Looking back on 2018
As the year has come to an end and a new one has just begun, there is no better time to look back and reflect on the previous year. I've seen quite a few people on Twitter do their top three but I could not pick so I've decided to do a blog post instead.
Here are the things that stood out for me in 2018.
Imagine Dragons (February)
This was my first time at the O2 Arena, I really enjoyed the concert and I even bought some special edition Vinyls.
Leeds - Infinity Works (April/May/June)
Spent over 2 months in Leeds for Infinity Works doing a project handover. Had a really great time; the team were amazing and fun to be around, food was top notch (MyThai, Caracas, Burrito Man) and the place I stayed was awesome!
Infinity Works definitely treated me well without a doubt!
South West Four (August)
Went to an EDM/house/techno music festival with friends, it was definitely interesting and I'm surprised I actually went to it. It was cool to see Chase & Status live.
Promotion - Infinity Works (August)
Got promoted from Associate Consultant to Consultant!
Center Parcs - Infinity Works (September)
This was my second trip t'north to Center Parcs. Infinity Works does a yearly retreat for all permanent employees to Sherwood Forrest, where everyone from London, Leeds, Manchester and now Edinburgh gets together for a weekend.
We do an Agile Coffee session where people can express thoughts, feelings, both positive and negative.
One thing that stuck with me was a chat I had with a colleague, when people are the product; motivation is key. It can all be boiled down to these three main components.
Harry Potter in Concert (October)
If you have not yet experienced a film being accompanied by a live orchestra just close this page and book tickets now! - Films in Concert
I have a list of concerts I am going to this year so far at the very bottom.
AWS re:Invent - Infinity Works (November)
I was lucky enough to get sent to AWS re:Invent by Infinity Works with four other colleagues. I really had an amazing time and would recommend it if you ever get an opportunity to go, take it and run; it really is quite the experience.
It was really cool to meet other engineers from around the world who work for companies like Finnair, Samsung Korea, Intel, which are also working on similar problems we currently face. But most of all, speaking to the AWS engineers who write and run the services we use on a day to day basis really makes it worthwhile.
Vegas is definitely an interesting place. It feels like you're in an episode of Black Mirror, no matter what time of day it is there are always people gambling away on the tables and slots; there is constant music and advertising no matter where you go. What surprised me the most is the scale of everything, that place you can see across the road takes at least 15 minutes to get to. On one of the days I walked 19.73km just walking in between AWS talks across hotels.
Vegas is really a place you need to experience yourself to really understand.
Monzo Investor (December)
Proud owner of 100 shares in Monzo.
Christmas at Kew (December)
A bright ending to 2018 at Kew Gardens
My main goal in 2019 is to get AWS Certified, I'm aiming to do all the Associate exams (Solutions Architect, Developer and SysOps Administrator).
I also plan to go to more concerts especially the "in concert" ones, I highly recommend them! So far I have lined up: