Self-examination should happen all of the time. We should constantly monitor where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going.
But most people don’t operate like that. We’re so focused on the next thing that we fail to stop and appreciate the last thing.
For me personally, I am always reflecting.
I journal every day. I write for you guys every day. I take long walks without headphones and I frequently stare off into the distance, a space that allows the freedom to roam every corner of my mind.
And as the end of the year approaches, I think it’s appropriate to do one final reflection of 2021, a year that I consider to be the best I’ve ever had.
The ups and the downs. The intense highs and the low lows.
I’ve loved it all.
As always, it’s about the journey. It’s about the process. It’s about getting better every day. It’s about throwing shit at a wall and seeing what sticks. It’s about making mistakes and learning from them.
The following is a list of all my accomplishments of 2021. I’m not posting this to brag, but to show you how much is possible to accomplish in a year.
In December 2020, I was broken.
My job at ESPN sucked. The life I’d spent the last three years creating was about to get blown up. I was moving in a month, but I didn’t know where to go.
But I let none of that deter me. I took matters into my own hands and ended up creating a life that is far better than anything I’d ever imagined possible for myself.
So if you’re not happy with your life right now, I want you to know that you have the power to make it infinitely better by December 2022.
I really hope that you join me in creating your own list as well. If you do, please share it with me because I’d LOVE to see it.
- Had a conversation with a friend about my future, a conversation that gave me the courage to blow everything up and leave CT
- Sold a lot of my stuff and left CT on Jan. 23
- Quit my job at ESPN
- Lived in Boston alongside my best friend while I figured my shit out
- Started my podcast business, with my first client being one of the best YouTubers in sports media
- Finally moved to Colorado, a dream I’ve had for years
- Started working for Religion of Sports, Tom Brady’s production company
- Explored Denver by foot, bike, and public transit
- Spent an entire day in Fort Collins
- Biked the 40-mile Cherry Creek Trail
- Visited the Denver Art Museum
- Spent a weekend in Colorado Springs, visiting Garden of the Gods and other cool landmarks like the U.S. Olympic Training Center
- Two hikes in Colorado Springs
- Did a deep dive into the world of cryptocurrency and NFTs
- Purchased Ethereum
- Started working for BlueWire, a top sports podcasting company
- Made my first NFT purchase
- Received second dose of COVID vaccine
- Spent a full day in Boulder
- Visited my dad in Mesa, AZ for two weeks
- Went to the Grand Canyon with my dad
- Spent a day in Flagstaff, AZ
- Attended a Diamondbacks game
- Explored Arizona State’s campus
- Hiked in Mesa, AZ (pictured above)
- Hiked in Sedona, AZ
- Visited the last standing Blockbuster in Bend, OR
- Two hikes in the Cascade Mountains
- Visited perhaps my favorite coffee shop ever (Sisters Coffee in Sisters, OR)
- Had the time of my life at a dear friend’s wedding (pictured above)
- Visited Laguna Beach
- Spent a day in San Diego, and got together with an old friend
- Spent a weekend in Portland, OR
- Went camping for the first time
- 9-mile hike in New Hampshire’s White Mountains
- Started producing a podcast for a former UFC champion
- Re-taught myself the basics of video editing
- Learned some basics of social media promotion
- Ran into one of my favorite musicians at a restaurant in upstate NY (pictured above)
- Spent a weekend in New York City, visiting friends in Manhattan, Long Island, Queens, and Brooklyn. It was the first time I’d ever really ventured outside of Manhattan
- Reconnected with some of my best friends and had a great time at an engagement party
- Spent a weekend in a van in the Catskills #VanLife (pictured above)
- Hiked in the Catskills
- Moved to Portsmouth, NH
- Helped a friend land a job
- Began training for a half-marathon
- Started weekly yoga classes with an amazing instructor
- Hired employees for my business
- Started producing a podcast for another prominent YouTuber
- Purchased Solana
- Several more NFT purchases
- Got together with three of my favorite people in the world in Boston
- Began working on Spotify Greenroom, Spotify’s live audio app (download it today plz thx)
- Completed a half-marathon in Portland, ME alongside one of my best friends
- Started kickboxing training
- Started playing weekly adult league volleyball
- Started my job working for The Ringer/Spotify
- Won a lottery in NFTs
- Attended Maggie Lindemann concert in Boston
- A weekend in Cape Cod with family (pictured above)
- A great trip to the old stomping grounds in CT to spend Halloweekend with my friends
- A wonderful weekend in New York City with some of my closest friends (UFC 268, the NYC Marathon, my first Brooklyn rooftop bar experience)
- Started producing a podcast for one of my former ESPN hosts at The Ringer
- Met a new friend in line at a coffee shop
- Learned a new approach to editing podcasts
- This has been a light month for me, but in this space I’ll say that I’ve attended 20-30 breweries and 30-40 coffee shops, read 10 books, released 77 episodes of The Troy Farkas Show, and published 90 blogs. I’ve also completed two personal handwritten journals
- And for the podcast business I built? It became a six-figure business within six months
While it’s been an amazing year for me, I still have so many things to work on in 2022. More to come on that tomorrow :)