My 2017 Goals

I'm not a fan of "New Years Resolutions," but I do enjoy setting goals for myself. What's the difference? In my mind resolutions seem to be very arbitrary, not well documented or mesaured, and quickly forgotten, while goals are much more specific, measurable, actionable, realistic, and time-bound. Sound familiar? If you've been in the business world for any length of time, you'll recognize these as S.M.A.R.T. goals. I first set annual goals in 2015, and enjoyed the process of working towards them every month. Goals are something I'll to set in order to drive positive, purposeful change in my life.

My Goals for 2017

  1. Pay off a certain amount of debt
  2. Read 20 books
  3. Post four photographs per month
  4. Journal two times per week
  5. Cook one new recipe with one new food per week
  6. Bike 1500 miles

Because I'm a data junkie, I like to track things at intimate levels of details, and do it digitally. This year I'm using the iOS app Strides to help me track my goals. I like that I can enter various types of goals, and it will track. And it syncs between iPhone and iPad, a must-have for me. I did not pay for the upgrades.

I'll detail my goal tracking at the end of each month.

In Search of the Perfect Headphones

I typically keep two pairs of headphones - Plantronics BackBeat Fit wireless headphones for workouts and trusty wired Bose QC20s for travel and conference calls. About four months before iPhone 7 was announced, the left earphone in my beloved Bose QC20i headphones quit working. I was quite sad - my Bose QuietComforts were amazing. We had done so much together including traveling literally hundreds of thousands of miles across multiple countries. I mourned the loss of great sound, superior comfort, and very good noise canceling technology. With the Bose out of commission I needed to replace my travel headphones, and stat!  This is an account of the journey to find the perfect headphones.

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