Yearly Theme Update!
My theme for last year was “Year of Monetisation” which revolved around working out which non-job things I was doing anyway, or wanted to do, could become more job-like, and contribute to my income. I was disappointed that I put in a lot of time and effort into some things and during 2019 they didn’t really pay off.
And then came 2020, along with the utter decimation of my entire juggling/performing career. Turns out all the work I put in last year started paying back! Which is super satisfying, if weirdly frustrating that it was such a benefit six months after I put in the work. Such is life.
My theme for 2020 was “Year of Connection” with the idea that after moving to the forest outside Berlin, I’ll want to keep up my connections with the city, with friends in the city, with my previous night life, etc. Also to make new strong connections in the new community we moved to.
And due to 2020 being 2020, this has been a complete failure! It was all going to start after all the moving stuff was out the way, and I managed a single social trip into Berlin. Then I was on a work trip, and once I flew home, lockdown was in full effect.
My girlfriend’s theme was “Year of Smooth” with the idea that she’ll have a commute into Berlin three times a week, and wanted to reduce stress in other places as much as possible. Weirdly her plan has worked out perfectly! With the lockdown, she works from home now all the time, and we’d set up a perfect home office right after moving in, without knowing the lockdown was coming.
Anyway, I’m killing “Year of Connection” because it’s dumb to have that hanging around in the back of my mind. Maybe I’ll dig it out again next year if more in-person socialising is possible.
Instead I’m going back to my old routine of setting a yearly goal around the time of my birthday, which is in a few weeks time. A few years ago it was vlogging, which I did weekly for a year, and then fell back to doing it whenever something came up. Last year the goal was learning more computer programming and game development, which is now what I do as a part-time job.
And as well as a learning/doing goal, I’ll use the opportunity to do a yearly theme starting on my 40th birthday. I’ve got a few weeks to decide what the goal and the theme might be.