Tips for successfully creating new year resolutions

The new year is fast approaching, and many people will be using this opportunity to reflect upon themselves. A new years resolution can be a powerful driving force for change - but most will not last through January. Here are a number of tips to set yourself up for success in the new year.

Choose a realistic set of goals

If you are anything like me, you may have several areas of your life that could benefit from change. With the clean slate offered with a new year, it can be tempting to implement several alterations simultaneously. This can be

Goals for 2013

I think an appropriate first post when getting back into writing here would be to state my goals over the next year. Even though the end of January is closing in, there is still plenty of time to lay down the gauntlet and then attempt to find my way through. Posting them here publicly will allow me to look back and update based on my progress, as well as make me feel guilty if I fall behind.

  • The first goal that I have is fitness based. As a keen runner, I would like to run 1000 km in a single


The last entry to this blog was more than 2 years ago talking about change. Shortly after which, my website went dark and the change continued regardless. I continued my internship with Red Hat, gaining insight into technologies that I would not have otherwise encountered such as RHEL and RHEV (virtualization). I even managed to pick up some certifications in these areas, attaining both an RHCE and RHCVA. I continued the second half of my internship in a development role, helping to improve an internally developed application for handling several complicated processes on the consulting side of the business.


Change Places!

Four months ago, everything was completely different. I was busy sending out intern applications convinced that I would have to admit defeat, and return to university. But I was so determined to have a year out in industry, that I applied to pretty much anywhere that was still advertising. Companies including Red Bull, Red Hat, the ever evil Oracle and half a dozen web development companies. I heard back from all of them bar Red Bull, and had a couple of interview offers on the table. My gut feeling told me that Red Hat was the best opportunity, so I

Of kittens and CATastrophes

Meet the latest member of our family, Tigger. My mum has been wanting a kitten for a long time and last October it seemed like the right time to get one. Unfortunately she wanted a ginger kitten which are slightly rare, so it wasn’t until the following February until Tiggs came onto the scene. We got him from a nearby RSPCA rescue centre. He was around 4 months old at the time, and was found roaming the streets stray when they picked him up.

He’s been with us for 3 months now, and he’s growing fast. His

Summer verdict: Winter called, they want their rain back

Today has been one of the first sunny days in a fair while. I swear it’s been about 4 weeks since I last went mountain biking, thanks to constant rain and cloud. Next time weather forecasters predict an ‘Indian’ summer, I’m not even going to humour them. End rant >:(. It has given me the oppertunity to get on with some indoorsy stuff, that I hadn’t planned on doing over the summer break.

My PHP is coming on leaps and bounds, determined to master it by the time uni starts because it’ll be one less thing to