As in years past, we are offering you a Special Bonus Question in which you get to predict what you think will happen in the coming year–not just to you, but to the world around you. For this year’s version of the Special Bonus Question, we have teamed up with SMITH Magazine’s Six-Word Memoirs to give you the opportunity to answer the question as pithily as you like.
Many new opportunities. Far fewer limitations.
When September 2017 rolls around and you receive your answers to your 10Q questions, how do you think you’ll feel? What do you think/hope might be different about your life and where you’re at as a result of thinking about and answering these questions?
For three years now, this project has grown from a novelty to an interesting opportunity to reflect on the past year and reevaluate goals for the next year. I enjoy going back, reading my responses, and seeing how things have changed over the course of 12 months. Sometimes good, sometimes bad, but that’s how life is.
I’m not Jewish, but I must reiterate how much I enjoy the observance of Rosh Hashanah–this time of reflection and renewal at the start of autumn. It’s a great time, after the summer craziness and before the start of the fall/winter holiday season, to sit down and catch my breath. I’ve always been very big on introspection (comes from growing up with little to no outward confidence), and this externalizes and ritualizes introspection very nicely. To my actually Jewish friends, please forgive my “cultural appropriation”. In return, I’ll gladly stand with you if someone ever wants to put brackets around your name.
Previously (10Q #10 2015)
What is a fear that you have and how has it limited you? How do you plan on letting it go or overcoming it in the coming year?
Three years now, and my biggest fear is still being only one paycheque away from disaster. I suppose this one is buried so deeply into my psyche that it is proving very hard to let go–mostly because I’ve been there. I was buried so deep for so long that I couldn’t enjoy any kind of “good fortune” because I’m constantly in fear of a major setback. I’m still convinced that it’s inversely proportional to financial freedom, so the more I’m able to build my wealth over the coming year, the more I’m sure the fear will subside.
Previously (10Q #9 2015)
Is there something (a person, a cause, an idea) that you want to investigate more fully in 2017?
Coding. I’m already on the way, having started a web developer boot camp, but I’d like to be able to build all the software that isn’t available to me. I also want to know more about how software “ticks”. I was a budding programmer back in school, but I lost interest. Now that everything has some embedded code in it, I need to be able to unlock it!
Previously (10Q #8 2015)
How would you like to improve yourself and your life next year? Is there a piece of advice or counsel you received in the past year that could guide you?
Stay organized. Before starting a project, organize it into chunks so you can make milestones–you might have more checkpoints, but the trial moves faster that way. Celebrate (even if in a tiny, subtle way) every achievement. Rest when you’re weary, but keep on truckin’!
Previously (10Q #7 2015)
Describe one thing you’d like to achieve by this time next year. Why is this important to you?
I am very nearly out from under the mountain of bad debt that fell upon me over the past 8 years, and the sweet fragrance of freedom wafts gently through the air. That being said, I would like to see myself with a solid cushion of savings in the bank by this time next year. After freeing up a lot of outbound revenue streams, I’ll be redirecting that flow to interest-bearing accounts and finally starting to generate some wealth! I have a small brokerage account through which I invest little bits of stock, and my 401(k) is growing as well as my HSA!
Financial freedom is on the horizon!
Previously (10Q #6 2015)
Have you had any particularly spiritual experiences this past year? How has this experience affected you? “Spiritual” can be broadly defined to include secular spiritual experiences: artistic, cultural, and so forth.
I have to admit, this year hasn’t been as eventful so much as last year was. Both Barbie and I have been keeping our noses to the idiomatic grindstones, but I find a certain Zen in creative construction that the more pragmatic of us can find elusive.
My latest constructive project was Project Spoofy, an internet-connected digital photo frame that I built specifically with my Granny in mind. It had been sitting in the corner of my living room for a few months before I managed to ship it back east ahead of my previously-mentioned emergency trip. I took an afternoon to show off and set up the system for her while I was there, and the joy and pride that it brought her–seeing all these forgotten photos of her family–was the emotional and spiritual payoff of several months of preparation.
I should also note my first trip to the world-famous Hollywood Bowl featuring music from some of my favorite film scores (we went to go see John Williams conducting the LA Philharmonic, an experience that I have long dreamed of having). This, combined with the open-air venue made for an experience I shall never forget!
Previously (10Q #5 2015)