2018, the year of the dog, is well underway already and I am still coming to terms with the events of 2016 and fall out of 2017. Does anyone else feel this way, or is this simply a consequence of ageing, the years flying by relentlessly without time to take a breath?
It's fair to say that globally we're still feeling the effects of the events of 2016; Brexit, Trump, Leicester City winning the Premier League title at odds of 5000-1.
On a more personal level, I started my own business to become a freelance marketing consultant. I wasn't sure exactly where I'd be this far down the line, but suffice to say I'm enjoying it so far.
I also started learning Japanese after trying to teach myself unsuccessfully for a while. にほんごのがくせいです!
Most people could name a handful of their heroes who passed away in 2016 (there seemed to be so many at the time); in addition to all of those I also lost a personal hero of mine. Roy Howe, a heavily decorated Normandy Veteran and my grandad, died August 27th at the age of 91.
I had so many ideas for 2017 that 2016 pretty much smashed to pieces. That said, I got a LOT of work done last year and had to learn some new skills and brush up on some old ones.
This came at a cost to pretty much all of my grand content-marketing plans and a couple of the side-projects I had in the pipeline. But life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans, right?
I did get out to Boston to meet friends old and new at WistiaFest in the spring and managed to squeeze in a last-minute training gig in Houston at the end of the year, where it snowed heavily. Other than that my only other travel in 2017 was a wonderful vacation in the Minervois region of southern France.
Apart from, of course, the time spent in our VW camper van. I predict 2018 holds more travel in store for me.
Given how 2017 had panned out, I almost dared to go through 2018 without a plan, but I realised that even if this year doesn't go the way I hope, to not at least strike out in any direction is foolish.
Therefore I plan to get at least one of my business side-projects launched by the summer this year, to hopefully provide another means of income.
Education is high on the agenda - Japanese is getting to the point where I have to start taking it seriously to make progress and some of my marketing certifications are about to expire, meaning some time in the garage making sure I am keeping up with current trends.
As always, learn more, love more; open my mind, my heart and try and appreciate the world.
May your 2018 and beyond bring you good fortune.