2013 - The good and the bad
2013 has been good fun and terrible, at the same time.
- Moved to my own apartment. I’ve been longing to do this for ages. An
apartment with a wall full of books. I think I’ve managed to achieve that ;)
- Cooked for myself for nearly most of the year. There were occasions where
I burned food, but it’s overall been a joyful experience.
- Last year involved quite a bit of travel: 3 trips to London, a trip to San
Francisco, and a trip to Kenya.
- Met lots of people I’ve wanted to meet for ages. The Mozilla summit and the
London trips helped particularly.
- I bought a Kobo in 2013 and according to it, I’ve read 37 books. I don’t even
know how many physical books I’ve read.
- Work has been great with nearly 100 commits on CKAN. Lots of new
features and bug fixes on which I’ve taken the initiative. I say this
constantly, but I’ll reiterate: I work with the most amazing people.
- Usually, I’m shy and not very talkative. I started with meeting people
I know but hadn’t met, to meeting completely new people.
- Writing. My blog was mostly ignored since end of 2012. Managed to pick it up
and I wrote 15 posts.
- Health-wise, 2013 has been an absolute disaster. I’ve been admitted to the
hospital at least 3 times. As I write this, I have a cough from a throat
- The sedentary lifestyle has affected my overall fitness, Instead of losing
weight, I’ve gained weight. Staying at my parents’ for 2 months probably
contributed to it as well.
- Despite the fact that I like writing, I couldn’t even start NaNoWriMo.
Before I read this post I read, I read Sean Ogle’s excellent post about
that in mind, I’ve set some for 2014. I’m going to be tracking them
month-by-month and posting updates every quarter (I even have calender
- An exercise habit, tracked by number of days in a month I did not exercise.
- Learn to write C. I’m going to work through Learn C the Hard Way
which has 52 exercise and seems
perfect for a year-long project.
- Read more non-fiction. I thoroughly enjoyed the non-fiction books I read last
year (Quiet by Susan Cain and Bad Science by Dr. Ben
Goldacre. I recommend them both!). My goal is to read 6 non-fiction books by
the end of the year.
- Write! Blog posts or perhaps a short story. I still don’t have a particularly
good idea about writing a book, but sitting down and writing a book, even
if it’s terrible, seems like a good way to start getting better.
- Cut down on the unnecessary from my online life. I started this by the end of
2013 and this is going to continue into 2014. I’ve been deleting accounts
from sites I don’t use anymore, killing servers that I pay for but don’t use,
cutting down IRC channels significantly (went from 150 channels to 35), and