Adam Tuttle

Goals for 2012

I have taken the last few years off from posting my goals, but I don't see any reason not to start up again. I'm not really one for resolutions, mostly because of their binary nature: either you succeed or you fail. Life is rarely like that. Goals are more my style: even if you don't get to 100% of your goal, you can still get 96% there, and that's something!

Since I didn't make official goals for 2011, here's a quick list of things I did this year that I'm pleased with:

  • My second son, Ethan, was born in January, and in the last few weeks he's been starting to walk!
  • I really started taking reading seriously. I read 23.333 books in 2011 (My goal was 24, and I'm still finishing up the last one). Getting a Kindle definitely helped with this.
  • I released 4 updates to my various Mango Blog plugins.
  • I presented on the CFMeetup (online) and at CF.Objective()
  • I really started taking Git seriously, and it has been a boon of productivity. I'll never go back to SVN if I don't have to!
  • I released my first near-native mobile app, The Squeeze, for BlackBerry Playbook. (I've since given up on the platform, but we still use our Playbook, because it's the best video camera we have.)
  • I upgraded from a 13" Macbook to a 15" Macbook Pro. Buying used is definitely a good way to save money, but there are some pitfalls.
  • I wrote an article for the Adobe Developer Center for Flex 3 developers who need to update their knowledge to Flex 4/4.5.
  • Compadre Steve Rittler and I created, organized, and ran Philly Merge, a one day regional conference (Philadelphia) "For Entrepreneur-Developers and Developer-Entrepreneurs".
  • I fell in love with TDD all over again when I realized how necessary it is to work on fragile setups, like those I was creating with ColdFusion's ORM.
  • I participated in the How I Got Started in ColdFusion meme.
  • I finally figured out freaking SPF records in DNS. Geez.
  • While I haven't yet released Taffy 1.1, which was definitely a goal for 2011, I did get RC1 out the door and all that remains before 1.1 is officially released is to write more documentation.
  • I created a GitHub "organization" dedicated to helping fill the gaps in CFScript.
  • I proved once and for all why Tabs are Superior to Spaces!

Now, the fun part, my goals for 2012:

  • Finally release Taffy 1.1. I really want this one done in the next month or two.
  • Read 24 books. I felt like this was an incredible pace last year. Two books a month is still a pretty high goal for me.
  • Do well in my presentation for CFObjective this year.
  • Attend JSConf 2012 (no date announced yet). If there were only one language that I need to know aside from ColdFusion (and let's face it, there's more than that), it's JavaScript. 2011 saw my JS skills greatly improve, and the next step is definitely to continue reading about it and to start attending training/conferences.
  • Continue doing Yoga regularly. I started doing Yoga (again) in November or December of 2011 and it's been a great workout and really improves my flexibility and balance. My favorite video to follow is very fast paced, too, so I get a bit of a cardio workout in the process.
  • Lose some weight. My metabolism is finally catching up with me (or I with it?)... and I'm starting to tip the scales into the overweight category. At least, it feels that way given the way the weight is distributed. Mostly I need to work on my gut. I would be thrilled to lose about 10 pounds, especially if the majority of it came from the mid-section.
  • Make Philly Merge 2012 a reality.
  • Watch the Phillies take the World Series trophy back. Ok, so this one is mostly out of my control. Except for the watching part. But I will take my part seriously!

Did I miss anything obvious?

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