What I Accomplished in 2017

Posted on January 02, 2018 in reflection

I created two profitable businesses. In January, I started Power VTT with nothing more than a landing page. In 6-months I built a working prototype alongside a marketplace and made our first sales.

In addition, I also offered consulting services for Node.js under my other company, Rapid App. I kept busy, but most-importantly kept my head above water. I knew what it took to be an entreprenuer but keeping both companies running was a challenge.

Today, Power VTT is almost profitable and has been growing ~20% each month! There are so many opportunities ahead and so many partnerships I cannot wait to bring to fruitation. It has been the chance of a lifetime to build software I'm passionate about for an amazing group of users, 2018 is going to be an amazing year for Power VTT.

I continued playing music. Last year I set a goal to learn Kapustin - No.6 "Pastoral" (difficult piece, I know.) I was impressed with myself that in only 2 months I could play the near beginning of the song! I still have plans to learn the rest but I gave up learning the piece shortly after business started picking up.

I am happy to report though that I do continue to write small pieces here and there on the piano. In addition, I was recently gifted a guitar and have written a few pieces that I like very much.

I hope to record and design a small EP this year, a lifelong dream of mine.

I ran a half marathon. I have always been a runner, ever since I was little I would always love running. This year I took the extra initiative and ran a half-marathon! I'm extremely proud of myself and I hope to do more races like it in the future.

I am still in a happy relationship. It has been 3 years since Kim and I started dating and I still feel the butterflies in my stomach when I look at her. She has been my rock and I honestly do not know where I would be without her. I am looking forward to spending 2018 with her by my side and continuing to support her and all the goals she has this year.

I kept a daily journal. I have not been writing a lot pubicly this year, but I have been writing. I wrote something down almost every single day so that I could reflect accurately on the year. I will admit it was difficult, but I am extremely happy I followed through on it.

Nearly 365 entries later, I have concluded that this past year was the most emotionally challenging year of my life; but it has strengthened me.

I am ready to fight in 2018.

Thomas Lackemann :)


Tom is the founder of Astral TableTop. He's a homebrewer, hiker, and has an about page. Follow @tlackemann on Twitter for more discussions like this.