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The Goals: 2015 Edition

My last post discussed why I’m setting goals for 2015 instead of resolutions. I wasn’t quite finished with mine at the time of posting, though, so I owe a follow-up post detailing my goals for the coming year.

Goal: 50+ meaningful posts here by the end of the year.

This is something I’ve wanted to dedicate myself to for a while, but never took the time to do so. The number 50 is arbitrary, really, approximating once per week but giving myself leeway to have a week off. The “meaningful” part is obviously subjective, but the intent is to post something more than just drivel. Instead, each post will need to have some content that is reusable, whether by myself or someone else. It could be about some PowerShell script I’ve written or discovered, a photo I’ve found it taken about which I can explore meaning or technique, or some other topic I believe will be useful.

Goal: Complete VCAP 5 DCA certification before the end of the July.

Without getting into a discussion about the value of certifications or their usefulness in the industry, an advanced certification has been on my radar for a while. I’ve made progress, but I haven’t gotten there yet, so I’m making it a priority this year.

As for the certification itself, the VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) The VCAP is one in which in I haven’t made any progress on recently, but I believe I have enough experience that some dedicated study will garner results in fairly short order. With the looming expiration of my VMware Certified Professional (VCP), testing for the VCP renewal will serve as a good opportunity to baseline myself before doing the VCAP.

Goal: Complete the CCNP Datacenter by the end of the year.

This is pretty self explanatory. I’m completing the Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNP) for a couple of reasons. I’m half way (by number of tests) complete with the CCNP, so progress has been made. I’m working on gaining more experience in the areas on which I haven’t tested, and I have access to a great deal of training at work and with my INE All Access Pass. Not coincidentally, this is one if my development goals at work, so it only helps to have focus on this.

Goal: Get closer to family this year.

This one is likely to be the most difficult and stressful of my goals for this year. For a long time I’ve wanted Tammi and me to live closer to our family, and our new grandchild has provided the kick in the pants needed to take action. Closer to family is a relative distance, though (no pun intended). The vast majority of my family lives in Evansville, Indiana and western Kentucky, while most of Tammi’s family lives in Grand Rapids, Omaha, Minneapolis, and Oklahoma. So, getting closer requires being as  centrally located in relation to those places as possible without living in the frozen tundra of the upper Midwest, in the middle of nowhere, or somewhere that makes travel more  inconvenient than necessary.

For these reasons, we are looking to move to the Kansas City area sometime this year. It’s a great area, gets us centralized, and isn’t quite in the frozen winter wonderland we’d like to avoid.

I’m got lucky (or was inadvertently clairvoyant) when I was a younger geek and chose to work in an industry where physical proximity isn’t necessarily required. I can be as productive (or more so) telecommuting as I am when physically in the office, so the move won’t require a job change. More importantly, I work for a company and manager who understand the difference between proximity and productivity. As such, I should be able to make the move without changing jobs. (I say “should” because, while I have discussed and have his verbal approval of my intention to telecommute, I know dookie happens, things change, etc.)

So, in the immortal words of Fats Domino, Kansas City here I come!

Goal: Bike more this year than last year.

I love being on my bike. It’s peaceful, helps control my self-inflicted girth growth, and is just plain ole good for me. In 2012, according to my Garmin 800 and Ride With GPS, I amassed almost 3000 miles on the bike. In 2013 and 2014 I spent significantly less time in the saddle, riding 939 and 1346 miles per year, respectively. This year will be different. By the end of this year, I plan to hit 2000 miles. Any other year, I’d shoot for topping the 2012 total, but the planned relocation to KC will put a definite winter-induced hamper on my road time.

Well, that’s it. These are what I’ve come up with. There aren’t the most altruistic or significant things I could work towards, but they are what I’ve chosen. The beautiful thing about using goals instead of resolutions is, while a resolution has to start at the turn of the new year, goals can be added at any time. So this list is a start that may end up looking a little different when we revisit it in December.

  1. Kelly Hester
    January 3, 2015 at 16:12

    Goals are way better than resolutions!!! Very proud of you….your goals are awesome!

    Liked by 1 person

  1. January 7, 2015 at 07:23

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