Like last year, this year has been good. And as ever, plenty of ups and downs.
January was a fairly quiet month.
February was also fairly quiet, except Hayley & I booked a trip to Disneyland Paris.
In March, I asked Hayley’s dad for his permission to propose, we went to Disney, and I proposed. it was lovely 🙂
I also left Ghost.
I spent all of April searching for my next venture, ultimately settling on going freelance again, with a forward-thinking view of starting an agency.
May was when I decided on a name for the company, and got everything legally sorted. Accountant, business bank, Companies House stuff, yada yada yada.
In June, I ordered my new car, my brother also got married – I was best man. It’s scary.
August was full of work for me, and burnout.
September saw me, Haley, and her parents fly to Nice for a week of cocktails and sun. I also picked up my new car hours after landing.
In October, Hayley & booked another trip to Disney.
In late November, we travelled to Disney again, but I drove this time. It’s cheaper, easier and more comfortable.
December, was just another normal month, aside form the couple weeks off at the end.
It’s now been 17 months since I stopped smoking cigarettes, but I still vape daily. I did enjoy smoking, but I’ve lost the desire now. There’s no feeling of tabboo when someone offers me one on nights out. Through no effort, I’ve also seemingly convinced a few friends to try vaping too.
I bought some minoxidil a few months back, in an effort to help a bald patch on my chin. For a couple months, I saw no real changes, but that patch has a few dark hairs in it now, which is awesome! By the time I get through every bottle I have, I might have a non-patchy beard!
I got an Apple Watch in June, so that’s nice.
Learning to separate work and life more has been a huge benefit to me. Given I plan to work (i.e. code) 6 hours a day, it means my typically later starts to the day don’t eat into the evenings. That means my sleeping pattern can be what it wants to me, work gets done, and I have time for Hayley in the evenings – the way it should be. That doesn’t mean I’ve stopped trying to wake up earlier though – i’d still like to start the days work at 6am and be done my the early afternoon.
And lastly, I have a much stronger sense of my finances. I now control how much I pay myself, when, and where that money goes once it’s mine and not the businesses. That in itself doesn’t change much, but it enabled me to plan a bit better. If business is good for a few months in a row (and continues to look good months ahead), I can give myself a little pay rise and pipe more money into our house savings. We’d like to buy a house in 2016, and we’re getting closer each day.
Of course there’s goals for 2016.
- Start working earlier
- Find another design agency client who use me for all their web dev work
- Continue with the house savings
- Grow that beard
- Put on some more weight
- Pipe-dream time: Put on a little muscle