Looking Back, Looking Forward

Where exactly did the last year go?  The year 2010 was an amazingly productive year for me personally and professionally and I thought it important to reflect upon last year’s goals before I move forward with my 2011 resolutions.  So in no particular order let’s see how I did in 2010 and see what I can do better in 2011.

Take a trip on a train

We made two voyages via Amtrak in 2010. The first was a day trip from Saint Louis to Jefferson City via the Missouri River Runner.  It was a relaxing, enriching trip that was the perfect distance to sample train travel and gave us a day to explore the Missouri capitol with dining in two yummy local restaurants, a tour of the capitol building and wrapped up the day with a yummy treat from the local dairy.  We even squeezed in some geocaching.

The second trip was just a few weeks ago from Newton it Saint Louis.  We left from Newton on the Southwest Chief (at 3 am), connected with the Missouri River Runner in Kansas city and arrived (exhausted) in just outside of Saint Louis in Kirkwood Missouri.  In short, we did it and enjoyed the experience, but we learned that this mode of transportation may not always be the most efficient way to travel.

If we do another train trip in 2011 I would like to either try another route or see what the Southwest Chief has to offer going west.

Obtain a passport (and plan a trip to see my sister-in-law when they move to Aruba)

Well we got the forms but have not followed through.  This will most certainly be in the 2011 list.

Complete the KDWP Geocaching Contest for a 3rd year

Another resolution falls short.  We actually started the contest and ran out of steam within a few weeks.  Maybe it was this record setting heat or perhaps this was not as important to us as I first thought it would be.  I also wonder if this stifled our goal to “enjoy ‘the great outdoors’ whenever possible”. I believe that the contest made outdoor enjoyment  a chore which cut down on shorter, more frequent outdoor experiences.  This year I will likely forego the contest, but make geocaching a more complimentary activity to the rest of my outdoors adventures.

Achieve my target weight of 175 pounds (currently 191, down from 226 in June 2009)

Oh. So. Close.  I made it 179 pounds. While those who have not seen me in a couple years compliment me on my new look, I still feel out of shape.  That said, the weight loss HAS cured a chronic sleep disorder and made my back injury much more manageable.   This year I will focus on complete wellness, including establishing better nutrition and exercise habits.

Enjoy “the great outdoors” whenever possible

I am sure that I could have done better on this as well, but I am going to give myself a score of “meets expectations”.  I have gotten much better at making simple things like walks by the river or visiting a local park part of my daily routine and out of town travel.

Actively participate in Young Professionals of Wichita and join one of the action teams

I am proud to say that I am a member of the “ambassadors” action team.  I have been working with that group for almost a year and it has been an enriching experience.  I am really looking forward to continuing to help carry out the mission of this great organization.

Do more professional development, attending one webinar a month and two seminars in the year

All in all, I am satisfied with my performance on this goal.  I actually attended four seminars/conference over the year including, AgencySide, Free State Social, OpenCa.mp, and 140 Characters. Each conference provided a unique view into the world that I live and work. This year I will strive to keep looking for a mix of enrichment opportunities and jump on opportunities that are presented to me.

Don’t be afraid to “take ownership” (or at least a share) of a situation where I can add value to the end result

Honestly, I am not sure where I was headed with this one when I wrote it.  I just felt like I passed too often on opportunities to do good things, letting them be someone else’s problem.

There have been good and bad results from my new bullish view on “taking ownership”.  On the positive side I feel like I am contributing more effectively at work and being a better community citizen. On the negative side I am finding myself needing to re-learn what problems are better left to others.  This year I will strive to continue to be an active participant where I can make a difference while finding balance and not committing my self.