2017 Year End Update

A Really Freaking Eventful Year

Okay, wow, 2017 was completely crazy. While I ultimately achieved mixed results on my annual goals, the year ended very strong in other parts of my life and I have zero regrets. I experienced, have, and continue to have so much to be thankful for. Let’s start this post with the people, experiences, and accomplishments I’m most thankful for:

2017 Highlights

  • I finally stepped foot on mainland Antarctica on November 19 and fulfilled my goal of visiting all seven continents before I turned 30 years old.
  • Following a surprise birthday celebration for my father, my family and a group of closest friends took a road trip to Spearfish and Deadwood, South Dakota, to help me do research for my television show before driving back south into Wyoming to experience the total solar eclipse.
  • I made a handful of fun weekend trips including one to Tijuana, a bachelor party in Pittsburgh, a visit to Glenwood Springs and Casey Brewing with Brad and Kathleen, and a birthday celebration reunion in Big Bear with an amazing group of friends.
  • I fell head over heals for a woman on my trip to Antarctica and am elated to continue giving it a shot.
  • I had the pleasure of attending the weddings of Gabe & Katie in Georgia, Mark & Jordan in Denver, Amy & Dan in Denver, and Desirée & Ari in LA.
  • I spent the better part of 100 hours commuting on airplanes this year organizing, indexing, and the editing family home videos.
  • I wrote a six-part blog series on underrepresentation in the House of Representatives in the United States.
  • I refinanced my condo, made it “smart” with Z-wave light switches, and also installed an electrical tankless water heater.
  • I volunteered 115 hours to my neighborhood by working with a team to petition a business or general improvement district to bring positive change to the community. I also supported community events including playing cashier for silent discos we threw on an urban pop-up park.
  • Started working on a sitcom with Holly which I’m thrilled to continue collaborating on in 2018.
  • Enjoyed extended visits from out of town guests including Jared, James & Lauren, Sarah, Adri, Meghan & Caden, Nicole & Michael, Mai, and Jacqui. I also enjoyed showing many others who were visiting for work or play around Denver (many days spent brewery hopping).
  • I threw some classy epic cocktail parties including a patriotic-themed menu on the 3rd for 40 people with fireworks and with my buddy, Eddy, inaugurated the Licence to Drink James Bond cocktail series with the Casino Royale themed event.
  • I celebrated the 4th of July in Black Hawk with an epic fireworks show, my brother’s birthday over omakase in Pasadena, threw a surprise party for Mandy, attended the Black Tuesday release party, and was able to attend my little cousin Adri’s high school graduation in Irvine.
  • One of the startups I worked for in 2011 and 2012 called Craftsy got acquired by NBC Universal.
  • Saw 36 films, of which I enjoyed Hidden Figures and Silence most from last year and Detroit and Coco from this year.
  • I played and beat The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Nintendo Switch, which was no trivial feat.
  • I celebrated my 30th birthday with family including Adri on Christmas day, threw another legendary Kegmás kegger on the 27th, visited Winter Park on New Years Eve Eve, and threw a hot pot party at my condo on New Years Eve with some of my favorite people.

Progress on 2017 Goals

At the beginning of the year, I set annual goals and provided updates in April, July, and October. While publicly posting about my goals certainly motivated me to make progress, I ultimately found the “annual” part too suffocating and the goals themselves too large scope in scope to systematically plan for. For example, I decided after the first half of the year that blogging daily no longer not fit in my life. Since I set blogging as an annual goal, the decision to quit continued to make me feel guilty until the very end. Therefore, I plan to set quarterly goals moving forward instead of annual ones that will force me to better-scope more realistic objectives in a more tangibly finite period of time and retain a measure of flexibility in case a goal simply isn’t working out.

Without further adieu, here are my year-end updates on 2017 goals:

Visit my seventh of seven continents

Mission accomplished. See highlight #1 above. The two week trip to the real down under definitely changed my life in more ways than one.

Read ten books

Goal accomplished! By last update, I had successfully finished this goal and found time to squeeze in one more book. This year, I read: A History of the World in 6 Glasses, Unnaturally Delicious, Team of Rivals, On Liberty, all three books of Lord of the Rings, The Writer’s Journey, World After Capital, Shadows of the Empire, and America’s Constitution: A Biography.

Keep alcohol consumption to no more than 6 drinks per week

Close, but no cigar! Not counting my two-week trip to Antarctica (which my brother convinced me to take off from my drinking objective) and the week between Christmas and New Years (including my 30th birthday and Kegmas holiday), I had approximately four drinks too many for the entire year (298 drinks total). Having cut my alcohol consumption down to a third of what it was last year and enjoyed a great deal more productivity, I do, however, feel like I have achieved the general ethos of this goal.

Assemble a show bible and write the pilot for a dramatic series

No, not quite. Without going into too much detail, I did spend 640 hours on this project this year and have successfully researched and outlined Roman, Jewish, and Greek history to serve as the allegorical basis for a 52 episodes. Converting this research into a show bible and writing a pilot still remains.

Finish a feature-length screenplay adaptation

Failed outright. I overcommitted to goals this year and simply made no time for this project. Alas, another time.

Stay tuned tomorrow for my Q1 goals. Love you all. Happy New Year.

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