Q2, 2017

It’s June! Finally, everyone can now start complaining about the heat.

This is about the half way mark of the year. I have some updates regarding my new year resolutions and just life in general.

I didn’t reach my goal of reading two books per month, at least not yet. I traded in my old Kindle for a Kindle Paperwhite, thinking that might help me with reading more books now that the screen is brighter. That didn’t happen. But I like the Paperwhite better than the regular Kindle. Right now I’m reading Stuff Matters, a book about materials.

I started going to the gym at work. I don’t spend a lot of time in there, though. On average, 15 minutes per day. At least it’s something. I also brought my bicycle from my parents’ house and I hope to ride it more often. I’ve already ridden it to work, but it proved to be too dangerous and tiring to do everyday.

I would love to review my resolutions. But Warren Buffet has this method of working where a person should only focus on the top five things on his/her list of things. My resolutions list is long so it defeats the purpose. However, I did narrow down to five things:

  1. Programming
  2. Design (including photography)
  3. Write
  4. Read
  5. Guitar

I also added a sixth thing: learning Chinese.

I try to focus on the above list most of the time. Life, however, is always changing.

My parents sold their house and it closed this past Thursday. It was a house where I spent most of my previous eleven years. A period of life that I would categorized as healing and exploration. I recommended to my parents to travel more. Go to Europe while you are still able.

Life is too short. So often we get tied down by whatever we think is important right now, when in fact it’s not important at all. Do the things that you want to do before it’s too late. So cliché, but it’s true.

I hope I can make great improvements in my life in the next three months. There are definitely some things I want to learn and do. We’ll see how things are by September.

Author: Hiatt Zhao

I'm a photographer, a web application developer, an explorer, and a creator, who is possessed by some sort of wanderlust.

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