Make 2017 Great Again!


2016 was a rough year for many of us. Between the number of beloved public figures who died over the course of the year and the brutal hellscape that, regardless of which side you were on, was the presidential election season, I don’t think very many would think of 2016 as a stellar year. Add the usual challenges that many of us face during any given year and you have a year that many can’t wait to put in the rear view mirror.

Personally, 2016 was a mixed bag for me. My wife and I had some real bummers to deal with this year. Due to some bad tax planning on my part, we ended up with a pretty hefty bill this year that certainly made things a little tighter than we would have liked financially. My wife also had some health issues that required surgery, which is never fun and also adds to the financial strain. On the plus side, this year was awesome in my work at Nectar, and I had a lot of personal growth success. I read over 60 books this year, including a larger number of non-fiction books, and I lost about 30 pounds by finally, at age 38, beginning to eat like an adult and starting to exercise regularly. So, 2016 wasn’t all bad, but it definitely hasn’t been my favorite of years.

Thankfully, the calendar will be flipping over in a couple of days, launching a new and shiny 2017, which, in the words of Anne Shirley, is “fresh, with no mistakes in it” – and yes, that is an Anne of Green Gables reference that I just made – my wife will be so proud. I’m determined to not settle for the mediocrity of just keeping 2017 mistake-free, but to kick ass and Make 2017 Great Again! How, you might ask?

By Making Amazing Personal Goals – The Best Goals

kindle book on iPadI took some big strides in this area in 2016, but I’m stepping up my game. I am going to set a goal of reading 60 books again this year, but I want to keep increasing my non-fiction reading, especially in areas that relate to my career. Lots of wine reading planned for this year. I also plan on using some of that knowledge to get a couple of professional certifications that I’ve been contemplating for a while. I also plan to continue exercising and eating healthy foods, but want to add in getting to bed earlier at night and out of bed earlier in the morning.

Drain My Time Swamp

Although I’ve been pretty good with not wasting time over the last couple of years, I can always improve in this area. I want to spend less time watching Netflix and playing Play Station, and more time on creating. This is especially important, as I am planning on blogging more consistently and will be adding a podcast to my plate in 2017. Of course, it wasn’t like I needed more to do, but I’m also –

Building a Wall – And By “Wall” I Mean “Business”

Sorry, I really pushed this whole ill-conceived Trump quote concept way too far. At least I wisely stayed away from his most widely publicized quote from the election. Regardless, tomorrow is fresh, with no mistakes in it.

Anyway, many of you already know this, and a good portion of the rest of you have gathered from clues I’ve been dropping over the last few months, but I have been working for a while now on getting my own winery project up and running. I’m really excited to get things to a point where I can share more with everyone about the wine and the winery. There are still a lot of hurdles to go through on this one, and I’m not ready to divulge too much in the way of details or timelines, but I hope that by the time 2018 is rolling around I will be spreading my juice to the masses. Hmm, that doesn’t sound right. Oh well, tomorrow is fresh, with no mistakes in it.

If you are interested in staying up to date with what is going on with the winery as things develop, you can sign up for my email list. I hope to have a lot more info coming out in the next couple of months.

champagne cheers

Make 2017 Great Again!

2016 might have been a bit of a dud, but I am determined to lock up 2017 and make it cry for mercy. I will admit to being less than optimistic about the state of the world in the coming year, but each year offers a chance to start fresh, and I am very excited about the new beginnings that 2017 has in store. As we flip the calendar over to a new year, I’ll raise a glass of Champagne to getting on with the work of making 2017 great again!

I am a renaissance nerd. I am an obsessive. Currently, my interests are most focused on things that you can imbibe (wine, beer, spirits), on the world of design and hand lettering, and on soccer (specifically Liverpool Football Club and the Seattle Sounders)

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