Subway Canada | Another Shot at Carl’s Crew — Getting My Life in Gear!

If you’ve followed the blog a while, you’ll probably remember Carl’s Crew with Subway Canada, an initiative I ran with last spring that saw me utterly fail at making changes to improve my life, focusing on nutrition, fitness and changing my paradigm to make more time for things that really matter. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to do it — I’m just perpetually hopeless at making my health a priority, something I should really consider changing with a son who’ll probably want me around for many years yet, and his little brother who I hope will want the same.

However — though I’d never shortlist for fittest blogger of the year, I’m not shy to recognize my issues for what they are, and Subway Canada’s been generous enough to offer a second chance at introducing some much-needed positive change in my life!

But this time it’ll be a little different.

The 2015 100, Part 2: Low-Hanging Fruit — The Short-Term List

This year, I put my list of 100 together differently, looking to take care of home, self and the people around me before chasing after anything too extravagant, like going to SXSW or speaking at a TED Talk.

2014 taught me that baby steps exist for a reason, chewing me up when I tried to fly too close to the sun and spitting me out months later, barely able to write anything worth reading.

The 2015 100, Part Two — Sarah and Little Palmer
The reasons why I do what I do.

Ignoring my life’s responsibilities aren’t an option — I’m a family man before a blogger, and though there’ll always be bloggers with bigger toys and better trips, I need to exercise patience with these creative pursuits and find happiness in the things I already have — a wife, child, family and friends who love me.

So this year’s list is one of things I need to do to improve my life — not ones that’ll give me extra work only to discover I never really wanted them. Not ones I lust after because someone else had them first.

It’s a list of things I want to do, and hopefully enough to motivate myself to get them done.

The 2015 100, Part 1 — The List

This year’s list of 100 goals turned out grossly different from I’d originally imagined. Technically, I finished the list on December 31st, trying to build something more reasonable than my 2013 list, of which I completed only 33, or my 2014 list, not much better at 40. In 2015, I approached it with a better understanding of my reality’s cornerstones, knowing not to expect too much travel that wasn’t family travel, or to avoid having too many goals that took me away from my home. But more than that, I learned over the past couple of years that it’s difficult for others to visualize my goals, with previous lists lacking the context to understand where I was coming from.

That in mind, I tried my hand at writing out the reasons why each item was so important to me. I thought it’d be a nice touch, giving a sentence or so to show what’s behind the things that drive me.

But sentences became paragraphs and paragraphs miniature posts, leaving me here most of the way through January without a list of 100 goals anywhere in sight.

And that’s when I remembered something Craig once mentioned of my 2014 #FordNAIAS wrap-up post — I’m a great writer, but much of what I shove into these long, epic posts, I could convert into post series that grab people a lot better.

THE MONTHS OF ‘BER: On Leave

One of my day job’s benefits is the recognized value of both parents getting to spend some quality time with their newborn kid. With the quirks of my office job seemingly a world behind me, we’ve packed more in mere days than I would in most months, with many adventures due in the coming weeks!

And when I’m not lobbying for my #1 Dad award, I’m chipping away at the #BloggerLife.

Of To-Do Lists and Immense Efforts — The 2014 #BloggerLife So Far

The Months of 'Ber — On Leave — My Son Playing With Paper

I started 2014 ambitiously. With a son still quite immobile and without the complications of things like day care or shoving foreign objects into his mouth, I dreamt of a life where I could rock the day job, be an awesome father, and still run my #BloggerLife with content that’d change the world!

THE MONTHS OF BER: Once More, With FEELING.

And out of nowhere, like a dreaded cold that chills your bones, The Months of Ber have fallen upon us, signalling the time to check on our affairs and tie up loose ends wherever we can.

The Team Trolling July 2014 Hangout — Casey's Birthday
With the summer gone, it’s time to cherish the memories, but prepare for an entirely new season ahead with entirely new challenges. Photo Credit: Justin Baisden

With summer wrapped up but a wealth of work still sitting on my plate, I looked at my desk and didn’t even know where to start. When I added cleaning my desk to The 2014 100 back in January, it was no joke — the pressed wood of my 2% stake in my home has long vanished under piles of unfinished ideas, half-read books, and a plethora of resources I got with good intentions, but ultimately used them so seldom that all they do is take up space.

It’s time to figure out what really needs doing in my life, and with luck, I can enter 2015 much farther ahead than I was a mere 9 months ago.