After a great start to the season, it took until the last day to know whether it was going to be a single season in the Premier League for Hull City, or whether a repeat was on the cards…
But, there we are, nestling just above Newcastle, Middlesborough and West Bromwich Albion and all ready for season 2
Last birthday I decided to write myself a set of “resolutions”, or more probably intentions for the year in which I was 36.
Those intentions were:
Attend a photography course
Eat organic food when possible
Eat local food when possible
Make the most of my Madgex ILP time
Exercise at least twice a week
Do photography projects
Visit an IFA and do a full financial review
Get a massage once a month
So, 13 months later, and looking back, how did I do?
Attend a photography course – yup, I did a weekend Creative Digital Photography course at Evolution in Brighton
Eat organic food when possible – hard to quantify, but most food eaten at home has been organic, or at least local. Eating out and lunchtimes is harder, but fortunately Brighton has a good collection of different eateries.
Eat local food when possible – see point 2 above
Make the most of my Madgex ILP time – unfortunately, the cost cutting removed this in November, but I did use quite a lot of time to investigate tools and techniques and have also presented on the topics of Photography and Visual Studio Hints and Tips, ran SQL coding dojos and a SQL Snap session. Most of these have been written up on my technical(ish) blog
Exercise at least twice a week – after a slow start, I started running in July following the c25k programme and did well enough with this to take part in a 3.8K race in November raising £625 for the Alzheimer’s Society. I kept this up and ran the (very soggy) Santa Dash 5K in December, and had planned to run the Race for Life 10K in July this year. Training was going ok until Skitters arrived, and now running has been overtaken by dog walking – lots of it – and I’m cancelling my place in the Race for life.
Do photography projects – to be honest I haven’t done anything like the number of projects I’d optimistically hoped for, but I have worked on my Lego Santa project.
Visit an IFA and do a full financial review – after several years of no financial advice both Richard and I sat down with a new IFA and had a full financial health-check. Our new IFA visits us every 3 or so months and keeps us up to date with what is best for our situation. This has been well worth doing.
Get a massage once a month – hmm, no, not once a month, but probably every other month. Must try harder
I haven’t got a list for this year, so maybe it should be something I reserve for even years 🙂