2019 in ReviewEvan Travers
I am grateful for the Lord’s protection and guidance through the past year. To God be all the glory.
Spiritual Life and Focus
Last year I planned to focus on my spiritual life and career. While I think I made some strides in both, I generally am a little disappointed with my lack of investment in my spiritual life this year. I think my growing commitment to exercise competed too heavily with my quiet time. Lesson learned, his mercies are new each morning, and I get to start afresh.
I’m pleased with progress towards physical goals. I’ve continued to be faithful in my morning workouts1, I’ve seen headway in areas that I’m weak, and I had enough left over to participate in some events2, even without specialized training. While I'm definitely carrying more weight than I ought, I am stronger and faster than I have been in a long time.
My diet still is terrible. I lack self control for sweets. On a positive note, I have been drinking a lot more water.
I don’t value sleep like I should. Thinking about investing in some blackout curtains at least.
Reading and Writing
I blocked reddit off my phone, and that resulted in a lot more books and blog posts.
I ended up reading 42 books and took and 55,180 words of book notes. (Don’t be impressed, there’s a lot of kindle highlights in there too.) I wrote 47 blog posts this year… 45% of my total blog posts ever. :-/
I saved 338 annotated links in using my ifttt.com -> dropbox scheme… some of those wound up in the blog posts I made once per month.
A lot is happening very quickly these days. We bought a house this year, I’ve just started a new job, and we have had lots of little mini family adventures all year long. I could not survive without my incredible wife who makes my every moment wonderful and gives me so much wise counsel.
In keeping with both the ideas of the Theme System and Plan Your Year, I’m choosing as my theme for 2020 the word “clarity.” Clarity means for me that I know at all times what is most important. I usually let the urgent and small crowd out what is most important in my life… I want to fight against that this year.