A Look at My Goals in 2014 and How I Did With Them

I succeeded at my major goals in 2014. Every year at about this time (New Years Eve and New Year Morning or sometimes around my birthday on December 27) I look at my specific progress from a goal spreadsheet I do at this time each year. One year ago – these were the goals I … Continue reading “A Look at My Goals in 2014 and How I Did With Them”

I succeeded at my major goals in 2014. Every year at about this time (New Years Eve and New Year Morning or sometimes around my birthday on December 27) I look at my specific progress from a goal spreadsheet I do at this time each year. One year ago – these were the goals I set. Seven major goals. In the macro sense, I’m happy to tell you that I made progress on each of them and thus am successful at moving closer to my idealized state.

  1. Make my family happy and healthy
  2. Improve my health and fitness
  3. Improve my business and finances
  4. Make Great Art
  5. Sell more stuff – declutter my life
  6. Improve my writing and Book sales
  7. Improve my mind and soul

On each of these goals, I set some micro goals – which I was not as successful at achieving. In some areas I did better than others. Family health and fitness and happiness was a major priority and we are all covered by insurance, checked up, healthy, and happy. We laugh a lot, play together, eat meals together, and eat generally healthy food and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. This, for me, was the most important goal. It is a constant work in progress, but this alone makes me successful.

My own health and fitness was more of a struggle. I struggled with gaining weight and losing it. I finished the year strong having lost nearly 25 pounds, put on significant muscle, and losing inches from my waist. There is still much work to be done – but overall – success. A micro goal I didn’t meet was to take a permaculture course and to have a highly productive garden. I also did not meet my desired weight of 155 lbs.

Business and finance was a mixed bag. My business of the past few years, Vagobond, has floundered but our new business ventures, Reedsport Antiques and Reedsport.info seem to be doing better and better. My student loans had to be deferred again – and I didn’t come anywhere near meeting my specific $100k goal in 2014 – not even remotely close – but my family is housed, we have insurance, we have plenty of food, and everything we need – so it was an okay year and a success.

I don’t know if the art I made was great – but it felt great to make it and I did make art. I drew, I painted with oils, and I worked with wood and creative mediums. Success – but in 2015 I want to do a lot more art.

I sold a lot of stuff in 2014 – but I also bought a lot of stuff – so it was a mixed bag. Clutter is a bit of an issue right now – I need to sell everything in our shop and garage in 2015 if possible.

Writing and Blogging – this was the area I came closest to failing in. I increased my book sales a bit by selling in our shop and at the flea market, but I didn’t write anything new, edit any existing works, or do much in the way of creative or new blogging. I want to make that a different story in 2015.

Improving my mind and soul. I think I’ve made some progress. I give myself success there.

Now- I also had a number of unplanned accomplishments which I’m very proud of. These ranged from business to personal. I didn’t do any significant travel in 2014, but that’s alright. I travelled closer to who I am meant to be and that is what matters.

Now it’s time to work on my goals for 2015- it turns out they aren’t that different from those in 2014. I hope that you have a Happy New Year and we all find success, love, and joy in it.

Halloween is Boring and Unhealthy

I’m not sure why I used to love Halloween so much.

I used to enjoy the free candy when I was a little guy – and I guess it was fun to be able to put on costumes and go out at night.

Of course, when I was a kid – our parents would just send us out and we could go door to door by ourselves. We also reached the age where we put m-80s in people’s pumpkins and carried squirt guns filled with lighter fluid…

Explosives and arson – yeah, it was a juvenile delinquent night and thankfully nobody ever blew off their hands or burned down someone’s house. How in the world were 12-year-old kids getting quarter sticks of dynamite to blow up people’s jack-o-lanterns? I don’t even remember but that was the 1970s and 80s so parents weren’t really paying attention – the me generation was still focused firmly on themselves which left us free to run riot and have absolutely crazy childhoods whether it was Halloween or not…

In my 20s Halloween became a great holiday to put on a mask and get fucked up drunk – dancing, drinking, sometimes fighting, and if things went right hooking up with some random costumed girl – all of that stuff lost most of its appeal somewhere in my 30s.

Now in my 40s – it’s fun to carve jack-o-lanterns with my 3-year-old daughter. It’s fun to see her putting on a costume. It’s fun to introduce her to trick-or-treating and see her excitement.

Other than that – I’m not much of one for horror stories or slasher flicks or monsters that fall outside of the Dungeons and Dragons realm – though I do confess a weakness for zombie flicks and the Walking Dead on AMC –

The last adult Halloween before my daughter came along was back in Hawaii in 2007 when around 12 of us dressed as different kinds of Gandolf – we had Rasta Gandolf, homeless Gandolf, etc…that was sort of fun in concept – and then there was the drinking and dancing – fun, but already starting to feel not very fun – like going to bars and clubs –

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This year, I was more disturbed by the serial killer macabre in the advertising and decorations of my fellow Americans than feeling festive about it – or maybe it’s that the whole world has become a sort of continuous horror movie combined with hard core year-round holiday marketing that is not only exhausting but unhealthy, expensive, and at the end of the day (or night) not very fun.

 

Hello – It’s Me Again – Chris Damitio

Hello, Remember me?

Yeah, that’s right – the same Chris Damitio that used to be filled with hubris and called himself the Chairman of the Fukn Bored – same guy that told everyone to start calling him Vago instead of Chris – yeah, well, it’s me. I’m back.

DSCN6083I’m not nearly as full of myself as I used to be so if you are looking for the arrogant prick doing drunk wine podcasts or writing as if he knows everything about Buddhism or Anarchism you’ll have to go digging in the archives.

That’s just not me anymore. I think I’m rather boring now. I’m a dad. I’m married. I struggle to pay the bills. I have a jeep and a boat – but just to be clear, they are an old jeep and an old boat that I’m not sure even floats.

I spend a lot of my time buying stuff at garage sales and estate sales and then trying to sell them on Ebay. I also spend a lot of time trying to earn a few dollars here or there on the web.

I have a handful of estranged relationships that I’d prefer to not have looming over me, but I’m not sure I’m ready to fix them yet. I’m pretty conservative in that I think the government isn’t doing anyone that isn’t already rich very much good and I would prefer the government stopped trying to do so much and just did its bit to make things fair and level the playing field. At the moment, the government only creates barriers to equality while telling everyone that equality is the goal. My two cents.

I’m not a drunk or a drug addict. I’m not a philanderer. I don’t have those issues. I’m not a criminal. I’m just a dude trying to take care of his family. I want to cruise around, eat some nice food now and then, learn to fly fish, and keep fixing my jeep so that I never have to get a new car.

I’m at a bit of an existential crossroads. I’ve done a lot of traveling and a lot of writing. I’m not sure I’ve done much good traveling or good writing. I’d like to do more of both.

I’d like to figure out some way to pay off my damn student loans. $43K and rising.  I’ve got a deferral request in. Not sure where that is at right now. I don’t have the money to make my payments though.

Not sure where society, the US, the economy, or anything else is headed. Doesn’t matter to me, actually – I’m skirting around the bottom so can’t go down much further no matter what happens. Unless the zombie apocalypse happens – then I’m ready to go – but (sorry for the spoiler) – that’s not going to happen.

So – that’s me. Here I am. What about you?