Birthday Resolutions

Today is my 31st birthday, which means I’m officially an adult.

I’ve been a bit of a hermit since 2011, doing a poor job of maintaining relationships (IRL or online) and avoiding social events, mostly due to burn out from my days as a startup founder.

I’ve also been tying a lot of my self-worth and identity to my job, and I think there is a better balance to be had there.

So my resolutions:
1. See or write a friend every week.
2. Blog twice a week.
3. Lose 10 pounds.
4. Travel to Asia.
5. Teach more (currently teaching a 10 week course on Product Management, so fun and feels great to give back).
6. Be a better active listener.

Here’s to a new year!


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