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Do not go gentle into that good night

Dylan Thomas, 19141953

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

 

2015 GoalsI’ve struggled to put my 2015 Goals together; in fact my 2014 Goals were written down but only made it onto an ever-rewritten 3×5 notecard which I kept in my pocket. I was pretty satisfied with what I accomplished in 2014, but I missed some of the life goal building blocks toward the 10,000 hour expertise mark.

Personal

  • Educate and Develop my children.  I plan to focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).  We’ll start with a large dose of Legos.
  • Enjoy 75 Books. I was able to completely enjoy 61 great books in 2014.
  • Run 2 Ultra marathons and 2 marathons.  I was able to accomplish 1 Ultra marathon and 3 marathons in 2014.  I’d like to move from the 50K (approximately 31 miles) I accomplished this year to the 40 or 50 mile ultra marathon distance.  This will be an extremely challenging stretch goal.  Additionally, I’d like to accomplish 2 marathons along the way.  A couple of the options are the Marine Corps Marathon (it would be my 4th year in a row) or the New York City Marathon (if I don’t do the MCM).
  • Make a new Sous Vide Recipe Monthly. One of the gifts I received this holiday was an Anova Sous Vide Immersion Circulator. I’m looking forward to the numerous different things to prepare via this cooking method. Some of the different things I plan to try are available at AnovaSerious EatsPolyscienceWilliams-Sonoma, and Chef Steps.
  • Family Trip. We enjoyed a couple of great trips in 2014; I escaped to bear hunt with my father and brother and enjoyed Florida with my family.  I’d like to continue to ensure the family enjoys exploring the world of travel.

Professional

  • Lead Effectively. I shall continue to effectively lead Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic (NCTAMS LANT) Detachment Hampton Roads which includes the Unified Atlantic Region Network Operations Center.  At the same time, I plan to continue to develop as a leader within the Information Dominance Corps, Information Professionals, and overall as a Naval Officer.
  • Teach Effectively. I’ve developed my expertise and truly enjoy developing expertise in others.  I will put that into action by teaching at University of Maryland University College and Tidewater Community College.
  • Be published two times.
  • Invest 100 hours in learning new languages (Life goal – 10,000 hours). I will use Duolingo and start with Spanish.
  • Invest 100 hours in coding (Life goal – 10,000 hours). I used and completed several courses in 2014 from Codeacademy.  I’ll continue to use them and other MOOCs to enhances my abilities in 2015.
  • Invest 100 hours in Robotics (Life goal – 10,000 hours). I will use Lego Mindstorms to continue to develop this knowledge while educating my children.

Financial

  • Increase my income by 10%. Maintain/Increase performance in the Navy and teaching will be the methods to further this goal.
  • Reduce debt.  The only debt we hold as a family is our mortgage, one vehicle loan and significant student loans.  I plan to eliminate the vehicle loan and focus on knocking out a large portion of the student loans.
  • Live within Monthly Budget. We’ve lived within a budget for several years, but I’d like to continue to refine and maximize the available money toward meeting the financial goals. This will be reviewed quarterly to ensure we’re spending responsibly.
  • Tailor/Verify/Diversify Investments.  We will review our investments and plans with a financial advisor to continue to refine and maximize the family investment plan.

Inspired by Krystal Yee’s Givemebackmyfivebucks.

 

Goals of 2014 RecapI never published my 2014 Goals.  They were written down but only made it onto an ever-rewritten 3×5 notecard which I kept in my pocket. I was pretty satisfied with what I accomplished in 2014, but I missed some of the life goal building blocks toward the 10,000 hour expertise mark.

The most challenging part of the year was taking command and leading an organization.  There are challenges and complexities you don’t expect or even realize exist until you’re forced to face them head on.

Personal

  • Enjoy 30 Books. ACCOMPLISHED. I was able to completely enjoy 61 great books in 2014.  A number which greatly surprised me as I continued to rack them up.
  • Run 4 marathons. ACCOMPLISHED. I was able to accomplish 1 Ultra marathon and 3 marathons in 2014.  I ran the North Face Endurance Challenge 50K (approximately 31 miles), the USA Rock ‘n Roll Marathon, Freedom’s Run Marathon, and my third Marine Corps Marathon in a row!  I was happy to have accomplished all of these in 2014!  I’ve now run a total of 7 marathons including the Ultra marathon; every race I find an inspirational individual that inspires me even more!
  • Family Trip. ACCOMPLISHED. We enjoyed a couple of great trips in 2014; I escaped to bear hunt with my father and brother and enjoyed Florida with my family.

Professional

  • Lead Effectively. ON TRACK. In my first command, through most of the year, I led Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic (NCTAMS LANT) Detachment Hampton Roads which includes the Unified Atlantic Region Network Operations Center from the beginning of February 2014. Leading the Detachment has been challenging and a pleasure all at once; there isn’t a day that I don’t learn something from one of the fine individuals I work with.  Additionally, I was empowered to invest some of my time in improving the Information Dominance Corps Mid-career Course and Information Professionals Basic Course requirements.  Both will improve the quality and overall as a Naval Officer.
  • Continue to Learn (Another language, coding, robotics). ACCOMPLISHED. I’d like to accumulate 10,000 hours of expertise in these areas and need to figure out how to most effectively accomplish the task.  I toyed with a couple language applications but really enjoy what I’m seeing out of Duolingo.  Regarding coding, I don’t do this daily at work so I used and completed several courses from Codeacademy in 2014 to maintain proficiency.  And in robotics, I started playing with Lego Mindstorms with my children which I have enjoyed.

Financial

  • Investigate methods to further increase income. ACCOMPLISHED. I determined that teaching is a passion of mine and something I’d like to become better at doing.  I will start teaching in a couple of weeks.
  • Reduce debt. ACCOMPLISHED.  Even with the reduction funds (reduced BAH) and the increased costs of geobacheloring, we were able to continue to reduce the only debt we hold as a family (mortgage, one vehicle loan and student loans).

Inspired by Krystal Yee’s Givemebackmyfivebucks.