Resolutions, Goals, and Actions for 2018

I want to start 2018 with a piece about what I resolve to accomplish in 2018. In doing this, I hope to have a public reminder to which I can be held. Also, I do enjoy doing data visualizations, so I hope to have something to show at the end.


I resolve to

  • read more
  • give more
  • learn C
    • focus on mathematics and scientific computing
    • parallelization
  • be a better spouse
  • live healthier


These are the main goals I resolve to accomplish in 2018:

  • Run a sub 1:50:00 half-marathon
  • Get a paper accepted for publication in an appropriate peer-reviewed journal
  • Graduate my sometimes stubborn dog through obedience school
  • Take a big trip with my wonderful wife
  • Submit at least visualizations to the r/dataisbeautiful monthly competitions
    • Hopefully win at least one of them!



These are specific actions that I will use to measure my progress in accomplishing my resolutions.

  • Read at least one scientific journal article that directly/tangentially relates to my research per week
  • Read at least one non-scientific book (philosophy, business, history, etc.) per month
  • Give at least 10% of my income to my church
  • Give at least 5% of my income to charitable causes
  • At least two big dates with my wife per month
  • Run at least 10+ miles per week
  • Exercise, other than running, for at least 1 hr per week
  • Meditate for 10 minutes per day


I will be keeping a notebook of my progress on these goals, and likely post monthly updates here. I might also post summaries/reviews of the books and articles that I read, just to keep this blog active. For the programming exercises, I will keep those in a repository on GitHub.


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