Osvaldas year 2017 in photos and resolutions
End of each year is time to reflect on the year, learn your lessons and plan another year.
This is a quick summary how my year went. It definitely was a year with most flights in my life, probably because I live on an island at the moment and most reasonable way of leaving the country is a flight.
Visited countries or territories in 2017
- The Isle of Man
- Northern Ireland
- Cape Verde
It’s usually useful to plan your weekends, if you do, you will have a growth mindset, and expanding comfort zone. Getting out is beneficial for both your mental and physical health. Your body needs an activity, and the last thing you can do is to have 10 000 steps a day, which is not much if you go out during the day. If you won’t take care of your body, it will soon start to break, so you will have to take a break anyways.
To have an amazing weekend, I am researching several different types of activities.
- Road trips
- Overseas weekend breaks
- Competitions (either powerlifting, strongman or (obstacle) running)
- Talks including science, tech or anything else interesting. I quite like to read about topics which I have negative opinion, in case it would change my mindset for good
- New short-term hobbies and easy skills to learn
- Guinness records to break
And I use several tools for my research:
- Finding cheap flights as explained at Ultimate saving tip: finding cheap flight tickets
- Random events. Just signup for Eventbrite or use Facebook event section
- Follow what my colleagues are doing. This depends on a company, but I join Slack channel where everyone posts upcoming events
- Local communities. I joined YNE Powerlifting club who organises competitions
- Guinness world record book
- Fast learning blog at 12 ridiculously hard challenges in 12 months or Youtube channel by Mike Boyd
(Don’t get me wrong, I love my job as a software engineering 5 days a week, but one reason why, is that relax and reset well during weekend and don’t burn out)
When we just moved to Leeds, we spend several weekends just at home. You know, typical stuff by going for a short walk to park, watching several films in on Sunday, sleeping till midday. After these kinda of days, I decide to go somewhere next weekend, but it might be too late – all favourite events are sold out, flights are too expensive etc.
Therefore I got a habit to track everything on Google calendar (blog post on how to sync Fitbit calendar to Google calendar using AWS is coming up soonish). I started frequently checking my calendar, but not much was there, only pages of empty fields with occasional activity once every few month. A quote by Benjamin Franklin popped into my mind “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”. So I started planning my weekends, researching cheap weekend break flights abroad and purchasing them. Or signing up for a competition. Or finding other interesting events. Rapidly my calendar started filling up, even my girlfriend noted _“oh no, we’ve got upcoming 5 weekends planned. We need a break”. _And we took a guilt-free weekend at home.
Most importantly, don’t forget to include people around you in your activities. People around you are your biggest success factor. Also, it influences your health, for example, the main factor of 50 years old person deciding his cholesterol level at the age of 70 is his relations with people around him. Loneliness kills. This was concluded by 70+ years study as explained at What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness. One of biggest regrets of the dying is losing contact with their friends as described in a book “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying” written by Bronnie Ware who was working in palliative care. You need to plan your free time, you need to stay in touch with people you love. As you were a kid, you best mates were just around the corner, but as you go further into a life, they are all around the world, which makes a lot of planning to still keep in touch. So if you would have a New Years resolution, it would be to stay in better contact with your beloved people, because it’s a ground point and everything will follow… success, health, money, contribution or everything you desire.
Have a great New Year,