Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2015 - A New Year

For me, 2014 is a year of marking time. A number of personal things held me back from accomplishing anything this year. We took a break from the urban life with two camping trips (Golden Ears and Manning Park). This will be my first blog after a long hiatus.

With 2015 just around the corner, I decided that I need to take control of my future. These are my goals -- please do not call them resolutions!

Sun Run: On my last Sun Run, my time -- the best to date -- is 1 hour 10 minutes. This is the best time I have ever received but it was by no means one that I am satisfied with. With every Sun Run, I long to finish with a time that is less than 1 hour. With my runners broken in, my hoodie ironed, my playlist set and my running app on my iPhone, I am ready to brave the cold to put my 40-year-old legs, knees and heart to the ultimate test in endurance (and quite possibly pain) to accomplish this goal. Wish me luck!

Grouse Grind: I was once told (TC, I think it was you!) that if I can accomplish the Sun Run goal, the Grouse Grind should be attainable as well. The same training I will be enduring working through will also help my with my goal of hiking up Grouse Mountain in under 1 hour. 

Preschool Registration: With my programming experience limited to the classroom, I needed a real-life project to put my skills to the test. The opportunity came when my wife asked me to help her with her spreadsheet, making sure student placement is within a defined set of parameters. I decided to take her spreadsheet and create a student registration and placement web application for the preschool where she currently works. Whether or not the preschool eventually uses my creation, I will make this an opportunity to complete this project and make my foray into the world of commercial web application development. I have already started by researching different web technologies and have made a goal of April 30 as a completion date.

Happy New Year and may 2015 be a year of advancement for you.