Let me be clear right up front, this post is primarily for me. If you continue reading this post then please feel free to give me encouragement or ask how I am doing on my goals throughout the year, I'd be grateful. I'm primarily posting this to make these goals more real for me. You know what they say, if you publish your goals you become more accountable for them.

I came up with these goals and wrote them down on my last trip to San Francisco last year.

Let's explore my personal goals. First up is the traditional weight loss goal.

1. Lose 60 pounds

I'd like to break 200 pounds by the end of the year and that equates to 60 pounds. I'll spare you all now but I took before photos to compare against later this year.

How am I going to achieve this goal?

Now that I have a steady paycheck coming in again, I'm going back to Crossfit Fairport. I've got to find how to get that into my daily routine again. Working from home makes this a lot easier.

Secondly, and this is probably going to be the harder part, change my eating habits. Give up on soda (easier said then done) and go back to the healthy eating habits that allowed me to lose 30 pounds last summer (to which I put all back on when I lost my job and had to buy the cheaper foods to make it stretch). I'm going to first look into intermediate fasting and the change in diet.

2. Create an emergency fund of at least $10,000

Events of this past year make this goal a priority. When I got laid off in October I had $500 in a bank account, two weeks severance and five mouths to feed and shelter. I was able to make everything work out in the end but it was a tough two months. If I were to have an emergency fund of $10,000 things would have been a lot less stressful.

The goal then is by the end of the year I'd like to have an emergency fund of $10,000 in an account that just sits there hopefully never to be used.

How am I going to achieve this goal?

Well, I've already implemented it. With my new job came a better salary and I am going to make this work for me to reach this goal. We have two accounts, one that we use to pay our bills and one that was set up to pay our car payments (which we paid off last year). I gave myself a little raise and split my paycheck so that our bill pay account gets the similar amount I was getting paid all of last year and the rest will go into the car payment account. The car payment account is harder to access the money, there is no debit card or ATM card, I have to physically walk into the bank to withdraw the money. This actually has a great benefit to making it harder to spend that money.

Other things we'll use that account for is saving for family vacations and traveling that I eventually want to do with my wife. Which brings me to my next two goals.

3. Create better work/life balance

This one is really going to be hard for me. In essence I need a hobby outside of using a computer. Meeting new coworkers at Atlassian, I am envious at some of their hobbies they do. Things like surfing, scuba diving and sailing. Of course it's easier for them to have those hobbies when the Pacific ocean is in their backyard but if you know me these are my kind of hobbies.

Other reasons for better work/life balance? I want to spend more time with my wife and kids. It's great that I get to work from home as I have a better relationship with them, I think, then if I didn't. I can do much better though. Part of the issue is there was never any extra money to do anything with them. I'm hoping by working on goal #2 will allow some financial freedom to budget in some money for family fun activities.

In the end, just scheduling some time during the day to play XBOX with the kids or help with homework or take a walk (when it's warm out, I still live in the Hoth System, otherwise known as Rochester, NY remember).

How am I going to achieve this goal?

First thing first, I need to get a handle on my schedule and make it work for me. Time management is the key here, get a schedule that works for me and stick to it. While I was laid off I got into a really bad habit of going to bed late and getting up late. Being that it's winter time now I don't see much of the sun. I also need to work on getting up earlier. This will help in being able to do things for myself like going to Crossfit and spending some quiet time with my wife in the morning after the kids leave for work and school.

Working on my time management will be trial and error to see what works and what doesn't. I've got too much work in my life and need more life. Hoping my wife can help me achieve this goal.

4. Plan a family trip

Traveling for me has become something I do by my self because I am always traveling for work. Through work though I got addicted to traveling and would love to be able to take my family to new places. I try to take my wife when I can and on the very rare occasion am able to take my entire family on a trip (usually with help like our Make-A-Wish trip to Hawaii last July).

My new favorite site I like to peruse when I'm bored is looking at the vacation rental homes that are available on http://vbro.com. We used to book leadership retreats through VBRO at my last company and was really impressed at what is available. I've found houses I'd like to rent in places like Florida and Hawaii.

How am I going to achieve this goal?

My idea of traveling is to be on the go all the time. I have friends that travel to Southeast Asia and Europe on a regular basis, I am truly envious of them. I know I can't achieve that in one year but I can at least plan one trip for this year with the entire family which is more then I can usually do. This year I want to plan a week away with the whole family in a location near a beach that is relaxing and warm. I don't care where it is but the end goal is to go.

Again goal #2 is going to help achieve this goal for me. My goal is to have a trip booked for the end of August.

5. Figure out what is causing my allergies

I've got what we call seasonal allergies, but lately it seems like it's every season. They are really bad sometimes. I'm starting to think maybe I am allergic to something that is very common like dairy as I seem to always have allergies. But what weird is I can wake up one morning with itchy watery eyes, sneezing my brains out, a stuffy sniffling nose and jump on a plane and be fine by time I get to my next airport (like Detroit). I sometimes think that it's Rochester that I'm allergic too.

How am I going to achieve this goal?

I'm going to commit to going to my doctor and hoping to see if I can get in to see an allergist about it. It's as easy as that, I guess.