2017 review

Looking back on 2017, I’m definitely happy! A lot of stuff went down as I planned it to do, and a lot of unexpected positive stuff also went down! Let’s take a look at my year and see how well I did – and what needs work coming in to 2018.

  • Pass all my new courses
  • Complete 1 old course I didn’t pass
  • Participate in the university’s buddy program to welcome and guide new foreign exchange students
  • Go to all lectures
  • Get 2 A’s
  • Finish my online course from Harvard

Summary: 4/6 goals accomplished! Not bad at all. 2017 was actually a VERY good academic year for me. Not only did I get 2 A’s – I got 5 A’s! Scored the highest grade in almost all my courses! I studied hard this year and it’s something I’m very proud of. I also finally managed to snag one of the highly coveted exchange program seats to the prestigious Nanyang Technological University in Singapore! That’s a goal I’ve been working hard to reach for years, and now during 2018 I’ll finally go there to study! NTU’s engineering division is ranked 6:th world wide and 2:nd in Asia – will look good on my resumé!


  • Stay below my “10% over competition weight”
  • Continue improving my flexibility with the stretch program from gymnasticbodies
  • Finish the fundamentals program from gymnasticbodies
  • Start the foundation program from gymnasticbodies
  • Continue experimenting and getting better at meditation
  • Take a Hiphop/street dance coure
  • Helped my brother get in better shape
  • Lower my caffeine intake

Summary: 4/8 goals. Not too good. This is the area of 2017 that I’m least happy with. I did take a dance class, and finish the fundamentals program in gymnastics strength training, but I’ve been in terrible shape. I’ve had such a hard time sticking to my meal plan and eating healthy. It got so bad that I actually broke a new PR in body weight in December – weighing in at 93.4 kg’s. That’s A LOT for a short guy like me. My clothes fit the best when I weight about 76, and that’s where I should be mentally. The good part about being heavy is increased strength. I broke a PR in dumbell press doing 10 easy reps at 123 lbs/56 kg’s which I’m proud of. Also 6 reps at 93 lbs/42.5 kg’s seated dumbell shoulder press. But seriously, in 2018 I’ve gotta get my diet handled and get back into ripped shape.


  • Learn to edit video with Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Learn to use my wacom retouch pad
  • Completed the scratching for controller DJ’s course from Digital DJ Tips
  • Completed the wedding-DJ course from Digital DJ Tips
  • Much improved my technical prowess and mixing skills
  • Practiced all the techniques in the power mixing skills course from Digital DJ Tips
  • Regularly had gigs during the year
  • Had at least one back-to-back gig with another DJ
  • Secured a spot as a resident DJ somewhere
  • Continued improving my morning routine
  • Continued improving my evening routine
  • Continued using my information-shield
  • Read 12 books
  • Completed the self esteem sentence ending program from Nathaniel Branden
  • Enrolled in an online course to obtain my certificate as a private investigator/detective

Summary: 6/15. I clearly can do better here, but many of the goals that I didn’t meet completely were almost met. I’m not too sad about this, after all – it was a good year and I’m definitely proud of officially obtaining my diploma as a private investigator! I can recommend Academy of Professional Investigation if you want to go for one yourself.

In the DJ area, I definitely made progress! A lot of other cool stuff happened that originally weren’t part of the goals, such as:

I do feel that I’m making progress here, I’m very passionate about this side hobby. Let’s see where it goes in 2018. It would be so amazing to start dabbling in producing. I really want to know how to make re-drums and reggaeton/moombahton edits. Another thing I’m considering in 2018 is investing in more equipment to grow as a mobile DJ. I also need a car – lost my first paying gig on new years eve to another DJ because I couldn’t get to the location.


  • All carpentry done on the inside of my apartment
  • Registered my business
  • Completed my plastic detox project 
  • Clean up my notebooks and all notes in my favorite planning app Evernote
  • Shoot a “hot guy calendar”

Summary: 3/5. Not too bad! This are I also completed a LOT of other good plans and projects that weren’t in the original goals. But let’s first examine the missed goals. The carpentry was almost completed. I did most of the major stuff such as the living room and my bedroom. I also started on the outside and put up a nice white fence! The only thing missing on the inside is my walk in closet, and the closet outside my brothers room. I’m also considering to build a bar in the living room.

Finally I became a business owner! I don’t know the first thing about accounting or book keeping, but I still want the option open to be able to officially charge for my growing list of skills. The plastic detox project was a great success that I’ve been thinking about. I changed most of my kitchen utensils and food containers from plastic to glass or metal (for health purposes). The hot guy calendar wasn’t shot, simply because I wasn’t in good enough shape.


  • Catch up on my planned investments from 2016
  • Double my total amount of saved capital as from Dec 31
  • Invested in a new laptop. My current one is 6 years old and is a massive beast of almost 10 lbs. Feels like it’s singing it’s last words now
  • Saved 10% of my monthly income to invest in myself as personal growth/courses/self improvement
  • Saved 10% of my monthly income in financial investments
  • Build my buffer of protection to at least one average month’s income
  • Saved up to a summer vacation
  • Saved up to a winter vacation
  • Made the remaining down payments on my black oak wood floor
  • Lowered my recurring monthly expenses
  • Pay my mortgage down to a sum I’ve set as a goal

Summary: 11/11. JACKPOT! I had a very good financial year. Not only did I double my saving account – I tripled it. I’ve focused hard on my personal finances this year, and it definitely helped to get a well paying summer job as a Bar manager for three months. Going into 2018, I feel very secure financially and that’s such a blessing.


  • Continue listening to DSR podcast and the experts interviewed there. Great show, highly recommend it for all men (even women) who want to deepen their understanding of human interaction and relationships
  • Not engage in a serious relationship and just keep focusing on my goals and most importantly my education

Summary: 2/2. Not much to add here, both goals met! 

Author: Danny

Life is an adventure! I believe in participating in life - not standing on the side and watching it. Here I will write about all my passions, big and small. Follow my exciting trips around the world as well as my almost normal days at home, wherever it may be at the moment.. If you like inspiration, travel, challenges, training, fashion, self improvement, culture, food and gear - look no further! So to all my stalkers, congratulations! Now you can enjoy watching my life closely at home with your computer, those cold nights with binoculars aimed at my window are finally over. I'll finish my first post by quoting Bilbo (a character in J.R.R Tolkien's The lord of the rings) with a line that ever since I heard it as a child (about 2 years ago) has left a trace in my memory: " It's a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to"

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