2010 – A Brief Review

As December comes to a close it’s time to take a look back over the last 12 months that were more commonly known as 2010. It turned out to be the most eventful, and maybe greatest year of my life!

Work-wise, it started off quite badly. YSSP came to an end in December 2009 and so we lost a large revenue stream and about 80% of our client load. This hit our profits quite badly and the future looked bleak, but once we were able to see where it left us we were able to come up with a strategy that would see us through.

We managed to sign a global deal that would make up for the majority of the loss we saw and while it has taken a while to actually launch the campaign (not through any fault of us I might add) it is now starting to prove beneficial to us. Add to that a couple of new clients and working closely with our existing client base to increase their productivity we are now in a better position than we were 12 months ago.

For my football team, Medway 2000 FC, it’s been a year of ups and downs, quite literally! We ended the 09/10 season in May with a cup final, our second of the year, and although we were playing a team who won the division above us, we were unlucky to lose, going down 3-2 after extra time!

A mediocre league campaign saw us finish 6th in Division Two, but yet we somehow managed to get ourselves promoted to Division One. This jump up has been detrimental to the club however, with only one league win this season it’s seen us end the year third from bottom of the division and knocked out of both cups in the first round. A total contrast to last year!

But it was my personal life that saw the biggest changes of all and made the year what it was.

I had been with my girlfriend for 16 years and despite her determination over the years not to get married I decided (in late 2009) to propose to her. After much deliberation, I decided to pop the question on our “anti-honeymoon” holiday to the Maldives and after what seemed like an age, she agreed. I had myself a fiancé. The venue may have had something to do with her changing her mind, but I think it all came down to the ring!

After the shock had subsided she decided that we shouldn’t have a long engagement, and after visiting a number of venues and going through dates, finally settled on the 10th September at Chilston Park Hotel, in Lenham.

The next few months were a blur as we went about arranging everything for the day. And so barely 7 months after proposing we got married with our family and friends with us. The day was absolutely fantastic, words are still hard to explain how I felt throughout the day, and I was especially proud of Julia on the day, she looked simply amazing!

We went away for a few days afterwards to Rome for a “mini-moon” and have got our proper honeymoon booked for February, a two week trip to Borneo and Langkawi which we are both looking really forward to.

2011 will have to go some to beat 2010, but I’m sure that it won’t disappoint in any way, especially with my new wife by my side to share it all with!

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