Christmas & New Years were spent in Malaysia, it’s been about 5 years since I went home over the busiest travel season of the year. It was the most productive yet unproductive trip. A little homesick now that I’m back in London.
So, let’s reflect on 2011, and talk about new goals for 2012.
|Fav past time in the summer, lying
horizontally in Hyde Park after a run,
reflecting & watching the skies
All I wanted to do was travel travel travel. Then, my goal for 2011 was to travel to 5 new cities/towns, two of which had to be in countries I’d never been to. Mission accomplished through a mixture of work travels and holiday – Berlin, Oslo, Almaty, Helsinki, Sicily. Finland, Kazakhstan and Norway were countries I’d never been to. I was also fortunate to be able to go back to Las Vegas, Amsterdam, Brussels, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
Looking back, 2011 was also a monumental year work wise, something that naturally unfolded, but has impacted me in a way I’m so grateful for. By the end of 2011, I realised that I had finally figured out what drives me, what my passion was. Around March 2011, I was in a position where I could either choose to focus on client accounts, or move towards a more tech focused role. I picked the latter intuitively and embarked on a new journey. Long story short, I LOVE what I currently do. For the last 6 months of 2011, I was working 10-12 hour weekdays and not once did I hate it. In fact, I wanted the day to go on and on, and wanted to learn more and jump into the deep end. It is a really good place to be, and I wish it on every person in the world – that you happen to do what you love and are passionate about for work, and come through the doors with a bounce & determination in your step every single day.
I’d also decided to focus on my health in 2011. Went back to running & tennis, ate healthier than I’d ever done in the past 6 years since I stopped competitive sports.
Also went to a bunch of gigs, sporting events, explored more of London, discovered new British bands.
Looking back, I’m not sure how I managed to keep sane.
1. Spend a few weeks in NYC and Philly, visit some of my closest friends.
2. Visit China in late 2012, mom and I were talking about going to Shanghai and a bunch of villages in late 2012. I’m so excited already it’s bound to happen.
3. The stereotypical British holiday – on an island somewhere in Europe. I would love to do Croatia.
4. Get a CIW certificate. I’ve been meaning to take a bunch of courses to get a solid foundation in this new tech role and signed up for a 150 hour course in late Dec.
5. Decide on a city I’d like to reside permanently. I’ve been thinking long and hard about London, where I’ve lived for the past three years. Ss this the place I want to live? I’m not sure, and I’m not certain London is for me. Having aged another year, I think it’s time to think about it seriously and aim to make a decision by the end of 2012.
6. Be a better person.
I’m excited for 2012…