2014 – The Year of Growth

Another year comes to an end. This year has been different to previous years, in particular, my first year properly working in a full time job. During this year I have achieved many of the goals I set myself in January:

  • Graduate and get a real job
    • My thesis was passed in May and I graduated in November.
    • In February I was offered a five month position at UNSW which was then extended through to the end of the year.
  • Continue Learning German – and go back to Germany.
    • I did well with the German in the middle of the year, but in the later months I have done none.
    • I still have a massive desire to return to Germany.
  • Summit Mt Kosciusko
    • Fourth year in a row that this hasn’t happened. But I did go skiing in the Snowy Mountains.
  • Publish a journal article – or two.
    • I published two conference papers, still got to get those journal articles done.
  • Read at least ten books – including the six paperbacks I currently have unread.
    • I have read 36 books! But have now amassed 14 more to be read. In May I decided to start reading on the bus in the morning rather than reading Facebook and Twitter on my phone.
  • Buy a VF Commodore – I’ve wanted a Holden since I was in my teens.
    • Still a pipe-dream
  • Keep this blog up to date.
    • I blogged fewer times than any previous year, so I avoided the problem.

The year has had many highlights:

January – went on a road trip down the South Coast and had fun at the Sydney Festival.

February – went to the Opera in the Domain, T20 Cricket, and Wisemans Ferry.

March – took my dad to the Top Gear Festival in Sydney, went to the Lion King Musical, the Biennale of Sydney, and went away to the Central Coast for a weekend.

Central Coast Letterbox
Central Coast Letterbox

April – did another road trip to Wisemans Ferry, and went to the V8s and Tramping in Auckland on ANZAC weekend.

May – I did a short walk up the Central Coast on one Saturday afternoon and I passed my PhD examination.

Central Coast
Central Coast

June – I went away for yet another weekend at the Central Coast.

July – I went hiking at Wentworth Falls, and to Quebec City, Canada to present some research at the AAAI Conference, with a holiday in Orlando and Boston along the way.

August – I went to more V8 Supercar racing, Manly, and to the Mythbusters Behind the Myths Live Show.

Mythbusters Live Show
Mythbusters Live Show

September – Celebrated my mother’s birthday in Brisbane, went skiing at Perisher, and spent an afternoon in the Blue Mountains.

October – Visited my grandmother in New Zealand and went to Sculpture by the Sea.

November – Had my PhD Graduation and went sailing on Sydney Harbour.

Sailing on Sydney Harbour
Sailing on Sydney Harbour

December – Presented research at the PRICAI conference on the Gold Coast, went to the V8 Supercars at Homebush, watched the extreme sailing on Sydney Harbour and went home for Christmas.

And finally tonight I am off to watch the New Years fireworks on Sydney Harbour. Bring on new challenges and opportunities in 2015.