It seems odd to me to be turning 30 as at times I still feel like i’m in my early to mid 20s yet at other times I certainly do feel a bit older than I would still like to be.
A few years ago I had a number of friends turning 30 and some of them were having a little bit of a freakout. At the time I said to myself that by the time I turn 30 I won’t be freaking out like they did. Well I thought that until the day I turned 29 and then over the last year I’ve had plenty of freakouts to a number of my friends.
2016 has been a strange year, it has gone by very quickly, and has been full of change.
At the start of 2016 I set a small number of goals, while I only completely achieved two of them I feel I made progress towards all of them:
Continue learning German During the first half of the year I continued well along this goal, however, by the end of the year any practice has fallen by the wayside. Travel and/or move to Europe or Singapore I spent a month travelling around Europe in February and tried for a job in Germany but was unsuccessful. Read 30 books I completed 27 books, which is fewer than the previous two years, however, after moving house I have a shorter commute to work which is where I do the majority of my reading. Read more
Many of these goals are a continuation of goals from previous years
Continue learning German
Read 30 books
Travel and/or move to Europe or Singapore
At the start of the year I set some goals which I subsequently completely forgot about, but looking back now I achieved four out of five of them. They were:
Continue learning German This goal ebbed and flowed, but in the later part of the year I completed around 90 days of continuous practice on Duolingo.com Learn python I completed multiple Coursera courses on python and had to crash course myself through it to work on a Baxter robot in the middle of the year. Go to Europe I went in February on a whim after finding myself out of work. Read 20 books
Each month of the year also had a number of highlights: Read more
Another year comes to an end. During this year I have achieved many of the goals I set myself in January:
Continue Learning German – and go back to Germany. I did well with the German in the middle of the year, but in the later months I have done none. I still have a massive desire to return to Germany. Summit Mt Kosciusko Fourth year in a row that this hasn’t happened. But I did go skiing in the Snowy Mountains. Read at least ten books – including the six paperbacks I currently have unread. I have read 36 books! But have now amassed 14 more to be read. In May I decided to start reading on the bus in the morning rather than reading Facebook and Twitter on my phone. Buy a VF Commodore – I’ve wanted a Holden since I was in my teens. Keep this blog up to date. I blogged fewer times than any previous year, so I avoided the problem.
The year has had many highlights:
In no particular, but some sort of order:
Continue Learning German – and go back to Germany.
Summit Mt Kosciusko – it has to be achieved some day soon.
Read at least ten books – including the six paperbacks I currently have unread.
Buy a VF Commodore – I’ve wanted a Holden since I was in my teens.
Keep this blog up to date – In the last few months I’ve been about three months behind on posts.
2013 has been great. It’s been a year of fantastic fun, growth and personal achievement.
At the start of 2013 I laid out some goals for the year, they were:
Learn German I did far better at this than in 2012. I am still very much a beginner, but I am learning. Duolingo has been great for this. Summit Mt Kosciusko Once again this goal was elusive. Go on a holiday for at least a week without internet access I didn’t end up away for a whole week without internet, but there were a few weekends of digital silence.
An additional personal achievement was reading 12 books over the year – four histories, three science, three theology, and two novels.
There are also a number of highlights from throughout the year:
For the past seven years, every two years, I have posted a photo of my “control centre”, aka my home computer setup. Only this time, by mistake, it has been three years since I last posted. So below is the control centre in 2013.
Control Centre 2013
The changes since the last post have been the addition of a 23in monitor, new keyboard and mouse and a new main system.