BIG Goals of 2015

Remember there is plenty of room at the top – but not enough to sit down.

Zig Ziglar, PICK FOUR (Week 5, Day 4)

Yesterday, I reflected on my goals for last year and what I accomplished or didn’t accomplish.  Today, I want to look towards the future.

What do I want to accomplish in 2015?  

There are a number of things I want to achieve this year, but I feel like there are some themes developing in my life.  Those themes are Writing, Coding, and Giving and these will be the major themes of 2015. I recently started working towards all three of these themes during the end of 2014 and they’re changing my life. Here is what I mean by Write, Code, & Give:

Write

I’ve been blogging on and off for a few years but I’ve struggled with my ultimate goal of publishing a daily blog post.  Finally, over the last month I’ve published a blog post everyday. It’s been a part of my new Pick Four program.  My goal for 2015 is to continue publishing a daily blog post throughout the year.  365 blog posts. This would be the most I’ve ever written in one year, but I think it would drastically help me achieve my main goal of becoming a better writer.  365 posts is a lot of practice.

Though the writing theme doesn’t mean only writing blog posts.  It means any kind of writing whether it’s blog posts or writing speeches I’ll eventually present.  The key to all of this writing will be to continue the steadily drip of content on a daily basis.

Code

After years of playing with code and trying different languages for either classes or work. I’ve finally decided to concentrate on learning a long-term language.  That’s why I’m going practice Ruby everyday.  I’ll update my Changelog page with a daily entry of what I accomplished.  Getting interested in computer programming is one of the many reasons I decided to get a Master of Information Science.  My only problem is that I’ve bounced around to too many languages and I haven’t concentrated on one and practiced on it on a daily basis.  This is going to change in 2015. I’m going to learn Ruby.  I’m not saying I’ll be a master but I want to write code that solves problems, works and is reasonably clear.

Giving

In December, I signed up for my first charity runner fundraiser.  In the Spring, I’ll be running the Pittsburgh Half Marathon for the American Heart Association in honor of my father, Ken Keller.  Initially I was going to raise $400 to cover the minimum commitment, but I was convinced by a friend to increase my goal.  It’s why, a week later, I’ve increased my goal to $2,000.  I’ve always been reluctant to ask people for money but this project has humbled me.  I found that when I give , whether to charity, my time, or my work, then I’ve received way more then I’ve given.  It’s really amazing.  This is why I need to continue to figure out ways to give more and it will be my third theme.

Those are my three themes for 2015.  I believe these themes if I stick with them will lead me to another life changing year.  It’s why I’m focusing on these 10 BIG goals for 2015:

1) Publish a blog post for every single day of 2015.

2) Teach myself Ruby

3) Raise $2,000 for the American Heart Association in the Pittsburgh Half Marathon.

4) Raise $10,000 for DIPG in an Ironman 70.3

5) Get involved with the Pittsburgh Tech Community by attending a Meetup once a month.

6) Become debt free.

7) Give one speech per month.

8) Start a Side-Huslte

9) Run a project for a non-profit.

10) Self-publish a book.

Happy New Year!