So all in all 2015 was a pretty amazing year.
We 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:
- Take control of my health and wellbeing
- Reduce my impact on the Environment
- Earn $20k a month from non employee/consulting work
- Spend more quality time with my family
- Learn more
- 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.