too feasible to do this. For the months that it was ok, I was able to get this done, so I’m counting it as a win.
    2. Do the Crossfit workout of the day. I’ve been doing this here and there, but the biggest change is that we bought a Concept 2 erg, so I’ve been focusing on that as my form of indoor cardio. As a result, I’m going to count this one since I kept up with it in spirit.
    3. Run three times a week. For most of the non-cold season, I ran about 10 miles a week with my longest single run clocking in at 9.4 miles.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with how it all went. While I didn’t get everything, I think that means I set some high goals and I got much of what I set out to do.