2017 Recap, 2018 Goals

Every year I try to document out what I am trying to accomplish the next year. As one might expect I don't always get my goals, but it's nice to have a good outline. Here (opens new window) is my post from last year.



  • Maintained and grew a Denver UX to 1951 members. The meetup did two events a month

  • Got a great new job

  • Gave talks on both design and development


  • Wrote 4 blog posts for tymerry.com (opens new window) and 10 blog posts for TravelSaveandBeMerry (opens new window). My goal was 12 blog posts, so beat it by two

  • Volunteered at library teaching design and development.

  • was able to do 3 pull-ups and bench 135, but then stopped exercising.

  • Did several trips with only a small backpack, proving I can do some pretty minimalist travel

  • Reached a state of "blank slate". Money, time, flexibility are no longer limiting factors in my life

  • Created a bucket list


  • Savings rate greater than 65%

  • Passed the 1/2 way point to financial independence


  • Didn't updated blogs to the latest version of ghost

  • I set several goals that weren't really definable for success or failure

# 2018 GOALS

  • Read 12 books

  • Write 12 blog posts

  • Get a solo chicken dinner in PUBG

  • Define who I want to be, this will be shown in something like [Zen of Python]

  • Be comfortable saying "I am a developer" (be able to create a CRUD app from scratch and have an example)

  • Generate $1 from a business that isn't consulting/contracting


Tyler Merry