Last year was an incredible one: with lots of travel (spending the better part of the year in Hong Kong and London for Enterproid), many new friends, and really great headway on my personal project, which I’m excited to announce soon. I can happily say I’ve accomplished every goal I set out for last year except to sketch regularly. For now I’m putting that one to rest. For 2013 my goals are to:
- At the same time become less attached to technology. This year I begun to observe the sabbath again – in my own way – taking Saturdays to break away from my computer and focus on different and higher level thought. Doing so has been really great, and I plan to take as many opportunities as possible this year to unplug.
- Read more fiction. At the beginning of last year I read two fiction novels, something I had not done for fun in perhaps a decade. I’ve found it’s a great way to open my mind (outside of the startup/tech world). I plan to get back to reading for at least an hour every night before I fall asleep – and to the point above, use that book as a replacement for my nightly twitter and blog reading on my iPhone.
- Give unquestionably (of my time, money, and compassion). After witnessing a friend give some money to a series of homeless people we passed on the streets of New York, I asked him how he could possibly expect to give to everyone who asks. His response was that if they are needy enough to ask, who am I to question whether they are worthy to receive? He’s absolutely right. Since then I’ve adopted a similar approach and will work hard to expand that to things outside the realm of money as well.
- Cycle. I recently bought a bicycle and it’s totally changed the way I experience the city. It’s a 5-6 mile ride each way to work, and it’s not only a lot of fun and great exercise, but also a great time to think (at least outside of Manhattan!). When the weather gets a bit warmer I really want to take advantage of my bicycle on the weekends to explore a bit father outside of the city.
- Eat healthier. I’ve gotten a lot better at this but can continue to improve: eating less junk food and more healthy snacks throughout the day like bananas and nuts, not eating/snacking so late in the evening when I’m up working on something, and trying to stick to more greens and proteins and less processed foods, carbs, and sugars. Perhaps I’ll even learn how to cook. Maybe.