2012 Annual Preview

Each year I write a preview of goals at the start of the year and a review at the end of the year. Following my past 2011 Review here is my 2012 preview - a plan for the coming year.

I started writing and planning this in November 2011 and updated it since. Now, a few months into the 2012 year, it is ready for publishing. Here it is!

Theme

My theme for the coming year will be “Thailand Or Bust”

I’ve been to North America, South America, Europe, and Africa. Let’s get to Asia. See inspirational photo above which I found online. I have never been to a pretty Thai beach (yet!) I *really* tried to make this post more concise in scope and easier to update at the end of the year. Brevity = focus, right?

 

Goals Overview

Each bullet-point begins with ‘One-Time’, ‘Research’, and ‘Monthly’ to define the time required for each. I then at the end of the year I’ll update the status for each as  ‘Completed‘, ‘Partial‘, or ‘Not Completed‘ and provide further explanation on how I did on the stated goal.

  • I will avoid restating ongoing goals from previous years. Really I should regularly revisit both this 2012 Preview here as well as my past annual reviews/previews to provide direction.
  • I will try just for just 3 goals per section.
  • I am setting many goals to ‘write blog post’ on a certain topic as part of a goal. Overall, I like the idea to a) document more of my thoughts in a general sense, b) contribute to my blog, and c) do formal research to learn new things.

Calendar

As are all locations I plan to visit in 2012;

  • Brazil - December 29th
    • Work on-site
    • Study Portuguese for 4 weeks
  • Mexico
    • -Mexico City – Study Advanced Spanish for 2 weeks (i.e. Forget Some Portuguese)
    • -Oxaca City – Teach a computer course for 6 weeks in Spanish as a volunteer.
  • Italy- July 1
    • -Sicily? – Study Italian / Love life. I wrote a post “Considering Sicily” about my thoughts.
    • -Rome – Study Italian for 2 weeks

Here are some other possibilities;

  • USA  – Early Summer
  • Croatia – Summer
  • Thailand -October 1
    • Stay 90 Days
    • Study Thai Weeks
  • Explore Southeast Asia- ?
    • See stuff – Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam
    • Love life – Beach, relax, water sports.
    • Study…French? – Rumor has it I can find it cheap there. Not sure if that’s true.

Budget

Based on the ‘maybe’ plans above here is an estimate on total budget including just ‘a’ - accommodations & language ‘c’ - classes. I quickly determined the estimate based on a sample hostel cost per day from HostalWorld.com and a sample week of classes from a location-specific language course. Food, entertainment, transportation, and other things are not included. Prices are USA currency (USD$).

  • Brazil Monthly (775 a.) x 3 months + 4 weeks (550 c. total) = $2,875
  • Mexico Monthly (360 a.) x 3 months + 2 weeks (320 c. total) = $1,400
  • Italy Monthly (946 a) x 3 Months + 6 weeks (976 c. total) = $3,814
  • Thailand Monthly (360 a.) x 3 + 4 weeks (700 c. total) = $1,780

Together that is $9,869 USD. This is a good baseline for accommodations and language classes. The other details cannot foresee accurately and/or don’t care to. My total budget will likely be 2-4 times more depending on my style of living. So let’s say an annual budget of 20k to 40k overall. That is a wide range, I know. I have set a goal in ‘Finance (Saving)’ below to revisit a per-country budget upon arrival. Also, its possible to live in cheaper places and do cheaper things.

Books To Read

  • ONE-TIME: Write blog post (N&T) book review for ‘Conversations With God’ and include a diagram about it.
  • ENGLISH
    • Non-Fiction
      • Non-fiction about the theory of relativity or the sciences of time-travel.
      • Non-fiction about meditation, mindfulness, or life-balance.
    • Fiction
      • Something by Henry Miller (Classic American Author)   
      • Something from a ‘Top 100 Books Ever’ type list.  
  • PORTUGUESE
    • Something to practice the language
  • SPANISH
    • Something to practice the language
  • ITALIAN
    • Poetry – Find a classic. 
    • Read a parallel text book (left page English, right page Italian). Good for non-advanced readers. 

Music / Audio Books to Hear

I had been thinking recently to dig deeper into the catalog of a few bands and explore the music of some other cultures more actively. I also wanted to memorize the lyrics to a song in each of several languages – just for fun. I’ve done so further below.

  • ONE-TIME: Collect All Albums By These bands and load them into iTunes & devices to enjoy.
    • Muse
    • The Gorillaz
    • Foo Fighters
  • ONE-TIME: Memorize Songs By Language
    • Con Te Partiro (IT), Pensamentos (PT), and Muelle De San Blas (ES)
  • ONE-TIME: Collect a variety of representative music from these cultures (asking friends who know)
    • Samba (Brazilian)
    • World (African Influence)

 

Goals

 

Business

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Summary

I am the Principal of Rivello Multimedia Consulting. Offer four core services in software development; Architecture, Development, Consulting, and Training. I will continue with those. I will also offer products – namely mobile apps & games. I started planning and producing my first mobile game in 2011, but did not yet launch anything.

 

I focus my services around the Adobe Flash Platform. Much is changing in the software development industry for browser, desktop, and mobile. I will investigate learning and working with alternative technologies; perhaps native iOS, perhaps HTML5.

Highlights

  1. ONE-TIME: Write blog post (N&T) of ”The Ideal Full-time Job”. Write as a job description that would; a) be perfect AFTER I decide to settle down or b) be so good it would halt my travels early. Then keep an eye out for this position.
  2. ONE-TIME: Create one, simple, complete, WordPress-based website as a portfolio piece. It must also serve a function (info, fun, or monetized). Include translation to 5 languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French).
  3. ONE-TIME: Generate more passive income. Launch one monetized app or game into a mobile marketplace (Android / iOS).
  4. ONE-TIME: Complete training (online?) in HTML5 and write a blog post (RMC) with a ‘HelloWorld’.
  5. ONE-TIME: Create a new category on blog (RMC) of ‘Tutorials’. Create 5 videos of 5 mins or less as a P.O.C. to training companies, prospective trainees, and to explore the experience. Possible topics: Introduction to RMC, Welcome to Flash Professional, Welcome to Flash Builder, Using Flash and Flex together, Intro to Game design (use flyer game), and some advanced topic (something to get attention from advanced users and use as an advanced example.

Writing / Presenting

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Summary

I spoke at many, many conferences in the past. Since I left the USA, I have done much, much less. As my language skills mature, it would be great to set speaking goals in local languages, but traveling to the USA just to speak is likely out of my interests for 2012.

I’m a bit shy (slow) to do it, but I really want to establish authority as a Location-Independent expert and share the knowledge (online, in person, to travelers). I have many related goals to contribute to my blog (N&T) in 2012, but should think bigger.

Highlights
  1. ONE-TIME: Pitch to write more on both; a) technical topics [Flash/Flex/Gaming] to online & print magazines, b) non-technical topics [Lifestyle/Location-Independence] to online & print magazines. Build a list of a) and b) and send a cover letter and links to existing possible talk topics on my blog (RMC).
  2. ONE-TIME: Speak online (Adobe User Group or similar) on a technical topic (Flash / Flex / Gaming).
  3. ONE-TIME: Speak in person in local language on a technical topic.
  4. ONE-TIME: Write or present on a non-technical topic (Travel / Work-life-balance).
  5. ONE-TIME: Publish (N&T) articles from 3 guest-authors.
  6. ONE-TIME: Write blog post (N&T) “The Paralysis of Liberty” about how difficult it is when I can literally travel ANYWHERE in the world, and somehow choose my next country. More abstractly how does ‘too much’ options paralyze us. Many of us avoid those scenarios by design (not recommended).
  7. RESEARCH: How can I establish expertise in Location-Independence and leverage that to writing and presenting?

Promotions & Marketing

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Summary

Many of my RMC professional goals are predicated by getting more offers for work. Marketing myself more (RMC) is one way to attract more offers. Marketing N&T will help me build more reputation for Location-Independence expertise.

Highlights

RMC

  1. ONE-TIME: Triple the amount of viable contract-work opportunities I’m offered.
  2. ONE-TIME: Increase RMC (@srivello) twitter followers from (286 Followers) to (500 Followers). We’ll assume this also helps the RMC (SITE) traffic.  
  3. ONE-TIME: Increase RMC (Site) unique visitors from 1,065 January Through October 2011 by 50% for 2012. 
  4. MONTHLY: Write 12+ new posts (6 editorial, 6 technical). Think fast and simple.
  5. ONE-TIME: Create a free membership for RMC to encourage revisiting. 
  6. QUARTERLY: Create a free RMC newsletter. Simply point to recent posts?
  7. ONE-TIME: Update my Facebook page (RMC) and attract 50 members. You can Like RMC on Facebook now!

N&T

  1. RESEARCH: Learn from online resources how to monetize a blog and implement some strategies to maximize return with minimal time investment.
  2. ONE-TIME: Increase N&T (@nowandtherefeed) twitter followers from (104 Followers) to (300 Followers). 
  3. ONE-TIME: Create a free membership for N&T to encourage revisiting.
  4. ONE-TIME: Update my Facebook page (N&T) and attract 50 members. You can Like N&T on Facebook now!
  5. ONE-TIME: Increase N&T (Blog) annual visits from 1,149 January Through October 2011 by 50% for 2012.
  6. MONTHLY: Write 12+ new posts (6 original, 6 reviews or editorial commentary). Think fast and simple.
  7. ON-TIME: Update existing speaking engagement pitches I created to improve quality and generate interest;Planning A Round The World Trip” and ”Living Location Independent“.

GFD

  1. ONE-TIME: Fix ‘security error’ that appears as users arrive. 
  2. ONE-TIME: Increase GreatFlexDevelopers.com (a ‘find a developer’ website I created) annual visits from 1,229 January Through October 2011 by 50% for 2012. Contact all current members and ask for the email of others who should be listed. LIst them. Then contact all those listed and ask for ideas to promote the list. Share the traffic goal.
  3. ONE-TIME: Create a Facebook page (GFD) and attract 50 members. Encourage all current developers to ‘friend it’.

Family & Friends

 

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Summary

For a few years I’ve had goals to meet new people and make friends. Its easy and hard while traveling full-time – its different. I certainly say hi to more people than ever, but to build relationships on-the-go is a challenge.

 

Over tea, in Egypt, my friend and I discussed how millions of dollars would change our lives. I’m lucky enough to say, within reason, I would continue to work in the same field, in some capacity, and certainly would continue to travel. One way, we both agreed to spend the money would be to treat friends to travel along with us – flights, trips, parties, etc… It reminds me of general goals to socialize with new and existing friends.

Highlights

  1. ONE-TIME: Memorize 10 great jokes - At least one per language (English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French).
  2. ONE-TIME: Write Blog Post (N&T) – “Find The Ideal Travel Partner” (friend/ business partner/ mentor-mentee/romantic partner) and outline their qualities. Then search for that person (existing/new friends) and travel together.
  3. ONE-TIME: Write Blog Post (N&T) – “Find The Ideal Mate”.
  4. ONE-TIME: Host 1 friend.
  5. ONE-TIME: Host 1 family member.

Financial (Earning)

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Summary

In 2011, my projects were really great. I was excited by the projects, enjoyed working with the people, and provided a great value for great compensation. In 2012, I would like to book more of my time for client-work and spend less time between projects and less marketing time.

The services I offer are good and my pay-rate range is both competitive and profitable.

Highlights
  1. ANNUAL: Book 40 weeks of client-work.
  2. ONE-TIME: Create a polished proof of concept (POC) mobile app with Ad-monetiziation. Doesn’t need to launch.
  3. ONE-TIME: Launch a free app/game for mobile. Use as promotion / portfolio.
  4. ONE-TIME: Launch a monetized app/game for mobile.

Financial (Saving)

 

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Summary

In 2011, I set goals for my revenue – dividing it properly between savings, investment in RMC, charity, and salary/taxes. I did well with this.

In 2012, I would like to be more aggressive to set invest particularly for the purchase of a home (TBD on when). I met with investment professionals, but was not excited by the returns vs risks they promised, so keeping funds conservative for now seems best.

Highlights
  • MONTHLY: Fill existing emergency and residential funds. Build savings towards the purchase of a home.
  • ONE-TIME: Vet current banking & bills setup and implement changes to safe money.
  • ONE-TIME: * Contact credit card companies and ask for lower rate.
  • ONE-TIME: * Contact debit card companies and ask for best international setup (foreign banks, purchases vs cash-withdrawels, etc…)
  • ONE-TIME: * Transfer from Vonage (expensive) phone # to Google-Voice or Skype.
  • ONE-TIME: Write blog post (N&T) “Buying International Real-Estate” with an overview of other bloggers’ thoughts and include 3 vignettes of interest for me. 1) Condo in Buenos Aires (Urban, Spanish, on-site work opportunities), 2) Tropical Latin (Rural, Spanish, Beach), 3) Tropical Asian (Rural/Urban, Beach)
  • ONGOING: Create a per-country daily-budget upon arrival in each country. Based on the length of stay, average accommodation cost, estimated food / entertainment costs, set a per-country budget. The objective is to predict expenses only to bring awareness when I am under / at / above the budget on a daily basis.
Financial (Giving)

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Summary

I am a monthly sponsor at Children.org and sponsor at Kiva.org. I’m looking for ways to give more where the money is well-used for a cause of interest. In 2012, I’d like to financially give in other ways too. I’m sensitive to what is called ‘selfish giving’ and generally avoid it.

Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present. – Albert Camus

Highlights
  1. QUARTERLY: Donate 5% monthly income to one charity in each country I visit for 1+ months. I prefer this to donating ‘on the street’.
  2. ONE-TIME: Financially help a local in need.
  3. ONE-TIME: Financially help a backpacker in need.
  4. BONUS: More giving.
Learning
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Summary

I have always enjoyed the learning process. In recent years, I have increased my learning.

Peculiar Travel Suggestions are Dancing Lessons From God – Kurt Vonnegut

Highlights
  • ONE-TIME: Complete a paid, client-project in mobile software development (So this would be something new).
  • ONE-TIME: Complete a paid, client-project in a project that is not based on the Adobe Flash Platform (which is my normal type of project).
  • ONE-TIME: Write blog post (N&T) “My Current Languages” about languages. Test my current proficiency (a1,a2,b1,b2,c1,c2) and record a video of me speaking 5 languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French).
  • ONE-TIME: Study massage for non-professional use.
  • ONE-TIME: Learn an instrument. Harmonica is mobile, but not that exciting to me…
  • ONE-TIME: Take an online photography course.
  • ONE-TIME: Write blog post (N&T) “Meaning of Joy” where I define 20 words like joy, pleasure, happiness, to learn the subtleties I don’t yet understand.
  • ONE-TIME: Draw a world map without practice. Practice, draw it again with 100 countries and accurate boarders.
  • ONE-TIME: Memorize the lyrics to one (Karaoke?) song per language (English, Spanish [Shakira]], Portuguese [Girl From Ipanema], Italian [Volare], French).
Health & Sport

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Summary

During travel, I am intermittently active. When I hike and bike as part of a tour I am generally pleased with my abilities and level of fitness. However, from a general health perspective, I think I should include a more regular fitness plan.

I have no goals to change my diet or be ‘on a diet’. However I would like to alter my relationship with food. I feel that I often over eat and eat without being hungry. I think my current behavior is excessive.

I really miss snow-skiing. However I also dislike cold weather and avoid it. I’m not sure I will do any skiing in 2012, but I do miss it.

Highlights
  1. RESEARCH: Read about ‘overeating’ and ‘eating when you are not hungry’ and learn how I can avoid these habits.
  2. ONE-TIME: Attend Pilates class
  3. ONE-TIME: Get IKO certified as a kite-surfer.(Thailand?)
  4. ONE-TIME: Run one (more) 5k or 10k.
  5. ONE-TIME: Do a multi-day hike/camp/resort tour.
  6. ONGOING: Surf more (Thailand?)

 

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Summary

I enjoy learning about meditation, mindfulness,  and life-balance.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

Highlights
  1. MONTHLY: Attend 6 yoga classes.
  2. ONE-TIME: First visit to acupuncturist
  3. ONE-TIME: Unplug from all technology for 7 days.
  4. ONE-TIME: Visit multi-day retreat of yoga/spa/something.
  5. DAILY: Using existing techniques, meditate for 15 minutes, 7 times per week starting January 1.

Travel

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Summary

For 2012, I have planned yet another year of full-time travel.

 

Interestingly, after years of ‘new places’, I plan in great part (see ‘Calendar’ above) to return to several countries. I think in part I’ve found some favorite places, but also, I’m looking to build my knowledge of local language and local history and culture on those favorite countries.

Highlights
  1. ONE-TIME: Work on-site in the local language (Spanish).
  2. ONE-TIME: Work on-site in the local language (Portuguese).
  3. ONE-TIME: Extend a Visa-stay when I’m loving a country.
  4. ONE-TIME:

    Write blog post (N&T) “The Importance of Travel – An AutoBio” and include  a timeline of my life (big picture) and list of travels. How am I different before/after long-term-travel.

  5. ONE-TIME:

    Write blog post (N&T) “When to Use Frequent Flyer Miles” and include a general strategy on when. I need to know this info, so writing a quick article on it would help me research it.

Life Assessment

 

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Summary

This post illustrates that I am a goal oriented person. Success, for some, is a process of a) where am I, b) where do I want to be, and c) how do I get to where I want to be. For me both a) and b) are really about self-awareness. I feel that I am of forded the time, energy, and interest for much introspection, but I’m still learning what makes me tick (think). I enjoy this search.

Highlights
  1. ONE-TIME: Complete a Meyers-Briggs personality profile test.
  2. ONE-TIME: Visit a therapist.
  3. RESEARCH: Read about ‘contrarian personalities’ and what it means to be inspired by opposing others
  4. ONE-TIME: Write blog post (N&T) – “My Life Of Travel” with a biography of my pre- and during-travels. Answer what is the role of travel in my life. “Why do you love travel?”
  5. ONE-TIME: Write blog post (N&T) – “My Greatest Fears” and include common fears (public speaking, death, etc…), my fears, and outline some activities to conquer those fears.
  6. ONE-TIME: Write blog post (N&T) – “Creating Your 5 Year Plan” and include my plan, and discuss the pros/cons of such a plan.

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Summary

I met regularly with a career coach for 1-2 years. This year I had 1-2 sessions at the start of the year, but not after. I enjoyed the pioneering spirit of finding my own with the tools that my coach provided. I am interested to seek coaching in support, but perhaps in new ways.

Highlights
  1. ONE-TIME: Build a list of characteristics in an ideal mentor and mentoring relationship. Seek a mentor (online?).
  2. ONE-TIME: Find (or be found) by a mentee who wants to make the transition to professional living and travel as a location independent. Assist him/her. Explore that.

Volunteering

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Summary

I would like to do more to give back. Donating in ‘Financial (Giving)’ is a nice start, but I like the social aspects of giving my time to a cause too. I have not done much of this in the past and would like to find more opportunities to help. I’m interested to help in many areas, but especially related to art/teaching/computers.

Highlights
  1. ONE-TIME: Complete a long-term (2+ weeks) volunteering.
  2. ONE-TIME: Volunteer at an animal conservation/rescue location.
  3. ONE-TIME: Volunteer at an child-aid / orphanage location.
Fun!

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Summary

Ironically, I’m planning for more whimsey.

 

I am very open to new experiences, and have nothing but time and flexibility. I want to have some more fun, again, in 2012!

Highlights
  1. ONE-TIME: Write blog post (N&T) “Goose-Chase Goals” and then do them. These are activities that encourage me; a) to explore an area, b) to get out of comfort zone, c) to be social, and d) to have a good story
  2. ONE-TIME: Skinny Dip (More…)
  3. ONE-TIME: Dance a samba, dance a salsa, dance a waltz.
  4. RESEARCH: Google ‘taking yourself less seriously’ and read about it. Learn the benefits and make a loose plan.

Creativity

 

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Summary

I consider myself a creative person. I can put my stamp onto projects both small and large and feel I’m expressing myself through crafts and work. I’d like to learn more about creativity this year – simply reading a bit and practicing creativity exercises more. I’d like to be able to articulate creative processes better and help others to be creative.

“To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” Aristotle

“A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.” — Frank Capra

“The world is but a canvas to the imagination.”  — Henry David Thoreau

Highlights
  1. MONTHLY: Update art.RivelloMultimediaConsulting.com with annual photos and 6 non-photo artworks.
  2. ONE-TIME: Do a photo essay on a person that I meet.
  3. ONE-TIME: Buy an interesting yet totally out-of-character magazine and read it cover to cover.
  4. ONE-TIME: Take a drawing / painting class.
  5. ONE-TIME: Write original, non-ironic, poetry.

Attitude / World View

 

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Summary

I’ve been thinking a lot about individuality and its role in a person’s life. Reading the book “Conversations With God 1, 2, & 3″ (Read My Review) recently was very interesting as well. Its pampering to non-traditionally-religious or a-religious people, but also hits on a really nice blend of individual responsibility, spirituality, and the role of religion in our lives.

My Current View: Is that I am overjoyed when religion’s effect helps someone be a kinder, fair, happier person and disappointed when religion’s effect causes a person to be less than what they are or treat others as less. I’m curious of the ratio of help vs hurt there.

So, we are born perfect (not wrong, not sinned, not ignorant, not bad) and during our life or lives we rediscover that perfection. Each individual works at a different ‘pace’ at rediscovering that perfection, and that pace may change over time. Our spirit is perfect and our mind and body try (or not depending on the pace) to follow that perfection. Being authentic (to our spirit) is the most direct path to perfection. The more we can be true to our spirit, the closer to our own perfection we are. Following our heart (i.e. spirit) is most perfect. I created this diagram to underline the simplicity of decision making in this world view.

 

Highlights

  1. ONE-TIME: Write blog post (N&T) “Futurecasting & Dreamscaping” which outlines the law of attraction and visualization and how to benefit from it. Include an ideal ‘day in the life’ for me and reflect on it.
  2. RESEARCH: Google ‘film documentaries that change your world view’ and watch the top 5.

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Comments

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