This is the first in a short two-parter blog post looking back at 2017, and looking ahead to 2018.
As the wheels hit the tarmac at Dublin Airport the end of 2017 is in sight. This has very much been a year of two halves for me - the first 6 or so months in Dublin and the latter 5 and a half in New York. In fact it seems like a lifetime ago since I was living in Dublin, eating Bunsen burgers and getting stuck in M50 traffic.
The year got off to a great start after a securing a number of new digital marketing projects for Ubikwitty. In January I was offered the opportunity to lecture the Advanced Spreadsheet Modelling module in DCU for the second semester. At the same time I was finishing off the MBS degree in the IMI - which was the culmination of a 3 year process of lectures, assignments, and long days in Dundrum. 'Flat out' doesn't even begin to describe how busy this period was.
As that finished out in March I started planning to move to New York in the summer. While it wasn't an easy decision, it was a long-term goal and I knew that this was the closest I was going to get to perfect timing. Moving over mid-way through July, New York was a breath of fresh air (figuratively speaking - New York and fresh air have very little in common).
The days were sweltering hot as I started to explore the city and find accommodation. It almost felt like a vacation at first - everyday brought something new and exciting. Six weeks later I was all set up with a place to stay and a new role. Since then the time has flown by and it now it truly feels like home.
I even managed to squeeze in a quick vacation to California in October. Doing a road trip between San Francisco and LA was on my bucket list for a long time so it was great to tick that off. Needless to say it did not disappoint!
All in all it has been a great year - stay tuned for the follow-up post looking ahead to 2018 early in the new year!