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2015 – The Summary

2015 seen a lot of changes and tweaks across a number of different aspects of my life, most majorly moving from Dublin To Calgary! Thankfully, however, the entire year was filled with great memories, awesome forward progress and plenty of situations I can learn from!

As I always do at this time of year, this post will be just a quick run down and summary of the year in picture form, along with an update on the goals I had set out for the year.

Now that that’s out of the way, lets get to it!


Goals for 2015

The goals I had for 2015 were all fulfilled apart from one – Micro-adventures. I had set a goal of one per month with my good friend Rory but for one reason or another (Read: Excuse) they fell off the wayside.

Although we did start off strong, for a number of reasons ranging from illness to gear they ended up not all getting done. Although disappointed, because realistically if I was serious with this goal I could have chosen to fit it in, I am glad that it wasn’t just because we were too lazy!

As for the rest of my goals, here is what they were and how they staked up!

Go On 12 Micro-Adventures

  1. Rory’s House
  2. Sleeve Bloom Mountains
  3. Wicklow Mountains

3/12 – Fail

Read 12 Books

One book a month was the target for this year. Not being a huge fiction fan (Although that might be something I try again in the future), most of these are personal development and improvement books. I did find however that I really enjoyed this habit and although I still have a way to go in becoming a strong reader, even these few books have helped me across a vast number of avenues. Reading really is a great habit to have!
(Bold list Items are highly recommended)

  • January: Linchpin – Seth Godin
  • February: Book Of 5 Rings – Miyamoto Mushashi
  • March: Power Of Less – Leo Babauta
  • April: War Of Art – Steven Pressfield
  • May: How To Win Friends And Influence People – Dale Carnegie
  • June: Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People – Stephen R Covey
  • July: Rise Above – Nate Miyaki
  • August: How To Stop Time – Derek Murphy
  • September: The Mechanics Tail – Steve Matchett
  • October: Aussie Gritt, My Formula One Journey – Mark Webber
  • November: Understanding Metabolism – Scott Abel
  • December: How To Write A Book – Chandler Bold and James Roper

12/12 – Completed

Listen To 12 Albums

As I do every year, I try to expand upon my music collection and listen to one new album a month and this year was no different. However, one change I decided to make was to include some older albums that I had listened to, but not in a long time.

I have a Spotify premium account and as great as it is, I find that its interface makes it easier for me to find new music than rediscover old stuff that I used to love. So going forward, I might decide to have 24 albums a year – One new and one old a month! That, however, is still something I need to decide on!

Here are this years albums!
(Bold list Items are highly recommended)

  • January: Donker Mag – Die Antwoord
  • February: Fugue State – Vulfpeck
  • March: Royal Blood – Royal Blood
  • April: Chasing Yesterday – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
  • May: Love Story – Yeahwolf 
  • June: Pink Floyd – Animals
  • July: Because The Internet – Childish Gambino
  • August: The Pale Emperor – Marilyn Manson
  • September: Armada Deep House Collection
  • October: LP1 – FKA Twigs
  • November: Bright Eyes – Wide Awake Its Morning
  • December: At Long La$t – A$AP Rocky

12/12 Completed

Tick 10 Places Off My Food List

When I moved to Dublin, I had a list of places I wanted to eat. Ranging from dinner to breakfast, fast food to a sit in meal, they were all just places I had heard a lot about and wanted to check out! I knew that if I didn’t set a goal on it, it wouldn’t happen. Here are the ten places I decided were worth my time and money!
(Bold list Items are highly recommended)

  1. Counter
  2. Cocu Kitchen
  3. Bunsen
  4. Iscandares
  5. Pitt Bros
  6. Camile
  7. Elephant And Castle
  8. Zaytoon
  9. The Guinness Storehouse
  10. Vincenzos Chipper

10/10 Completed

Try A Float Tank Visit

The aim for this year was to try out a sensory deprivation tank! In short, a pitch black, sound proof bath filled with salt water to float on.

It was a great experience and something I will do again sometime in the future!

1/1 – Completed

Overall 2015 was a good year. It was filled with trying a large number of new things, spending time with people who mean a lot to me and starting off on a new chapter of living away from home. I had decided that it wasn’t going to be spent like just another year and that is something I can categorically say came through. I pushed myself both in work and in my personal life to maximize the quality of my work and the productivity I put forward. I got out and tried a myriad of new things and loved them all. And I also got out and started to explore another part of the world, even if only for a little while.

All in all, 2015 was awesome, so lets hope 2016 is just as good!

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