My 2015 New Year's Resolutions

Jan 02 2015

With a new year comes resolutions. You know, those things that you usually don't achieve? I usually write and publish a list each year even though I usually don't fulfill all of the goals. Last year it got so bad that I didn't even bother. So why am I doing it again this year? If anything putting it out in my public will motivate me a tad to actually follow through. And I've learned from my past mistakes to make my goals manageable and quantifiable. Overall I've found it is a good idea to priortize my life in 12 months chunks. So here we go:


  1. Write 40 blog posts. Basically one a week accounting for a few weeks that I can't do that.
  2. Launch one (potentially) profit-generating side project. Note that it doesn't have to make any money at all in the first yeear, but at least there's a business model in place in which it could one day be profitable.
  3. Contribute to at least three open source projects.


  1. Run 600 miles. I don't run quite as much as I used to and it's probably out of question that I'll be able to schedule 1,000 miles like I accomplished in 2011.
  2. Bench press 225 lbs. (5 x 5) I've plateaued at 195 so while that doesn't seem like much it is quite the gap.
  3. Run a half marathon. With the goal of running my second full marathon in 2016.

Making Things

  1. Build a coffeetable. I recently joined NextFab so I've got access to all of the machinery that I'll need. I'll probably take on some smaller projects throughout the year to work myself up to this one.
  2. Print three 3-D pieces. Another thing that I have access to through NextFab.
  3. Print three wall-worthy posters. This year I contributed with some other folks at Indy Hall in buying a screenprinting press.

I'll check back in in 365 days to see how I did.

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Dave Walk is a software developer, basketball nerd and wannabe runner living in Philadelphia. He enjoys constantly learning and creating solutions with Go, JavaScript and Python. This is his website.