2018 Commitments

No resolutions this year, only commitments. Here’s my vision for continuing to live a well-tempered life in 2018.

FITNESS + NUTRITION

There are two main keys to success this year:

  • I need to cook more often, like every day if possible, and I need to follow my rules for eating.
  • I need to move and be active every day. I belong to an awesome community of athletes at Iron Tribe Fitness. I need to return to the fold with consistency this year.

I already know what to do I just need to do it — develop discipline and just do the damn thing no matter what.

As a start here are a few specific goals to kick things off in the first quarter of the year:

January Whole30

Starting January 2 I’m all-in on the Whole30.

January Whole Life Challenge

Starting January 20 I’ll reinforce things with a Whole Life Challenge. I really liked doing the last one even though things kind of fell apart at the end.

Crescent City Classic

I’ll make my return to this race March 31 after a two year absence.

LIFE OF THE MIND

Consume Better.

I think about this quote every time I look at Facebook and every day that begins with an iPhone in my hand, “There is a qualitative and quantitative difference between a day that begins with a little exercise, a book, meditation, a good meal, a thoughtful walk, and the start of a day that begins with a smartphone in bed.”

It’s from “How I Got My Attention Back,” an essay Craig Mod published last year. It details his struggle to win his attention back. Well, I want my attention back too. It’s time to mostly turn off social media and start consuming only quality works and experiences. I need brain food.

Specifically I need to practice reading again. I’m pretty sure I’m giving all of my reading attention to social media and it’s such a wasted resource. This Austin Kleon piece, “How to Read More” seems like good advice. I’ll follow it this year.

HOME + FAMILY

I’ll spend more time with Edie and Shanna this year. When we are kind and present and generous to each other everything else falls into place.

Cooking and eating together daily is something I’d like for us all to prioritize.

We’ll continue to build out the very best home we can together.

And finally we’ll buy a new car. That’s a super materialistic goal but it’s time. Our 2006 Hyundai Sonata has served us well but we badly need a replacement.

WORK + CREATIVE OUTPUT

My main goal is to work smarter, not harder.

I also want to ensure my team is positively engaged in accomplishing our goals but still experiencing a good work / life balance for ourselves and our families.

I want to continue to sharpen my public speaking / presentation skills. So far I’m booked for three conference presentations in 2018 but I’d like to add a few more by the end of the year.

I’m doing Seth Godin’s altMBA this January. I’m excited to participate. I’ve heard great things about the program and I think it will help me to ship better work and to provide better feedback. I’m committed to bringing my very best self into the program. I have a feeling I will get a lot out of it.

I’m also committing myself to write more. Much more. The altMBA should help hone my practice. But I also want to write more than what my professional duties require. I want to write and create content about art and ideas, about people and travel and commerce and quality experiences. That’s a big one for me this year. Maybe the biggest. I need to create more.

TRAVEL

My travel goal for this year is to take at least five trips. So far that looks like:

Winter

A quick trip to Houston for my birthday. We may only go for three days but I really want to make it happen. The Menil Collection and Rothko Chapel are calling my name and maybe I’ll finally get that Sid Mashburn fitting I’ve been waiting for.

A nice trip to New York during Mardi Gras. This will include quality time with family & friends and a train trip to Dia:Beacon among many other museum visits in NYC. I can’t wait.

Spring

I’ll be visiting Phoenix for the first time for the American Association of Museums conference in May. I’m giving my first AAM presentation.

Summer

A family trip to Los Angeles. We’ll see friends out that way and take in The Broad, LACMA, Getty, and of course restaurants, retail, coffee, and sights galore.

Fall

I’m hoping we can visit London in late September / early October. This is a big one for me. London has been on my list my entire adult life and with a new direct flight out of New Orleans it’s time to make it happen.

GENERAL COMMITMENTS

Be mindful and intentional

Slow down

Stand up

Coffee on park benches

More time in nature and outside

Enjoy the natural and manmade beauty of your hometown

Find new modes of living

Choose peace

Farmers Markets, co-ops, and new sources of quality ingredients

Be a regular

Have friends who are older than you

Have friends who are younger than you

Have friends who are “other” than you

Write thank you notes

Make more time for friends

Start a coffee klatch / mastermind group

Most importantly…

Be grateful.

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