2022 Review - 2023 Resolutions

It’s finally time.

The end of the year is a time to review the past and set a new vision for the future.

Bonnie Doon, 2022

Bonnie Doon, 2022

2022 ๐Ÿ”—︎

This year was a fantastic year for me. After moving back to Melbourne from Adelaide for the second time in January and starting my third rotation at work, things started to pick up steam.

10 Great things that Happened this Year ๐Ÿ”—︎

  1. 52 Episodes of Graduate Theory
  2. Feature article on anz.com
  3. Adelaide Oval Roofclimb with my brothers
  4. Completing ANZ Tech Grad Program
  5. Corporate Members Speakers Lunch with Shayne Elliot (CEO, ANZ)
  6. Survived Covid twice
  7. Solo road trips to Bonnie Doon, Gisbourne and more
  8. Jack Johnson live
  9. World Cup night vs Tunisia at the pub
  10. Trips to Sunshine Coast, Great Ocean Road
Near the 12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road in September

Near the 12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road in September

2022 Goal Review ๐Ÿ”—︎

Now that the year is done, how did I do? Here are some of the goals I set at the start of 2022.

Top Goals for 2022

Goal Status
Roll off into ANZx at work โœ…
Grow my relationship with T โœ…
Read more books, a minimum of 40 this year โŒ
Have 52 episodes of Graduate Theory โœ…
Grow Graduate Theory audience. Have 1000 listens per episode โŒ
Run a half marathon โŒ
Continue on the board of SYTM โœ…
Grow finances from xk to xk โœ…


So I ended up completing the grad program and continuing in my favourite role, which has been fantastic for my professional growth.

I survived and thrived in a long-distance relationship for a year.

I only read 16 books this year. In the past few years, I’ve read many, many books, and it’s something that I’d like to continue doing. This year, I found that sometimes I can lose interest in reading because the book isn’t very relevant to me at the time. I think reading to hit a number of books read is not a good reason to read, which is what I have found myself doing in the past and this year. Next year, I won’t set a book goal and read more for leisure or when the time is right.

Graduate Theory was one of my biggest successes this year. I recorded 52 episodes with many inspirational and incredible people. I learnt much from conversations and growing the skills required to manage and grow the podcast. Creating a new episode every week for a year is an achievement that I am proud of. Although I didn’t hit my audience goal, I still made an impact, and I know there are people out there that found my episodes valuable.

I didn’t run the half-marathon this year, but it’s something I’d love to take more seriously next year. A few years ago, my fitness routine was all about getting maximum muscle. Now, I see much more of the importance of cardio and staying in great shape in all aspects.

I continued on the board of my Toastmasters club and am enjoying my time with the club.

Adelaide Oval Roofclimb with my brothers

Adelaide Oval Roofclimb with my brothers

Lessons Learned From This Year ๐Ÿ”—︎

This year I learned:

  • Accountability is extremely important. I couldn’t have gone as far as I did with Graduate Theory without the help of others.
  • Interesting people exist. This year I’ve met loads of interesting people. In the past, it has been difficult to find groups of likeminded people. This year I’ve met many people with similar ambitions, which has made me feel more confident in going after my goals.
  • I am capable. Similar to the above point, through EarlyWork and Next Chapter, I’ve met many interesting and accomplished people. After speaking with these people, I realise that they are similar to me, and the fantastic things they have done aren’t so out of reach.

2023 ๐Ÿ”—︎

This year has been great. I’ve grown and learnt so much. I’m excited about the year ahead.

In setting my goals for the next year, I think it’s important to remember that achieving or not achieving the goal is not that important. What is most important is that I am becoming someone that I want to be and someone that I am proud of.

Top Goals for 2023

  1. Become a Senior Software Engineer (or get pretty close)
  2. Run a half marathon
  3. Become President of SYTM
  4. Take More Photos
  5. Make more predictions
  6. Share More
  7. Speak at an event
  8. Grow finances from xk to xk

This year, I plan to build on Graduate Theory, and start building my personal brand. I plan to start a newsletter, to share more of what is happening in my life, and perhaps a youtube channel, so that I can also improve my public speaking and presentation skills.

One day, I’d love to speak at events more, and to have my own company. This year will be a big step towards this, and I’m looking forward to tackling the challenges that I will face along the way.