Mike Dariano


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My 2014 Goals

Last year was the first year I set goals, and even then, did so half-heartedly. My 'ambitions' as I called them at the time were to meditate daily and to buy less stuff.

Though I didn't meditate daily, I did develop a much healthier sense of gratitude and I am a better person for it. I may not take a moment each day to be grateful, but I became more conscious of moments to be grateful for. When I take time to be grateful it's like a successful fishing trip that serves as dinner. Recognizing the moments though is like finding a blackberry bush when I'm enjoying a walk. Both ways have provided spiritual sustenance.

My second goal, to be less materialistic, also was successful for the most part. I did buy a half dozen books this year and two articles of clothing, but in doing so I learned why I buy things and what ends they serve.

These two ambitions had their roots in minimalism, personal finance, and stoicism. That they were encompassed in broad domains was important. This year I thought about the domains first and settled on four areas:

My physical health goals

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