Everyone does these self reflection posts and I’m going not going to be different. The reason I’m doing this though is a bit different. Rather than just stating what my goals are for 2018 and what I’ve accomplished, this is the beginning of my newest goals – exiting my head and starting to document (some of) my thoughts. I am doing this because it helps me avoid the “what-if” game, but also allows me to accurately track my ideas, knowledge, and processes. In turn, this should allow me to grow.
What Happened in 2017
For the majority of 2017, I spent it lifting at the gym with my mother. I have no shame in that as she would spot me. There, we would talk about my life and goals. Some of it involved frustration and yelling. All of it helped pushed me further in my gym goals, but I’ll get to that in a bit.
I started 2017 partying with friends and family. I woke up with some sense of accomplishment and embarrassment. Days later, I was in California to visit friends, family, and new destinations. I learned that I really enjoyed Napa Valley and wine more than I had anticipated. Throughout the whole vacation, I set a mini goal of documenting it as if I was a vlog star.
The whole videography love started with YouTube. I was impressed by all these incredible humans we’re documenting and creating some impressive art using a camera. Their gear wasn’t one of a Hollywood production and the barrier of entry is their own skills and talents. I manage to convince my parents to buy said gear as it would improve their business. In theory it should work. Turns out that theory was correct. Although, it forced me real quick to learn Facebook Advertising.
I had two goals for 2017 – be able to bench 315 pounds and to get a full time job. I broke one of them three days into the year on my birthday. On my birthday, I attempted to bench 315 pounds without much difficulty. In fact, I kept going up until I became tired after 365 pounds. That goal quickly changed to 405 pounds which I’m still working on.
If you saw my homepage, you also saw that I achieved my second goal – getting a career job. I’m currently a digital strategist at Asian World of Martial Arts. It took until the end of 2017 to finally achieve this, but better late than never. Plus, I see so much potential for greatness with them and plan to flex all my skills and talents to make sure that happens.
Through all the frustrations, annoyances, everyone pestering me to grow up, I finally achieved my goals. With that, I moved out of my house and in with one of my best buddies, Jason. It has been hard because I have this idea in my head of what it should be like, but it isn’t. I have to remind myself because this isn’t forever and I control my destiny.
What is Next for 2018
As I mentioned before, writing or rather, expressing myself will be an integral part of 2018. This is my therapy. This is me escaping my head. This is going to allow me to grow and see my progress as a human. Instagram is for the photos. Facebook is about sharing with friendo and family. This site and blog will be about the culmination of all of it and so much more.
The ellusive 405 pound bench is all mine. No more getting sick, car crashes, or anything impeding on this. For the first time ever in my life, I am going to be attempting to lose weight. This all started in November 2017 when the wisdom teeth that I left in became infected. I was struggling to eat anything. I went to the Oral Surgeon to get them removed and he gave me antibiotics to take before I get the surgery done. Well, while the medicine stopped the infection, it got me very sick. Finally, after the procedure was done, I struggled to eat. Needless to say, I lost 20+ pounds real quick and everyone was shocked.
While I appreciate that no one really called me fat, seeing everyone look at me with weight loss has really propelled me to watch what I eat and drink. I am not necessarily dieting, but maintaining a realistic lifestyle that keeps somewhat track of my caloric intake. I am not diving into macros just yet. Maybe if one of my friends who are more knowledgeable help me, I will learn more and delve into that lifestyle. In the meantime, I’m happy and enjoying the weight loss.
With body comes mind. I want to pursue my knowledge in my field – digital marketing. I have come to love digital marketing. I probably should explain this in a separate post, but I want to know and learn more. I have never been a fan of focusing on one specific subject as they are all fascinating to me. This is why I have been investigating getting my masters whether it is in computer science (my original love) or digital marketing (my latest love). Also, I can’t let my sister have the highest degree in the family. That is just petty family competitiveness.
New Year; New You
While I don’t believe in this nonsense, it is a great way to relinquish some of the petty nonsense. If it takes the Earth revolving around the sun a whole time to do that, so be it. Although, I just want to improve and upgrade myself. “Don’t be the boy you once were, be the man you want to be.” – PJC.