Bri Manning

2018 Resolutions Third Quarter

October 15, 2018

Time for the third quarterly update of my 2018 resolutions.

  1. Professional Development
    1. Update Type. This was previously done in the first quarter.
    2. Create a simple app with Flutter. No movement on this, but I hope to get around to it soon.
    3. Write a blog post each quarter for the Rocket blog. I recently published my third blog post about Koin, a Kotlin dependency injection framework that I’ve become a big fan of.
  2. Personal Development
    1. Continue reading a book a month with a stretch goal of 15 books this year. I’m getting close to the stretch goal at this point with plenty of time left in the year.
      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
    2. Missy and I decided to do a monthly art club. I’ve made some more progress on my D&D maps and started using hex graph paper for this to map outdoor places with a sense of scale. I’m considering doing a daily challenge for a month sometime soon to get some solid progress there.
  3. Fitness
    1. Ride my bike to work every day it’s reasonable to do so. I haven’t been doing this as much, mostly because there are times I would’ve left Rugby alone at home all day and he’s a big hit in the office.
    2. Do the Crossfit workout of the day. Since I’ve turned the running up even more, most non-cardio has been pushups, bodyweight full squats, and pullups. Once the weather turns, this will certainly change.
    3. Run three times a week. I’ve turned this up a bit and even hit an all-time PR for a 5k, beating a record set back in 2014.

There’s still some time left, but I think that I’ve got a good shot at polishing off these goals. What I’ve definitely learned is that if the goal isn’t something that’s a daily or near-daily thing to make progress on, then I’m far less likely to put effort into it. That’ll be something to keep in mind for next year.