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!

GIVEAWAY: A Case Cringle Christmas, Day 4 β€” Building a Smarter Home with Linksys and Belkin!

Fun fact β€” approximately only 20% of this nation consists ofΒ parents, evenΒ fewer with young kids, so what kind of blogger would I be to exclude the other 80% from my contests? The last two days had aΒ strong family focus with the cloud b and Pampers prize packs up for grabs, so I thought it nigh time to switch gears with some other goods!

Through 2015, I slowly found myself entering the world of tech blogging. There’s still more than enough that makes me drool at the thought of owning them β€” the GoPro Hero 4 Black; the Canon EF f/4L 11-24 mm lens… heck, even as a responsible adult, I probably won’t be satisfied until I get a Vitamix G-Series 780 to make my food and a Miele Complete C3 PowerPlus vacuum to clean my messes up β€” being aΒ technophile is a constant struggle to optimize your world, and today’s prizes are right in line with the dream of living a life as sleek as possible!

Our ancestors would likely beΒ dumbfounded by the sheer number of things we can do at the press of a button in 2015! We can watch our homes through portable screens that never leave our sides, telling intrudersΒ exactly where they can go via two-way communication. The computers that filled office floors; music recorded in expansive studiosΒ filled with instruments; and the encyclopedic volumes that once required dedicated bookshelf space to give us information at our fingertips β€” we carryΒ all of this in our pockets without a second thought, constantly pushing the envelope on things we can do to improve our lives!

Today’s prizes include the Belkin WeMo Insight Switch and the Linksys N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender, a couple of items just aboutΒ anyone can use to make their homes justΒ that much better.