I recently trimmed some fat here, so I think things are a little tighter than last year. But here is a look at the websites I'm reading daily in 2016...

Andrew Alexander Price - RSS
The Newsprint - RSS
meh.com - RSS
Mr. Money Mustache - RSS
GitLab - RSS
Be More with Less - RSS
Minimal Desks - RSS
Liss is More - RSS
Lists of Note - RSS
FastMail Blog - RSS
Analog Senses - RSS
Letters of Note - RSS
Sportsgeekonomics - RSS
Marco.org - RSS
Freshome - RSS
Remodelista - RSS
Get Rich Slowly - RSS
The Wirecutter - RSS
Daring Fireball - RSS
Tools and Toys - RSS
Manton Reece - RSS
inessential.com - RSS
Rocky Top Talk - RSS
Raptitude.com - RSS
512 Pixels - RSS
Rands in Repose - RSS
Remodelaholic - RSS
Local Milk - RSS
Cabin Porn - RSS
Sketchnote Army - RSS
chrisbowler.com - RSS
The Sweet Setup - RSS
Chris Brakebill - RSS
Pixel Envy - RSS
The Cramped - RSS
House Tweaking - RSS
My Morning Routine - RSS
Bourbon & Tradition - RSS
Unsplash - RSS

Just like last year, I'd like to take a look at some goals for this year. One of the things I'm going to do with these is print them out somehow and post them in my office, by my bed, and maybe even stick a small version in my wallet.

Less Watching, More Doing

I love me some TV. And with the huge variety of content available through Netflix, Hulu, HBO, etc., it's hard not to spend our nights glued to the TV. I'd like to make that less of the default move in our home. I want to do more development. More reading. More writing. More crafts and projects.

Settle my soul

The past 5 years has been a whirlwind, going from Knoxville to Seattle to Orlando, and back to Knoxville. I've never really moved in somewhere expecting it to be my home for more than a year. As we scout our next home around Downtown Knoxville, I want to find somewhere we expect to stay for at least a few years. I've used not owning my home as a reason for not investing in a place, but I'm going to get out of that mindset. I want to own a home at some point, but I'm going to try hard to really settle myself wherever we end up next and make it home as much as I can.

Take care of my body

I didn't do well at this last year, but I'm hopeful about this year. I'm planning to start a morning routine that involves hitting the YMCA to play some basketball. I want to actually run at least one 5K this year. Lauren and I are both wanting to look more into how we can eat better this year. Less Jet's Pizza and more veggies.

Mindfulness

I know this sounds super wishy washy and vague, but hear me out. I don't often worry about future Chris as I do stuff around the house. For example, I'm pulling something out of the spice cabinet. I ravage that thing looking for the right spice, and then toss it in, leaving myself open to the need for future ravagings (I'm serious about my spices). I recently organized it a bit and what I'd like to do is keep it easy to find what I'm looking for. When I'm done with my spices, I need to take the extra 10 seconds to put them in their place so future Chris has things easier.

I want to practice a sort of mise en place for all sorts of things in my everyday life. Doing so will help keep the house in order and make me a better worker and just a better me.

Grow my own food

My mom has a great garden which she pulls basil, peppers, and tomatoes from. She does it all on her deck. It's time to stop letting being a renter prevent me from investing in a garden. Lauren and I both want to do this so I want to make this the year we start it. Beyond food, I want more plants around the house. We don't keep many, mostly because we tend to kill them. I want to fix that.

Seek God

Read my bible. Go to church. Pursue Christ-filled relationships with people. I've gotten way too passive with my faith and my relationship with Christ in the past few years. 2016 should be a year of action.

Release Outshape

I know right? When is this guy just going to give up? Never. I used to have this goal of releasing it and having it be super successful and letting me keep working on my own things. I've really detached myself from how successful Outshape is. I want to create this thing that I'm proud of and release it. If I can do that, I will feel good about the work I put into it.

Start a podcast

I'm keeping this one because I really want to do this. It's sort of silly, but I just love podcasts and would love to sit around and talk with some friends about something and share it with others. Not every goal has to be huge.

Deepen relationships

Building a bit on my goal to call people from 2015. More than just calling people, I want to talk to them more. I want to spend more time discussing real stuff and putting myself out there. I want to text less. Conversation is vulnerability. Texting is often just information passing.

Take up less space

This covers several things. Continuing to produce less waste. Compost more and buy more things that are recyclable. Continuing to reduce the amount of clutter in my house. If I don't keep a gift you give me it's not because I don't appreciate it. I absolutely do. But if I don't use it frequently or find it pleasant to look at, I just can't keep it. And that's okay. The use of a gift isn't what matters. It's the love and relationship the giving of the gift represents.


So there it is. Those are the ten things I really want to focus on in 2016. Looking back at the list, it seems clear that I want to spend more time doing and I want to be a better steward of my time and my resources. Here's to hoping I can meet my goals in 2016 better than in 2015.

Just like last year, I'd like to take a look at some goals for this year. One of the things I'm going to do with these is print them out somehow and post them in my office, by my bed, and maybe even stick a small version in my wallet.

Less Watching, More Doing

I love me some TV. And with the huge variety of content available through Netflix, Hulu, HBO, etc., it's hard not to spend our nights glued to the TV. I'd like to make that less of the default move in our home. I want to do more development. More reading. More writing. More crafts and projects.

Settle my soul

The past 5 years has been a whirlwind, going from Knoxville to Seattle to Orlando, and back to Knoxville. I've never really moved in somewhere expecting it to be my home for more than a year. As we scout our next home around Downtown Knoxville, I want to find somewhere we expect to stay for at least a few years. I've used not owning my home as a reason for not investing in a place, but I'm going to get out of that mindset. I want to own a home at some point, but I'm going to try hard to really settle myself wherever we end up next and make it home as much as I can.

Take care of my body

I didn't do well at this last year, but I'm hopeful about this year. I'm planning to start a morning routine that involves hitting the YMCA to play some basketball. I want to actually run at least one 5K this year. Lauren and I are both wanting to look more into how we can eat better this year. Less Jet's Pizza and more veggies.

Mindfulness

I know this sounds super wishy washy and vague, but hear me out. I don't often worry about future Chris as I do stuff around the house. For example, I'm pulling something out of the spice cabinet. I ravage that thing looking for the right spice, and then toss it in, leaving myself open to the need for future ravagings (I'm serious about my spices). I recently organized it a bit and what I'd like to do is keep it easy to find what I'm looking for. When I'm done with my spices, I need to take the extra 10 seconds to put them in their place so future Chris has things easier.

I want to practice a sort of mise en place for all sorts of things in my everyday life. Doing so will help keep the house in order and make me a better worker and just a better me.

Grow my own food

My mom has a great garden which she pulls basil, peppers, and tomatoes from. She does it all on her deck. It's time to stop letting being a renter prevent me from investing in a garden. Lauren and I both want to do this so I want to make this the year we start it. Beyond food, I want more plants around the house. We don't keep many, mostly because we tend to kill them. I want to fix that.

Seek God

Read my bible. Go to church. Pursue Christ-filled relationships with people. I've gotten way too passive with my faith and my relationship with Christ in the past few years. 2016 should be a year of action.

Release Outshape

I know right? When is this guy just going to give up? Never. I used to have this goal of releasing it and having it be super successful and letting me keep working on my own things. I've really detached myself from how successful Outshape is. I want to create this thing that I'm proud of and release it. If I can do that, I will feel good about the work I put into it.

Start a podcast

I'm keeping this one because I really want to do this. It's sort of silly, but I just love podcasts and would love to sit around and talk with some friends about something and share it with others. Not every goal has to be huge.

Deepen relationships

Building a bit on my goal to call people from 2015. More than just calling people, I want to talk to them more. I want to spend more time discussing real stuff and putting myself out there. I want to text less. Conversation is vulnerability. Texting is often just information passing.

Take up less space

This covers several things. Continuing to produce less waste. Compost more and buy more things that are recyclable. Continuing to reduce the amount of clutter in my house. If I don't keep a gift you give me it's not because I don't appreciate it. I absolutely do. But if I don't use it frequently or find it pleasant to look at, I just can't keep it. And that's okay. The use of a gift isn't what matters. It's the love and relationship the giving of the gift represents.


So there it is. Those are the ten things I really want to focus on in 2016. Looking back at the list, it seems clear that I want to spend more time doing and I want to be a better steward of my time and my resources. Here's to hoping I can meet my goals in 2016 better than in 2015.

At the beginning of the year I wrote about a few things I wanted to improve upon in 2015. I just want to take a look back at those and see how I feel like I did. We did have a baby this year so... this could get ugly.

Dental Hygiene

I would say I'm doing better here but not great. Been having some pain lately so I think it's time to go to the dentist (okay fine it's long past time to go). I've been flossing and using mouthwash regularly. I think I've set myself up for major improvement here in 2015.

Exercise

This is a big bucket of fail. I had some good stretches of consistent running. But it broke down a bit in the summer. Being back in Tennessee is definitely going to make this tougher to improve upon in the winter. Not much tennis and basketball either in 2015. Lauren and I recently joined a program with our insurance that gives us access to many gyms around Knoxville (YMCA's in particular) so I'm hoping we can get going with this.

Journaling

I did a lot of this in the first half of the year, but I dropped off later on. Particularly once the baby came. I'm thinking I might try to pick this up again in 2015. I liked the prompt I did early last year. I might try to find something similar this year.

Releasing Outshape

😞 I'm getting there. I made some great progress while I was between jobs. But it's hard to help raise a baby, work a full time job, and engage in a side hustle.

Minimalism

This one I'm feeling pretty good about. There's a lot of room to grow but I've gotten fairly ruthless about not keeping stuff I don't love or need. Now if I could just attack my wife's 3/4 of the closet...

Recycling/Waste Reduction

Another place I feel like I've really improved. Having a local recycling service has been the biggest part. We're sending more stuff into recycling than we are the trash. I've replaced a lot of incandescents with LED bulbs. The phrase "just because I can doesn't mean I should" has been circling my head lately with respect to the resources I use.

Improve my relationship with Lauren

I think we've made strides here. Having a baby has been an amazing experience as a couple. Challenging for sure. But it's definitely made us both feel more like a team.

Go to church

I'm really happy with where we are here. We've found a church in Knoxville that we love. We're in a community group there so we're getting to know some awesome people there. I hope we can continue to grow there in 2016.

Read my Bible

Another fail. I need a new Bible this year.

Read more in general

I think I did more of this but it all kind of runs together. There are a few books I remember loving, I'm just not sure if they were 2015 or 2014. I'm gonna try to do a better job keeping track in Goodreads. It's hard to find time with a baby (this is a common theme).

Fewer Screens

There's good and bad here. We spend a lot of time still watching TV. But I've made some strides in reducing my phone use. I've deleted a good number of apps and I'm trying to break that instinctual need to just look at my phone. Just enjoyed a two week break from work for Christmas, and I feel like I barely looked at a computer screen. So hooray for that.

Call People

👎 Another place I failed. This one has been on my mind lately and it will definitely be something I hope to improve upon in 2016.

Start a podcast

Nope. I still want to do this. I'm just not sure where I will fit it in. And I need to get my buddies all in on it.

At the beginning of the year I wrote about a few things I wanted to improve upon in 2015. I just want to take a look back at those and see how I feel like I did. We did have a baby this year so... this could get ugly.

Dental Hygiene

I would say I'm doing better here but not great. Been having some pain lately so I think it's time to go to the dentist (okay fine it's long past time to go). I've been flossing and using mouthwash regularly. I think I've set myself up for major improvement here in 2015.

Exercise

This is a big bucket of fail. I had some good stretches of consistent running. But it broke down a bit in the summer. Being back in Tennessee is definitely going to make this tougher to improve upon in the winter. Not much tennis and basketball either in 2015. Lauren and I recently joined a program with our insurance that gives us access to many gyms around Knoxville (YMCA's in particular) so I'm hoping we can get going with this.

Journaling

I did a lot of this in the first half of the year, but I dropped off later on. Particularly once the baby came. I'm thinking I might try to pick this up again in 2015. I liked the prompt I did early last year. I might try to find something similar this year.

Releasing Outshape

😞 I'm getting there. I made some great progress while I was between jobs. But it's hard to help raise a baby, work a full time job, and engage in a side hustle.

Minimalism

This one I'm feeling pretty good about. There's a lot of room to grow but I've gotten fairly ruthless about not keeping stuff I don't love or need. Now if I could just attack my wife's 3/4 of the closet...

Recycling/Waste Reduction

Another place I feel like I've really improved. Having a local recycling service has been the biggest part. We're sending more stuff into recycling than we are the trash. I've replaced a lot of incandescents with LED bulbs. The phrase "just because I can doesn't mean I should" has been circling my head lately with respect to the resources I use.

Improve my relationship with Lauren

I think we've made strides here. Having a baby has been an amazing experience as a couple. Challenging for sure. But it's definitely made us both feel more like a team.

Go to church

I'm really happy with where we are here. We've found a church in Knoxville that we love. We're in a community group there so we're getting to know some awesome people there. I hope we can continue to grow there in 2016.

Read my Bible

Another fail. I need a new Bible this year.

Read more in general

I think I did more of this but it all kind of runs together. There are a few books I remember loving, I'm just not sure if they were 2015 or 2014. I'm gonna try to do a better job keeping track in Goodreads. It's hard to find time with a baby (this is a common theme).

Fewer Screens

There's good and bad here. We spend a lot of time still watching TV. But I've made some strides in reducing my phone use. I've deleted a good number of apps and I'm trying to break that instinctual need to just look at my phone. Just enjoyed a two week break from work for Christmas, and I feel like I barely looked at a computer screen. So hooray for that.

Call People

👎 Another place I failed. This one has been on my mind lately and it will definitely be something I hope to improve upon in 2016.

Start a podcast

Nope. I still want to do this. I'm just not sure where I will fit it in. And I need to get my buddies all in on it.