Looking Back on 2011

It’s been a full year since I’ve been back in Ireland and over a year since I’ve written here. I’ve been taking some time to think and review over the last few days and decided to put my thoughts about the last year in writing. To digest everything, to remember and be grateful for all that I’ve been so lucky to experience. 🙂

Here is a quick photo diary and ‘what I’ve done’ list in order of things that came to mind first;

  • Moved back home with my mom for a while.
  • Got a job in SkillSoft.
  • Read and listened to so many amazing books, listened to audiobooks and attended two workshops and a conference.
  • Started a fun business with my best friend.
  • Moved in to a new home in Rathmines with Lidiya.
  • Ate a lot of fruit, cooked amazing meals, tried new foods.
  • Got another amazing job, which I love and challenges and excites me!
  • Ran a 5k, 10k, half marathon and completed a sprint triathlon.
  • Worked harder than I’ve ever worked before, scheduled Sundays as a day off in my calendar, then failed to take sunday off.
  • Ran and exercised a lot; discovered Chi Running, P90X and The 4 Hour Body.
  • Discovered I can actually get more done and be happier by doing less.
  • Camped on the Aran Islands.
  • Cycled a little of the Ring of Kerry and the gap of Dunloe!
  • Travelled to Russia
  • and to Bulgaria.
  •  Returned to Glendalough
  • and Mount Djouce
  •  And got some climbing in, in Dalkey Quarry.

This year I really focused on work. I changed some limiting beliefs around money and made some big decisions about the life I want to live and set goals to back up to decisions.

Reading and Learning

  • Tim Ferriss’ 4 Hour Work Week inspired me to start my business and opened up my eyes and raised my standards for what’s possible.
  • Michael Gerber’s E-Myth Revisited taught me what a business is.
  • Betty Dodson’s Sex for One was fascinating and made me think about sexuality in a new and more open way.
  • Cradle to Cradle shed new positive light on ‘environmentalism’ and helped me cultivate an abundance, rather than ‘use less’, mentality.
  • Tony Robbin’s Mastering Influence helped my confidence and discipline and changed my perception of the ‘salesman’.
  • Franklin Covey’s The 5 Principles of Extraordinary Productivity encouraged me to simplify my organisational systems, to put big rocks first, to simplify, plan and focus on the important.
  • Tony Hsieh’s Delivering Happiness gave me confidence that I can make my own (our own 😉 ) business great, and that it’s necessary to have fun doing it.
  • Sir John Templeton’s, The Laws of Inner Wealth helped me overcome limiting financial beliefs.
  • Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, inspired me.
  • John Wood’s Room to Read amazed me.
  • And I’ll finish with Louise Hay’s You Can Heal Your Life, which taught me that I am ‘doing enough’, and that it’s good enough. I would say this book has had the greatest impact on my life this year by helping me to cultivate gratitude and  a sense of balance in my life.

Some other things that come to mind are mangoes. My Greatest Food of the Year. 🙂 My landlord Seamus, a great man. Re-introducing fish and eggs into my diet. Working with Hyper Tiny in Dogpatch Labs – I’m so lucky and happy to be there.

I’ve just noticed there’s no narrative to this post, it’s more a splurge of thoughts and recollections of the last year, which I haven’t censored or organised. I found it interesting to ask ‘what was great and most important about last year’ and to just see what came. Hundreds of moments come to mind first of all the experiences I’ve been blessed to share with my girlfriend, Lidiya. Waking up together, running, exercising, eating, travelling, reading, talking about our future and dream home… That makes me happiest and is what ties everything together. I also noticed I’m not really holding anything back. I’ve definitely included some things in this post that I would have cared about being judged about before. Now I’m more interested in people’s responses. 🙂

I’ve touched on the biggest things I’ve learned; to always approve of myself, not to be so hard on myself (no 16 hour days and then beating myself up and focusing what I didn’t manage to fit in), to take the time, to breath, to think and plan, to take my head out of the water and check direction, to rest and to not work so hard. To keep learning and not worry about getting it right. To be happy with my flaws, to be real, honest and avoid trying to be perfect.

So I think I’m done. 🙂 It’s very interesting to distill a year into a blog post and see what rises to the surface. If I had to distill it further to words I would choose; Lidiya, Travel/Adventure, Learning/Constant Improvement or Growth and Health.


I’m aware I have been particularly ‘anti-social’ at certain periods during the year and would like to rebalance things a little more by spending more time with friends in 2012. 🙂

I’m going to work less and enjoy more, with the aim of being more productive, successful (by my definition) and happy! 🙂

Bring on 2012 🙂



One thought on “Looking Back on 2011

  1. bernie

    What a beautiful and fulfiling year you have had so proud of you and so happy to have had a share in it, Thank you mom


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