Last year, I wrote my year in review for 2015. 2015 was a good year. 2016… was a challenge. I’ll write about that shortly. First, let’s go over my predictions for 2016 that I wrote in December, 2015. I was wrong on just about all of them :) Here they are:
Hillary Clinton will be the next president.
Nope, Donald Trump is now the president. I thought Hillary resonated with more people, but I was wrong. There’s many theories why Donald Trump won. The two that make the most sense to me are that he is very authentic in who he is and what he says and he SEEMS to care about the working middle class (though my taxes may go up next year, so…).
Stocks will be flat.
I was dead wrong. The Dow Jones rose about 2,300 points. And I had all of my 401K in cash… So this one I could have capitalized on a lot more. Hey, at least I didn’t LOSE money (not counting the amount that was taken out for my divorce).
Society becoming more liberal.
This one seems to be true. There seems to be more tolerance and openness to ideas. Gay marriage and relationships are becoming more acceptable and the strictness of the top religions is losing its grip. What is my basis for that? It’s just the internet and the ability to share new thoughts and ideas easily. I think this is a good thing as acceptance and empathy increase in society.
Golden State wins the NBA championship.
I was wrong again :) Cleveland pulled off a big surprise here and I have to give credit to Lebron James for playing his guts out and believing in himself and his team when they were down 3 to 1.
Goals I had for 2016
I got some professional photos done in early 2016, which I really enjoyed doing. It was a good thing I did that then because shortly thereafter, the shit hit the fan for me and my health. Said shit is continuing to hit the fan pretty hard! :) Check out Photos and This Article for some of the photos.
I reached 100 subscribers on my YouTube channel at the end of 2015. Here, at the end of 2016, I have almost 900. 9x increase is not too bad. If I can keep up that ratio, I will have close to 9,000 subscribers by the end of next year. This, I believe, is very doable.
I decided not to move to California this year. In fact, I also had an offer to move to New York and be a CTO in April, but my spinal issues negated that.
I’ve slowed down the dating process here at the end of 2016, but I did meet a lot of great people and had good experiences – here in Utah and out and about in Denver, Las Vegas, and New York City.
Goals for 2017
My health is my primary concern right now. Whether my fault or not, I’ve got several things going on right now that are severely hindering my ability to live a normal life. Here they are:
My lower spine is continuing to heal
I continue to heal from my spinal fusion on my lowest vertebrae (done July 22, 2016). Right now, my sacrum area right by the lowest part of my scar is very sore and my nerves continue to twitch as I heal. It could be another year before this one is resolved…
My goal is to minimize the soreness and pain in my lower back and be able to go for a short jog – 10 minutes, at 5 miles per hour, by the end of the year. I have another month or two left at a specialist to continue treatments to this – laser therapy and light decompression.
My neck is having challenges
I have 4 bad discs in my neck and bones and disc bulges pressing on my spine and nerves… This one is a huge challenge as my arms are experiencing weakness and pain. I don’t have a good answer here, except to continue to see my chiropractor, do physical therapy, and if necessary, have surgery…
My goal for this is to get my arm strength back in both arms and be able to work full days without worrying if I am going to make it.
My digestion is having major challenges
At the start of December, 2016, my digestion went haywire. I’ve now been researching online and checking my poop like a hawk. Yes, I check and take pictures of my poop. Your poop will tell you a lot about how your body is doing and mine says that I am having some major challenges right now.
I have to take an anxiety and anti-nausea medicine right now almost every day. I hate that I am dependent on this right now, but if I don’t do that, I’m in serious trouble with an inability to keep food down and take in nutrients.
I don’t know if I’ve caught an intestinal disease, have cancer somewhere in my lower body, have IBS or Crohn’s disease, or just have some nasty virus in my gut, or am just being teased by god. Whatever it is, I’m visiting a gastroenterologist next year (Jan. 3) and I hope to at least figure out what is going on and then create a plan to solve it.
My goal here is to get off the anxiety/anti-nausea medication (Hydroxyzine) and be able to eat normally again. I will be taking many different supplements and sticking to fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, and organic foods in 2017. I’ve already started this process.
Beyond my health, I simply hope to keep my job and do the best I can there and do a video a day on YouTube. Those may seem like simple goals, but they will take a lot of dedication to accomplish.
Be a better coparent
For 2017, I will make a calendar and at least a good guess of when I will have my daughters for holidays and a couple weeks off of work. My ex does a good job of organizing and I should also be playing my role as their father more prominently.
These are my personal goals. Now for my predictions.
I’ll turn 40
Yep, I will turn 40 next December. Never thought that would happen. Age kind of just creeps up on you :) The way I feel right now, if I do this and am healthy, I will consider this a victory for the ages.
The Stock Market will go up 2,000 more points
The Dow Jones will reach 21,000 by the end of the year. With the way things are going, I don’t see anything else happening here.
I’ll reach 8,000 YouTube subscribers
By doing a video a day in 2017, along with continuing to improve my business and interaction with others, I believe I can reach this goal. I pray for the health to do so.
That’s it for my year in review. 2016 has been a challenge – but the first 3 1/2 months were incredible. After that, it has been the fight of my life to just try and survive. Here’s to hoping 2017 turns a new corner in health, wealth, and happiness.