All of the 2015 year in review posts have started trickling out as this year is coming to an end. I enjoy reading these, so here is my 2015.
Outside of Work
The New House
In March we moved into an awesome new house. We had previously lived in a townhouse where the space quickly became smaller after our son was born. Although the new house keeps us very busy, it is well worth it. We have a great neighborhood with a ton of kids for our son to play with.
While in transition between selling and buying a house, my family and I were living at my wife’s parents’ house. My office was a tiny desk in our bedroom with barely enough room to move my arms. I could literally roll out of bed and into my computer chair. With the new house came a new office that is slowly coming together with sports memorabilia.
Running is an important part of my life. I haven’t been able to run as much as I wanted with the chaos of moving out of our townhouse and into a new house over the course of six months. Our new neighborhood has provided some great running routes and I was able to increased my mileage by quite a bit.
This fall I ran my sixth marathon. Even after a great spring and summer of training, my time was not the best. This year was also the first time, in multiple instances, that I was unable to run a race I signed up for. This is something I absolutely hate doing, but I couldn’t help it.
Goals for 2016
I would really like to blog more this year. Writing has always been a struggle for me. I get into a cycle of writing, review, and erase. I need to break out of that and just write.
As a developer, I want my skills to grow. I began exploring unit testing, which is a great tool and enforces better coding practices. Providing more unit tests is a great goal, but I need to manage my time better, stop rushing myself, and actually provide the unit tests.
I feel like my communication skills stink. This becomes apparent to me when I am around people who are good at conveying their opinion to others. I want to change my quick “knee-jerk” reaction to a well thought out response.
I’d like to reduce my marathon time, so with that I need to be doing more speed work. I have only ever ran one 5K race, so I’d like to run a few those in the spring to speed up my pace.
Here’s to 2016.