August 18, 2015

Epic Life Quest

I’m really bad at keeping track of things I have to get done.  In my quest to do what makes me happy, I started branching back into SQL dev and came across the site of the SQL Hammer.  (I know, sounds menacing!)  He had something on his site that really intrigued me (Epic Life Quest), so after digging through and seeing it linked to a few sites I already followed, I have decided to create my own.  It’s a bucket list with a D&D twist to it.  Each quest item completed is 20% progress on a level, so here’s my list.  I’ll update it as I finish things.  I’m going to put some simple things and some bigguns on there to make me reach for it.

Level 3 – beginning 10/18/15

  • Start blog series for career change without breaking the bank
  • Train for 5k using the couch to 5k training series
  • Rework project 1 and project 2 at work to utilize SSIS instead of current method
  • Pass first Certification exam – going to work on 70-463 as a start
  • Attend local SQL event and a SQLSaturday

Level 2 – as of 10/18/15

  • 9/1/15 – Blog enough to justify buying and move to bluehost with other sites & blog about dusting off the cobwebs for a week straight (combined tasks)
  • 8/31/15 – Keep momentum moving past initial “I’m really bored, lets look at other stuff” phase.  (ie pass the 3 week mark)
  • 10/12/15 – get under 230 lbs for more than a week (I’m 215 for the first time since I got married)
  • 10/1/15 – build first prototype of SSIS job (it’s not my first prototype, it’s first for this company – took an existing product and reworked it – purring like a kitten)
  • 9/28/15 – Go one week without buying lunch at work (actually went 2.5 weeks!)

Level 1 – I’m giving myself a few gimmies to chronicle that I have accomplished things

  • Earned black belt, 2nd degree 2004
  • Went to Europe with Fae – August 2013
  • Married my best friend – New Years Eve 1994
    • Stay married for 20 years – 12/31/2014
  • Rebuild machine with the necessary tools to start the journey – 8/18/15
    • got the memory and installed it tonight 🙂
  • get scuba certified – 2004

Future Goals

  • Blog enough to justify buying and move to bluehost with other sites
  • get into walking routine with Fae
  • Read first 5 chapters of Kimball book
  • get first SQL certification
    • Get materials necessary for first SQL certification
    • Put plan together for first SQL certification
  • build first prototype of SSIS job
  • become a consultant without giving up (too much) salary
  • join Nerdfitness and work out regularly so you stop feeling like an old person
  • get into a regular parkour practice
  • get re-certified in scuba
  • get under 230 lbs for more than a week
  • travel to Japan to study sushi making and martial arts
  • publish an article
  • publish an article and get paid for it
  • blog about dusting off the cobwebs for a week straight
  • speak at a technical conference
  • ski Mont Tremblant
  • go back to Paris
  • get spending under control
    • Go one week without buying lunch at work
    • Get a better budget to save for 25th anniv trip
  • save 6 months salary while still paying bills and have enough to eat
  • get an antique pocket watch or signet ring to pass down to kids/grandkids
  • travel to Ireland and visit birthplace of ancestors before they came to America
  • find a way to help people dig out from the situation I am in right now – not doing what they love

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