2022 In Review

Personal Growth

Welcome to my first annual review, a tradition I plan to continue next year. In it, I cover highlights from 2022 and progress in different areas of my life, including data I've tracked on habits using the Done app since 2021.

In writing this, I learned that summing up an entire year is no small task. I used my habits to decide where to focus and tried to cover the most memorable highlights. All in all, the process was well worth the time spent. As much as I reflect on experiences throughout the year, it was nice to step back and look at 2022 holistically.

As for 2022, I will look back on the year fondly for many years to come. It was full of new beginnings, challenges, experiences, and lessons learned. There were moments of pure joy and happiness and others that were tough to manage.

Through it all, I found calm in the simple moments, like reading by the fire with my wife Dana and walking our dog Gizmo, and perseverance in recognizing all I have to be grateful for: my health, family, friends, career, and the life Dana and I are building together.

Five Takeaways from 2022

  1. 2022 was our first full year living outside a city in over a decade, being a homeowner, owning a puppy, and the list goes on. I embraced that not everything will go as planned, but the best path forward is ahead.
  2. I saw when my routine conflicted with obligations at home or experiences with family and friends. I learned to be more flexible and find other ways to stay on track.
  3. I returned to a framework called Be Do Have quite a bit. It was a good reminder to recognize who I needed to be (as a husband, brother, son, friend, partner, and manager) to achieve my desired outcomes.
  4. I acknowledged that I can make excuses to do or not do anything. I was more conscious of this and leaned into experiences I might normally talk myself out of doing.
  5. Since launching my new website in 2020, it has become my second brain. All year long, I referenced posts I'd written in the past, wondering what I'd do if I hadn't made the time to write them. Finding time to write had its challenges in 2022, but I saw the impact of keeping it up time and time again.


Rescued a puppy

The day we picked up Gizmo. Gizmo riding shotgun. Gizmo basking in the sun. Gizmo passing out after a long walk.

In late March 2022, Dana and I rescued a 12-week-old Toy Fox Terrier/Shih Tzu mix puppy from Mississippi via Southern Paws Rescue in NJ. We named him Gizmo after the friendly gremlin and the word my Pop-Pop once used to describe the statues at South of the Border while on a family road trip to Florida that I'll never forget.

Just days before we were supposed to pick Gizmo up, we learned he contracted parvovirus, an often deadly virus for dogs, putting all 20-some dogs he was traveling with into quarantine for a month. Despite being vaccinated, we were told he had a 50/50 chance to live. We had the option to choose another dog but decided to wait it out and hope he pulled through — the little guy did! Gizmo came home with us weighing around 4 lbs. with an ear infection and sores on his back from the parvo treatment. I'll always remember the look on Dana's face at dinner a few days after bringing Gizmo home. It was surreal to have a little creature relying on us for its well-being. I'm expecting it will be a great primer for parenthood.

Gizmo is one year old now, around 15 lbs, and doing great. Dana and I had been talking about the potential of owning a dog for some time before we rescued Gizmo. The timing felt as right as it ever would be, so we went for it. The joy of having Gizmo has far outweighed the responsibility of owning a dog. He has us out walking more and exploring nearby walking trails, getting up at the same time more consistently, and finding more space to pause in the day.


Read more about Gizmo here: BL&T No. 081: Meet Gizmo, Our New Pup

Made our house a home

Our home. Gizmo staying warm by the fire. Me cleaning the windows and leaf blowing.

Dana and I moved to my hometown (Bucks County, PA) in August 2021. We were lucky to find a contemporary home surrounded by trees. We've enjoyed creating our new life here and all that comes with living among nature.

Despite settling into our new house in 2021, 2022 was when it started to feel like home. We got past the indecision of how to decorate and started making our primary living spaces feel like us. Having rented for the last 10+ years, we also learned a lot about owning and maintaining a home.

Here were some highlights in 2022:

  • Finished furnishing our primary living spaces. Our favorite piece has been our cozy rust-colored velvet sectional from Inside Weather.
  • Re-sealed our driveway to extend longevity and avoid any further cracking.
  • Re-designed our landscaping to reduce the amount of mulch and add in more grass.
  • Learned how to use a chainsaw to cut down trees on our property.
  • Power-washed our deck for the first time and completed the outdoor living space for the season with new furniture and a mini herb garden.
  • Washed the exterior-facing windows using a long squeegee and ladder. The ones we could reach turned out well, but we’ll likely need to hire someone next year.
  • Upgraded to a professional-grade Husqvarna leaf blower after hiring a landscaper to remove truckloads of leaves and seeing how much more efficient their equipment was than ours. I've enjoyed putting it to work.
  • Refinished our hardwood floors. The previous owners’ dogs scratched them badly. We weren’t sure how they would turn out but are thrilled with the result.


Related: BL&T: No. 046: Moving Home

Hosted family & friends

My niece Sofia on her first birthday with my brother and sister-in-law, Nick and Paola. Christmas Eve gingerbread house making. Hanging with friends in the summer. Our outdoor space.

Part of our decision to move to PA was being able to host friends and family. As our home came together in 2022, we were happy to live out that vision. We loved seeing friends from NYC make the trip and having a place for them to crash for the night. Here are some highlights that come to mind:

  • My niece Sofia's first birthday
  • Friends staying over for a friend's nearby wedding
  • Father's Day brunch
  • My birthday and Dana's birthday
  • Visits from my sister-in-law, Gina, and her kids, Olivia and Owen
  • Post-dinner hangouts with friends and family
  • Christmas Eve dinner

Christmas Eve dinner was a milestone, especially with both families under one roof. Dana and I had been discussing the idea of hosting a holiday since deciding to leave Brooklyn, so this was exciting to cross off our list.


Related: BL&T No. 090: Acknowledging the Results of Our Efforts

Built a home gym

Progress of building my home gym throughout 2022.

When the pandemic hit, I started dreaming about having a home gym. It was nothing more than a dream because it was impossible in our small Park Slope Brooklyn apartment, so I made the most out of the small space we had freed up.

Shortly after moving into our new home, I joined a local Strongman gym called Lion’s Den Elite Training. I enjoyed working out there but struggled to make it to the classes consistently due to their timing. In December 2021, I got COVID which put me out of the gym for weeks. Once I felt up to working out again, I began seriously considering a home gym setup. My decision came down to whether or not I was committed to strength training long-term, considering that life will only get more complicated when kids come into the picture.

I placed my first home gym order from Rogue on January 10 and never looked back! I set up the core equipment right after it arrived (thanks to my brother Justin for helping me unload it) but spent 2022 making improvements like hanging mirrors and adding new gear like an axle bar, Concept 2 rower, and 150# sandbag.

I learned a lot by researching, designing, and building out the space. A highlight was discovering the power of Reddit as a research tool — I'm now part of a home gym community along with others, like motorcycling.

Having a home gym has been well worth the investment in time and money. I’m grateful to have the space at my fingertips and the flexibility to work out on my schedule. It's also been fun to have Dana join workouts when she's up for it.


Related: Building a System for At-Home Workouts, BL&T No. 079: Ending Strength Sundays, Last-Minute Requests, & Gut Checks

Competed in Strongman

I competed in my first Strongman competition last July. The prospect of competing had been on my mind since sometime in 2019 when I first learned about Strongman through a barbell club friend.

Taking classes at The Lion's Den opened my eyes to what Strongman was all about. They were hosting a Summer competition, so I decided to go for it. My only aim was to get the experience first-hand and see if it was something I was interested in pursuing.

In terms of the competition, I was proud to make it further in every event than planned and enjoyed the day. I'm considering competing again, but if I do, I’ll likely do it to push myself and have a milestone to work toward vs. place in the competition.


Read more about lessons learned after the competition: BL&T No. 097: Competing in Strongman

Participating in Strongman. Riding with my friend Lee and in the Bucks County Covered Bridge Tour.

Participated in a 33-mile cycling event

During the pandemic, Dana and I did a fair bit of riding our bikes in nature with her parents near their house in Delaware. It was nice to be out riding for leisure vs. getting from Point A to B like I’d become accustomed to while living in cities.

When I heard an old family friend Lee had taken up cycling, I decided to join him for a ride. Lee and I went out for our first ride in early July, and I fell in love with riding. Soon after, I realized that I needed to upgrade my bike if I planned to continue going on 20+ mile rides. By October, I purchased a gravel bike, Cannondale Topstone 3.

As a last hurrah for the season, Lee and I decided to participate in a 33-mile bike tour around Bucks County. I hadn't done more than 20 miles on semi-flat land, so I wasn't sure what to expect. The hills were challenging, but we got through it in 2.5 hours and had a great time.


Related: BL&T No. 109: Weekend Cycling, BL&T No. 110: First Cycling Event Takeaways

Got back on stage

Performing at Rudy's Jazz Room in Nashville, TN and a local venue called Puck.

Since graduating college, my relationship with music has gone in and out. Writing and performing music went from being what defined me in my teens and early 20s to hobbies I stopped making time for in my life. When friends or family would ask me if I was still making music, I’d tell them I was waiting for it to pull me back in.

In 2022, I was happy to get back on stage a few times:

  • On a random weekday, I decided to head into Doylestown for an open mic night. I enjoyed preparing to perform more than getting on stage that night, mostly because it had been so long since I'd picked up a guitar.
  • While in Nashville, I decided to get on stage to perform a jazz rendition of “Ain’t No Sunshine" by Bill Withers at Rudy’s Jazz Room.
  • In December, I joined my friend Joe and his band to sing “Blue Christmas” by Elvis at a local venue called Puck.

I was also less timid about casually sharing music, posting covers of “It Ain’t Me Babe” by Bob Dylan and “So Far Away” by Carole King on Instagram.

I’m still figuring out how I want music to be part of my life, but rather than trying to come up with a definitive answer, I’m learning to be comfortable following whatever path it takes me.


Related: BL&T No. 084: Greetings from Nashville, BL&T No. 116: On My Mind Last Week

Spent more time with family

Breakfast with my niece Sofia on her birthday weekend. Axe-throwing for my Mom's birthday. Family get-together when my sister-in-law Gina was in town.

When Dana and I lived in NYC, hanging out with family meant pre-planning, coordinating schedules, long drives, and driving around looking for a parking space in Brooklyn when we got home. It was nice to spend a full year seeing family more casually without barriers.

Some examples were seeing Dana's cousins' soccer game, having dinner with my parents on weekdays, taking my younger brother Justin bowling, and seeing "A Christmas Story" with Dana's cousins at Ambler Theater (and dressing up as characters). I look forward to hanging out with family more in 2023 and deepening those relationships.


In 2019, I was competing in powerlifting. From February 2020 to October 2021, I transitioned to working out at home with Bowflex adjustable dumbbells and a kettlebell due to the pandemic. Given my constraints, I mostly did high-intensity, high-rep workouts (think: 100 lunges, 80 squats, 60 burpees, etc). In late 2021, I was excited to get back to strength training, but I knew it would take time to get back to where I left off.

My focus for 2022 was to regain strength while building upon the cardiovascular fitness I gained during the pandemic. I started the year working out at Lion's Den occasionally before fully transitioning to at-home workouts in my home gym by Fall. Throughout the year, I followed two programs from my friend and Lion's Den owner Joey Szatmary and added high-intensity workouts to every session. I could have been better about following these programs, missing some sessions due to travel or other obligations, or swapping them with classes at the gym.

I recently finished Joey’s powerlifting program and had a chance to test my one rep max (1RM). Although nothing can replace a 1RM attempt in competition, I was happy to see gains in my upper body lifts. Below is a breakdown of the most weight I lifted for the core powerlifting lifts in 2022. I compared them with my last powerlifting competition in September 2019. At 150 lbs, I weigh about 10 lbs less than I did then.

  • Squat: 270 lbs (down from 292 lbs)
  • Bench Press: 185 lbs (up from 170 lbs)
  • Deadlift: 365 lbs in Strongman comp (down from 385 lbs)
  • Strict Press: 125 lbs (not a powerlifting competition lift, but including it because it was in my program)

I’m not sure when I’ll compete in these specific Strongman events again, but here are some PRs from 2022:

  • Yoke Walk: 500 lbs for 30 ft (with stops)
  • Keg Carry (to over bar): 175 lbs

In terms of fitness, 2022 was a year of growth and discovery. After the competition, I decided to started lifting lighter to work on my form. With that in mind, I try not to be too hard on myself about the drop in my squat and deadlift because my focus wasn't improving them. Instead, I'm proud to have a Strongman competition under my belt and to have found a new passion in cycling. As much as I enjoy competing, my primary goal with fitness continues to be staying healthy and fit as I get older.

Habits I tracked:

  • Workout 3-4 times/week: In 2022, I logged 155 days of workouts, down from 162 logged in 2021. I attribute this to returning to strength training and needing more time for recovery. Regardless, I expect this number to stay steady in 2023.
  • Do 25 Push-Ups: I started doing 25 push-ups in February 2021 on days when I didn't exercise, was traveling, or could use an energy boost. I logged 155 sessions, up from 111 in 2021 (not including January). My log includes multiple sets of 25 on the same day.


In 2022, I published 104 posts on my website, most of which I generated as part of my weekly newsletter, BL&T (Borrowed, Learned, & Thought). The breakdown was 52 newsletters, 47 notes, and 5 essays. This is down from 200 posts published in 2021 (52 newsletters, 145 notes, and 3 essays). What caused the drop?

In 2021, I started a daily writing initiative to practice writing, specifically refining my ideas into finished pieces and being less precious about publishing. During this time, I generated over 130 posts, significantly increasing my output in 2021.

I’m not surprised by the decrease in posts. I stopped writing daily when it became more of a burden than an exciting initiative. Instead, I have enjoyed using my newsletter as a platform for the majority of my published content. I expect this to continue into 2023 along with occasional longer-form essays like this one.

Here are some highlights from my newsletter in 2022:

  • 67.3% average open rate
  • Added 75% more subscribers
  • Moved away from the single lesson focus of the Learned section in December 2021, continued experimenting in 2022
  • Introduced The E-Commerce Corner

Habits I tracked:

  • Write for 15+ minutes: In 2022, I logged 91 writing sessions, down from 218 in 2021. I started tracking my writing in 2021 when I decided to make it a regular part of my life. The decline in 2022 is due to the stop in daily writing mentioned above.
  • Journal daily: I started journaling in 2021 and immediately got a lot of value from it. In 2022, I let this habit slip and stopped journaling altogether in August (except for one session in October). I logged 127 sessions, down from 323 in 2021. I attribute this to not establishing a practice I can complete within 10-15 minutes and no longer making it a priority. In many ways, my newsletter has become a journal of sorts, but regardless, I intend to reconnect with journaling in 2023.

Food & Wellness

2022 was a year of experimentation and flexibility in terms of my diet. A journey I'm still navigating.

In 2019, I became much more aware of my diet. I gained almost 20 lbs for my first powerlifting competition and then lost it all by adhering to Ryan Fischer's carb-cycling program (think keto) in a couple of months. Around this time, I stopped drinking alcohol entirely, even in social settings. I kept this up in 2020 but made exceptions.

In 2020, I learned about the benefits of eating plant-based and made it a priority. I also started 16:8 intermittent fasting again (eat between 2 and 10 pm). These were helpful constraints during the pandemic, keeping me lean and feeling good.

In 2021, I kept the momentum going on intermittent fasting, and plant-based eating, and reduced alcohol consumption, but began making more exceptions in social settings.

In 2022, we were spending more time with family, entertaining at our home, and meeting new people, so I chose to be more flexible. I also started strength training again, which got me thinking about whether or not a primarily plant-based diet made sense for me. I also had early morning workouts which made fasting difficult.

The habit data below reflects my mindset shift from 2021 to 2022.

Related to general wellness, last year was my first full year using a standing desk, rotating between a balancing board (thanks to my mother-in-law) and Uplift's motion stool, which allows me to sit back on an angle while still being "in motion." I got tired of sitting in a chair all day during the pandemic and have loved the change.

Habits I tracked:

  • Intermittent Fasting: I logged 205 days of intermittent fasting in 2022, down from 288 in 2021.
  • No alcohol: I logged 227 days of not drinking alcohol in 2022, down from 263 in 2021. I didn't log this even if I only had a small glass of wine. I plan to set a goal and add more constraints here for 2023.
  • All-day plant-based: I logged 34 days in 2022, down from 103 in 2021. When I started moving away from eating plant-based, I started tracking the next habit.
  • One meal plant-based: I logged 264 days of eating one plant-based meal. This means I chose a plant-based option for one of the meals in my day. As a note, I eat the same plant-based lunch almost every day of the workweek: a mix of dried figs, dried dates, walnuts, pecans, and blueberries. I started logging this in May 2021, so my data for 2021 is incomplete.
  • Social app downtime from 8 pm to 9 am: A couple of years ago, I decided to use my iPhone's Downtime feature to block Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other apps that send frequent notifications. This has been a great habit for focus and overall, decreasing my time on my phone. I logged 365 days in both 2021 and 2022. In 2022, I changed my schedule to 9 am from 9:30 am to be able to access Twitter at the start of the day (I tweeted more in 2022). Read more about my decision here.


Related: BL&T No. 094: Longevity, Health, and Happiness


I read 17 books in 2022, down from 21 books in 2021. I attribute this to not making reading as much of a priority as in 2021, with experiences like training Gizmo turning my routine upside down. You'll see this in the data below.

I was also not reading for quantity, leading me to pick up a dense book like The Rise of Elvis Presley: The Last Train to Memphis by Peter Guralnick after visiting Graceland in Memphis, TN. I’m still not finished reading.

In 2022, I read:

  1. The Cold Start Problem: How to Start and Scale Network Effects by Andrew Chen
  2. Levels of the Game by John McPhee
  3. Jupiter’s Travels by Ted Simon
  4. The Heart to Start by David Kadavy
  5. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  6. Working Backwards by Colin Bryar and Bill Marr
  7. Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
  8. Becoming Trader Joe by Joe Coulombe
  9. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  10. Junk to Gold: From Salvage to the World’s Largest Online Auto Auction by Willis Johnson
  11. The Primes: How Any Group Can Solve Any Problem by Chris McGoff
  12. A Craftsman's Legacy: Why Working with Our Hands Gives Us Meaning by Eric Gorges
  13. Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy, Ram Charan, Charles Burck
  14. Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nectar
  15. So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport
  16. Straight-Line Leadership: Tools for Living with Velocity and Power in Turbulent Times by Dusan Djukich
  17. Extreme Revenue Growth: Startup Secrets to Growing Your Sales from $1 Million to $25 Million in Any Industry by Victor Chen

I'm very close to wrapping up Good Strategy Bad Strategy by Richard P. Rumelt but will have to count it toward 2023. See my growing list of books here.

Habits I tracked:

  • Read 30 minutes daily: In 2022, I logged 216 30-minute reading sessions, down from 300 in 2021.
  • Check Readwise daily review: As of writing this, I've been using Readwise for 719 days. I read all my books via my Kindle (when available), so the highlights I make get captured in Readwise. Every morning I go through Readwise's daily review feature and read five highlights from the books I've read. In 2022, I did this every day. It continues to be a helpful tool for inspiration.


Over the years, I’ve enjoyed speaking with like-minded folks about my experiences, lessons learned, and thoughts on relevant topics. I was happy to do more of that last year, most notably appearing on my first podcast. In 2022:

  • I was a guest on Season 2, Episode 3 of Novus Global's "Beyond High Performance" podcast. We discussed my professional journey, coaching experience, company culture and its role with clients, and how powerlifting changed my mindset. Listen here.
  • I joined Adobe for a LinkedIn Live series with The Society of Digital Agencies (SoDA). The focus of the discussion was creative leadership. Watch here.
  • Love Magazine interviewed me. I shared what led me to design and my experience at Barrel. Read here.
  • I led a fireside chat with Seer Interactive’s creative team and shared how we think about agency processes, rituals, and team structure at Barrel.


I haven't written much about my finances but liked the idea of touching on them in my annual review. In 2023, I plan to be more diligent about reviewing my finances quarterly. For this post, I won't cover all aspects of finances, but will reflect on my stock portfolio and savings.

I started dipping my toes into investing in stocks in mid-2017 when I bought my first Amazon stock via Robinhood. Since then, I've grown my portfolio by investing in tech companies, companies I admire, and others where I see growth potential. In January 2019, I opened a Fidelity account and started auto-investing in index funds. Shortly after, I converted this to a joint account and Dana started contributing. We still do this today.

It's no surprise that my investments got hit hard in 2022. I saw my Robinhood portfolio drop around 40%. Naturally, the hit on my Fidelity account was less severe, losing roughly 7% of its value. Given the state of the market, I didn't buy any new stocks in 2022 besides auto-investing in index funds. I started allocating more funds into my savings account, which recently increased to a 3.75% interest rate.

The time horizon of my investments is long, so I'm not too concerned about having a rough year on paper. However, I don't see myself making any major investments for the foreseeable future except for any potential opportunities through Barrel Venture Partners.

In 2023, I plan to continue with my current approach (barring any life changes) but will set up auto-contributions to my savings account. Currently, I move money manually between checking and savings accounts. In the coming years, I'll reallocate money toward bond investments.


At the Acropolis in Athens. A delicious Greek lunch. Riding around Naxos Island on a scooter. At a wedding in Dallas, TX. Jumping in Memphis, TN. With Eric and Max in TX.

It was nice to get back to traveling in 2022. Here are the places I visited, not including trips to NYC for Barrel events or to see family in Delaware and Virginia:

  • Nashville, TN for a weekend with my friends (and former Barrel developers) Max and Eric
  • Memphis, TN for a friend's wedding
  • Mexico City for Max's bachelor party
  • Dallas, TX for Max's wedding
  • Naxos Island, Greece for a short getaway with Dana before a conference in Athens
  • Athens, Greece for the Society of Digital Agencies (SoDA) Global Member Meeting

I hope to continue traveling in 2023. So far, I'll be heading to LA early this year to attend a conference and spend time with my long-time friend Kyle.


At the end of every year, I’m surprised by everything we pack in and develop at Barrel. 2022 was no exception, from restructuring our team to launching BX Studio to increasing momentum with Barrel Holdings. Most of my writing focuses on lessons learned and progress in leading the team at Barrel, so I focused this section on how my role evolved in 2022.

I transitioned into the Chief Experience Officer (CXO) role in May 2021. At the time, my purview grew from the Creative team to the Client Services and CRM teams. I dedicated Edition No. 036 of my newsletter to what I was embarking on and what I called lessons (to be) learned:

  1. Defining Creative Leadership: transitioning my duties as Creative Director to our Design Director, Christine, and setting her up to lead the Design team.
  2. Managing Managers: growing in my role as a manager, going from overseeing individual contributors on the design team to the managers of our Client Services and CRM teams.
  3. Creating Scalable, Universal Frameworks: building out systems to strengthen management training.

My priorities changed throughout 2021. Toward the end of the year, I outlined three themes heading into Q1 of 2022, again in my newsletter:

  • Client Services: Support the team in building and documenting processes while leveling up client service. This work also includes refining the collaboration between Client Services, Project Management, and the rest of the team.
  • Service Design: We can sell new services and packages, but what happens when the client buys them? In the past, this is where we've run into issues. I'm excited to spend more time here — brainstorming other areas to support our clients and how to get the work done efficiently.
  • Client Collaboration: Create more collaborative ways to work with our clients. No matter how intimately we learn about our client's business, there's no arguing that they know it the best. What are the opportunities to invite them into the process and co-create the work at every step?

In 2022, we sunsetted CRM and folded Project Management into Client Services. My role also grew again, this time to include Software Engineering and Strategy, a newly formed team. In 2023, it will expand to Business Development.

Until now, I haven't taken a moment to reflect on what I set out to do since becoming CXO almost two years ago. Looking back on all of these themes was rewarding. Despite setbacks and changing priorities throughout 2022, I'm proud to have continued progress in all areas.

Last year, my role shifted to working more closely on projects with the team and clients. These experiences were invaluable — helping me remove roadblocks for the team, refine our processes, and increase our value-add to clients.

Here are 10 highlights from initiatives I contributed to in 2022:

  1. Defining project vs. account management and overseeing the consolidation of Project Management into Client Services
  2. Evolving team-wide Tuesday Meetups, including continued experimentation with 3-2-1 Growth sessions
  3. Designing new systems for managing projects internally and with clients, including hours tracking and monthly/annual planning
  4. Establishing a weekly accounts review system
  5. Launching and overseeing the Strategy team
  6. Improving our Website Audit offering and process
  7. Creating a new ritual for project debriefs and establishing quarterly debriefs across all teams
  8. Reimagining quarterly debrief sessions with Team Leads
  9. Rethinking performance management and experimenting with more real-time feedback
  10. Refining and trying new approaches to new business, including integrating Client Services in scoping conversations and changing how we structure proposals/SOWs

Heading into 2023, these three themes are top of mind:

  • New Business & Marketing: Revisit our positioning, how we scope and propose projects, and service offering to support evolving client needs. I also plan to seek out more speaking engagements, conferences, and networking opportunities.
  • Performance Management: Raise our performance standards by improving performance management, specifically making feedback an ongoing dialogue across the team.
  • Client growth and retention: Improve how we support our clients, helping them identify new opportunities to grow their businesses and drive results.

Five Themes for 2023

  1. Earlier, More Consistent Bedtime. When I go to bed late, I want to squeeze every minute out of the morning to wake up feeling recovered. This cuts into the time I like to spend reading and journaling in the morning. Making time for those means getting to bed early (before 11 pm). On workout days, this means wrapping up dinner and workouts by 9 pm to have time to shower, hang with Dana, and do whatever else needs to get done before bed.
  2. More Talks & Performance. In addition to my writing, I will seek out more opportunities to share and discuss ideas with like-minded folks via podcasts, talks, etc. vs. waiting for them to come to me. Outside of work-related topics, I plan to perform at least one show this year.
  3. Training-Driven Diet. I plan to participate in both of the fitness events I did in 2022. In doing so, my aim is to find a diet that supports my training while pushing myself more in my training sessions. This could mean working with a program or tracking my macros. As a marker of progress, I'll look at a combination of bodyweight stats via my Withings scale, my average strain in Whoop, and progress in training.
  4. Community Growth & Involvement. I met some great new folks in 2022 and felt more connected to my local community than ever before. In 2023, I'll look for more opportunities to expand my network and community, whether that's participating in local events, bringing people together, or working with local businesses/non-profits.
  5. Intentions with Habits. While writing this, I noticed that I haven't done a good job of defining what success looks like within each habit I've set. Taking time to establish this will help me better focus my routine and make progress.
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