What I’m up to right now
There’s always something on the go at home with two busy professionals, a toddler, a big old golden retriever, and two cats (okay, the cats don’t seem to do anything, but I’m not convinced they’re entirely innocent of any wrong doing), but that doesn’t mean I’m just punching the eight to four ticket – here’s some of the stuff I’m up to right now:
- Working as the Regional Public Affairs Officer for the Regional Cadet Support Unit (Atlantic), some more details on that here.
- We’ll be pitching a new communications strategy to support and hopefully increase the profile of the Cadet Program until 2020. The hope is to mix old school community and internal outreach with an ambitious, platform neutral digital-first content strategy. I’m hoping to blog a bit about communications planning and some of the more unique stuff we’ll be up to over on LinkedIn later this year.
- Finances. Laser focus on the finances. I learned a lot of lesson’s last year leveraging debt to move the chains forward. Most of those lessons resulted in a net loss, but a lot of positive knowledge gained and some new tactics learned – most important of which being a buffer space. That said, with these tactics it looks like we’ll easily achieve reducing overall debt
- Using Tim Ferriss’ Dreamlining techniques from his book The 4-Hour Work Week I now have a “number” – the target monthly income needed to achieve things like becoming debt free in a ridiculously short period of time. So now I have a lens for what that “passive” income project needs to achieve. Still looking at a side-hustle – something in the public relations and content communications area. In fact I’m seeing a need for some sort of resource for smaller firms and businesses who need help in the field, but otherwise can’t afford someone full-time and are reluctant to go through the proposal process with a firm. Think an online course with supporting content to help hone that local effort. Very interested in chatting with others about it.
- Also thinking about getting into “making” some more stuff around the apartment. Think shelving… actually think shelving, we need some freaking shelves. Mainly for the toddler’s toys and art things.
- I gave up on coding my own WordPress site for the time being for one very important decision: I found a theme that works for me from the same folks at Themeshaper. In fact, the themes I fell in love with were based on the core theme you learn to develop using their multi-part tutorial on coding a complete and compliant WordPress theme. So I did learn how to code a WordPress theme and can still edit and manipulate the themes that seem to have about 80% of what I was aiming to achieve.
- I’m still looking at reviving my love of programming. I’m hoping this year to build some sort of “stats corner” here on my website that’ll plug into the various spreadsheets I use on Google Drive to help track and refine my habits and progress on things like debt reduction. I want it to be a “live graph”… we’ll see. Resources I’ll likely lean on below:
- Codecademy. Learning code for free? That’s right, there’s no excuse any more.
- Refining my attempts at an entirely automated Tumblr Blog. I’ll still be using the IFTTT service to harvest specific content I share, consume or produce online into a streamlined blog about my habit-changing efforts.
- On the look out for some good consulting or volunteering gigs in my field for professional development purposes. What I’m really interested in is helping organizations maintain one voice across all mediums and help them leverage content to create value for their communities and target audiences; also brand and data journalism.
- On the lifestyle habit end I’m looking to achieve a 500 lbs deadlift this year and two muscle ups. I’ll keep you posted on that.