Every day it gets a little easier. But you have to do it every day. That’s the hard part. But it does get easier. – Jogging Baboon (BoJack Horseman)


The biggest lesson for me this past week was consistency. It’s not the goals that I set but the habits I build that will drive my success. My ambitious goals for the year will only be achieved by taking consistent action. I’m using that to shape the way I approach each week.

Learning Cocoa (iOS/macOS):

This week I completed the Saving Data on iOS course on RayWenderlich.com. If you’re not familiar with the site, I highly recommend it. They do a great job with tutorial based lessons on development. I went to their conference, RWDevCon, a few years ago and it was a refreshing change from the normal development conference presentations. I’ve now decided to take a course a week as a way to learn something new or reinforce my existing knowledge.

DTSEssentials Framework: Shared Code for iOS/macOS apps

Added a few more helpful extensions for UIAlertController, IBDesignable, Enum and Date. Still trying to develop a cleaner approach for my Router.

Last Week This Week
    • App Coordinator

    • UIAlertController Extensions

    • Support for closures in UIButton target actions

    • Enum extensions (iterate cases)
    • Date extensions (additional formats)
  • LoadingViewController

  • ErrorViewController

  • ValidationViewController

Puffin (iOS): Daily Standup App

With my focus on other areas,  no progress was made on Puffin. I realize that I was trying to accomplish too much and needed to focus on one app at a time.

Last Week This Week
  • App Icon update

Gobo (iOS): Nomad Travel Log

I was able to implement a few of the entry forms this week. I did a simple demo at my weekly accountability meeting. CloudKit setup and implementation is this week.

Last Week This Week
  • Trip Entry
  • Expense Entry
  • App Icon (version 1.0)
  • Launch Screen
  • CloudKit Support
  • Form validation

Voice Over Work:

I booked my first narration gig this week, a short story written by friend and guest blogger, Elliott Killian. I’m excited to share the finished project when it’s completed.

Last Week This Week
  • 2 VO gigs via my trainer
  • Short story VO
  • Create Voices.com profile
  • Automated the incoming workflow with Google Sheets & Zapier
  • Create Fiverr Profile
  • Create Voice Bunny Profile
  • VO gigs as they come in


I finally achieved a week in which I closed all of my rings in the Activity App! I had gone three weeks in a row of achieving both the move and exercise goals but I missed the stand goal by one for two consecutive weeks. It was so frustrating, I was ready to give that part up.  This week, I just focused on making sure I was standing frequently enough and monitored my progress more closely. Mission Accomplished!!!

Last Week This Week
  • Cardio: 192 minutes total (avg. 27.42 min/day) – No Sunday workout
  • Walking: 85,029 steps (12,147 /day)
  • Cardio: (30 min/day)
  • Walking (10000 steps /day)

Reading List:

But then if we do not ever take time, how can we ever have time? – The Merovingian (Matrix Reloaded)

I recognized that I’d never make any progress in my reading if I didn’t schedule time for it. This week, I did that with a Sunday brunch reading session. It’s a great way to kickstart the week! Black Panther is coming out in two weeks, so I’ll be soaking up some comic reading in preparation.

Last Week This Week
  • Veins of Latin America by Eduardo Galeano (Part 1)
  • Veins of Latin America by Eduardo Galeano (Part 1)
  • Black Panther – Christopher Priest run

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