My primary focus for 2017 is trying new activities that scare me, provides value to my community, and will require me to acquire or hone a new skill. To that end, this is what I am working on:
I am teaching a 10 week coding class at our local library for kids from age 8 years & up. I've never taught kids and I've never taught code. After observing my success with the first half of the class the community program director at the library hired me to teach a follow up coding course over the summer.
I joined Toastmasters in mid-February and have been actively to overcome my fear of public speaking and after a few weeks speaking / teaching is easily my absolute favorite thing to do! I also have been taking Expressive Speaking classes at Florida State Theater.
After a few years of thinking about creating a podcast I am launching my first podcast in April called "Fun for 5 bucks - with Ed & Jim" with my good friend Jim. It is a comedy show featuring interesting, helpful, and odd things you can buy on the Internet for five dollars. We will spotlight items on Fiverr.com each week. We are in post-production right now.
This personal website is new for 2017 too. After owning my domain for 10 years I committed to creating a website for networking and possibly an upcoming job search. I currently work remotely for a couple companies in California from my home in Florida.