The 2017 100 Wrap-Up β€” 31 Successes.

Several weeks, a few dozen photos and four thousand words later, we’ve finally made itβ€”the Casey Palmer, Canadian Dad 2017 wrap-up, filled with stories aplenty of 365 days spent in my not-so-orthodox life.

After wrapping the year up on a quiet note (because two sick children under five will do that to you), I still felt it necessary to do this. These year-to-year changeovers offer a lot of perspective for meβ€”with so much happening all the time, I often forget what I had for breakfast, so I write everything down. And if the height of the pile on my desk is any sign, 2017 was quite the year. But it’s also the time where I’m the most transparent, looking back objectively at everything I’ve done and celebrating successes, owning up to failures, hoping all the while that I’m somehow growing from the process.

But yeahβ€”let’s do this as we did in 2016: look at the year in excruciating detail, figuring out what’s worth taking with me into 2018 versus what doesn’t feel part of my world anymore.

Ladies and gentlemen, let me presentβ€”the 31 things I did well in 2017! Let’s get it!

Best Buy Canada | Mother’s Day | How to do Mother’s Day RIGHT

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Let’s be realβ€”we all know Mother’s Day as a commercial holiday’s aΒ far cry from its original purpose when originally dreamt up by Anna Jarvis in 1908. (Don’t believe me? Ask Terry O’Reilly.) But that doesn’t mean the sentiment behind it isn’tΒ valid. The things my mother’s done andΒ sacrificed for her three sons are utterlyΒ priceless. When she needs something, I never worry about the price tagβ€”I just make itΒ happen. A quality I hope extends to my sons as they grow older, but in the meantime, I think I’ll need to step inΒ for them.

But May’s no easy month for Casa de Palmerβ€”at least it’s not for me. I don’t know whose big idea it was to have Mother’s Day, Sarah’s birthday and our anniversary all in the same month (what up, fate?), but it means rising to the challenge of finding a gift awesome enough to be worthy of all three.

Doing Mother's Day RIGHT Courtesy of Best Buy! β€” One of Sarah's Birthdays

Nowβ€”as a Best Buy Ambassador, I know they’ve gotΒ plenty in store to help you give theΒ perfect Mother’s Day present. For example, if you mother’s the resident gourmand, perhaps grab a Vitamix Ascent 1.89L 1500-Watt Stand Blender or a KitchenAid Custom Stand Mixer. Or if she likes her coffeeβ€”and I mean really good coffeeβ€”check out the Breville CafΓ© Roma Pump Espresso Machine or the Nespresso VertuoLine Coffee System with Aeroccino Plus. Watches, jewellery, and fitness trackersβ€”Best Buy offers more than most imagine, and I had to findΒ just the right gift for Sarahpalooza 2017!

But then it hit meβ€”a perfect gift for Sarah that she’d still use years down the road: a Microsoft Surface Pro 4!

The 2017 100 | It’s Not WHAT You Do, It’s How You DO It.

Unless my life sees someΒ major changes this year, 2017 may mark the last list of 100!

It’s January 13thβ€”I’ve spent nearlyΒ two weeks of my new year agonising over 100 items thatΒ matter enough to hit a list of goals and aspirations for the year ahead. And that’s aΒ key difference from the lists that came before it.

Before it was a task listβ€”I’d look around at everything that needed doing andΒ jot it down, because my life wouldΒ obviously be better with them out of the way.

But task lists aren’tΒ inspiring. They’re notΒ motivational. As a creative, that’s like dropping a pile of 100 things I dread on my lap and nagging myself to get ’em done by the year’s end.

Once I realised what I was doing to myself, so much so that I just went through myΒ least successful yearΒ yet for my list, IΒ knew I needed to make a change for 2017.

The 2017 100 β€” It's Not WHAT You Do, It's How You DO It. β€” New Year, New Perspective

I’m particularly proud of the list I’ve put together for The 2017 100. I didn’t take any shortcutsβ€”I wrote out 100 things that’d help me live the life I’dΒ like to lead and prove instrumental along the path there. Rather than hurriedly scrawl out a list I’d likely ignore ’til December, I wrote one that I’dΒ happily check off, knowing that each accomplishment would take me a step closer to aΒ far better 2018. I feel like I’m finally getting itΒ right this time, and I hope that shines through as you give it a look for yourself!

But that’s enough of my chatterβ€”I’ve already made you wait longΒ enough. Here for your consideration is The 2017 100β€”because it’s notΒ what you do… it’s how youΒ do it!

The 2016 100 Wrap-Up, Part 2: 46 Things I DIDN’T Do But Still Very Much WANT To.

So somewhere in myΒ crazy mind, I’d convinced myself it’d be a good idea to write my wrap-up for The 2016 100 all as one post, because I’m always soΒ curt with my posts, of course. A few days of working on it quickly killedΒ that idea, and here were are with the second part of my wrap-up, covering the things IΒ didn’t get around to in 2016, but still plan to manage this year, as well as my reasonsΒ why.

(Note: YouΒ will see these in some form in The 2017 100, so you knowβ€”don’t beΒ too surprised.)

What I Didn’t Do, But Still Want to Do Next Year

7) Stop biting my nails β€” Ugh. What I probably need to doΒ first is reduce the amount ofΒ stress in my life to get a better chance of dropping thisΒ disgusting habit. I had a good run early in the year, but hey. Maybe I’ll have better luck this time!
8) Get rid of the wedding thank you cards I never sent β€” I don’t think those past thank you’s are getting sent. It’s just… not something I’m doing.Β Instead, I think I’d love to start sending Christmas letters with some personalisation. I’m not aΒ complete jackass, guys, but there needs to be a point where we agree toΒ move on.
13) Sort out my old TD employee RSP β€” Any outstanding finances inΒ general, really: part of being an adult is knowing how much your insurance will pay out. What your benefits cover. What’s in your stock portfolio. 2017 Casey Palmer needs a better handle on all this kind of stuff!

The 2016 100 Wrap-Up, Part 2 - 46 Things I DIDN'T Do But Very Much Still WANT To. β€” A Cluttered Casey Palmer Workspace

14) Consolidate everything down to a single notepad β€” I mean, you don’tΒ see the magic happening, but my desk and dining room table areΒ plastered withΒ pages of notes as I draft out my posts.Β Will it happen? Maybe. Do IΒ want it to? OhΒ heck yes ?