2014 Year in Review

Published 31st December 2014

It’s that time of year again to look back, take stock and reflect on what a year has brought. At the end of last year I resolved to be working smarter, not harder. While I may have achieved this goal to a certain extent there have been certain unforseen situations in 2014 which have hindered my progress.

Professionally

This year turned into a strange year in my career. In January we decided that it was about time that we should focus on Dunked full time. Dunked had had a great first year showing lots of potential, so it made sense to put aside other work that was getting in the way and focus on Dunked.

However the process of “putting aside” other work took much longer than expected (the best part of ten months) which meant that I had to deal with something I have never really had experience of before: lack of focus. We couldn’t commit to our other work, as we were trying to cut it down, and we couldn’t really commit to Dunked until the other work was out of the way. So I spent most of this year in a kind of limbo, doing Dev7studios and open source work as much as I could to keep busy.

I discovered that I don’t deal well with a lack of focus. I’m a busy and productive guy and after ten months of bitty work I really was feeling quite frustrated. This wasn’t helped by declining sales over at Dev7studios and a stretch of affiliate fraud which almost killed the company.

Thankfully I can say that the last couple of months have been much improved with lots of work going on at Dunked and managing to create some stability at Dev7studios. A hard year professionally but things are looking up for 2015.

Personally

2013 had been a very hard year for me personally suffering some serious burnout in the summer which left me with a bit of an anxiety complex (apparently common in people who have IBS). So I feel like I spent 2014 recovering in many ways.

Thankfully I’ve been much better physically this year, finally manging to deal well with the effects of my IBS. For the first half of 2014 I decided to cut down the amount of responsiblity I was carrying as a way to try and force myself to not be doing too much. This turned out to be a great decision as I not only recovered relatively well, but I feel in general I have a far better balance of “busyness” in my life. Relying on God for strength instead of trying to do it on my own has been a big lesson for me this year, and I know I still have many challenges to face.

Without really planning it I’ve managed to get much more into photography this year (check out some of my photos) even getting one of my photos of the aurora borealis on Sky News (and they managed to spell my name correctly). Other highlights of the year include my driving my first supercar, my sister-in-law’s wedding, buying a new car, playing lots of football and many other triumphs and challenges.

Looking Ahead to 2015

So for 2015 I’m looking to continue building on my “working smarter, not harder” ethos. I want to be more disciplined, continue to strike a better balance of “busyness” in my life and continue to serve God as best I can in every aspect of my life. As always I am so thankful to God for his leading and equipping in this past year and I pray that 2015 will be no different. I wish you all a happy new year when it comes and best wishes for 2015.