The year of change

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I usually do not make new year’s resolutions, but this year is going to be different. This year will be the year of change!

In the past year I have done and experienced a lot of wonderful things but some things were left undone or have been given a lower priority than all the other great things.

To compensate I have made a TO-DO list of things that I want to change or improve this year and which I want to share with you.

Blog more, blog better

This blog has multiple functions, but one of them is for me to remember and hopefully help other people in the process. Alas, the number of articles posted here are rather poor and they could use some company. Thus I intend to increase my blogging ratio with some topics which I find interesting.

I have never been a big writer and suffered from writer’s blocks quite often and this year I want to change that!

Become a Zend Certified Engineer (ZCE)

Although some people doubt whether being a ZCE actually shows your level of knowledge in PHP. It does show your perseverance to do something with your knowledge and how eager you are to attain it.

I have actually been working on becoming one for the past year on and off but never come around to actually do the exam.

Keep up-to-date

To my own embarrassment I have a rather large backlog of posts in my feed reader which I still need to read. By now I have added more blogs to my reader in the hopes of becoming acquainted with the latest and hottest developments in the PHP area.

By prioritizing my news better (PHP first then the rest) and spending a little more time I want to be involved more and more into the PHP community, learn and know what is going on.

Finish or publicize one or more of my personal projects

Personal projects are fun and highly educational. It gives me the ability to experiment with cutting edge techniques and APIs. The downside is that there are so many fun things to learn about and so little time, that they are never finished or published.

I have 2 personal projects in particular in which I want to spend significant effort to publish them; I believe they hold the potential to benefit a whole lot of people. And are fun to do ..

Lose 10 kilograms

One of the more sensitive areas but nonetheless one which I want to accomplish this year. Since I stopped smoking 3 years ago I managed to accumulate an unnecessary amount of extra kilograms. Nothing too unhealthy but nonetheless aesthetically unpleasant (at least to me).

Thus with the help of the gym and a lot of self-constraint (I pray that I find the strength) I should be able to do it.

Conclusion

There you have it, a small peak into my life and what I want to accomplish this year. Aside from the things that are mentioned above I have some additional accomplishment that I want to achieve this year. But for now I am not going to tell you about them yet. Perhaps that these will be revealed later this year.

I hope to accomplish everything mentioned so far by the end of this year and at least try to make a difference.

Thank you for listening.