2009 in Retrospect: 10 Things to Look Forward to in 2010

What I'm Looking Forward to 2010

This week I’ve gone through the highlights of Life Without Pants, featured some of the best and brightest bloggers to follow in 2010, and shared with you TEN valuable lessons I learned this year – but today, I want to talk about the future. Here are TEN things/events/commitments I’m excited for and dedicating myself to in 2010. Buckle your seat-belts.

I’m getting married!

I don’t think much needs to be said here except, it’s kind of a big deal. Save the date, May 8th, 2010. I’ll be tweeting live from the alter! OK, maybe not. Maybe from the hotel room after the reception? OK, maybe not. Maybe sometime during the honeymoon? OK, maybe not. After the honeymoon? Yeah, that works.

I’m starting debt free!

I’ve worked insanely hard at my full-time job and freelancing on the side to get to where I am today- almost 100% debt free. In the first quarter of 2010 I WILL be debt free – and then can start actually saving some money for the first time in my life.

Reading, reading, and more reading!

I’m committing to AT LEAST one book a month (I know that doesn’t sound like a lot but I have to start somewhere). Even if it means less writing, I WILL devote more free time to knocking out some of those books that have been sitting on my bookshelf collecting dust – not to mention devoting myself to the continued discovery of new blogs.

I’m getting back into running

Several years ago when I was a freshman in college – I made a commitment to myself to lose weight. For almost a year I ran, and I ran, and I ran, almost every day – and for the first time in my life I was HAPPY about my health. I was all “I’d do me”. It’s time to get back to that. I’ll be launching the 500 Miles in 2010 campaign – and will be tracking my workout/running schedule and progress online. The fiance is on board (whether or not she realizes it yet) and if you’re thinking about doing something similar, I encourage you to swing by every now and then and share an update on your own progress. There’s power in numbers!

I’m traveling to one new place every month

It doesn’t have to be Paris or Ireland, but I am dedicating myself to traveling more in 2010 – that means one new place every month, location to be determined.

I’m starting the “What Would Have Been for Coffee” fund

I have sort of a sick addiction to coffee – it’s my vice, and yes there are worse things in life – but it’s expensive. More expensive than I realize. SO, while I will not be quitting coffee cold turkey, I will be making a conscious effort to either make my own coffee or skip it altogether. AND, all the money that WOULD have gone to coffee will go into savings. By the end of the year, it’s safe to say I’ll have a nice little sum of cash to go…I don’t know, buy more coffee?

I’m going to write a book, damn it

I’ve wanted to sit down and write a book for as long as I can remember, and in 2010 I’m making it a reality. It’s not all mapped out yet and I don’t expect to sign a book deal, but I am at least going to get some of the legwork done, enough to knock on some doors and get myself in front of the right people.

I’ll continue developing my freelance career

I love my nine to five, but there’s something especially rewarding about the type of people I’ve had the opportunity to work with as a freelance designer and consultant. I’ve taught myself everything you see around you in less than a year, and anticipate that another year of experience under my belt will go a long, long way.

I’ll try to cut back on my use of excessive exclamation points!

It’s annoying, I know, but I can’t help it! See, right there, I did it again! …Ok, you get the picture – I have a bad habit of ending sentences (especially in emails) with exclamation points, even when they are totally unnecessary or borderline inappropriate. That has to stop in 2010. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Whew, now I’m good to go.

I’ll make more time for me

2009 has been full of change and transition. My hope is that 2010 will bring a little more stability and regularity to the mix. I’m looking forward to planning my wedding, getting married, doing work that I love, and doing all of the things listed above that will make me a happier person.

And of course, it goes without saying – but there are some big things ahead for Life Without Pants. I am 100% committed to the continued development and growth of this community. So I hope you’ll continue to join me on the journey – it’s been a pleasure getting to know all of you this year – I can’t wait to see what next year will bring!

Stay tuned tomorrow for a special holiday message from my fiance, my dog, and yours truly.


110 Responses
  • Shane Reply

    Great post, Matt!

    Looks like you have a lot planned and ahead of you in 2010. I, for one, am also looking forward to reading about all your adventures in the coming year.

    Btw: The one about the exclamation marks made me laugh. Well done. :)

    Cheers,
    Shane

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      It’s going to be an exciting year ahead, that’s for sure. I have a lot on my plate, but wouldn’t have it any other way. I want next year to be very much about making more time for myself, my family, and friends. Thanks for the comment! (see what I mean about exclamation points?)

  • Shane Reply

    Great post, Matt!

    Looks like you have a lot planned and ahead of you in 2010. I, for one, am also looking forward to reading about all your adventures in the coming year.

    Btw: The one about the exclamation marks made me laugh. Well done. :)

    Cheers,
    Shane

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      It’s going to be an exciting year ahead, that’s for sure. I have a lot on my plate, but wouldn’t have it any other way. I want next year to be very much about making more time for myself, my family, and friends. Thanks for the comment! (see what I mean about exclamation points?)

  • Katie White Reply

    Great post. I really think it’s important to make realistic commitments, and you are. I especially like the the coffee fund and the 500 miles in 2010. I started running this year and I might borrow your goal.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks Katie. I think this is the first year I’m actually putting “resolutions”/commitments IN WRITING – for the public to see – holds me more accountable and gives me something to refer back to throughout the year.

      I used to do a lot of running, then completely stopped – now I’m ridiculously out of shape, but I figure setting a goal and tracking my progress is a great way to get back on the wagon – feel free to check in from time to time over here on my progress – http://chevyruns.tumblr.com/

  • Katie White Reply

    Great post. I really think it’s important to make realistic commitments, and you are. I especially like the the coffee fund and the 500 miles in 2010. I started running this year and I might borrow your goal.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks Katie. I think this is the first year I’m actually putting “resolutions”/commitments IN WRITING – for the public to see – holds me more accountable and gives me something to refer back to throughout the year.

      I used to do a lot of running, then completely stopped – now I’m ridiculously out of shape, but I figure setting a goal and tracking my progress is a great way to get back on the wagon – feel free to check in from time to time over here on my progress – http://chevyruns.tumblr.com/

  • Emily Jane Reply

    Great post! I’m with you on the reading front – it’s probably my biggest new year’s resolution. Instead of watching TV before bed I’m going to read for 30 minutes or something and hopefully get through a heck of a lot more books next year than this.

    We have a lot of the same things to look forward to in 2010 too!! :) Looking forward to following your adventures :)

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks Emily – reading is something I REALLY want to focus on. 1) Because I love to read 2) Because it serves as a great source of inspiration and 3) Because it makes me a better writer. If you run across some good reads, you’ll have to let me know – and I’ll be sure to do the same here at Life Without Pants. Looking forward to keeping in touch in the new year!

  • Emily Jane Reply

    Great post! I’m with you on the reading front – it’s probably my biggest new year’s resolution. Instead of watching TV before bed I’m going to read for 30 minutes or something and hopefully get through a heck of a lot more books next year than this.

    We have a lot of the same things to look forward to in 2010 too!! :) Looking forward to following your adventures :)

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks Emily – reading is something I REALLY want to focus on. 1) Because I love to read 2) Because it serves as a great source of inspiration and 3) Because it makes me a better writer. If you run across some good reads, you’ll have to let me know – and I’ll be sure to do the same here at Life Without Pants. Looking forward to keeping in touch in the new year!

  • Sheema Reply

    Great list- I also share a love (and bad habit) of overusing !!!!! so one of my resolutions is to stop! (Woops..well, its not 2010 yet)

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Haha, I am horrible with exclamation points, seriously – I don’t know when I started doing it but when you start to notice it yourself, there’s clearly a problem. I guess I feel that ending sentances with a period (online) doesn’t do my mood justice – but I use them in excess, without a doubt.

      Getting a few more out of my system now. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Feels good, doesn’t it?

  • Sheema Reply

    Great list- I also share a love (and bad habit) of overusing !!!!! so one of my resolutions is to stop! (Woops..well, its not 2010 yet)

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Haha, I am horrible with exclamation points, seriously – I don’t know when I started doing it but when you start to notice it yourself, there’s clearly a problem. I guess I feel that ending sentances with a period (online) doesn’t do my mood justice – but I use them in excess, without a doubt.

      Getting a few more out of my system now. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Feels good, doesn’t it?

  • mugs Reply

    well done on getting debt free!!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks Dave – I’m getting there – I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Of course debt is a part of life, but it will feel good to at least start saving toward some solid future investments. Thanks for coming by!

  • mugs Reply

    well done on getting debt free!!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks Dave – I’m getting there – I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Of course debt is a part of life, but it will feel good to at least start saving toward some solid future investments. Thanks for coming by!

  • Preston Reply

    Sounds like a good plan Matt! Can’t wait to see the posts of 2010! (note to self, follow Matt’s lead on goal #9)

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Crazy how far things have come in 09 – can’t even imagine where we’ll all be next year at this time. It’s going to be an exciting ride! Damn…exclamation point.

  • Preston Reply

    Sounds like a good plan Matt! Can’t wait to see the posts of 2010! (note to self, follow Matt’s lead on goal #9)

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Crazy how far things have come in 09 – can’t even imagine where we’ll all be next year at this time. It’s going to be an exciting ride! Damn…exclamation point.

  • Jason Reply

    Matt… This is a great way to start the new decade. I have briefly thought about several of the items you have on your list so now I’m inspired to write my own list. Like you have done, I will post it on my lifestyle development blog so others can track my progress. I think it will actually keep me committed also.

    2010 will be a great year of advancements and I really look forward to following your progress and seeing your blog grow beyond your desires.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks for the kind words Jason – the sky’s the limit for me (and this blog). Really looking forward to what next year has in store for me. Cheers!

  • Jason Reply

    Matt… This is a great way to start the new decade. I have briefly thought about several of the items you have on your list so now I’m inspired to write my own list. Like you have done, I will post it on my lifestyle development blog so others can track my progress. I think it will actually keep me committed also.

    2010 will be a great year of advancements and I really look forward to following your progress and seeing your blog grow beyond your desires.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks for the kind words Jason – the sky’s the limit for me (and this blog). Really looking forward to what next year has in store for me. Cheers!

  • Sam Reply

    Wow, Matt! It sounds like you have a pretty fantastic year coming up. I do have to object to the less exclamation points resolution. You must not have read my post on the subject :) Congrats and good luck with everything!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      I did your your “exclamation” post – I agree it’s appropriate sometimes, but I use it far too often – it annoys me when other people do it, so more than likely, it’s annoying when I do it to them. Must….control…myself…

  • Sam Reply

    Wow, Matt! It sounds like you have a pretty fantastic year coming up. I do have to object to the less exclamation points resolution. You must not have read my post on the subject :) Congrats and good luck with everything!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      I did your your “exclamation” post – I agree it’s appropriate sometimes, but I use it far too often – it annoys me when other people do it, so more than likely, it’s annoying when I do it to them. Must….control…myself…

  • Catherine Reply

    Write a book, damn it! I feel like that is on my to-do list every year. Sounds like 2010 is going to be a pretty awesome year for you. It’s got me thinking about my own list: start grad school, travel to a new place (every month would be amazing), update my blog more frequently, stay fit and become a volunteer.

    Cheers to 2010!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Sounds like you have some awesome goals yourself. Here’s to holding each other accountable for some of our resolutions (and hopefully meeting up sometime soon – since we do – you know – live in the same city and all).

  • Catherine Reply

    Write a book, damn it! I feel like that is on my to-do list every year. Sounds like 2010 is going to be a pretty awesome year for you. It’s got me thinking about my own list: start grad school, travel to a new place (every month would be amazing), update my blog more frequently, stay fit and become a volunteer.

    Cheers to 2010!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Sounds like you have some awesome goals yourself. Here’s to holding each other accountable for some of our resolutions (and hopefully meeting up sometime soon – since we do – you know – live in the same city and all).

  • Marina Apperley Reply

    Hey Matt, love this post! 2010 is sure to be a fantastic year. I think the idea of making this list is great; it has definitely encouraged me to make one for myself. It will be interesting to see how far things get by this time next year! All the best to you and your family. Have a wonderful holiday season.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks Mariana! Would love to see the list you come up with if you put it up online – glad you could relate to a lot of what I have here. Thanks for coming by and happy holidays to you and your family as well!

  • Marina Apperley Reply

    Hey Matt, love this post! 2010 is sure to be a fantastic year. I think the idea of making this list is great; it has definitely encouraged me to make one for myself. It will be interesting to see how far things get by this time next year! All the best to you and your family. Have a wonderful holiday season.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks Mariana! Would love to see the list you come up with if you put it up online – glad you could relate to a lot of what I have here. Thanks for coming by and happy holidays to you and your family as well!

  • Srinivas Rao Reply

    Hey Matt,

    This is such a great list. Tweeting from the honeymoon suite? I hope you have something better than that planned ;) . I’m sure your fiance would probably be a bit disturbed. HAHA. But I did read an article somewhere about people getting on Twitter and Facebook after doing the deed, which is ridiculous. I think you’ve done some amazing work here at Life Without Pants and I’m glad to have become part of the community. Alot of the inspiration I’m finding lately and direction has been coming from modeling some of what I’ve seen here.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Haha, I don’t think I’ll be doing and deeding-then-tweeting, LOL. Really appreciate all your kinds words and feedback and honored to have you as part of the community here. Looking forward to chatting soon and keeping tabs on you and what you’re got in the works for Skool of Life!

  • Srinivas Rao Reply

    Hey Matt,

    This is such a great list. Tweeting from the honeymoon suite? I hope you have something better than that planned ;) . I’m sure your fiance would probably be a bit disturbed. HAHA. But I did read an article somewhere about people getting on Twitter and Facebook after doing the deed, which is ridiculous. I think you’ve done some amazing work here at Life Without Pants and I’m glad to have become part of the community. Alot of the inspiration I’m finding lately and direction has been coming from modeling some of what I’ve seen here.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Haha, I don’t think I’ll be doing and deeding-then-tweeting, LOL. Really appreciate all your kinds words and feedback and honored to have you as part of the community here. Looking forward to chatting soon and keeping tabs on you and what you’re got in the works for Skool of Life!

  • Lindsey Reply

    You’re getting married on my mom’s birthday!!! It’s bound to be a fabulous day :)
    Speaking of your fiancé, I’ve wanted to ask you – how do you have time to see her??? You’re either working ,writing, freelancing, reading or networking! Do you secretly have more hours in your day than everyone else?

    Good for you with the running resolution. I haven’t decided what mine will be but I’m sure I’ll give up after awhile or forget that I even made a resolution so maybe tracking your progress will do me some good! Btw, if you’d do you, that’s always a good sign :)

    Debt free? Congrats, that’s so crucial to moving forward “guilt” free, so to speak. I am fortunate not to have any date except that I’m not making enough money right now to put anything away in savings, but one battle a time!

    Looking forward to your holiday message!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      We make plenty of time for each other Lindsey (waking up at 4am helps, lol) – but it’s definitely something I want to make MORE time for in 2010 – there’s been so much going on in both of our lives this year – it will be nice to (hopefully) get settled in a bit.

      I’d still do me, don’t get me wrong, but running and getting back into solid shape is a must! And as for the debt, there will always be some things floating around, and I don’t make enough to save a ton either – it’s all about making conscious buying decisions – small steps, one battle at a time, as you said.

      The to-be wifey and dog make their debut tomorrow. Stay tuned!

  • Lindsey Reply

    You’re getting married on my mom’s birthday!!! It’s bound to be a fabulous day :)
    Speaking of your fiancé, I’ve wanted to ask you – how do you have time to see her??? You’re either working ,writing, freelancing, reading or networking! Do you secretly have more hours in your day than everyone else?

    Good for you with the running resolution. I haven’t decided what mine will be but I’m sure I’ll give up after awhile or forget that I even made a resolution so maybe tracking your progress will do me some good! Btw, if you’d do you, that’s always a good sign :)

    Debt free? Congrats, that’s so crucial to moving forward “guilt” free, so to speak. I am fortunate not to have any date except that I’m not making enough money right now to put anything away in savings, but one battle a time!

    Looking forward to your holiday message!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      We make plenty of time for each other Lindsey (waking up at 4am helps, lol) – but it’s definitely something I want to make MORE time for in 2010 – there’s been so much going on in both of our lives this year – it will be nice to (hopefully) get settled in a bit.

      I’d still do me, don’t get me wrong, but running and getting back into solid shape is a must! And as for the debt, there will always be some things floating around, and I don’t make enough to save a ton either – it’s all about making conscious buying decisions – small steps, one battle at a time, as you said.

      The to-be wifey and dog make their debut tomorrow. Stay tuned!

  • Kellyn Wilson Reply

    A great list for 2010 Matt and I’m looking forward to watching you experience and achieve them all! You always have such a great vision and can-do attitude! Wishing you the best for 2010! Can’t wait to hear all about it!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thank you Kellyn, that means a lot. I honestly think that writing and this blog bring out the best of me – it keeps me grounded and motivated and allows me to share the good and the bad, ups and downs, with all of you, in a way that hopefully is relate-able and interesting. Good things ahead – great to have you here :)

  • Kellyn Wilson Reply

    A great list for 2010 Matt and I’m looking forward to watching you experience and achieve them all! You always have such a great vision and can-do attitude! Wishing you the best for 2010! Can’t wait to hear all about it!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thank you Kellyn, that means a lot. I honestly think that writing and this blog bring out the best of me – it keeps me grounded and motivated and allows me to share the good and the bad, ups and downs, with all of you, in a way that hopefully is relate-able and interesting. Good things ahead – great to have you here :)

  • jen Reply

    Great to hear your plans Matt. I have to say you are very inspiring, I always get a real feeling of energy and passion from your posts. Btw, congratulations on your upcoming marriage. :) also I love running too (am doing a 10k in Jan). A great list, I am planning to write something similar in the next week.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks Jen – to hear anyone label me as “inspiring” is extremely humbling, honestly. Looking forward to reading your list next week (and chatting more about life coaching and other stuff soon!)

  • jen Reply

    Great to hear your plans Matt. I have to say you are very inspiring, I always get a real feeling of energy and passion from your posts. Btw, congratulations on your upcoming marriage. :) also I love running too (am doing a 10k in Jan). A great list, I am planning to write something similar in the next week.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks Jen – to hear anyone label me as “inspiring” is extremely humbling, honestly. Looking forward to reading your list next week (and chatting more about life coaching and other stuff soon!)

  • Terry Prince Reply

    Hi Matt:

    I am really curious about your reading list. What are the 12 books you are wanting to read in 2010?

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      No plans yet. I have Gladwell’s “Outliers” and I want to re-read Campbell’s “Hero With a Thousand Faces” – I’ll take any suggestions. Anything you recommend?

      • Terry Prince Reply

        Because you like coffee – The Various Flavours of Coffee – Anthony Cappella.

        A good book to read in your twenties then again later in your forties for retrospective thought – The Road Less Travelled – M. Scott Peck

        Marketing know how – Gladwell’s Outliers and Blink are good – along with any Seth Godin – Purple Cow or Tribes

        A poetry compendium – because you are getting married and may find some inspiration for signing cards, sending sentiments to your loved one. I don’t have any recommendations on which one – you might just browse the aisles at your favorite bookstore.

        • Matt Cheuvront Reply

          Awesome Terry – I have Outliers on my book shelf and have read some of Godin already – Peck I read back in college but, as you said, is probably worth a re-read in the future. Thanks for the recommendations (and for coming by LWP). Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  • Terry Prince Reply

    Hi Matt:

    I am really curious about your reading list. What are the 12 books you are wanting to read in 2010?

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      No plans yet. I have Gladwell’s “Outliers” and I want to re-read Campbell’s “Hero With a Thousand Faces” – I’ll take any suggestions. Anything you recommend?

      • Terry Prince Reply

        Because you like coffee – The Various Flavours of Coffee – Anthony Cappella.

        A good book to read in your twenties then again later in your forties for retrospective thought – The Road Less Travelled – M. Scott Peck

        Marketing know how – Gladwell’s Outliers and Blink are good – along with any Seth Godin – Purple Cow or Tribes

        A poetry compendium – because you are getting married and may find some inspiration for signing cards, sending sentiments to your loved one. I don’t have any recommendations on which one – you might just browse the aisles at your favorite bookstore.

        • Matt Cheuvront Reply

          Awesome Terry – I have Outliers on my book shelf and have read some of Godin already – Peck I read back in college but, as you said, is probably worth a re-read in the future. Thanks for the recommendations (and for coming by LWP). Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  • Rich DeMatteo Reply

    I suggest stopping to Philly or somewhere on the east coast when we have our East Coast TweetUp!

    Also, I know you seem to have a system set up to keeping track of your miles, but the Nike+ program is amazing. Very motivating, and you and I could challenge each other online to races. You can then take your miles and jot them down on the other site you created. Let me know if you have questions about it – it’s really cool.

    Lastly, congratulations on the upcoming marriage. It’s an exciting time, and no one deserves it more than you.!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Nike+ might be a good investment – but the goal is to stay out of debt, remember? I think you also need an IPod for that, which I don’t have (I’m a Zune guy – made the switch a year or so ago).

      And yes, I really want to make it to the East Coast – Philly, NYC, etc – never been out that way. It’s long overdue.

      Been great meeting you and working with you buddy – big things ahead next year. Can’t wait!

  • Rich DeMatteo Reply

    I suggest stopping to Philly or somewhere on the east coast when we have our East Coast TweetUp!

    Also, I know you seem to have a system set up to keeping track of your miles, but the Nike+ program is amazing. Very motivating, and you and I could challenge each other online to races. You can then take your miles and jot them down on the other site you created. Let me know if you have questions about it – it’s really cool.

    Lastly, congratulations on the upcoming marriage. It’s an exciting time, and no one deserves it more than you.!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Nike+ might be a good investment – but the goal is to stay out of debt, remember? I think you also need an IPod for that, which I don’t have (I’m a Zune guy – made the switch a year or so ago).

      And yes, I really want to make it to the East Coast – Philly, NYC, etc – never been out that way. It’s long overdue.

      Been great meeting you and working with you buddy – big things ahead next year. Can’t wait!

  • Jason Mollica Reply

    Matt,

    Congratulations on your pending marriage! May is a great month to get hitched (welcome to the May Marriage Club)! You made a great point about making time for yourself. Being married is a joy, but you both need “me” time. My wife and I have that down pretty good, I think.
    As far as coffee goes… get a good home coffee maker and you will be set. We even make lattes at home now. Start dropping hints that you guys would like a dual coffee/cappuccino maker. You both will be happy!
    All the best and let’s keep in touch!
    Jason

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Hey Jason. Maybe Santa (aka me) will bring us a cappuccino maker this Christmas – I have been a good boy (for the most part) after all. Great to connect – we will definitely be in touch in the future. Cheers!

  • Jason Mollica Reply

    Matt,

    Congratulations on your pending marriage! May is a great month to get hitched (welcome to the May Marriage Club)! You made a great point about making time for yourself. Being married is a joy, but you both need “me” time. My wife and I have that down pretty good, I think.
    As far as coffee goes… get a good home coffee maker and you will be set. We even make lattes at home now. Start dropping hints that you guys would like a dual coffee/cappuccino maker. You both will be happy!
    All the best and let’s keep in touch!
    Jason

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Hey Jason. Maybe Santa (aka me) will bring us a cappuccino maker this Christmas – I have been a good boy (for the most part) after all. Great to connect – we will definitely be in touch in the future. Cheers!

  • Living with Balls Reply

    That’s a pretty ambitious list. Best of luck to achieving all your goals.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Go big or go home, right? Or maybe as you would say, “balls to the walls” – eh? eh? Thanks for the well wishes!

  • Living with Balls Reply

    That’s a pretty ambitious list. Best of luck to achieving all your goals.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Go big or go home, right? Or maybe as you would say, “balls to the walls” – eh? eh? Thanks for the well wishes!

  • Dariane Reply

    This is a great list!

    I’m totally with you on the reading a book a month. Aside from reading for classes, I don’t read for fun or curiosity anymore, which sucks a lot. In 2010, I’m looking to become a voracious information consumer, beginning with (a seemingly small) one book a month. I started tracking my book consumption in November, when I was doing all sorts of birthday reflection stuff. So far I’ve read “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey. I’m currently reading “Little Brother” by Cory Doctorow. I don’t know what I’ll read next.

    If you have any recommendations, let me know. I’ll be looking forward to seeing what 12 books you read in the coming year!

    [I think I might adopt your plan to stop using exclamation points so much. :]

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks Dariane! I’ll be sure to keep folks updated here as to what I’m reading (maybe do a review of each book, or figure out someway to apply it to the community – you know, because that’s sort of my thing). I’ll have to look into the two you mentioned – but let’s definitely keep in touch about what we’re reading! Happy Holidays & Happy New Year!

  • Dariane Reply

    This is a great list!

    I’m totally with you on the reading a book a month. Aside from reading for classes, I don’t read for fun or curiosity anymore, which sucks a lot. In 2010, I’m looking to become a voracious information consumer, beginning with (a seemingly small) one book a month. I started tracking my book consumption in November, when I was doing all sorts of birthday reflection stuff. So far I’ve read “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey. I’m currently reading “Little Brother” by Cory Doctorow. I don’t know what I’ll read next.

    If you have any recommendations, let me know. I’ll be looking forward to seeing what 12 books you read in the coming year!

    [I think I might adopt your plan to stop using exclamation points so much. :]

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks Dariane! I’ll be sure to keep folks updated here as to what I’m reading (maybe do a review of each book, or figure out someway to apply it to the community – you know, because that’s sort of my thing). I’ll have to look into the two you mentioned – but let’s definitely keep in touch about what we’re reading! Happy Holidays & Happy New Year!

  • doniree Reply

    WOW, that’s a lot of great stuff coming up this year – I’m so excited for you!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks Doniree – it looks like we both have a lot on our plate in the coming year. Can’t wait to see everything unfold!

  • Doniree Reply

    WOW, that’s a lot of great stuff coming up this year – I’m so excited for you!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks Doniree – it looks like we both have a lot on our plate in the coming year. Can’t wait to see everything unfold!

  • Ashley Reply

    What a full year you have ahead of you! Sounds awesome and I wish you all the luck! I have a feeling this year is going to be fabulous for you–in more ways than one!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks Ashley – I know there a lot of good things ahead for you as well. Definitely keep in touch! Been great connecting with you recently :)

  • Ashley Reply

    What a full year you have ahead of you! Sounds awesome and I wish you all the luck! I have a feeling this year is going to be fabulous for you–in more ways than one!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks Ashley – I know there a lot of good things ahead for you as well. Definitely keep in touch! Been great connecting with you recently :)

  • Laura Cococcia Reply

    Great roundup – and so inspired by your plans! Look forward to seeing them unfold!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks Laura – I have some pretty ambitious goals – but it’s go big or go home, right? Thanks for coming by, looking forward to chatting with you more in the future!

  • Laura Cococcia Reply

    Great roundup – and so inspired by your plans! Look forward to seeing them unfold!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks Laura – I have some pretty ambitious goals – but it’s go big or go home, right? Thanks for coming by, looking forward to chatting with you more in the future!

  • Jason of Kim & Jason Reply

    Congrats on the upcoming wedding! As you may already know, the planning can be a pain — if you let it. My wife and I took the attitude that we were going to have fun with it and not take ourselves (or the event) too seriously, and we managed to stick to the plan. It was a wonderful experience and fairly stress-free. Good luck and merry Christmas!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks Jason. We are doing the same thing – staying relaxed and keeping things very casual. I’m sure there will be a couple bumps in the road, but most of the planning is in place – May will be here before you know it! I really love what you all are doing over in your neck of the woods – thanks for continually sharing a very positive and fun message. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family :)

  • Jason of Kim & Jason Reply

    Congrats on the upcoming wedding! As you may already know, the planning can be a pain — if you let it. My wife and I took the attitude that we were going to have fun with it and not take ourselves (or the event) too seriously, and we managed to stick to the plan. It was a wonderful experience and fairly stress-free. Good luck and merry Christmas!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks Jason. We are doing the same thing – staying relaxed and keeping things very casual. I’m sure there will be a couple bumps in the road, but most of the planning is in place – May will be here before you know it! I really love what you all are doing over in your neck of the woods – thanks for continually sharing a very positive and fun message. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family :)

  • Suzanne Shaffer Reply

    Hey Matt. Those are some IMPRESSIVE goals. I can share “most” of them with you, except the getting married part :>) …and the running. But, it’s been great getting to know you and your blog in 2009. Hope you have a fabulous Christmas and I’m looking forward to 2010 and hearing all about your upcoming marriage (please DO NOT tweet from the altar!). Weddings can be fabulous times, if you just relax and enjoy the moment!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Great to see you back here Suzanne – hope you have been doing well. You’ve been passing through here since the very beginning, so you can attest to how much things have changed around here, no? Pretty amazing to see how far everyone has come in only one short year. Cheers to you – Happy Holidays – and I will be sure to keep everyone in the loop (at least before I’m up at the altar) to all of the wedding plans.

      • Suzanne Shaffer Reply

        Yep. I’ve been here from the beginning–off and on. And yes, you’re right, things have changed, evolved so to speak. Love the blog, as always and your point of view. All the best in 2010 for you and your lovely bride-to-be!

  • Suzanne Shaffer Reply

    Hey Matt. Those are some IMPRESSIVE goals. I can share “most” of them with you, except the getting married part :>) …and the running. But, it’s been great getting to know you and your blog in 2009. Hope you have a fabulous Christmas and I’m looking forward to 2010 and hearing all about your upcoming marriage (please DO NOT tweet from the altar!). Weddings can be fabulous times, if you just relax and enjoy the moment!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Great to see you back here Suzanne – hope you have been doing well. You’ve been passing through here since the very beginning, so you can attest to how much things have changed around here, no? Pretty amazing to see how far everyone has come in only one short year. Cheers to you – Happy Holidays – and I will be sure to keep everyone in the loop (at least before I’m up at the altar) to all of the wedding plans.

      • Suzanne Shaffer Reply

        Yep. I’ve been here from the beginning–off and on. And yes, you’re right, things have changed, evolved so to speak. Love the blog, as always and your point of view. All the best in 2010 for you and your lovely bride-to-be!

  • Teresa Reply

    I, like you, love check lists and think this is a great list. I have my top five all over my apartment reminding me that this needs to be completed some time in the next 365 days.

    Good for you on the running and I will definitely be checking in with you as I also have a New Year running goal on my check list. Good luck with the wedding and everything else that 2010 will bring.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      I am super nerdy when it comes to check-lists – I hear you about putting things off. I have certain things that make their way onto EVERY day’s to-do list. It’s a vicious cycle.

      You’ll have to keep me in the loop as to how you are doing with running as well – I think there is real power and support in numbers. We’ll have to keep each other motivated. Happy New Year Teresa! It’s going to be a good one!

  • Teresa Reply

    I, like you, love check lists and think this is a great list. I have my top five all over my apartment reminding me that this needs to be completed some time in the next 365 days.

    Good for you on the running and I will definitely be checking in with you as I also have a New Year running goal on my check list. Good luck with the wedding and everything else that 2010 will bring.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      I am super nerdy when it comes to check-lists – I hear you about putting things off. I have certain things that make their way onto EVERY day’s to-do list. It’s a vicious cycle.

      You’ll have to keep me in the loop as to how you are doing with running as well – I think there is real power and support in numbers. We’ll have to keep each other motivated. Happy New Year Teresa! It’s going to be a good one!

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