πŸ—“ 2019 Year in Review: Prioritizing Health

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2019 had a rough start. There I was, in the worst shape of my life, burnt-out on my startup, and living day to day without a plan. I was stuck, and desperately needed to get my shit together.

So, I decided to pursue some creative hobbies1, started going to physio, and accepted an acquisition offer to sell my company2. Now that I have some time to reflect, I feel so grateful to have gotten out of that place.

It’s strange how life can slip away like that. It happened so slowly, over years; I took on too much work, stopped prioritizing health, neglected relationships, and ignored the (literal) chronic pain in my ass. Before I knew it, I was waist deep in quicksand and couldn’t escape. But I got out, eventually.

There is a great book called The Power of Habit, which introduces the idea of “keystone habits”—habits that have a positive ripple effect in all areas of life. For me, this was running.

Running made me feel accomplished which caused me to care more about myself. I felt motivated to eat better, dress better, and plan for the future. Apparently exercise is a common keystone habit, so I recommend giving it a try if you’re looking for some motivation. ❀️

So what actually happened this year? Well, here are some of the biggest highlights:

  • πŸ₯ Made it through some serious burnout
  • πŸ₯ Physio to resolve chronic pelvic floor pain
  • πŸ’ͺ🏻 Worked on strength, flexibility, and eating better
  • πŸ’ͺ🏻 Finished a 10k run (training for 2020 marathon)
  • πŸ’Έ Transitioned from Sole Proprietorship to Corporation
  • πŸ’Έ Hit $20k MRR as a solo maker
  • πŸ’Έ Sold my company
  • πŸ₯° Finally making friends in Montreal
  • πŸ₯° Connected with many new people online
  • πŸ₯° Going to therapy regularly
  • πŸ‘¨πŸΌβ€πŸ’» Revamped my personal website and started writing again
  • πŸ‘¨πŸΌβ€πŸ’» Set up a home office
  • πŸ‘¨πŸΌβ€πŸ’» Grew to 2700 Twitter followers (up from 900)

I now feel extremely well-positioned to continue progressing on my goals—self care, health, and personal growth—and can’t wait to get started.

I guess that’s why they call 2020 the year of hindsight. πŸ€­πŸ˜†

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  1. I set a goal to pursue creativity in order to escape burnout
  2. My company Insomnia was acquired by Kong in July
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