After 5 years of working around the clock for peanuts in a company I started, I got "engineered" out in 2006 (and divested of all my investment in it too, long story, and yes i let it happen cause i couldnt destroy the company i had started, and it was a painful choice). 2006 was the year it all crashed down and i realised I had stopped seeing friends and having hobbies due to work work work... 2007 was the year of emerging back from this
I took a long time to get out of it but then in 2007 I first had a very lucrative 6 months contract which turn into a slightly less lucrative but still very nicely paid job, in a setting which is respectful of people, life, time etc. And having a lucrative job when you learned to live spending very little and buying everything second hand means I am quickly rebuilding financial health and not spending much of it
This year I am ready to start having a life and hobbies again - and since I dont need to code in my day job anymore (i only coach and manager people who do, from the cto position) I am pondering how to take it on as a hobby again
So I am looking forward to enjoy a stable year with space for things outside work
In short for me 2008 will be a year ofRegrouping
Get back in touch more with all these friends I lost contact with.
Revive hobbies and projects I have left behind when things got busy - photography, painting, hiking, programming for fun and a few others
Read the books I already have, play the games I own, listen again to all the music I have.... Refocusing
Get rid of clutter and useless things.
Stop wasting time - there are enough good things to get entertained with not to waste time on empty stuff.
Start doing the things I always want to do but never get around to - write a few more things, develop my dusty site, start a more "promotional" site, scan all my photos, and more