And so we’re told this is the Golden Age…
Happy New Year, everyone.
As I did last year, I am going to set some personal and professional goals for 2013. Not resolutions, but milestones and actions I want to reach in the new year. I did a fairly good job of it last year, and want to do better in 2013. Some are beer-related, some not, but all are important to me.
More homebrewing, as always. Every year I pledge to brew more of my own beer, but I keep hitting the same amount. I made the switch to all-grain in 2012, and the results were excellent. So this year: more beer!
I will be involved locally in events. I am already on the board for Tampa Bay Beer Week, and am part of the media relations committee. I think I can bring a unique perspective and voice to the table as a “non-affiliated” member. I don’t work for a brewery or distributor; I represent the beer drinkers.
I want to visit more Florida breweries. So many new ones have opened in 2013!
I will write more articles. I fell off for a while last year, and let myself get distracted. This year I will actually plan out articles ahead of time and schedule the posts, both here and for my other outlets like Creative Loafing.
I will continue my exercise at Orange Theory and try to push past the invisible “wall” I have hit. This will be accompanied by more mindful eating and meal planning. Healthy, but not “settling” for stuff that I don’t enjoy. It’s all about balance. I may even run a few 5Ks this year.
A few carry-overs from last year:
I do want to go to GABF and/or Oregon Beer Festival this year, so that will require planning and saving and sponsorship. That means starting early.
I want to be mindful about supporting local, the current economy, personal accountability, and corporate ethics, because they DO matter.
I want to work on my book projects.
2013 will not be like 2012. It will be a renewal. A chance to leave the past behind, shake off the disappointments and hurts and drive forward to creating the life I want. I will spend time with the right people, listen to those that matter, and ignore those that do not. I will not waste time with those who cannot see the possibilities for the future, even when it looks like a hard road. Those types cannot be trusted when the chips are down.
I wish peace, prosperity, and a new renewal of passion for everyone in the new year. Stay safe, but not TOO safe.