Not really making an end of year list

31st December 2013

Lists are popping up on Facebook. And on Twitter.

In both Real Life and Virtual Life, there are conversations that mention resolutions.

And changes.

And goals.

Some people have been looking back at the last twelve months and assessing what went well for them; what they’ll try to do differently in the next twelve.

This morning, on my drive in to work, I spent the time thinking about the year that’s ending today.

This time last year I said I would move house within the next 12 months.

Got that right.

I also said it wouldn’t be a local move; would be a significant move to a different part of the country.

Got that right too.

I said that I’d like to teach myself new skills, and enhance other abilities that I had some (but could be better) knowledge of.

I’ve achieved these things too; have become more immersed in building database functionality, become reasonably skilled at debugging other people’s problems, learned how to build forums and improve front-end usability (though none of my experiences/skills in these things come close to being on a par with Punctuation, who is just awesome).

I’m very lucky to have tapped in to the creative, but non-technical, nature of one friend in particular. It was her ideas that drove me to sit up well in to the night for a week or two, learning the technical things I had to get to grips with, to enable me to help her achieve her ideas.

I was also very lucky that my previous contract was in Oxford, half an hour from where I lived in Witney.

I’m unbelievably lucky that my current (soon ending) contract is less than half an hour away from where I moved to, and that I was able to start work the day after I moved here!

And I have *loved* my work so much, in 2013.

As far as other skills go, in the last couple of months I have been getting back in to writing and video production, through working on a series of very short scripted/staged character films.

I plan on shooting and editing these, just as soon as I have finished building the set. And that’s a new thing to attempt, too!

Video and audio editing skills have been revisited, through the randomly free-form HelmetCam edits.

So, what will the next twelve months bring?

Hmm, there are a few things that come to mind.

I’m going to continue building on, and improving, the breadth and depth of my technical skills.

There is a portfolio of tasks I want to be able to do, I’m not going to be content with having just a few abilities; I want to learn how to do the whole thing, not just a bit of it.

And I’m more than likely going to buy another motorbike; the Triumph Dayton 955i that I’ve been lusting after.

I may well move house again.

There will be a new contract, or possibly two (because that’s the nature of the line of work I do).

And I haven’t had a real holiday in two years; I love the thought of putting this situation right!

I like the idea of a road trip.

Maybe on the VFR. Maybe on the Daytona.

I need to think hard on this, but I do love the idea of a (relatively) leisurely motorbike trip down to Andalusia.

As I said, I need to think on this, but I do have a few ideas.

One thing’s for sure though, in the last year the kindness and limitless generosity of friends has amazed me.

And I have much to thank one particular friend for.

She has pushed, niggled, supported, carried, nagged, and encouraged me in so many different areas.

She has made my life a better place. And she has made me a better person. And she has made me smile a lot.

Who knows what 2014 will bring (spares a thought for the Mayan supporters who are now 24 months past the end of the world)?

But whatever does happen in the next twelve months, I hope you have a great year.

It’s going to be an interesting time, that’s for sure.

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3 Responses to Not really making an end of year list

  1. Gumpher says:

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog again this year Bren.

    I hope next year brings you happiness in everything you do.

    Cheers, G

    • Brennig says:

      Thank you, Gumph. I haven’t been commenting, but I have been reading yours, through Feedly. I must take that extra step to let you know I’m around. Cheers, B.

  2. Allister says:

    I’ll second Gumpher. I enjoy the addled musings you produce here and over there –>

    Although we don’t have as much to talk about these days (I think I’m ready to admit my music podcasting has ceased for good) I’m so glad we stay in touch with the odd comment or tweet.

    I spent the last 10 days of 2013 keeping a promise to myself by finally diving into iPhone app development. I’m turning 30+ years of on-and-off coding into something modern and relevant and as scary as the amount of learning is, now that I’ve started I am LOVING it.

    2014? Continue what I just started, for sure, and maybe reboot my other life I call work. Oh, and maybe tidy my study. Can’t decide whether that comes before or after world peace on the list.