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Epic life quest

I was first introduced to the epic life quest by Brent Ozar, which led me to Steve Kamb. Both of these people seemed to be living pretty awesome lives, so I figured I’d give it a go. The quest is pretty simple, each level equates to 5 regular goals or one really big goal ticked off the list. There’s a lot of travel stuff on there, because I like to travel, and quite a bit of hobby stuff as well.

Current level: 6

  • Give a talk at New Stars of Data – completed 2021

Completed levels

Level 1

  • See the Great Barrier Reef in Australia (really big goal) – completed when I was 16 on a family holiday. We scuba dived a couple of times, it was amazing, I’d love to go back

Level 2

  • See Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (really big goal) – completed in 2008 on my Southern Africa adventure.

Level 3

  • See Ha Long Bay in Vietnam – completed 2015
  • Run a half marathon – completed the Robin Hood half marathon in 2019
  • Squat 100kg – completed year unknown
  • Deadlift 100kg – completed year unknown
  • Give blood once – completed 2019

Level 4

  • Hike to the Everest Base Camp (really big goal) – completed as much as I ever will in 2019

Level 5

  • Give a SQL Server user group talk – completed 2019
  • Blog every week for 3 months – completed 2020
  • Have a space in my house for everything – completed 2020
  • Have all of my savings funds up to date – completed 2020
  • Get the Azure Fundamentals certification from Microsoft – completed 2020

Outstanding quest goals:

Fitness

  • Run a 15k obstacle course
  • Run a marathon
  • Bench press 100kg
  • Bench press 150kg
  • Squat 150kg
  • Deadlift 150kg
  • Weigh under 95kg for 3 months (weigh-ins every day)
  • Weigh under 90kg for 3 months (weigh-ins every day)

Career

  • Give a data relay talk
  • Give a SQLBits talk
  • Give a talk at another conference (1 goal per distinct conference)
  • Be invited to give a talk somewhere
  • Give 5 SQL user group talks (2 so far)
  • Give a SQL Saturday talk
  • Blog every week for 6 months
  • Have a paid article on SQL Server Central
  • Have my blog syndicated on SQL Server Central
  • Earn the Azure Data Engineer certification
  • Finish the game app ‘Streets of London’

Hobbies

  • Finish a novel
  • Make money from writing
  • Publish a novel (really big goal)
  • Become a CP faction ref
  • Have a painted Underworlds warband
  • Have a painted Blood Bowl team
  • Have a painted Necromunda gang
  • Have a painted 40k combat patrol

Other

  • Own my own house (really big goal)
  • Have a ‘garden party’ garden
  • Own an electric car
  • Give blood 5 times (1 so far)
  • Fit my house with solar panels
  • Eat at a 2* Michelin restaurant
  • Eat at a 3* Michelin restaurant
  • Private savings goals
  • Go to London as a tourist for the weekend (stay in the Treehouse hotel, ride on the London Eye)

Travel – things to see/places to visit

  • US – Golden Gate bridge
  • US – Grand Canyon (really big goal)
  • US – Death Valley
  • US – Joshua Tree national park
  • Egypt – Great Pyramid
  • Egypt – Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa, Alexandria
  • Egypt – The Sphinx
  • Jordan – Petra
  • Jordan – The Dead Sea
  • Turkey – Hagia Sophia
  • Turkey – Cappadocia
  • Russia – St Basil’s Cathedral, Red Square
  • Russia – Lake Baikal
  • Estonia – Endla Nature Reserve
  • Italy – The Colosseum
  • Italy – The Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Italy – Vatican City
  • France – Etretat Aral Cliff
  • France – The Eiffel Tower
  • Germany – Rahotzbruche Bridge, Rhodderidron Park
  • UK – Stonehenge
  • UK – Isle of Skye
  • New Zealand – Champagne Pool
  • South Africa – Table Mountain
  • Namibia – The Sand Dunes
  • Japan – Mt Fiji
  • Korea – Jeju Island
  • Philippines – Puerto Princesa Underground River
  • Indonesia – Komodo Island
  • China – Great Wall of China
  • China – Terracotta Army
  • China – Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
  • China – Huangguoshu Waterfall National Park
  • Singapore – Tree Groves at the Gardens by the Bay
  • India – Taj Mahal
  • India – The Golden Temple, Amritsar
  • Brazil – The Amazon Rainforest
  • Brazil – Christ the Redeemer statue
  • Brazil – Rio de Janero harbour (really big goal)
  • Brazil/Argentina – Iguaza Falls
  • Peru – Machu Pichu
  • Mexico – Chichen Itza
  • Mexico – Paricutin Volcano (really big goal)
  • Aurora Borealis (really big goal)
  • Western Pacific Ocean – Palau
  • Pacific Ocean – Galapagos Islands
  • Belize Barrier Reef
  • Deep Sea Vents
  • Indian Ocean – Northern Red Sea

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