What happened this year to me?!?!
- My wife and I introduced Andrew to the world. Yay!
- I attempted my OSCP. I’ll keep going on this. I really want this cert so bad.
- I reignited my love for books. Right now I am reading Talking to Strangers. Malcolm Gladwell has really opened my eyes to crazy biases we as humans have on strangers. Be kind to your fellow stranger, peeps.
- I had a think week – inspired by my man, Bill Gates. It showed me that I can, with a shit ton of will and time, pass the OSCP. But I should focus on my little man and my career at the moment. So that is what I have decided to do.
- Hung out with friends. Brad and Kasia in some pretty fun cabins, got to know my co-workers outside of work a bit, and hung out with neighbors.
- Volunteered with Bsides Charm city and DC and competed in Pros vs. Joes. I felt much more comfortable with the competition this year than last year.
- I went camping with my daughter at Bull Run Campgrounds. It was really fun! I think we will do this every year, for sure
- Traveled to Montreal and Mendoza with the family! Both were awesome experiences and we had a great time. Montreal more than Mendoza, but both of them the whole family was together and that was really nice
- Went to NYC and Baltimore for work. Nothing too far away this year. I think RSA in San Francisco is on the docket for next year.
So… what are my new year’s resolutions?
- I am going to go vegan in January. A little kid and his mom in DC convinced me. I am also really unhealthy weight wise and I think trying vegan for not only the health benefits but respecting the planet, animals, and myself needs to be in order.
- Meditate more. I love meditation and it helps. Even if it’s non-guided, I pledge to spend four days a week meditating. Even if its for 5 min.
- Focus on work for the long stretches. I have some days where I have hours at a time to myself. These times, I need to plan out what my goal is that day and do a Pomodoro for at least 2 hours (4 rounds). This will keep me in step and not so worried about those big projects.
- Be more extroverted. I ruminate about saying the wrong thing, or not speaking up so I just don’t. Then when I have to, it’s bad for me, but really, not all that bad in hindsight. When I was a teenager, I thrived on relationships. I need to be better at reaching out to people and saying hi. We all need friends.
- Couch to 5k. Finish it. I don’t want to put any more barriers around that other than I think if I run a routine three times a week, that should do it. Once I finish out the program, sign up for a 5k and stay in shape for it.
Okay, that is it, people. See you in 2020!!