The year of 2014 commenced almost 4 months ago. My goal was to get a website launched where I could post goals for the year and provide updates as I work towards their completion. Oops. 4 months in without getting goal #1 done? Doesn’t feel like a good start to this whole goal thing.
Luckily, while the website wasn’t live, it hasn’t meant stagnation in my efforts to accomplish my other goals for 2014. Before I dive in to the specific things I’m seeking to accomplish in the next
12 9 months, let me tell you a little bit about myself.
As you may have guessed from my site’s domain, my name is Ben Bradley. I’m a 28-year old millennial living in Seattle, WA USA with my amazing girlfriend, Lisa, and quirky cat, Nanners. We moved to Seattle from Tacoma, WA (about 45 minutes south) in September 2013 for a change of pace and out of Lisa’s kindness to let me live closer to my job. 2-3 hours on the bus is anything but pleasant.
I was also at a point of needing some space from Tacoma. Don’t get me wrong. I love the city. But consider this: I was born in Tacoma, I grew up in Tacoma, I went to college at University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, and I worked in Tacoma for 5 years after graduating. So total that all up and you’ll see that I spent essentially 28 years of my life in the same city. No wonder a move seemed like a great idea, right? And it has been without a doubt.
2014 also marked the launch of a new job. I am a Product Consultant at Tableau Software. It is an amazing job at an amazing company. I get to play with data all day and help customers see and understand their data. If you love data and/or technology you should seriously look at opportunities with Tableau. I’ve never enjoyed a job as much as I do today.
Additionally, an important thing to know about me is that I love wine. I’ll provide more detail in a future post, but in 2009, I co-founded a winery in Tacoma, 21 Cellars, and then in 2012, launched a wine retail business, Brassmark Wines. While I am no longer involved with 21 Cellars, and Brassmark Wines is no longer in operation as a wine retail business, there was no way of removing my passion for wine.
My next adventure in wine launched just last month. Lisa and I started a wine and food pairing blog, Sips Of Wine. I’m also planning to utilize Sips of Wine as a site to help others get a wine/food blog off the ground. This will be done by showing the reality of just how much time and effort must be spent to build a blog following. From all of the research I’ve found, it typically takes one or two years of consistent publishing before you start seeing gains in traffic to your site. Yet, most blogs go dark in regards to new content after 3 months. Hopefully our efforts to provide monthly updates on our traffic, revenue, and the efforts behind scenes will inspire others to stick with their blogging as well.
So that brings things up to today, March 23, 2014. Doesn’t seem like I’ve failed in making some major changes to keep life interesting in 2014, right? But this is only the beginning. Here are the specific goals I have for 2014:
- Launch Personal Website (Done. Alright!)
- Create one new Tableau Public data visualization each week
- Post on blog
- Complete 1 hour of programming training 6 days per week (Enhance programming skills)
- Post completed projects on blog
- Complete 30 minutes of Spanish training 6 days per week (Foreign Language development)
- Run a marathon (This one is out for now – after getting up to 13 miles, I experienced a sports hernia, which has rendered fitness a no-no while I heal…which seems to be taking forever)
- Launch and develop Sips Of Wine
- 6 new wines added each week
- 2 new recipes added each week
- Construct a wine review database
- Monthly performance report
- Read at least 1 book per month
Seems like a pretty legitimate list, right? Now for the hard part – sticking to it. So let’s get this thing underway. I’ll post my progress and the things I develop during my journey, and hope that you’ll enjoy coming along for the ride. Perhaps you’ll find inspiration in something similar as well. Feel free to share your progress with me. I’d love to hear what others are doing and how they stick to their goals. So, enough typing. Time for action. Let’s start by drinking a glass of wine!