What I want from 2015

A new year has begun

2014 was wonderful. It’s been the best year of my life thus far. The highlight was the six-month leave of absence from our (me and my wife, A.) jobs to attend the Isha Hatha School of Yoga’s teacher training program. There’s no other hatha yoga teacher training program like it. Over five months, we spent 1750 hours diving into classical hatha yoga in its purest form, in Tamil Nadu, India, at foothills of the Velliangiri Mountains. The location was idyllic and the training itself was transformational. It was a watershed among watersheds. I won’t go any deeper into that right now, since it’s not the post topic. But, if you’re interested, there are a few great Youtube videos about it.

Goals

So, I’ve never been one to set New Year’s resolutions, but this year happens to coincide with starting to offer classical hatha yoga. So, I’ve decided to change a few things about myself. Here’s a list:

  1. Read (at least) one book per month (I used to read more than one per week)
  2. Increase my general productivity and level of organization (Omnifocus)
  3. Develop my first iOS app, using Swift (using the recent Stanford AppleU course to learn Swift)
  4. Dive deeper into Clojure and complete a fun project with it
  5. Write at least one blog post per month
  6. Teach at least one Hatha Yoga class per month (while working full-time at Digital Reasoning)
  7. Teach myself neural networks, specifically deep (or shallow) learning

So far, I’ve been making steady progress on everything but 4 and 7.