December 22, 2010

I don’t think I’ll forget 2010

As a year draws to a close I always find it helpful to look back and take stock of what has happened over the year, and this year has been an especially mental year for me personally. It’s good to be thankful for what you have in your life and what you have achieved or been blessed with over the year. So here goes my recap of 2010.

Finishing Uni

The first few months of the year were taken up with finishing my Software Engineering degree at the University of Strathclyde. I enjoyed my final year and despite the amount of work I had to put in to my final year project and my coursework, it was worth it all in the end. I walked away with a 2:1 Bsc hons degree, which is pretty much what I was expecting. As much as I would have loved a first class honours degree, I knew that I hadn’t put quite enough work in to achieve it. But I had my reasons why.

Getting Married

Two days after graduating from Uni I was wed to my amazing wife Fiona. We had been together for almost five years and engaged for two of those by the time we actually got married. It was an amazing experience and an amazing day. Being serious Christians we did it the “oldskool” way and only began to live together after we were married. Fiona’s dad married us which was also a nice twist as he is our pastor.

So married life continues to be an amazing experience and I hope that it never stops being that way. We love each other so much and we both feel so blessed to have each other and our amazing families and friends. We also feel blessed in many other ways including both having jobs in a recession, and moving into this amazing flat that we are staying in just now. We are just loving it and although it has it’s challenges (as any married couple will tell you) being married is simply amazing.

Working for WooThemes

Some of the timing of this year was pretty interesting. I was hoping to go back to my work (I had a job lined up after leaving uni) pretty much straight after I finished uni. But as things turned out my employers didn’t want me back until August (just after coming back from our honeymoon). This left me with four weeks of time to fill between finishing uni and getting married.

So I sent out a few emails and Adii was good enough to give me a bit of contract work for WooThemes. This was a great experience and something which I had been longing to do for quite a while. I’m a web developer at heart and being able to work for one of the biggest WordPress premium theme companies in the world was amazing. Not only was the work great, but working with such a renowned company was great for my ego, not to mention a decent pay. Hopefully they will be able to launch what I was working on soon.

Something in the Works

Something else happened this year which is really exciting but I can’t really say much about it yet. All I can say is that I’m now a co-founder of a startup and it involves John O’Nolan. More about this early next year.

Looking Ahead

So there you have it. As you can see, if you’re bored enough to still be reading this, is that 2010 really was an amazing year for me. I feel so blessed to have so many amazing things happen to me in one year. So far 2011 is shaping up to be something quite special too so hopefully next year at this time I will have as much to write about all over again.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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