2014 started on a tired note.
After somehow staying up ’til midnight on the 31st (largely with childless friends), we left shortly after to put heads to bed. But while others might have taken the 1st as a day of rest, I managed to cram in
- driving a rickety Zipvan for the first time crosstown to pick a glider up for the nursery;
- watching the season premiere of BBC’s Sherlock — “The Empty Hearse” — which gladdened me to see Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson back in action; and
- winning a $700 Nokia Lumia 1020 phone for $188 at the HoHoTO Hangover Auction
2014’s first day wasn’t impossible, but 2013’s end as a string of sleepless nights with deadlines, infant tantrums and rules that change with every passing moment was finally starting to take its toll. Parenthood is trying — in an ideal world, I’d have posted this yesterday.
Parenthood is anything but ideal, though — it changes your life, yes, but you can’t forget yourself in the process — it’s why I’m still making a list of 100 personal goals.
Oh, this again?
In 2013, I took a page from my friend’s book and wrote 100 things I wanted to do that year. I didn’t know whether I’d get them all done, or — in all honesty — whether I even wanted to do them all, but it seemed like a good way to start the year.
I successfully wrapped The 2013 100 up despite Icepocalypse, a busy Christmas season and a cough that just wouldn’t quit — but you don’t just have a personal victory and call it a day!
The entire point of new year’s resolutions is to show you’ve learned your lesson and desire to change.
So this year, I wanted to give myself attainable goals — goals that will make my life better but won’t need a million dollars, genie’s lamp or infinite time to do. 2013 showed me that much can change in the course of a year — your priorities change; your life situation can wind up totally different; you come out with altered views and expectations from the ones you had on January 1st.
I’m no fool — with a child in tow, I have my responsibilities. The things I need to do as a father trump almost anything else short of keeping myself alive to take care of him. But when DoomzToo is older, I expect him to have dreams. I want him to want something from his life, and do all that I can to help him get there. My generation is the one that realized that you’re going to lead a miserable life if you keep following someone else’s dream — his will be the generation to live their lives for their dreams as the nature of work and global infrastructure grow along with them.
And it’s as the old question goes:
How can I expect my child to follow his dreams if I didn’t do the same myself?
So here are 100 goals. Here are 100 baby steps mapped out to get me closer to where I want to go. On January 1st, 2014, I looked back and saw a man who’d done some of his goals, but didn’t quite know what he wanted out of his life. He found that a third of his goals were things the thought he should be doing but ultimately brought him no joy. On January 1st, 2015, I want to look back and feel like I just lived the first year of the rest of my life.
So without further ado…
The 2014 100
- Find a regular supply of Kraft Magic Moments pudding so I can relive my childhood
- Attend NXNEi
- Hit up SXSW
- Attend the World Domination Summit
Attend the North American International Automotive Show as a guest of Ford Canada Open an RESP for DoomzToo See my optometrist… …in order to change to another optometrist closer to my house. Find a way to change my Twitter handle from @doomzTO to @CaseP
- Get a corporate plan for my phone
- Give Sarah her “secret present”
- Get Fish ‘n’ Chimps up and running
- Be part of making an app
- Enter more blogging awards
Babyproof Casa de Palmer in preparation for when his lordship DoomzToo starts walking
- Finish the Casey Palmer Facebook page
- Get Justin to come over and teach me how to cook the basics so I can fend for myself in the event of a Zombie Apocalypse
- Try axe throwing
- Try paintball
- Go to a shooting range
- Include a portfolio section on CaseyPalmer.com
Get new glasses Have less drafts on CaseyPalmer.com at the end of 2014 than I’d started with
- Win at least one design contest
- Create one piece a month for The Hooray Collective
Guest blog more often
- Get my G license
Get my old content sorted out and make CaseyPalmer.com the decade-long story it’s supposed to be
- Try running a podcast to chat with people who want to share a message
- Get my YouTube game on
- Get more involved in the stock market, including buying some solid stocks for DoomzToo
Figure out why my site’s been suffering so much downtime and lag lately Figure out why our wi-fi’s been so spotty at home Find a good family Halloween costume Transfer the files from Sarah’s old IDE hard drive to a SATA hard drive
- Toboggan my heart out
- Visit more of Canada
- Create something amazing with Wolfram Mathematica
- Get fit
Get a glider for the nursery
- Create some infographic tools that’ll help people
- Buy a bike
Overhaul all the files on my computer
- Finally understand politics
Write family Christmas cards for friends and neighbours, or copy my in-laws and write an annual Christmas letter Keep in touch with my grandparents Finish the family tree to the best of my ability Clean up all the clutter on my desk
- Submit at least one design to Threadless
- Go to TEDxToronto
- Read my candygrams
- Do the CN Tower Edgewalk
- Come up with a cool list of things to do in Toronto
Get new prescription sunglasses
- Write my first eBook
- Establish a regular social group with the young men at church — Beers with the Blokes
- Draw “Rogue” for Sobia, 2Pac for Nabil, and a picture of Jubilee for Jaemeel
Take a vacation with the family Return Karen and Colin’s stack of Blu-rays
- Return Emily’s PS2 games
Buy a lawn mower Throw a one-year cake smash for DoomzToo Buy some killer jeans Give away all my business cards
- Read some books so I can clear up some shelf space
- Use more art supplies
Blaze through my Netflix “to-watch” list
- Put a family emergency kit together in order to survive either a Zombie Apocalypse and/or Mother Nature world-ending scenario
Get a second green bin for all that baby waste
- Come up with the best story ever for the “About Me” section I usually leave blank on all those websites
Keep way fewer browser tabs open
- Come up with the perfect stink face to give people every time they ask whether Sarah and I have thought about Kid #2 yet. Because I can’t hit them.
- Play the Race Card a little less often
See a doctor about the mysterious pain in my side
- Get Sarah to watch the Star Wars trilogy
Finally watch The Godfather trilogy
- Watch Star Trek. All of it. The original series, The Next Generation, Deep Space 9, Enterprise, the movies — soak it all in!
Connect with more family bloggers and establish daddy blogging as a reputable niche
- Take a hot-air balloon ride
Sell my Wacom Intuos 3 6″ x 8″
- Add blinds to the window in the kitchen
Trim my devices down to a reasonable number of apps
- Go to a Toronto Maple Leafs game and see what all the hype is about
- Give a crap about the World Cup (because I’ll probably give no craps about the Olympics)
Introduce DoomzToo to my colleagues
- Take DoomzToo to an event and survive
Clean my social media accounts up
- Finish Brandgasm 101
- Finish the Audience Business Masterclass
- Make something out of TeamTrolling.com
Eat St. Huberts at least once, unless I make it to Montreal and my cousins can take us out for even better chicken
- Help build a greater web presence for my church, Walmer Road Baptist Church
- Eat at Canoe
- Crochet a stocking for DoomzToo to match mine
- Acquire a bitcoin
- Do the Steamwhistle brewery tour
Visit the Ripley’s Aquarium
- Teach DoomzToo baby sign language
- Try some experimentation with food, like molecular gastronomy
Read to DoomzToo regularly
Why You Share Your Goals
There are things that happen when you share your goals. You discover that friends want to help you succeed. You learn of new opportunities you might not have known about otherwise — if I didn’t share my goals last year, I wouldn’t be in the place I’m in now, preparing to tackle even bigger goals on the strength of my relationships.
So with that in mind, I’ve shown you mine, now show me yours! What are some of the goals you have for 2014? What do you think I missed? Let’s keep each other accountable! It’s the best way to make sure you close the year out better than you started it!
Hope to hear from all my fam and friends,