Reaching 12,000 wasn't an easy task without any major contests and not a whole lot of daily activity. Certainly my SOTA chasing and activations helped, as they have made up the majority of my contacts in the past 6 months.
I did reach the 12,000 mark on December 30th, and with a short NPOTA activation of Saguaro National Park on New Year's Eve, I jumped up to 12,055 for my final year-end tally. (The screen shot below includes a few QSO's from Jan 1st and 2nd).
Not sure yet what my 2017 goals will be, but I'm sure that my #1 Goal, to have FUN, will definitely be a priority!