Seriously, I know I’m awful at consistently blogging. A lot of that is because it requires me to be in “public filter” mode, which is very time-consuming and stressful. But if you want to see consistent updates, then you should be following me on twitter.
But I’m going to take a stab at blogging again, anyway. I thought I’d lead in with my goals for a new year – I hate the term “resolution”.
- Get in a happy place work-wise. It’s been no real secret that I’ve not been happy professionally for a while; I’m working on addressing why that is. I can’t (obviously) say a whole lot more about it right now – but if you see me next year, and I’m still bitching about the same things, smack me. 🙂
- Dive more. It’s been hard for me to get out diving consistently ever since my main dive buddy Don had to stop diving for health reasons – he and I made such a great buddy team that my bar for a good buddy is very high. I’m rarely happier than when I’m diving, though; so I really need to make it happen. Unfortunately I caught a cold and had to bail out on last weekend’s dive boat, but I’m kicking that into gear with a trip to my favorite site on January 24th.
- Take more pictures. I love photography, and I especially love that feeling I get when I am happy with a picture I took. Other people may think it’s crap, of course. Maybe I should call this one “take more creative risks.”
- Be more open. This is hard (see above), but it can be easy to forget that those outside Microsoft have to (and do) make up their own stories (about actions and motivations) if those inside don’t share. I’m going to try to do better at this; for starters, I have a goal of writing a blog post here at least once every other week. (I’m hoping to do a lot better than that, but we’ll see.)
- Lose weight. You knew I’d have to throw in a standard NY Resolution sooner or later. Seriously, though – my weight is tied to my stress level, so this in some ways is a symptom rather than a cause.
Overall, I’m not writing this (publicly) because I like the attention – I’m writing it to reflect on it myself, and more importantly, to have it to look back on next year. A few weeks ago, I ran across a post I made back in May of 2006 (http://blogs.msdn.com/cwilso/archive/2006/05/11/595536.aspx), and it helped a few things click; I’d like to set myself up for another of those. So this is really functioning as my diary.
Hey! Stop reading my diary!