2019 and Fresh Starts

With any new year, people look to better themselves and finally strive for the goals they want to achieve. I can say that I am no different. Days leading up to the New Year’s countdown I find myself trying to prepare for the goals I want to chase or the habits I want to change.

Unfortunately this, like for most people, lasts only for a short duration before that falters. Life gets into the way and we find ourselves falling back into old habits and comfortable ways.

This year was shaping up to be a repeat of years past. I noticed this during the course of last week and really noticed it this past weekend. I had done some things to progress myself a bit but nothing lasting and found myself longing for the old comfortable.

How do you fight falling back into the familiar?

I decided to remove the things that are comfortable and force myself to adopt the things I want to chase or achieve.

Some things were simple. I deleted all video games I would play from my consoles, removed all movies and television shows from my queues in our subscription services, and I blocked access to websites that waste my time. This removes most of the distractions.

Secondly, I made some cosmetic changes to things I use to make them more enticing to use. I changed the way Windows looks (example was to move the taskbar to the left side of the screen) and functions a bit. I also installed only the required software for my goals. No distractions with other applications and no games. I did similar things to my Android phone and tablet.

So what are the goals and habits I’m pursuing? There are several but one is writing. It’s something that I’ve always wanted to pursue. All the way back in 1995 when I was in grade 8 I had the writing bug when I started writing my first draft for a novel (which I’ve lost since). Years passed and I got the bug again when I wrote for my semi-successful blog between 2008 to 2010 called Two Geeks and a Blog (with old friend Bob Starr).

Since closing the blog I haven’t really written. There have been someone enthusiastic attempts at participating in NaNoWriMo but each year I’d lose interest within the opening week.

Even in trying to recapture the old bug from the blog we held but with my own personal site. I’ve had this domain for several years but I’ve left this website of mine abandoned. It has sat here with a single blog post for 2 years before I added a second one late in 2017.

Due to the abandonment and my determination to write again, I decided to scrap the entire site and start over with fresh aspirations.

So welcome reader if you are here.