Saying Goodbye To The Past.
How on earth do you start a blog post about the previous year and what plans you have for the future, when last year nothing really went to plan? Although hundreds if not thousands of people in the UK are in a place which is a whole lot worse than the one I’m in. I already know that the next 12 months are going to be the toughest I’ve ever encountered.
In February I returned to Cape Verde and worked for TUI in the Tortuga, a wonderful hotel with friendly management and staff. I planned to stay long-term but it wasn’t to be as I had to return to the UK in June to support a family member. It took sometime to settle back into the UK but fortunately I managed to get a part-time job.
The past 6 months have gone too quickly, I’m sure I blinked and they disappeared without me noticing. I can’t recall anything I have achieved, I just seemed to have stopped. I haven’t written a blog post until recently, I haven’t been on any adventures whether near or far, I haven’t even seen any of my friends. I only work part-time but don’t seem to be able to find the time to do anything anymore. If I work 07:00 until 13:00 by the time I get home at 14:00 I just fall asleep on the couch, sometimes I wake up at 21:00 wondering what just happened.
This year I deleted my Facebook account and after 4 months I haven’t missed it at all, I suppose it’s like being a reformed alcoholic. I haven’t really replaced the time I wasted with anything useful yet but I’m working on it.
I recently had terrible toothache even though I thought I looked after my teeth, I brush them at least twice a day. This turns out that although I brushed them my cleaning technique was way below par. My toothbrush was too soft and I didn’t check they were clean in a mirror. Hence excruciating pain in my back molars. This caused further problems, as I had been working abroad it meant I no longer had a UK dentist. It all ended with a trip to an emergency walk in center and they just put me through hell. I no longer have any molars as they just pulled them out to solve the problem. I definitely hate going to the dentist and I’m still recovering now.
I’ve been thinking about the future recently, which is causing some sleepless nights. A lot of what’s on my mind will not make it to a blog post as it’s personal as well as the effect it would have on others around me. Today has been a day of taking stock and turning my thoughts to what I can do in a positive way. One thing I’m sure of is I need to get a routine which makes sense and allows me to prepare for an uncertain future. I have pondered deleting my websites and moving away from social media and web development. I have spent time learning the skills to create websites and web apps but have not managed to use these skills to generate an income. Deleting my websites would save me time and money which could be better used elsewhere, however as yet I don’t know what to replace them with.
Looking back on 2018 it seems the British government is hell-bent on destroying this country. All that seems to happen is the rich get richer and the rest of us are treated like obedient drones. How can people just sit back and take all this crap! We go out and earn money only for councils, utility companies and the government to take it away from us. What is the point of being part of a society which allows this? No wonder the government do what they want when a lot of people are programmed into consumerism and just accept their lot in life.
I also wish the media would stop lying as I have seen too many headlines which had an agenda and didn’t report the truth. Most if not all news companies just seem to want to be first rather the right! The majority of the news agencies still struggle to get spelling and grammar correct. I know I have a similar problem and probably shouldn’t judge but surely the press should have educated employees who check the copy before it goes to press.
Today is boxing day and I was surprised to see so many people blowing their money on stuff they don’t need and which in a very short space of time will just be forgotten. I wonder how many people complain that their benefits are not good enough when they drink, smoke and spend cash on stuff they don’t need. I am also surprised that we actually increased prices instead of reducing them and people thought they were getting a bargain in the boxing day sale.
Soon I’m having a few days in Gran Canaria and hopefully I’ll be able to put things into perspective. I have a few ideas about what I’m going to do in the next year, one of them will be a career move. I’m happy where I am now but the pay isn’t enough to modernise the house and save for the future. I’m going to get back into photography and have a photo a day project as well as thinking about freelancing. I think perhaps over the last year I attempted to start too many side hustles at once and none of them flourished.
So I’m glad 2018 is now behind me although 2019 will be a tough ride and have a lot of uncertainty. I guess the best thing to do is plan for the worst and hope for the best. I have improved my saving habits in 2018 and cut back on spending. That will continue through 2019 and I hopefully I will get better at it. I attempted to sell items on gumtree, a free website for just that purpose but over the past few months I’ve had very little luck. In the new year I will try again using the internet and may even venture into the world of Ebay. However I am preparing items which I can sell at jumble sales and car boot sales. Although I may have to wait for spring for the car boot sales.
So what of this website (mrjholt.co.uk)? As this site is predominately based on travel I was considering updating the posts based on my previous experiences. I will then return with new articles when I start traveling again. I have a project in mind but it will have to wait until I am able to bring everything together. The website techsixty.co.uk will be archived and the domain will be allowed to expire.
2019 will also be the year that I take more care of my health, this for me means dusting my bicycle down and using it daily. Today I will take a trip to Halfords and buy some decent lights, that way I can cycle to work. I don’t get weekends off but when I do get time off I’ll head out and see if I can build up the distances I can ride. I would love to take another long cycle tour, perhaps through France, Portugal and Spain. I may even take a year off and see how far I can get. That may have to wait until 2020 but I’ll keep it in mind and have it as something to look forward to.
So all that’s left for this post is for me to wish you a happy New Year. I hope all your troubles disappear and all your dreams come true.
All the best