# Demo entry 3550688

Plan

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\chapter{This Year}

% \section{Guiding Principles}

2015 was the most ambitious plan I've had. It would have been interesting to see how it would have rolled out had we not had the oil spill. Perhaps I would have done really well and gotten right into it, or perhaps with the pregnancy I would have been overwhelmed and that would have been the end of it. Ultimately, through all of the events, I have realized that I love having goals and purpose, but that this plan was really a bit too much. Evenings with nothing to do are rare enough that there is something wrong with ensuring that they never occur when there is an endless checklist.

I found a great blog post\footnotetext{\url{https://joshkaufman.net/creating-a-personal-masterplan/}} about planning. The way I worked through it was to select the goals in each area, and then answer the associated questions listed below. I have tried to incorporate some of these concepts in each of the goals here.

The questions are:
\begin{compactenum}
\item Why do I really want this? (five reasons)
\item Is this good wording?
\item Is it Positive, Immediate, Concrete, and Specific? (PICS)?
\item Is it Ambitious, Meaningful, and Exciting? (AME)
\end{compactenum}

As I did last year, I have grouped the goals in three areas: the Good, Beauty, and the Truth.

\section{The Good}
\begin{quotation}
\emph{Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.} ---Socrates
\end{quotation}

This Form is about doing what is right, and being a Good (better) person than I have been.

\subsubsection{Personal Carbon Emissions}
I 2015 I did a lot of cycling to work and riding the bus. I see this continuing.

\subsection{Growth}

Growth is about expanding my skills and capabilities.

I expect to read a lot of books in 2016 while we are on our travels, and while I will track them (that's the goal here), I won't set a target number.

\begin{quotation}
\emph{You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.}
\end{quotation}

\subsubsection{Have a daily meditation practice of at least two minutes per session}
Why do I really want this?
\begin{compactenum}
\item To be more relaxed.
\item To be more patient, and respectful.
\item To turn my mind off and let it rest.
\item To learn that just being is as important as striving all the time.
\item To be a balanced person.
\end{compactenum}
I would be excited to make this happen, as I have been wanting to do it for a long time. I hear a lot of positive things about meditation, and would aspire to have a solid practice.

\subsubsection{Review Goals}
To be determined.

\subsection{Relationships}
\subsubsection{Speak German with Eila on a daily basis for five minutes}
Why do I really want this?
\begin{compactenum}
\item To keep my German up.
\item To learn from my own experience whereby my father did not teach me a second language.
\item To honour my heritage.
\item To enjoy the stimulation of maintaining a second language.
\end{compactenum}

\subsubsection{Birthday Cards}
I will continue with this goal area as per 2014.

\subsubsection{Couplehood}
Being a good adult and partner are really important. If I manage to get back to journaling, I will be focusing on this quite a bit, I am sure.

\subsection{13 Tay Street}
There are no special goals for the house this year.

\section{Beauty}
% \begin{quotation}
%   \emph{Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.}
%   --- Howard Thurman
% \end{quotation}
\subsection{Journal once per month about a personal spiritual practice}
Why do I really want this?
\begin{compactenum}
\item I feel that this is a part of life that I have neglected.
\item I believe less than ever that there is a Christian-type god up there, but conversely I believe more than ever that our finite minds cannot grasp what \emph{is} out there. But we can try.
\item Looking to succeed only in the material realm seems to be folly.
\item Having Eila here with us means that I want to provide her the full richness of the human experience.
\item I have to give this a go in my lifetime, and what better time than now?
\end{compactenum}
This is not an ideal goal, but because this is the first year with it I will go with it as-is.

\subsection{Write ten maxims that communicate my personal values}
Why do I really want this?
\begin{compactenum}
\item This will be an excellent exercise in introspection.
\item
\end{compactenum}

\subsection{Make an annual film every year}
Why do I really want this?
\begin{compactenum}
\item To preserve the precious memories of our lives.
\item To play with the technology.
\item To reflect on the year that has passed when I am making the book.
\item To share my life with others.
\item To interact with my family and express my love for them through the art I create.
\item To show that I had a good life before I die.
\end{compactenum}

\subsubsection{Make an annual photo book every year}
Why do I really want this?
\begin{compactenum}
\item To preserve the precious memories of our lives.
\item To reflect on the year that has passed when I am making the book.
\item To share my life with others.
\item To interact with my family and express my love for them through the art I create.
\item To show that I had a good life before I die.
\end{compactenum}
I will also do a photo book of our trip, to be completed by the end of the trip.

\subsubsection{Write five blog posts before the end of the trip}
Why do I really want this?
\begin{compactenum}
\item To preserve the precious memories of our lives.
\item To reflect on the year that has passed when I am making the book.
\item To share my life with others.
\item To learn a new skill (blogging) and to become more introspective, confident and better at writing.
\end{compactenum}

\subsection{Hunting}
\begin{quotation} % I need a new quote here for 2016.
% \emph{Of course, the animal you're really hunting is the animal within yourself, buried under the layers of light, noise, and speed.} ---Allen Morris Jones\footnote{\emph{A Quiet Place of Violence: Hunting and Ethics in the Missouri River Breaks}}
\end{quotation}
The plan is to return to Whitehorse at the end of July and get ready for two to three mountain hunts before the wedding. I won't have much chance to get out with my rifle, but that's how it goes.

I would like to help Greg shoot a ram with his bow. I would also like to go on a moose hunt in September.

\subsection{Go to the shooting range once per month while I am in Whitehorse}
Why do I really want this?
\begin{compactenum}
\item To be a good hunter.
\item To be an ethical and responsible hunter.
\item To be involved in a very simple yet very technical practice.
\item To mingle with like-minded people who are different from the people I usually socialize with.
\end{compactenum}
2016 will be a busy year, and if I can do this, it will be good. This is more likely something to carry over to 2017.

\subsubsection{Make a hunting film every year}
Why do I really want this?
\begin{compactenum}
\item To preserve the precious memories of my life, and my friendships.
\item To reflect on the year that has passed when I am making the book.
\item To share my life with others.
\item To show that I had a good life before I die.
\end{compactenum}

\subsection{Sport}
\begin{quotation}
\emph{No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.}
---Socrates
\end{quotation}
\subsubsection{Kettlebell}
This year Leigh Anne and I are doing some kettlebell training with an instructor, and possibly another course if he offers it. I am really enjoying this and it's part of my plan to continue doing this. Actually, I will purchase the book \emph{Simple and Sinister} by Pavel Tsatsouline and will do that workout.

\subsubsection{Core}
At the moment I am working through Pavel's hardstyle breathing''. After that I will continue to read his book \emph{Hardstyle Abs}. I have a goal of doing core training a number of times in the year, with the goal of course of being strong, but also building a routine of core training into my life.

\subsubsection{Ankle Rehabilitation}
I have been doing some work on the ankle with the special elastic. I haven't been as consistent as I'd hope, but it's something that should be a priority for me. That being said, after my mediocre work with the elastic, after two months I have seen zero improvement, which is not encouraging.

I need also to make a priority of seeing a first class physiotherapist when I next leave the Yukon.

\subsubsection{Bike Racing}
The big event this year is the BC Bike Race, running July 6--13. I started training back in the late fall in earnest on the trainer, and have kept a great level of dedication to it, notwithstanding a couple of illnesses and some travel that got in the way. As I write this, I am in the middle of what will be the biggest week ever (overall if not on the trainer alone). I have started a new regime of training in the mornings, which has my alarm sounding at 4:15 am. Until now it was only a couple of days per week, but I think I am going to rise daily at this time. Unfortunately it means being in bed at 20:30 or 21:00.

I don't know if I will do any other races, though I may try to pick up some racing during our travels through British Columbia this summer.

I am also looking at this as a big build to my overall capacity and will seek to continue to build on this in the time following the race. I am learning a new level of dedication and commitment to my training, which is pretty cool.

\subsubsection{Fitness Test and Health Baseline}
On January 13 I did 34 consecutive pushups. My weight is 182.2 lbs. On January 17 I completed 100 kettlebell swings (30 lb) and 100 body weight ass to heel squats in 4 minutes and 27 seconds (last year was 5:04). My waist measurement is: 36 inches. Right thigh: 22 1/4", left thigh: 21 3/4", left calf: 15 1/2", right calf: 16", chest: 39".

My Functional Threshold Power on the bicycle is 288 watts (3.48 FTP/kg).

\section{Truth}
\begin{quotation}
\emph{Wisdom is found only in truth.}
---Johan Wolfgang von Goethe
\end{quotation}
\subsection{Financial Management}
\subsection{Wealth/Career}
\subsubsection{Devise a more aggressive mortgage payment program with Leigh Anne while on our trip}
Why do I really want this?
\begin{compactenum}
\item To reduce the length of the mortgage.
\item To be the kind of person who is responsible with his money.
\item To be in control of my spending.
\end{compactenum}

\subsubsection{By the end of 2018, have filled my TFSA amount according to a plan developed in October, 2016}
Why do I really want this?
\begin{compactenum}
\item To be a responsible saver.
\item To build a savings routine.
\end{compactenum}
This will require a plan to do it once we return from our trip and get settled back in.

\subsection{Career}
\subsubsection{Identify my personal professional skill set and where I can improve, by the end of the 2016 trip}
Why do I really want this?
\begin{compactenum}
\item To help me to find rewarding work in the future by identifying my own areas of strength and weakness.
\item To ensure I build a program to improve where I am weak.
\end{compactenum}
To do this I will need to acquire some criteria by which to evaluate myself, and then write some kind of report about it.

\subsection{Habits}

Table \ref{tab:habitgoals} shows my habits and the span of minimum, goal and gold level achievement for each of them. Normally I have about a dozen of these, but this year I have just a couple, since I would rather leave many things more organic, given that we now have a baby and we will be on our trip. I may amend this section of the plan once we are on the road.

\begin{minipage}{0.9\linewidth}
\captionof{table}{This shows my habit goals for the year. Adding Gold'' and Minimum'' standards is a new idea that is giving me an absolute minimum to achieve, but also an ideal number to strive for. All of the numbers indicate times per year'', except in the case of Read more books'', where the units are books''.} \label{tab:habitgoals}
{\centering
\begin{tabular}{lccc}
\toprule
Habit & Gold & \textbf{Goal} & Minimum \\
\midrule
Meditate & 250 & \textbf{200} & 150\\
Speak German with Eila & 120 & \textbf{80} & 530\\
Review my goals & 100 & \textbf{52} & 30\\
Core training & 220 & \textbf{180} & 130\\
Books to read & No goal & & \\
Stretch & 120 & \textbf{80} & {60}\\
Do Simple and Sinister & 120 & \textbf{80} & {60}\\
Right about spirituality in journal & 24 & \textbf{12} & 6\\
\bottomrule
\end{tabular}\par}
\bigskip
\end{minipage}

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This section was previously titled Short Term Goals'', but I think this is a better title, and it refers to certain goals that will take place in each quarter of the year. Normally these are all kinds of tasks, but this year they are pretty much only birthday cards.
\begin{multicols}{2}
\subsubsection{Beltane (First Quarter)}
\begin{compactenum}
\item Get bison meat for the wedding.
\item Shoot my big rifle four times before leaving for our trip.
\item Birthday cards\footnote{Birthday cards \textbf{Goal:} By January 30$^{st}$, have a list of everyone's birthdays I want to remember. By February 15$^{th}$, I will have paper and envelopes addressed and stamped, and in a folder system, ready for writing and sending.}
\item Do the tactical strength challenge
\begin{compactenum}
\item Barbara Scheck (February 13)
\item Kathie Baker (February 14)
\item John Campbell (February 19)
\item Jason Pepper (February 27)
\item Peter Campbell (March 5)
\item Kerrie Paterson (March 12)
\item Liam Gordon (March 4)
\end{compactenum}
\end{compactenum}
\subsubsection{Litha or Midsummer (Second Quarter)}
\begin{compactenum}
\item Have a hunting video completed.
\item Have an annual photo book completed.
\item Identify my personal professional skill set and where I can improve.
\item Devise a more aggressive mortgage payment program with Leigh Anne
\item Have the \emph{Book of (Nearly) Impossible Puzzles} completed.
\item Have a list of ten maxims of my personal values written.
\item Birthday cards
\begin{compactenum}
\item Gord Baker (April 20)
\item Michael Richards (April 20)
\item Katherine Sheepway (April 24)
\item Gunnar Wegner (May 14)
\item Wil Campbell (June 17)
\item Olivier Roy (June 20)
\end{compactenum}
\end{compactenum}
\subsubsection{Mabon or Autumnal Equinox (Third Quarter)}
\begin{compactenum}
\item Birthday cards
\item Have completed five blog posts
\item Spend ten days hunting
\begin{compactenum}
\item Elizabeth Campbell (August 31)
\item Denise McHale (August 18)
\item Lisa Gordon (September 14)
\item Ken Gordon (September 22)
\item Thom Campbell (September 28)
\end{compactenum}
\end{compactenum}
\subsubsection{Yule (Fourth Quarter)}
\begin{compactenum}
\item Create a \textsc{tfsa} savings plan.
\item Birthday cards
\begin{compactenum}
\item Nigel Downes (October 1)
\item Tracy Boyes (October 5)
\item Justine Scheck (October 14)