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How I’m planning to make 2016 even better than 2015

So all in all 2015 was a pretty amazing year.

NYC NYEWe started by welcoming the new year in Times Square in NYC – if you haven’t been in NYC on NYE put it on your bucket list – the energy and buzz around the city is like nothing else.After 3 months holidaying around the United States, we returned to a beautifully sunny Sydney Summer.

As the previous 9 months of no work had drained our savings I new I needed to find some work. After a few minutes thinking about preparing resumes to win some consulting work…I decided to take a a much needed break and call an old friend from Darwin, Northern Territory. Turns out the company he was working for needed someone ASAP .

This was my first foray into consulting as am independent contractor, after being an employee for nearly a 10 years. I had no Professional Indemnity Insurance, no registered business, nothing – ill prepared to say the least. But as I realised I was in a bit of a pickle another lucky break, the company I was speaking to accepted my hourly rate and requested to bring me on as a casual employee to get me onboard faster – meaning: I needn’t worry about invoicing, insurance or organising my own superannuation.

That went well for 2 months and just when that was running out – bam! another contract that was likely to last another year – at the same rate and in a management role in one of Sydney’s most significant projects (I’ll share which one in a later post). The 10 months of work netted our family more than twice as much as I had earned in 12 months just one short year earlier.

August ticks around – and we welcomed our newest addition – Evie.

So all in all a pretty solid year.

On the flip side there were a few tough moments. I made the decision to kill off Cyrra a business I had been working on sine leaving the shelter of corporate employment. As tough as it was it was a massive weight of my shoulder and opneded up the door to try something new and exciting.

How can I top 2015 to make 2016 even more amazing?

Firstly 2015 was the first year for over 10 years that I hadn’t been mindful of my diet and exercised regularly – and I have a nice pudge around the mid section as proof. So health and wellbeing have to be on the list.

When I was younger I use to care about my impact on the environment – care deeply – one of the reasons I completed a Bachelors degree in Environmental Engineering. I feel the more I drift from this passion the more I drift from something important to me.

So in summary my goals for 2016 are:

  1. Take control of my health and wellbeing
  2. Reduce my impact on the Environment
  3. Earn $20k a month from non employee/consulting work
  4. Spend more quality time with my family
  5. Learn more
  6. Take control of my finances

In the coming posts I’ll break down each goal into actionable tasks and habits I intend to work on forming.