The Annual Review: 2017
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Every year, I try to do a yearly look back on the good + bad of the year. I’m not perfect, but you can read previous past review below here
2017 had a ton of things happen (many of them very, very good), but first:
The Bad: What Didn’t Go Well
There were a few things I was frustrated with throughout the past year.
I Spent a Lot of 2017 “housekeeping”
Because of everything that went down on the legal side of the business in 2016, I spent a lot of time this year “cleaning up the mess” that 2016 created. That meant I didn’t get to create as much as I’d like and that much of the year felt like I was digging myself out a hole.
Thankfully, I’m out now, but it was quite frustrating at times and a headache to deal with.
The Business Had a “meh” Year
The business this year was “meh.” It wasn’t bad. It wasn’t great. It was “meh.”
I had several projects I’ve moved to 80% complete, but have farther to go still. I’ve made good legwork on much of it, but due to distractions + housekeeping, I have a lot ready to launch in 2018.
I don’t have a home.
After being on the road for 18 months, the answer to the question “where do you live” has been an interesting one lately. My standard answer is something of a mix between San Diego, Chicago, Boston, and New York.
Vague I know.
It’s led to a lot of interesting experiences when I’m on the road, but always having to figure out my living situation when I’m stateside has been a pain. More on that soon…
- Not having a “base” started bothering months 9-12 more than I thought it would.
- I felt like I was “playing business” more than doing business. I had a come-to-jesus moment and started to change some things for next year.
- I got stuck in Doha for 48 hours. It’s a good story now, but was probably my biggest travel related headache today.
- On an first-world-problems + slightly annoying note, due to the way that American changed their loyalty program, the miles that I flew with them would have counted for 120,000+ miles only counts for some 80,000 odd miles which means despite spending half the year in a plane, I’ll only have Platinum Pro level status. world’s smallest violin
The Good: What Went Well
Despite all the stuff that happened, 2017 was pretty awesome. A few things that stood out:
The 777 Project: Finishing What I Started
The first half of 2017 was all about finishing what I started. I wrote this at the end of last year that I was going to pick up the ball and finished my quest to run 7 ultra marathons on 7 continents and build 7 schools for Pencils of Promise
777. I’m happy to report that I did just that. I finished 5 races in 3 months and visited a ton of countries (as I listed out below). We also raised almost $20k more than our initial goal and I found out that I’m the youngest person to have run an ultra marathon on every continent which was cool.
I was on a mission and focused and it felt good to finally complete what I had set out to do almost 3 years ago. #boom
Making the Discomfort, My Comfort Zone
This year I feel like I fully embraced the world traveler identity. I visited dozens of countries I had never been to before and regularly bought one-way tickets without an exact idea of how I was going to get myself out of it.
I regularly was comfortable in a lot of places that would not be physically comfortable, but I ended up getting really good at it and having a good time.
Despite still not having a base, I found I was able to get back into things on the back half of the year. Whether routine meant finding a workstation popcorn routine or just getting back into lifting heavy weights again – it’s been good to get my feet planted into some routine with some concrete plans going forward.
It’s also been an impetus to get back to writing and creating – which I’ve found is a lot easier when you have a desk you can work at rather than playing Digital Nomad Hunger Games when it comes to finding a desk at a coffee shop.
Relaunching The Podcast
I relaunched the podcast at the beginning of the month and have published an episode every week since. BOOM.
If you want to get inspired with a new interview every week (and occasional intermissions from me), check it out at ImpossiblePodcast.com
Due to the travel and 777, this year had a bunch of highlights. Stuff I’ve found myself looking back on over the last 2 month include:
- Visiting Union Glacier Antarctica and running a 100k
- Running the 66k in Finland and having everything go wrong.
- Running the last race in South Africa with Alan.
- Working with Jesse’s WeDoHardStuff.com group and raising $36,000
- Doing Hell on the Hill
- Running Liechtenstein + Monaco
- Italy + Lake Como Trip
- The Farm
Rang in the New Year with 12 hours on my feet at the Narrabeen All Nighter. 1.5 mile trail. Out and back. As many times as possible. Go. # Finished the race and saw we passed $112k on our fundraiser this morning. Makes all the blisters and muscle cramps worth it knowing we're going to make education possible for 7 communities in 2017. 3 races down. 4 to go! Happy New Year! 🎉 #777project #dosomethingimpossible
3 weeks ago, I ran the Ice Marathon 100k as race #4 for the #777project. . It was the farthest race I've run to date, the coldest one, and did I mention it was in Antarctica? . I had been trying to run this race for 3+ years and now that it's done, I finally took the time to write up the race recap on ImpossibleHq.com (check it out). It was epic. . Oh and if you're keen on helping us build another school with @pencilsofpromise, we're less than $1,000 away from building school #5 and I'm matching every dollar donated – so we're super close! Just hit the link below and I'll double your donation. #boom . http://impossiblehq.com/777 . Reminder: If you want to do something, set your mind on it, expect it to be hard, work your tail off and go after it. The more #impossible it sounds, the better. . . . . #antarctica #icemarathon100k #ultra #ultramarathon #running #pencilsofpromise #pop #impossible #dosomethingimpossible #pushyourlimits #athlete #fitness #instafit #instatravel #travel #racefinish #unionglacier #impossiblemindset #impossiblefitness
Everything is better when you earn it. You can take a 10 minute tram up Harder Kulm or a 2 hour hike straight up the mountain. . Do the hike. You'll enjoy the view that much more. . 📸 by @tbrown30 . . . #pushyourlimits #dosomethingimpossible #wedohardstuff #dohardstuff #impossible #getafterit #rogerthat #switzerland #harderkulm #interlaken #resilient
I visited a whole bunch of places I’d never been before (and got to visit some old favorites) as I mentioned in this post.
- New Zealand
- Hong Kong
- Indonesia (Bali)
- Kuala Lumpur
- South Africa
January 1st, I’ll share some of my goals for 2018 and an outline for you to share yours too.