After a four and a half-year hiatus…
[which isn’t rare nowadays, having looked through my blogroll and RSS feeds] I thought I ought to attempt to make some sort of update and tidy up here.
In my last posts I set out some aspirations
Blogging: I was going to share more content here – that failed abysmally, although I remained active on Twitter and Facebook
Coastguard: I was part of a Search and Rescue Team – after another bout of illness affecting my main work, I resigned, completing 9 years service.
Family & Friends: I intended to visit people more – and I did, although for differing reasons – including travelling in our motorhome, which I bought in advance of retirement – but as it turned out, not much in advance.
Work: after some more mental health issues, I returned to work, working in the DDoS space, which I was enjoying – but I got a generous severance offer; which I took, leaving work in July 2015. and taking my pension in 2016. When I reached 60 this year, I decided there was no way I’d look for further work, and I gave up my clearances, certifications, and memberships.
I was going to work on my security knowledge, and I did – but my interest is now academic only!
I intended to improve my physical fitness – I walk daily and now row regularly in a Coastal Rowing Skiff
I intended to do more to keep abreast of technology – which I do – playing with Raspberry Pis and home automation
I intended more outdoor activity, I got that by taking up an allotment, growing fruit and veg for us – but still need to do some hammocking!
I’m not a great believer in New Year resolutions, often finding them a trite way of setting weak aspirations; however, the happenstance of calendar dates does give an opportunity to both look back, and look forward. So these are “sort of not-resolutions”
My last year or two have been challenging in family and health terms, and some sorting out at work has been testing.
I’m fortunate both with my family and my employer – and I have much to be grateful for, so I thought I’d set out some things I’d like to do.
Blogging: I have sadly neglected my blog, for Twitter, Facebook and occasional Tumblr forays. I am going to share more content here – although I may play a little with both Medium and ghost. Some of it will be technology related; some security; some knowledge management, and some more personal… I’ll try to keep my Scottish Independence thoughts elsewhere.
Coastguard: I’m part of a Search and Rescue Team locally – I intend to work more at this and step up to a more senior team role.
Family & Friends: I intend to make more effort to leave my lovely Scottish eyrie and actually see more of people this year
I have achieved a couple of security qualifications last year, CISSP and SCF; I intend to further my security knowledge and my general architecture knowledge
I intend to improve my physical fitness
I intend to do more to keep abreast of technology – particularly Internet of Things type activity and cloud based work
I will do more outdoor activity, including regular sleeping outdoors – particularly in my hammock that I have used for 8 years on and off.
Work: I have said I’m lucky in my employer; I want to make sure I work with some wider teams in the company and build my contributions across our security and architecture team.
What about you?
Have you any aspirations/goals you’d like to share?