2013 was a year of success and a year of losses, setbacks and challenges that make you question why you went for the brass rings. This was also the first year I’ve not written down my goals in the last 5 years. A tradition that I started back in 2009 and stopped this year… well just didn’t write them down.
This year I simple wanted to survive my first year London and set aside a six month emergency fund of £7,200. I’ve put aside £8,000 just to be safe and glad both those goals are achieved. Even with all the traveling I’ve done and food I’ve eaten, I look back on my time just before I came to London and smile.
Without further ado, my goals for 2014
Short-Term 1-2 Years
1. Test deep dish pizza recipes
2. Contribute $150/week to RRSP/TFSA February 2014
3. Take General Assemble class on UX March 2013
4. Visit Asia and Africa November 2014
5. Maintain emergency fund (8KGBP) throughout 2014
Long-Term 3-5 Years
1. Visit final continents by December 2017: Asia, Africa, South America & Antarctica
2. Use contribution room ($24KCAD) to increase RRSP investments
3. Get out of advertising into own business/deep dish pizza parlour
See you 2014 in just shy of 9 hours.
Patarei Tallinn Prison Tower
As I finish my first year in London, I realize I’ve not posted many photos here from my travels. Below are some of my favorite spots.
Here is to year two starting on 1st November, 2013!
As I approach 10 months in London on Saturday, I can’t believe I’ve come so far in such a short period of time. The friends I’ve made, the adventures I’ve been on and the challenges I’ve set myself up to take on.
As I think about the last 14 months of my current VISA and how to stay in London beyond that, I’m reminded about why I started on this journey to begin with. It was about taking me outside of my comfort zone and challenging how I work and the type of work I get; more international work with larger budgets. Also getting the chance to experience new things and personally grow as a person.
London has been giving me those experiences and more so than when I was in Melbourne. One thing I’ve been thinking about is taking a course at General Assembly the last few days, focus on UX as I feel it’ll help me do my current job better. I’ve never had a traditional CV or experience at school and thinking this would be a good area to add to my focus. Plus my love of people and why we did what we do, would work well in that area of study.
**photo from Magnum World Pleasure store in Amsterdam.
A few days ago I pasted 8 months in London. That’s 2 months more then Melbourne and longer than it feels like I’ve been here.
One things I really love about London is options…store, parks and more food than you can eat. if you ever find yourself in London, ask me where to go. You won’t be disappointed.
Hard to imagine that I’ve been in London for one month now. Spending a relaxing Sunday working away in a Starbucks,.. bless their soul for free Internet,… and trying to relax. Been on a go, go G.I. Joe mentality since landing and decided today I’d do nothing but write, upload photos to Flickr and try to keep thing in perspective.
I do and I don’t have much to say and for anyone who knows me. I rarely don’t have an opinion. I worked last week, which was nice to have some GBP come in, however, still on the hunt for something long term. I know if nothing comes in the next two weeks. It’ll have to wait until 2013. I’ve done a lot in the last month and feel proud of myself. Lets make December 2012 finish like this year started… on a high of happiness and seeing hard work pay off.
I’ve been meaning to write this for a few days, however, it has been really busy the last couple days. New York City may never sleep and yet London, feels like a more busy of a city. The shopping alone can make you spends days walking up and down different streets.
Today I had my first interview with an agency and it went ok/good. Sounds like there may be a second round. I’ve a few more booked next week and can’t believe it’s Friday. The week feels like it started off in a sprint and then went full throttle into a dash to the weekend.
The above photo is from Green Park station. One of the many diagram/tile patterns you’ll find around the London Unground across 90 tube stations (if my early research* is correct). Fyi; there are close to 270 stations across the 16 lines of the London Underground. It was part of a massive project to make each station unique and give colour to a dark and low light place for the first 5 initial underground tube lines.
Now to start my second weekend in London, which may include a trip to the London Transportation Museum & Borough Market.
*London Underground’s Edwardian Tile Patterns are made famous by Charles Tyson Yerkes who in 1900s started to help make London’s underground what it is today. A beautiful work of art.