❄️ Joined OnDeck Build for Climate
🌱 Got engaged while living in Spain!
☀️ The hard decision to join Entrepreneur First
My 2022 targets
1) Less than 150 hours of "Nothing" in the year
2) Execute all started projects — have something to share about them,
even if they don’t go anywhere they should have outputs else they are
3) Exercising 20 hrs/month
4) Social - 1750 hours. Keep the good thing going.
5) Be earning from the software I am building - TARGET: £2,000/pm by December.
I love the work-life balance. I love working on what I believe in.
I don't love living off of savings...
- Less than 150 hours of ‘Nothing’ ✅ (113.25 hrs)
I record every hour of every day. I have a pot/label called Nothing where I am just being gormless — usually playing games on my phone.
The previous three years this number was 200–220 hours.
- Execute all projects ❌
In 2021, I only executed 30% of projects. This year: 73%.
It is better though. A product I built last year called Idealist (but never launched — message me if you want it) helped so much in assessing if an idea was worth pursuit.
✅ Griin — low emissions food kit boxes
✅ Betterway — calculating a better slower way to travel for emissions
✅ The World of Wordle — lots of wordles
✅ All freelance projects went really well — both startups launched or have raised after the MVPs were delivered and the remote working course was well received
✅ Limpet —a mac menu bar app to hold your common text snippets and links
✅ Sustainable side projects — an international group building climate focused startups
✅ De Nada Nights — a pure joy. Music, movies and food evening plans from around the world.
✅ vula.vc — helping startups across Africa raise
❌ Attended — a roll-call site for digital events to connect afterwards
❌ Togethere — making group travel easier to plan and organise
❌ Treemeals.co — I spent a lot of time here. I should have launched the mobile app. I didn’t. I regret that.
- Exercising 20 hours per month ✅ (22.5 on average)
Good! I got my target, but still half the number of hours from 2019 and I certainly do not feel anywhere near as fit. I need targets in 2023.
- Social target 1750 hours ✅ (1833 hours)
Social is all time with Emma, friends and family. It was a target as through COVID and being nomadic social time was hard. This was a much better year.
- Be earning from the software I am building — TARGET: £2,000/pm by December ❓ (kind of…)
This year ~99% of my income came from freelance and Entrepreneur First’s £2,000/pm (pre-tax). Though I am earning less, I am dramatically happier, constantly am learning and am sure this is the more exciting and profitable path.
☃️Jan — March
Lived in Weymouth, New Milton, and London
Went skiing, ran half marathon
OnDeck (my review here), no code, various deep dives in climate projects
💍April — June
🏘️July — Sept
Came back and started thinking about settling in the UK, hence lots of house sitting
Made the hard decision to do EF (as I had other offers)
1. Less random building
It was surprising to me that I made 10 different projects this year. I thought I was more focused than that! Now, with vula, I want to plow all my creative energy into it.
2. Grow vula
We are in a good place. We need to move to a great, impactful and thoughtful business. I don’t want to waste any opportunity.
3. Continue with thankfuls
Every night Emma and I have said what are we thankful for. I love this and want to keep it up.
4. Be able to lift Emma and do triathlons
While living in London, I started going to the gym and enjoyed it — many thanks to JEFIT app. I can lift Emma, but I want full dirty dancing level. I also have signed up to a triathlon in June, but I want to do more!
5. A salary above £40k
Work will be stressful. I need to know money won’t also be.
6. Be well set up in the South West
We know we want to live in Devon, targeting Honiton initially. I want to be well setup with my home office!