January 15th, 2020
Yesterday I was randomly checking Google Analytics and clicked the button for "All time" stats.

I realized we had reached 1,000,000+ users. That's unique users, not sessions or pageviews.

I tweeted about it.

I never thought two years ago that 1 million people would visit my little crappy website.

But now, it just feels normal. The site does 100k uniques/month and I'd like it to be at 500k uniques/month by the end of the year.

After a while, these numbers are hard to really wrap your head around. A million people sounds like a lot, but as someone who thinks about the numbers often, it feels like child's play to a YouTuber who often gets 1M views PER VIDEO.

What I'm trying to say is that 1M is not enough, and neither will be 10M, or probably even 1B. No number will make you happy, but it is nice to see these "milestones" happen.

I posted it on Twitter and LinkedIn and felt good about myself from all of the likes and praise, but to me, all I think about is the businesses/websites out there doing better numbers, doing 1M per month, have better conversion rates, or just more revenue.

There is a way deeper story to that 1M number. There's always a deeper story to anyone that's sharing their numbers on social media, to friends, investors, etc. You always want more. For me, that's more revenue, increased engagement, etc - always going for the next milestone - and that's OK!

January 14th, 2020
I read a blog post today about how you should pick a business that *you* want to build.

This is a great message, but I think it also has some caveats. Some people (technical ones) don't want to build a business, that, for example, requires sales, or in-person deals. And there are other people that can't do anything technical.

Being an entrepreneur and building a business is about stepping out of your comfort zone and figuring those things out. Because nobody else is going to get it done other than you. You (and your business) must evolve to overcome hard things.

Evolving is life’s greatest accomplishment and its greatest reward.

An avoidance mentality can be good in some cases, but it's also what kills businesses, I think. Or worse, it makes them stagnant.

Maybe I just see it differently, but my favorite part about being an entrepreneur is all the things I learn and how much I level up, and looking back 6 months ago, and thinking "damn, I did that really crazy hard thing and now it just feels normal now".

January 13th, 2020
I don't think that your business being known as "successful" has much to do with success. It probably helps a bit but I might even argue that it invites more competition, ultimately nullifying the gains.

It's just that the people that consume startup and business media are 95% of the time, not your customer.

There are just so many businesses out there that are unknown in the "startup media" scene that are doing really well.

We get so wrapped up in the "Indie Hackers" landscape that it feels like there are obvious winners and losers, but that picture in our head is severely skewed from our own personal bias and also, people just don't tell the full truth.

January 12th, 2020
1. Go on Twitter
2. See someone having epic big-time overnight success moment
3. Forget about the 7.53B people not having big-time epic overnight success moment
5. Get jealous, and then down on yourself
6. Your day is slightly worse
... a day passes
7. Go on Twitter

January 11th, 2020
I feel really guilty when I'm not working.

And sometimes I can't even sleep well if I feel I didn't work enough that day.

For example, last night, I finished up work around 7pm. I had the night to myself, so that means I'll usually just work.

But I just didn't feel like working. So I watched Marriage Story, 6 episodes of the Office, and then 2 hours of Cops.

I went to bed at 2am because I could not sleep. And it was because I sat around vegging watching crap on TV. If I worked a couple hours, I probably would have been to sleep before midnight.

I need to work on learning how to take time off, and also using that time off better.

January 10th, 2020
On most days, I walk to the library through the downtown area of Salt Lake City.

If I'm getting a late start to my day, or I went for a run in the morning, I'll be walking through downtown at 10am or sometimes even noon.

I walk by many office buildings / high rises.

I always manage to walk by some groups of corporate employees. I can always tell from the business casual attire and they often have a lanyard/ID/badge thing.

And every time I see them, I get a feeling of gratitude that I am not doing a 9 to 5.

When I'm working at Starbucks, they will come in and have their gossip/politics chats.

Because it reminds me of my corporate days, when I had to be somewhere, every weekday, from 9 to 5. I felt compelled to go out to lunch (awkwardly) with coworkers, and have 1:1s with my managers.

And sometimes (when business gets hard) I forget about all of these reasons I left the 9to5.

But the thing that gets me the most is those stupid khaki pants and uncomfortable shoes that they are wearing. I just can't imagine ever doing that again.

January 9th, 2020
One of the big goals for 2020 is to learn more about SEO and how to rank and grow traffic.

I think it will be a huge benefit to both Pigeon and Starter Story.

Today, I finished the biggest blog post I've ever done - I spent over 30 hours on it, all said and done.

I don't have any expectations for it though - it might flop - but through this experience I learned a lot, and now I know I can take this "formula" and do some more automation and outsourcing and deploy it in the future for Starter Story.

In other words, I can repeat this type of blog post over and over.

Over the next month, I'm gonna keep going heads down on SEO, learning more, and planning a "content calendar" that will help Starter Story and Pigeon rank super well. I'm excited.

January 8th, 2020
Sometimes, you just have one of those days.

Where you wonder if this entrepreneur thing is actually worth it.

You've spent the last 8 hours working on some mundane thing like a blog post, or some crazy technical research into how Postgres JSON querying works, knowing that one day this will pay off, way later down the road.

But then you just cringe at how much time you spent on something like that. Nobody else is doing that. They are living normal lives, but you are putting yourself through some masochistic pain because you're an entrepreneur. 

January 6th, 2020
In 2018 I ran for 100 days in a row, but towards the end of the year, I pretty much stopped running.

In 2019 I really wanted to make running a habit. So I set the following goals:

  • Run 1000 miles
  • Run a 1:45 half marathon
  • Run a 3:45 marathon

I signed up for a half marathon at an active volcano in Indonesia around February and started my training.

Running in Southeast Asia was so hard. They don't really have sidewalks there, so you either have to:

  • Find a soccer field to run circles around
  • Run in parks or big public areas
  • Run on the road and die (jk, don't ever run on the road)

The first half marathon in Indonesia was really hard, my time was over 2:00 and it was so humid, and it was the opposite of flat.

But later in the year, I did run a 1:44 half marathon, which was a personal record and felt so good to do that and hit my goal!

A humbling marathon

I ran the Lisbon marathon in October and did HORRIBLE. I wanted to hit 3:45 but didn't even crack 4:25. At mile 18, I hit a wall and could not run anymore. My legs gave out and I pretty much walked the rest of the race.

I never felt pain like that before. I literally could not run anymore.

The whole experience was really humbling. To be totally honest, I went into that race with hubris, overconfidence, and I got kicked in the ass. It was actually kind of nice to be humbled like that.

I also didn't take my training seriously. I skipped and skimped on lots of long runs, and I thought I would be fine.

Regardless, that failure has given me the motivation to turn around and do the LA marathon in March. My goal, again is 3:45.

Just getting used to it

I remember running every day feeling really hard back then, and especially in 2018, but thing I loved about 2019 is that running just became so much easier because I was running every day.

Nowadays, I can run every day with no problems at all.

Generally, I'm in really good running shape after all this running. I'm not a great runner though, but for me, I'm the best I've ever been.

Goals for 2020

In 2020, I want to run a 3:30 marathon. 3:45 in LA and then I would like to do the New York marathon, but I need to figure out how to get in.

I'd also like to run 10 miles a day for a month, or a 10k/day for a month as a fun thing.

The Stats


In 2019 I ran in so many places! Here is everything I can think of on the top of my head:

  • Ran on 3 continents (North America, Asia, and Europe)
  • Ran in 8 countries (USA, France, Portugal, Spain, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore)
  • Ran in countless cities

Favorite city to run in: New York City
Least favorite city: Canggu, Bali

As far as miles and stats, according to my Strava:

Strava stats for 2019


I ran 221/365 days, or 60% of the year.

I was also running for 200 hours, or 8 full days, more than a week! I was running for 2% of 2019, that's insane!

January 5th, 2020
I forgot to write a journal entry yesterday, I need to start writing these in the morning, or at least drafting them.

As a part of my rule, any missed journal entry means I have to donate or support someone or something.

Today, I'm donating to Postgres, an open-source database tool I have used extensively over the past 4 years. I've used it for every single project I've ever worked on. It's an amazing tool that has saved me thousands of hours of work and indirectly generated thousands of dollars.
Thanks Postgres!



January 4th, 2020
I'm glad I made that YouTube video because it really got me thinking.

And furthermore, the 2 hour run I went on today had multiple revelations and "aha" moments. That's what I love about running. You just think, for a really, really long time and you can't distract yourself. You just keep thinking.

But I thought about it, and why do I separate the success and money between Starter Story and Pigeon? They are very complementary businesses, and I should treat them that way.

Part of me doesn't want to "mingle" them together because I don't want to muddy the waters, and for example, Pigeon is only successful because of Starter Story, but that is just counterintuitive. I should leverage Starter Story to grow Pigeon.

Why create new blog posts on the Pigeon website, when I could just do it on the Starter Story website, and link back. That solves a couple of really big problems - I don't have to wait as long for blog posts to start hitting because Starter Story has a really strong domain ranking.

And, in the event that Pigeon goes sour, I'm still growing Starter Story and can pivot to new software. Because if I work harder on Starter Story, it will help that platform grow a lot, too.

So, from a high level, I will start looking at my revenue as a whole. As Pat Walls LLC. More focus on Starter Story and bridging the gap for Pigeon.

So, what's the new plan?

  • Stop blogging on Pigeon's website
  • Stop doing Quora answers - it's not working
  • Start writing blog posts on Starter Story
  • One blog post/day
  • Write really high-quality stuff, learn a lot more about SEO
  • Get good enough to start outsourcing and automating that
  • Start driving some traffic from Starter Story blog posts to Pigeon
  • Start doing outreach to events managers, "string quartet" types, and interview sites
  • When that outreach doesn't work, turn around and put them through Starter Story - maybe we can get something out of that
  • Put off the side project marketing until February
  • keep doing case studies
  • focus on the tools SEO project, and generally more "automated content"

January 2nd, 2020
Today was the first "real" (non-holiday) day of the new year - and I was able to work from the Salt Lake City library - probably my favorite place to work of all time.

Salt Lake City Public Library

As stated in a previous post, I'm going full-on on Pigeon marketing. Less product development and more marketing.

I'm trying to be more cognizant of how I spend my time, so that I'm not falling back into the trap of only doing product stuff. My goal is to be spending 75% marketing and customer support and 25% product development

So, here's the big things I did today:

  • Posted 5 Quora answers + 1 lookalike Quora blog post
  • Reached out to 6 Pigeon customers to ask them to do case studies
  • Finished the draft for my big outsourcing blog post
  • Worked on Pigeon file attachments feature

Overall, I felt less productive. I don't like working on the marketing stuff as much as I do the product stuff, so it's something I need to get used to. The more I do it, the more I will get better and focused.

Excited for this month.

January 1st, 2020
(this is an email I sent to some stakholders for Starter Story)

Happy new year! Usually I send out a monthly report, but for this month, I want to share some of the numbers for 2019, as well as our plans for 2020.

2019 NUMBERS

Pageviews: 1,293,529
Unique visitors: 709,605
Total Interviews with founders: 744
Total Mailing list: 10,535
Email newsletters sent: 567,180
Revenue generated: $63,926

Those are just the numbers, there are so many amazing things we did that can't be measured as easily, like building a team, our growth in SEO, and the countless people we inspire every day to start and grow their own businesses.

2020 GOALS

Focusing on 2020, here are our big goals:

1. Increase content output to 180/month by the end of year.

By the end of the year, our goal is to get to 180 interviews/pieces of content per month. Currently, we are doing about 60/month, so that's a marginal increase of 10/month. To do this, we will be adding more people to the team, building more automated ways to publish content, expanding to new content types, and expanding to new business domains/topics/and countries!

2. Reach 500K monthly visitors by the end of the year.

In 2019, we grew from 30K visitors/month to 120K visitors/month, a 4X increase. By the end of the year, I think we can hit the 500K number.

3. Increase revenues to $15K/month by the end of the year.

To do this we will keep working on the premium membership, affiliate revenue, and opening up more opportunities for sponsors.

Those are the big goals! Simple, but lots of work to get there!

December 31st, 2019
At the end of last year, I wrote a blog post called The Best Year Of My Life: In 35 Tweets. I loved writing that post because 2018 was such a crazy year for me.

With that post, I felt like I was coming out to the world about some really big life and career changes (quitting my job, starting my own business, going digital nomad, etc). It was a really exciting time for me.

Fast forward to today - there’s just one day left in 2019, and I feel like I have to write one for 2019.

But 2019 was not “the best year of my life” - maybe I wish it was - so I could write a post that would top last year’s.

2019 was just very different. It was my first year working full time on my own business, setting up the foundation for a (hopefully) prosperous next 20 years as a founder.

This recap probably won’t be as exciting or inspiring as last year’s, but here it goes…

TLDR

The good:

  • Hit $100K in ARR (yearly revenue)
  • Started building a team and hiring people
  • Started a new, ambitious project
  • Starter Story hit 100K+ Monthly Users
  • Met and worked with Kanye West
  • Ran over 1000 miles

The bad:

  • Digital nomad-ing didn’t work out
  • Got rejected from YC (again)
  • Isolating and depressed at times
  • My new project (Pigeon) has been harder than expected


Going digital nomad

In January, I started the year in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

I was bright-eyed about the idea of being a digital nomad. Everything (food, hotels, etc) was so cheap. I was spending $1,500/month max.

I spent most of my time working from coworking spaces and learning some of the ins and outs of the digital nomad lifestyle (finding apartments, visas, etc).

My $150/month apartment in Chiang Mai, Thailand

In February, I made my way to Bali.

I drank beers on the beach with Pieter Levels, Andrey Azimov, and Marc Kohlbrugge - it was surreal.

I met countless other people I had only known through Twitter and made some amazing friends and relationships.

But I’ll be honest, I sucked at being a “digital nomad”.

I found myself getting pretty depressed. I had this weird dichotomy where I really wanted to travel and experience new things, but I also really wanted (and needed) to work on my business.

So, although I was in these new amazing countries and cities every month, I was pretty much just working all the time.

Looking back, working on my own and not having a job was just so new to me, that I couldn’t comprehend or justify not working. I couldn’t relax.

I worked a lot.

Since I didn’t have a “real job” I lost the concept of normal working hours, and of weekdays, holidays, etc. All the days started morphing together into this crazy blob.

Looking back, I feel like I needed to go through that pain and confusion and learning “how to work”, because nowadays I have a far better sense of how to be productive and feel like I’m in much more control of everything.

Through that trial by fire, I’ve become much more productive with less hours, learned how to outsource and build a team (more on that later), and started running a lot.

A photo I snapped on a run in the rice fields of Ubud, Bali

Killing off all the extra projects

In March, I found myself overwhelmed with the amount of projects I was running.

Fresh off 2018, I had launched multiple 24 hour startups and I was running 4-5 different projects at the time.

It was cool to build and launch so many new things, and it looked great on my Twitter, but it was not realistic, and it did not result in a lot of money, which I need or else I’m back to being a software engineer.

So I decided to make some hard decisions and kill off all my extra projects.

I knew it was time to pick one project and focus nearly all of my energy on it. That was the very early beginnings of what turned into Pigeon (more on that later).

I also sold one of my apps!


Picking up running again

In March I also ran a half marathon at an active volcano in Indonesia.

I really started to get serious about running this year. I ran over 1,000 miles this year! I ran two half marathons, and a full marathon!

Such a hot and humid day. I also met this guy running. He was a cop from Indonesia.

Focused in Vietnam

In April, I got to Vietnam, where I immediately got food poisoning.

The peak of 48 hours of food poisoning.


I spent most of April building and launching my new app Pigeon. I had committed to a small group of customers that it would be ready May 9th. There was so much work to do.

I just remember being really focused in Vietnam. Same routine, nearly every day, for almost two months.

I quit social media (complete cold turkey) for a whole month which was a really fun experience. I quit EVERYTHING - Instagram, Facebook, Linkedin, Reddit, YouTube, everything!

I found myself with so much extra time, and I started reading lots of books! I think I read over 10 books in one month.

My favorites:

  • Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport
  • Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins
  • Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss
  • The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ Demarco
  • What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
  • Start Small, Stay Small by Rob Walling
  • Principles by Ray Dalio
  • Shoe Dog (Nike memoir)
  • Zero To One

I’m not off social media anymore, but I still don’t have the Instagram or Twitter app installed on my phone. I also muted every single person on Twitter, so I no longer have a feed and I’m pretty out of the loop these days.

I also started a YouTube channel which was really fun. Although I haven’t uploaded in like 6 months (will get back into it in 2020!).

A video I made about how a piece of paper changed my life.


Launched Pigeon!

And on May 9th, I also “officially” launched Pigeon to a small set of early customers.

It was a small, “soft launch”, but it felt like a massive milestone.

Building a team & learning how to manage

I spent most of June hiring and building a team for Starter Story.

While Pigeon was new and fresh, it was taking up a lot of my time, all while Starter Story was (and still is) going really strong.

At this time, I was still doing all of the work myself for Starter Story. I realized the only way to scale (both Starter Story and Pigeon), was to get help.

So I spent most of June hiring and onboarding a small team of freelancers to help run the business.

Nowadays, the Starter Story team consists of 3 (+ me) people who do outreach, review and publish the interviews, manage email, and handle most of the day to day tasks.

It was one of the best decisions I ever made, and I can’t imagine being sane without this team (thank you to Gemma, David, and Ella if you’re reading this!).

Starter Story is now a machine that runs on its own, and I think that’s really cool! We are publishing more content than ever before.

At first, it was hard for me to imagine anyone else being able to do these tasks that seems so “proprietary” to me, but I quickly learned other people could do it, and they could even do it better.

I also learned a lot about how to hire people, manage, and onboard them! This process gets me excited about the future and how I can take myself out of a business once it’s running smoothly. It’s really fun.

10 Paying Customers!

In July, Pigeon hit 10 Paying Customers!
Ending my digital nomad journey

In July, I decided to end my “digital nomad” journey and come back to the USA.

What I thought would be many years traveling the world ended in about 6 months.

For me, I realized that what’s important to me is freedom from a job and to build my own thing. I don’t need to be in Thailand to have that. I can still have that in the United States, but I can also have all the benefits of being around family and friends.

When I realized that, I knew it was time.

What’s beautiful about it all is that I’m still a “digital nomad”, because I can still work from wherever I want.

After coming back to the US, I spent a month in New York with friends, a week in SF, and a week in San Diego too. I also went to Europe for a month!

On my 29th birthday in San Diego, CA


August

In August, I went on the Indie Hackers podcast, which was a pretty surreal experience because it was the website that inspired everything for me.


I also ran a half marathon in Idaho with my dad and set a PR.


September

In September, I was featured on The Hustle, a really popular online publication.


Starter Story also hit 100k visitors!


I met Kanye West, I’m never going to fail

In September, I also had a very, very lucky opportunity to work with none other than Kanye West, who is my #1 idol in life.

I got to meet him and help out at his new Wyoming ranch for a week.

And I finally made my way back to New York for a whole month. It was amazing to get back.

Beers in Brooklyn after an 18 mile run

October

I took the whole month of October off and traveled through France, Spain, and Portugal with my dad.

Wine and cheese with dad in Paris

It was a great trip, and I’m grateful to be able to take this kind of time off and be able to spend it with my parents.

Self guided bike tour in the South of France

Rejected from YC, again!

I applied to YC, just for fun (kind of) for my new app, Pigeon.

After my YC rejection a couple years ago, I never thought I would actually get an interview.

But while traveling in Europe, I woke up to this email:


I spent a couple weeks preparing, doing mock interviews, all that stuff, and found myself extremely stressed out about the whole thing.

It was honestly a really hard time for me. As a solo founder, I had to explain to really, really smart people about how Pigeon is a company that will make hundreds of millions of dollars.

And that was really hard. I didn’t think about those things until I got the interview, so I was scrambling.

I felt like I was “faking it”, acting bigger or smarter than I actually was, and they could probably see that.

I was rejected.

The interview was a really intense experience, but I’m glad I did it. I learned a lot.

I know Pigeon will be big, but it’s going to take time. I was sad for a couple days, then I moved on. Back to building a business.

YC HQ in Mountain View on interview day.

November

In November, Starter Story crossed 100k uniques and almost 140K visitors!

The newsletter also crossed 10,000! Starter Story continues to grow every month!

Starter Story traffic in November, our biggest month ever

In 2019, we published over 500 interviews, and that is all thanks to the team and the work we’ve done to scale the project.

We also became one of the biggest websites in the world, our Alexa rank reached 30k at one point. A bit of a pointless stat, but it does mean that we are in the top 0.002% of websites in the world. Kind of crazy to think about.

December

I’ll be honest, December has been a bit tough - mainly because Pigeon hasn’t had the success that I wish it had.

Although we had a solid launch, we suffered some big setbacks like the Google security audit, and experiencing some churn.

When users churn, I take it personally, because I put so much of myself into the product and into the future of the business.

But, I’m getting better at that. I’m trying to focus more on the things I can control and I’ve been feeling really good these last few weeks.

With the Google security audit out of the way, Pigeon is now out of beta and open to the world, and I feel really good about 2020.

Over the year, I’ve definitely gone through a few slumps. I don’t think it’s depression, but I think it’s part of being an entrepreneur and the highs and lows that come with it.

When my business is doing well, I’m on top of the world, but when something bad happens, it can ruin my day. I attach myself to the business, it is a part of my ego.

I’m trying to work on that and be more mindful and detached from the day to day of the business.

If you haven’t noticed, I also went a bit quiet in 2019 in terms of social media and how much I share about my business. I still do monthly updates, I just don’t tweet about them or tell many people.

I went quiet for a couple reasons. I’m trying to stay away from social media because it genuinely makes me feel shittier. I often compare my own success to others success and that always brings me down.

The other reason, to be totally honest, is that I wish I had a better story to tell - I wish there was more growth, success, money to talk about. But that’s life.

I also started writing more and plan to in 2020. About a month ago, I started writing an online daily journal, you can find that here.

Next year

I’m really excited for 2020.

As far as the business side of things, I am confident 2020 will be the breakout year for Pigeon, and Starter Story will continue to grow and scale.

I’m running the LA Marathon in March.

I plan to move to New York City for the summer, I miss that place and want to live there again. So if you’re out there give me a holler.

Cheers,
Pat

December 31st, 2019
Over the past couple days, I've been working on longer post which is all about 2019 and everything that went down!

Here it is. I hope you like it.

December 30th, 2019
I know it's easy to imagine
But it's easier to just do
If you can't do what you imagine
Then, what is imagination to you?

- Kid Cudi, Enter Galactic

Been listening to a lot of early Kid Cudi lately, it's so inspiring. I never was a big Kid Cudi fan, but I keep hearing people talk about Kid Cudi got them through depression, teenage years, etc.

Every song off Man On The Moon is a classic - he was way before his time

December 29th, 2019
This is a follow up to this post and this post, which both address some of my plans and ideas for taking Pigeon to the next level in 2020.

The idea is to actually go and find a "market" for Pigeon.

Pigeon is a great universal tool because it lives in Gmail, but as a bootstrapper, it makes a lot more sense to start with a more targeted niche. One day it will be great to have Pigeon serving hundreds of different use cases (and I genuinely think it can be that) but I need to get real with myself a bit here. I'm not a VC backed startup, but I'm acting and like one in terms of the "go to market" strategy.

In my post from a few weeks ago, I talked about how I scoured the reviews for Streak in the Chrome web store and logged all the different use cases that came up (and how many times).

I finished up with that and built a scoring index in Google sheets based on a few questions like "how big is the market?", "how easy to get in front of them?", etc.

Here are the 3 use cases that we will start with in 2019.

  1. Freelancers (facebook ads consultant, freelance designer, content writer)
  2. Contractors (general, landscape, lighting)
  3. Realtors

Freelancers and contractors scored highest based on my scoring system, and realtors didn't score that well, but they appeared the most in the reviews.

I will test these markets for the next 3 months. January, Feb, and March. After 3 months, based on my results, I will decide to keep targeting these markets, potentially drill down further into a more specific niche (i.e. commercial realtors) or go for a new niche altogether.

Excited for 2020. Wish me luck.

December 28th, 2019
Last year, I set really ambitious goals for 2019. Although I hit a lot of them, the goals were too expansive and specific, like hitting $X/month in revenue, running 1000 miles, publishing X YouTube vidoes, etc.

It was good for last year because I didn't really have a good vision for what I wanted to do in life. But in 2019, I figured out my more "overarching goals" which are to build a successful business, spend time with family & friends, and fitness stuff. My goals are more about the next 5-10 years and I'm very focused on that.

I'm also a lot more confident in what I want out of life and I really don't need "goals", because I'm dedicated to working on these things every day and they are basically habits for me now. So, I'd rather set monthly goals and these often become weekly and daily goals embedded into my brain.

So, for 2020, I'm not going to set goals like that. I'm not really going to set any goals.

However, one thing I want to get better at is spending my free time on more interesting things and improving myself as a person, as well as learning new things and keeping my life interesting and my day's invigorating.

So in 2020, I want to dedicate each month to learning a new hobby or subject, or trying something new, and just "immersing" myself into it.

This is my personality - I find something new and get obsessed with it. I really enjoy learning about new things. So, I want to take advantage of that (but also not let it take over my daily life).

So, on evenings after a long workday, I want to have some new hobby to look forward to that is productive. Something to do with my extra hours that gets me excited.

Each month I will pick a "thing" and research it and execute on it.

I don't know exactly what they will be yet, but here are some ideas:

  • cooking
  • drawing
  • stand up comedy
  • graphic design
  • coffee roasting
  • learn an instrument
  • make beats
  • learn a new language
  • skateboarding
  • public speaking
  • Run 10 miles/day
  • 5am wake up
  • Read x books
  • get into anime
  • get into short stories
  • schedule my entire day
  • something with vlogging/Youtube

As the year goes by, I will keep thinking of more based on new things I learn and get excited about.

At the beginning of the month, I will pick something and create a mini-plan, and plan to dedicate some time to it every day, if needed.

For January, I pick cooking. It's good timing for me because I am living at home with full access to a kitchen and I'd like to save money, learn more about meal prepping, and I'm counting calories to lose weight for my marathon in March.

Subject to change though! More to come soon!