The last 12 months have been truly life altering. So much has happened that changed the course of my ambitions. Life after college (since June 2010) is pretty much how I expected it to be; Steady but motivated. Progress is now my top priority – to take more steps in the journey to success, and top the year before. Here are a few highlights from 2011:

  • Taught my first college class, which was an absolute delight.
  • Quit working full-time to pursue and grow my freelance work.
  • Formed my own company, a web design/development boutique.
  • Got my first car, a Volkswagen Passat.
  • Went on a week-long food extravaganza with a good friend from Australia, one-of-a-kind hole-in-the-wall joints!
  • Played Airsoft for the first time, got shot in the privates, received a cup as a Christmas present.

Nine days into the New Year, and things are looking alright so far. I am trying to take my company to the next level, setting priorities both professionally and personally. Continue reading for a list of goals for 2012:

  • Continue living a relatively healthy lifestyle. Exercise regularly and stay in shape. Typical, right?
  • Fully come to terms with my guilts and insecurities, and become a better person out of it.
  • Develop a complex sense of gratefulness. Appreciate the things that make a difference in my life.
  • Further develop the company; Build an identity, grow clientele, get office space, expand workforce.
  • Launch 2 or more personal project ideas, out of the dozen or so domains I own.
  • Redesign this blog, write Design and Code tutorials, create a new direction.
  • Build and launch my first free or premium WordPress theme.
  • Up my design and coding skills by a few notches, through practice and experience.
  • Travel to Australia, and hopefully more places in the world.
  • Teach at a college again, and/or create a workshop for professional training.
  • Be perceptive of great opportunities, and act upon them. People good at this are often seen as "lucky."

Some of the items above are quite broad, without a specific plan of attack. They almost require a certain level of ongoing subconscious thought, like meditation. If you put your mind to it, you can accomplishing anything, right? This now becomes a test of how badly I want to be healthy, productive, knowledgeable, successful, and well-travelled.

2012 will be a year of challenges and new endeavors. What am I willing to do for the things that I need and want most?