Well that didn’t turn out exactly as planned — ended up some posts shy of my original goal, but I think I still managed to get a lot out, a lot written, and make some progress in life.
I’m happy to have made it through 2011 in one piece with plenty of hope and positive prospects for 2012 afoot. I’ve called 2011 the most challenging year I’ve had to date — not bad, just challenging. Here’s a monthly look at just what went down in this past year for me:
- January: Won the Wolfram|Alpha Holiday Gift-Away: Deck the Halls with Facts & Knowledge with the help of my friends and family, getting my hands on some sweet Mathematica software; win a new Cisco router at #ReGiftTO
- February: My boss left our branch, changing the entire dynamic and environment of our office
- March: Found the AMAZING Burberry suit that I’d wear to the wedding
- April: Lots of wedding prep and finding time to hang out with friends before becoming a married man
- May: Got married, had a crazy bachelor party in Montreal, head off to Europe on honeymoon for three weeks, going well into June, bought an iPad
- June: Come back, face reality. Work hard.
- July: Decide not to throw any more birthday parties and travel instead, go camping with the in-laws
- August: Montreal Part 2, hit up the de Bruyn cottage in Quebec for an extremely relaxing weekend, start new job!
- September: See high school friends after a very long time, take up sewing classes
- October: Cottage Antics at another cottage
- November: Headed out to Boston only to find that Toronto’s better
- December: Start yet another job, have some crazy times with Twitter folk at HoHoTO, and wrap up a very busy year.
Living a life filled with regret isn’t what anyone wants — we focus on the years of constant lessons; figuring out who we are, what we’re about and where we’d like to improve; and we acknowledge the progress we’ve made and where we’d eventually like to get to.
And that’s simply for the things we do casually.
What if you work on something with a little more intensity? If you do something very regularly, the improvement to your task happens over a much shorter time than one might expect! It might take 10,000 hours to master something, but by no means does that mean it all happens at a constant rate!
For me, in 2011, it was definitely this blog.
When I started writing the 2K11 24/7 back in January, it was primarily just to prove that I could write a blog post a day. All I had at the time was a catchy-enough name. No real theme. No real idea of what content I’d write — just a name.
The blog would evolve into a life of its own as time passed — I found myself really assessing my life, trying to earn more about the world and why it was so messed up — writing all the time had me thinking about things I hadn’t dredged up in my mind in a very long time.
On top of the message the blog’s been delivering, I learned more about what it means to be a blogger — I had to learn about marketing, coding and analytics; I had to get more involved in Toronto communities both online and offline — these were all things I didn’t know would be fundamental to my success as I aimed to spread my thoughts; it was all stuff I discovered as my journey progressed this past year.
Lots of major events and life changes, but it wasn’t without its disappointments as well. Life isn’t perfect and neither are we — in 2011, I strove to put out a blog post a day, but in November, the malaise that often comes from too much repetition and routine would find me, sending me off to look for other projects and to finish the year with a blog just 30-40 posts short of 365.
While on one hand, I could beat myself up for not having made it all the way, that’s over 300 quality posts! That’s buckets of blood, sweat and tears that went into posts on all sorts of topics — forgive the visual.
So 2012 will probably be an even better year, and I’m looking forward to not being chained to my computer racking my brain for things to write about day in and day out.
What’s the plan for next time? Just wait and see!
–Casey E. Palmer
2011. Signing out.