I’m not really one for writing posts like this, but this year was quite notable for various reasons. This will probably read like one massive status update, so if that’s not your thing, go read something else.
In 2012 lots of things I’d been planning and aiming for over the last few years finally came to fruition – Leaving my job and starting up on my own meant I could finally sort my finances out and even get engaged. Here’s my 2012:
Despite a 4,30am start, I made it to New Adventures Conf. It was the only web design conference I attended – I usually only do a couple a year, though in 2013 I really should go to more meet up type things. I did the London – Nottingham – London trip in a day. Must book a hotel for the 2013 conference.
My last week at e-Dialog was pretty cool – we had one last jolly with the London 2012 team, with a trip to one of the test events, and we won gold for best use of email at the Econsultancy awards. It did mean, however, I started my last day at work with a colossal hangover. Leaving my old job was bittersweet – we had cool clients and did good work, but money and the direction of the business were getting more concerning. I had an amazing time though.
On 27th February I started my own gig at Action Rocket. It’s been an awesome ride so far, and probably a blog post in it’s own right. I don’t regret it.
I asked Hayley to marry me on a rickety old rowing boat on Central Park lake.
She said yes.
I had a few clients to see in New York and Boston, so we had a bit of a last minute trip to the States. I think New York comes a close runner up to London, as my favourite place to be. I’d move to NY in a second.
I have a weekend to myself in New York at the end of Feb 2013, can’t wait.
A bit of a personal journey as we’d worked on campaigns for London 2012 for so long – in fact that was the only reason I’d have stayed at my old job, but at the end of the day it wasn’t worth it. The actual Olympics, on the other hand, were amazing.
Our “proper” holiday of 2012. Cornwall was good to us, although it did rain for almost the whole week we were there. We fell in love with Port Isaac though, especially Gino the dog and the Bay Hotel.
The thing I learnt here was that you can get 100 of your closest friends in one room, and still feel like you didn’t see any of them for more than 2 minutes. I’ve been told that weddings are the same, but I really want to find a way for it not to be.
I lost my old A3 in a moderately underwhelming accident when I was driving under the influence, fortunately I had the best DUI lawyer and I didn’t have so much trouble, so in a moment of thinking ‘it’s either now or in 20 years’, I bought a superfast sports car. Don’t tell me you wouldn’t.
After a colossal christmas rush, I’ve managed to actually take a proper break over Christmas. In fact it’s almost been too quiet, but at least I’ve managed to catch up on a huge sleep backlog.
I have a few aims for 2013, the main one is to get the business to stand on its own two feet, so I can take a break without the job stopping (or get on with the next step). Apart from that, it’s the usual – go to the gym more and quit Facebook.