Settings goals is pointless if you don't look back and reflect on how you did. It seems like 2021 was a shit show in so many ways, but I was also very productive at the beginning and end of the year. Let's break down each of my 2021 goals and see how I did.
I wanted to improve on communication and appreciation this year, and I think I've come a long way! My wife and I grew a lot this year as a couple, and we had some very intentional conversations about how to have the best marriage. Communication is at an all time high, and we're feeling very connected to one another.
Also, we just celebrated our seven year anniversary with an awesome day in downtown Austin!
I'm not sure how I did it, but throughout the achilles injury I was mentally tough and stayed positive throughout my recovery process. I truly believe that without a good attitude, my recovery would not have gone as well as it did. I finished physical therapy in the summer and have been pushing myself to get back to where I was in the gym before the injury.
In regards to training, the first half of the year was focused stricly on recovering from my achilles injury. It was a lot of very focused exercises, and didn't really leave room for training any other body parts.
In the second half of the year I started training upper body again, and slowly introduced running. By October I ran a 5k at a 7:40 / mile pace, not bad. When I started feeling more comfortable I reintroduced lower body days. Starting from just the bar, I've been able to work up to
225 on squat at
315 on deadlift so far without form breakdown or pain.
I've been alternating lifting and running to ensure I don't bulk up too much this winter, and to keep my heart in good shape. The only thing I'm still avoiding is sprints, which is what caused the injury in the first place. I think my mental barriers are finally coming down, and I'll bring back sprints in 2022.
I definitely surpassed everything I dreamed of for this goal. I started Web Dev Weekly with Richard Gottleber and released
31 episodes which averaged over
100 listens per episode! We are currently taking a break for the month of December, but I'm working on a new custom website for the show and we've got a backlog full of ideas for next year.
While I didn't release any merch, I completely overhauled my Twitch overlays with a completely custom site. I also built a chat bot that responds to
!commands and has rewards for redeeming channel points, like changing my VS Code theme or the color of my Hue lights. I even added a notification to this site when I'm live.
I got the chance to stream during work hours to support Extra Life, a great charity organization benefitting children's hospitals.
Although my streaming slowed down quite a bit during my job transition, I've been picking it back up lately. Now I'm streaming video games like Halo Infinite in addition to web development.