Torrey’s Annual Report (2018)

Happy new year! Because I don’t do a very good job sharing what’s going on in my life, I’m taking a moment to document my 2018.

Because you are reading this, you are part of my support team. Thank you! 🙏

I’ve organized 2018’s highlights into these seven broad categories:

  • Health & Fitness
  • Family
  • Travel
  • Education
  • Work
  • Friends
  • Writing

Feel free to skip around between sections. So much happened in 2018. Let’s go!


Health & Fitness

In the health & fitness category, 2018 had its victories and set backs. The overall mission here is to live a long, healthy life; healthy body and healthy mind. And to have more than enough energy for everything else. Considering how much time I sit at desks and conference rooms, health and fitness is a constant focus.

2018 Health & Fitness Highlights

  • Car accident in March. Lower back jacked up. ‼️
  • Got into weightlifting for the first time. Without specific goals, I worked up to 4 pull-ups and 95 lbs. bench press. 💪
  • Registered for the Conqur LA Challenge. Three races in a single season: Santa Monica Classic 10K (September) , Pasadena Half Marathon (January 2019), LA Marathon (March 2019).🏃🏃🏃
  • Finished Santa Monica Classic 10K. 🏃
  • Eliminated pizza and beer from diet. 🚫🍕🍺
  • Donated blood once
  • Still capable of keeping up with and carrying the twins!👨‍👦‍👦
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Celebrating Santa Monica Classic 10K finish with the twins.
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Summary of recorded 2018 runs via Strava app

 

2019 Health & Fitness Goals

  • Set SMART goals for weigh lighting and learn compound lifts 💪
  • Finish LA Marathon strong and maintain running habit afterwards 🏃
  • Maintain anti-junk-food habits 🛑🍺🍩🍕
  • Register for a triathlon 🏊‍♂️🚴‍♂️🏃
  • Donate blood at every opportunity

Family

I am who I am because of the support of my family. Family time competes for attention like everything else. Being a great dad is a big part of it, but so is being a great husband, son, brother, uncle.

2018 Family Highlights

  • Bought a new family car to make it easier to get around. Twins on board!
  • Threw a birthday bash for twins 2nd birthday 🎂
  • Disneyland on Christmas Day! 🎄
  • Family trips to San Diego, Oahu, Palm Springs. ✈️
  • Started a weekly date night habit for my wife and I to carve out more time to reconnect.🥂
  • Visited with my parents approx. 6 times. Making time for the twins to know their grandparents is very important to us.
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Birthday cake for the twins second birthday.
Disneyland’s castle lit up for the holidays

2019 Family Goals

  • Have at least 10 positive interactions with each of the twins every day 👍
  • Keep up the weekly date night habit 🥂
  • Go back to Disneyland 🏰

Travel

Travel is important for growth and unwinding. The twins always light up after our trips. It’s caused by the change of environment.

2018 Travel Highlights

  • Explored Atlanta and New Orleans
  • Explored the island of Oahu, Hawaii
  • Three visits to San Diego, CA
  • Quick trip to Palm Springs, CA
  • Weekend trip to Las Vegas, NV for the DEFCON Hacker Conference.
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Sunset at the Shark Cover on Oahu’s North Shore
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Snowing at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Dec. 2018.

2019 Travel Goals

  • Travel somewhere outside the US (bucket list)
  • Explore the island of Kauai, Hawaii
  • Go back to DEFCON

Education

In 2018 I’ve invested in my education with conferences and with books. These conferences changed how I think about health, fitness, and fatherhood.

2018 Education Highlights

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Sharply dressed and staying focused at Menfluential Conference. Feb. 2018
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Growing pile of books on my desk … to be read. Dec. 2018

2019 Education Goals

  • Wake up at 6am every day and read at least 20 pages from a book. 📚
  • Re-read 5 books. 📚

Work

I don’t a very good job explaining my work to friends and family. I’ve been part of Symantec’s Security Technology & Response (STAR) team for 7 years now.

2018 Work Highlights

  • Learned a ton about Hive SQL syntax from querying Symantec’s Authoritative Data Lake. An extremely useful skill.
  • Promoted to Sr. Manager
  • Shipped a new engine in the Norton SafeWeb product.
  • Kept the STAR Intern Program strong and hired talented engineers who are smarter than me.

2019 Work Goals

  • Continue delivering new features to Norton SafeWeb WebExtension with high quality and high effectiveness.
  • Keep the STAR intern program in Culver City going strong and continue helping bringing in talented folks.

Friends

Staying connected with friends is a weak spot for me with everything else going on and because I intentionally avoid most social media.

2018 Friends Highlights

  • Served as best man in one of my oldest friends’s wedding. Congrats newlyweds James and Olivia!
  • Hosted two of our best friends elaborate engagement proposal at our home. She said yes! Congrats Susan and Eric!
  • Met a bunch of cool people on the STEEM Blockchain.

2019 Friends Goals

  • Spend more time with friends.
  • Make at least one social call per week. 📞

Writing ✍️

Writing is a tool for passing stories and knowledge to my sons, and for making a dent in the universe. In 2018, I doubled down on writing.

2018 Writing Highlights

  • Published my most-read blog post to date. 264 people have read it. The Emergence of Superbugs in the Cyber Security Landscape
  • Torrey.blog saw double traffic/visitors compared to 2017.
  • Published 43 posts on Torrey.blog ✍️
  • Published 9 editions of Torrey’s Weekly Report and grew the subscriber list to 43 Symantec employees. ✍️
  • Closing out 2018, my daily journal writing ✍️ is consistent.
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Annual stats for Torrey’s Blog. Dec. 2018
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Banner from Torrey’s Weekly Report publication

2019 Writing Goals

  • Begin publishing Torrey’s Weekly Report content outside Symantec.
  • Continue publishing Torrey’s Weekly Report (internal) with consistency and higher quality.
  • Publish one long-form Medium article at least once per quarter. ✍️
  • Maintain daily journal writing habit. ✍️

Summary

In summary 2018 was outstanding in all categories. It is extremely challenging to keep everything in balance. Many top performers fail to do so; they burn out, marriages collapse, or worse. I’m grateful everyone being together and healthy. 🙏

I’ll end with some wisdom from Warren Buffet. What you choose not to do is crucial. Make a “not-to-do” list. List 25 things you want to achieve. Circle the top 5. Focus on those 5 things. Avoid the other 20 at all costs, they are your “not-to-do” list 🚫.

What are your goals for 2019? Leave me a comment below.

 

Framework for Mentee Goal Setting

Below are some areas to focus on when setting smart goals for team members. This can be discussed in a 1 on 1 meeting, for example.

Productivity

How much do you accomplish now? How do you measure your productivity? How can you increase your value output?

Focus

Do you tend to take on too many projects and make small progress on all of them? How can avoid distractions and focus on fewer projects end to end?

Specialization

What are you really good it? What can you teach others better than anyone else? What skills and knowledge make you irreplaceable? In what new skills/knowledge are you excited about investing more time and energy?

Workability

How easy is it for peers to communicate with you? Do you slow down others or speed them up? Are you two steps ahead or one step behind? Do people come to you to ask questions? How can you make yourself easier to interact and communicate with?