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On track for a great 2017


I've sais many times that I don't make new year's resolutions, but I do set goals. However, they're generally career goals. This year, I began with a couple personal goals. Firstly, to get my finances in order andf start budgeting; and secondly to learn to play guitar (I've been threatening this one for years).

The good news is I'm on track for both. I bought myself the cheapest guitar I could find online and talked a work colleague into giving me some lessons (much to the chagrin of the Director of the Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music, and organisation of which I sit on the board). I'm quite proud because after about six weeks, I appear to be making process. I can play something that sounds a bit like Bob Dylan's Knockin' On Heaven's Door and amd making a start on a basic 12-bar blues riff. 

It's a strange mind of mid-life crisis I suppose but I'm enjoying it. I have the guitar (which I've named Jorge because he was cheap and I work him like a mule) siting behind my desk and I practice for at least fifteen minutes per day. Of course, as a prodigious researcher, I know far more about theory and guitar manufacture than about paying - so uch so that I'm off to Newcastle tomorrow to upgrade my guitar. Like all great guitarists through, I shan't be getting rid of my first. I'll let you know how it goes.

As for my finances, getting them in order has been somewhat easier. I stumled across a series of apps that have made my life a lot easier and make it quite simple to be accountable to my budget. Funnily enough, most of the resources I'm using are provided by the Federal Government! Who new the Government could be helpful?

So, 2017 is shaping up to be a pretty good year. Now, if only I could get my diet and exercise regime sorted!