Today (in fact yesterday) really is the first day of the rest of my life. Plenty of people say it; particularly on the first day of the year but for me my whole life is about to change. I am entering the world of self employment.
I have had a variety of jobs in my time; big companies, little companies and some somewhere in between. I have worked hard and not-so-hard but I have always tried to enjoy what I do. Recently I have come to realise that doing something I want to do and look forward to doing is what is most important to me.
Writing my app has taken me a long time but I have really liked doing it; I have just handed over all the artwork and am working on the recipes to finish them as soon as I can. I have been blogging for almost 4 years and I still look forward to creating, cooking, writing and catching up on what everyone else has been up to.
And so, I am finishing work on my first app with the hope that it will also soon be a book. I am also starting my own PR and marketing business (follow me on Twitter for the latest information about that side of things).
I am really excited about working with some great local food companies and I wouldn't be able to do any of this without the support of my family, better half and friends. I have a simple but achievable dream: to buy myself a table, chair and parasol so that when the weather is fine I can work outside.
So long to the world of pensions, paid holiday and sickness, security and general sensibleness but good riddance to the commuting, monotony, corporate nonsense words and politics. I find people who work for themselves are some of the happiest people I know.
I am scared and excited in equal measure and I can't wait to see where this new road takes me. I am fairly certain that I will be working harder than I ever have in my life but I think it's far better to be working hard for something you're passionate about than merely being present somewhere you'd rather not be.
Here's to 2014.