1. What went well this year?
Here’s what went well:
Green Tech Challenge
One thing stands above all else: succeeding in making the Green Tech Challenge 2015 a succes. I look back at what we did amazed, impressed and extremely proud. We still have room for improvement, but considering the time and ressources we had available, we did great.
A big thank you and nod in recognition goes out to all of the amazing people who have helped making it possible, partners, friends, family, team mates and associates all together.
Getting the boys home/visiting Malaysia
Going to Malaysia and seeing the boys was a great winter escape, however; the joy of reuniting with them in Denmark and starting to work on GTC was giving me one of the most meaningful experiences I have had for ages.
Moving in with Dok
In the ripples of me and my girlfriend breaking up, I moved in with my childhood friend, Doc. It has worked fantastically well and we've had great evenings discussing anything from astronomy over philosophy to weight lifting. I am extremely grateful for having people like Doc in my life, essentially an extended family, always having each others back.
I went sailing on a sailboat for the first time in my life, something I've always wanted to do. We sailed to Northern Germany in the summer and enjoyed a week of perfect beauty and fresh sailing/harbour life. This is definitely something I want to do more in my life and something that strongly motivated me to learn how to sail and look into acquiring a boat.
Overall I think my strength training has been going really well. Overall, I continue to get stronger, even though I'm not really looking into pressing my numbers. I did PR in bench press (82 kg for 5 reps) and Back Squat (3x5 reps 100kg). My dips, push ups and pull ups are as strong as ever, I think I will use these more in 2016 and spend my time in the gym on posterior chain and some squats. My bodyfat is somewhere in between 10% and 14%, right where I like it to be, even though I have been drinking too many excess calories, especially in December, for my liking.
Not smoking weed Jul-Oct
I managed to not smoke weed for a fairly long time ranging from after Roskilde Festival and all the way up to late October. I look very much forward to getting the same feeling of overwhelming brainpower back again, as I am laying off weed until summer for 2016. I also did some testing on not drinking coffee for a longer period as well as fasting for periods of time - all in all, I'm glad to conclude that I have a relatively easy time laying off bad habits and starting new and better habits, as soon as I put my mind to it.
Spending time with family and friends
My mother broke her foot this year, which gave me many opportunities to see my parents, as she was more or less useless for a whole month. I've spend more time with my parents than any other year since I moved out ten years ago. It is weird to see them growing old, but I'm glad we're building our relationship and try to share more with one another.
I'm trying to punch in quality time with the people I love and feel inspiring as often as possible. I think it's safe to say that the second half of 2015 was noticeably more successful in this area than the first half, which I take is a good sign that I can make things go even better in 2016.
2. What didn’t go so well this year?
Here’s what didn’t go well:
Writing schedule for thesis
I let myself slack too much, I could have made my life much easier, if I had pulled myself up by the balls and started writing my thesis in the spring 2015 and finished it in the summer. Now I am finishing off spring 2016 instead with the result that I am lending my spending budget from the Danish government. This is unwise and inconsiderate in all possible ways, and an economically expensive lesson to learn:
DO NOT PROCRASTINATE!!!!
Cost of procrastination 2015/16: around 168.000DKK or 24.500 USD
Break up with GF
My girlfriend and I broke up after more than 5 years of personal growth and more love than I would expect in an entire life time. It was extremely difficult to say good bye to hear and to the lives we where living together, but we had to face that it just didn't work out and neither of us where happy with the situation. I sincerely hope, more than anything else, that she will find someone who can bring her joy and happiness as I don't get to be the one to do just that anymore.
I decided to hold off on working on mandigt.dk as we started GTC, making mandigt.dk more of a side project. All in all I think we made very sound and well thought through decisions in the business this year, making me proud of what we created and how we went about it. This business failing is a part of a development and a learning curve that I cannot adequately express my gratitude for having had.
I have been slacking more than I like to admit in 2015, even though I am on the right side of 100 workouts during the year. I'm not sure how many exactly. I have redesigned my morning rutine to include a quick run and a lot of push ups and pull ups, to make sure that my base shape can improve even without proper workouts. I've agreed to run a half marathon with a good friend in the summer, so I have that one goal to look forward to. I'll be looking to beat my 7 year old time at 1:47:00
For some reason I stopped working on the project happiness, which seems silly, knowing that it worked really well for me. During the second half of 2016 we have had a grateful ritual at lunch, making up for the most important part of the project, and I have meditated steadily throughout the year.
Lack of internal motivation
I find that my way into procrastination often has to do with a lack of internal motivation. I have not been very good at dreaming about the future during the recent years. I have been very caught up in the things I have been working on and thus have not taken the time to steer in the direction I want go, as I have not taken the time to figure out where that is.
3. What am I working toward?
My attention will be focused on three areas in 2016.
Finish my candidate at University of Copenhagen
I have set a goal to write at least one passable page on the thesis every day monday to friday. With that frequency I can finish writing my thesis in less than 3 months from now.
Making GTC 2016 a bigger success than 2015
When my thesis is done my eyes are going to be fixed on one single goal, take GTC to the next level. That implies both talking to sponsors, partners and innovators as well as making a strategy for expansion and act upon it. Most importantly for right now, it means earning enough money with the company, for us to pay ourselves somewhat decent salaries.
Meet more aweinspiring people
You are the sum of the five people you spend the most time with, which is why I'm very happy with the inspiring friends I have made in 2015 as well as the older relationships that I have done my best to consciously grow stronger.
Overall, 2015 has been the best year I can remember, and I look forward to making 2016 even better.