Beyond sunset

Ah man, what a year! 2015 has to be my best. Last year I failed to write my resolution. But since that year went so good, I thought not to miss write one now.

2015 in review:

  • I've joined Goodvidio and that was the best decision I made in 2015. Goodvidio is getting bigger and bigger and that pushes me to become a better programmer and a better professional.
  • Lots of travelling. I went to Sofia, Brussels, Cyprus and Athens. Not to mention the usual snowboarding weekend road trips. Unfortunately, our trip to Paris has been canceled due to November's Paris attack. Won't miss next time.
  • Made a lot of public speaking. I've prepared 3 presentations and made over 5 talks on them. Speaking in conferences is not only about talking to other people. It's also about listening to what others have to say about you.
  • Lots of reading. 2015 wasn't so much of tech reading like the years before. I've read a lot of classics, as much as literature and other interesting stuff.
  • I've actively engaged with the local Nodejs meetup and helped a lot on the processes. Also, shooting and directing the promo videos was so much fun.

2015 was a blast for me and I didn't even had any goals set. The only goal was to take as much as I could out of it. But now, I want 2016 to be more structured and goal oriented.

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”

Benjamin Franklin

And my goals for 2016:

  • I want to travel more. I've found that tech conferences are a great excuse for that.
  • Even more reading and writing to my blog. Writing and maintaining a blog is hard. My problem is that I don't want to be publishing stuff that are not perfect and don't meet my reading standards. But we should laugh at perfection. There is no such thing. As an experiment, I will try to write as much as possible. This has to be the only way to become better. But, there can't be writing without reading and in 2016 I must keep a balance between reading tech oriented and other books. I need not to be left behind in the tech scene but also to start dusty corners of information that I had never seen before.
  • I want to speak to an international conference. That it's going to be a challenge and way out my comfort zone. Still, I think, the benefits from doing such a move are going to be huge. I must not miss that opportunity.
  • It's been a long time now since I wanted to be in a better physical shape. Unfortunately, 2015 wasn't the year for that. I am following a good diet and I am not eating much of junk no more. But I really need to invest on the weight lifting more. 2016 will be the year for that.

Laugh at perfection. It's boring and keeps you from being done.

The Cult of Done Manifesto

What are your goals?

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I am Kostas Bariotis, a web developer, a proud wanderer and a passionate doer. My mission is to write clean and efficient code, to solve problems on the Web and to learn something more. Read more about me or get in touch .