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Sunday Column (41)

This week was rather interesting, not to say quite busy. As you might know by now I have left my job after only 6 months. In summary: it just didn’t work out. However, onwards and upwards. I have been in touch with a few companies over the last few weeks and continue to do so. So far we have not had to cancel Christmas, and I really enjoy the time with my boy! On Tuesday afternoon I went to see an osteopath for my back and she cracked it well. I felt better afterwards but my muscles that are mainly used to lift heavy things, e.g. Colin, are still very weak and hurt. It also doesn’t help to sit on a too low desk I suppose. However, I go back next week to get more mobility into my back. And, they recommended me to do some exercise….I know πŸ™ Although, a neighbour got me to go to the gym on Saturday, and I did do some exercise, went off to the Sauna and steam room too πŸ™‚ Wednesday was busy. I had an unexpected meeting with a good friend in the morning which resulted in possibly another job opportunity. Afterwards

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Sunday Column (40)

Yes, this week was quieter than expected. However, this has been my happiest week for a long time. Really since February if you exclude my two weeks paternity leave this summer. Monday kicked off with lots of meetings. Caught up with good friends and interesting partners which hopefully leads to more business soon. The same really happened on Wednesday, another busy day. Also had to go to the dentist which resulted in us buying a new toothbrush, an electric one: Oral B Professional Care 3000. Not only do we get the “dentist feeling”, which I am not sure about whether that is a good or bad thing, but we also get a polishing function. Wednesday ended with a networking event on Search Marketing organised by the great guys from NMA. Thanks again for a great night. Thursday I finished my Tai Chi form. Finally πŸ™‚ I only started Tai Chi in Beckenham this February. But, given the size of Bromley, we are not really many in our class. The Greenwich Tai Chi group allegedly is much bigger. Anyway, we finished the Hine Tai Chi long form in less than a year. Now it will take probably another 10 years to

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Sunday Column (39)

Hello, This week must have been the best in years. It is almost like I found my life and found a way how to achieve it. Really, I spend a lot of time with the family and noticed how important that is for me. Just on Saturday I got myself, I mean I got Colin, a hippo for the bath: On Wednesday I met with good friends from my old work and realised how much I enjoyed the job. Working with the people you like and working as a great team towards a common goal. It was so good to catch up over a few glasses of wine, pizza and great chat. Thanks people. And, I heard this story about life, work and work life balance – still not sure what to make of it: A farmer once got some land and thought it was on the sunny side and has a fruitful and great soil. So he was full of enthusiasm to have the responsibility to dig up the land and grow his crops. He knew that it would take until the next year for him to harvest the fruits, and that it would be a long way to

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Sunday Column (38)

What a week. “What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when we bring what is within us out into the world, miracles happen“, Ralph Waldo Emmerson Starting with that quote, I am sitting here and reflecting on a big bang start to a week. Although I felt very knackered with my man-flu last weekend after I was in the garden and all, I went out after work on Monday and did some excellent networking. I actually was sitting there with my bottle of cough syrup and thought, tomorrow things will be much better. However, on Tuesday I ended up feeling more tired. I almost didn’t go in on Tuesday but I had important meetings. Tuesday night my wife went to see a movie, so I stayed in and thought whether I should go to work at all on Wednesday. Since I met our head of strategy for breakfast, I decided to go in, and like it is with colds, the earlier you get up, the better you feel. However, that feeling was over from Wednesday lunchtime and the aches got worse with the result that I had to

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Sunday Column (37)

This week I spent a lot of time with the family, and it becomes more and more important for me. Particularly since I started digesting more about Anthony Robbins’ six basic human needs. I write a post about this later on this week – it is very simple yet powerful stuff. I think with the changes of jobs and life, e.g. the birth of Colin this year, I have a lot of things to digest and it is ongoing. It doesn’t help that I have the man-flu again and seem to have less energy overall. But, I am confident of getting there, some things just take time. Maybe it is time for another review of being a dad? Things have changed so much. Colin is much more responsive, much more lively, eats food now and he gives so much more back. I hate it when I go to work and he is crying, looking at me. But that is life for you, unfortunately there isn’t this big lottery win so you can spend all of your day with your son. Life is odd in this way. But without work we cannot afford life and family. So it has to be

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Sunday Column (36)

This week ends with Halloween, also known as “day of the dead” in Mexico. Hence we had two pumpkins this year. The first pumpkin was a rather normal one. A bit shaped like a pear but generally ok. So let’s have a look back at the week. Work seems rather busy but nothing that sticks out as being a big project. I expect things to kick off any day and getting really busy. So fingers crossed for that. Monday after work I went to meet someone to network and find out more about the industry from a different perspective. I love digital marketing but there are still some areas I need to learn more about. Whilst I continue to pick brains at work, I also try to meet people outside work to do the same. Tuesday just passed whilst Wednesday was the highlight of the week. A whole day from Microsoft Advertising, imagine09, which allowed me to see the latest developments of bing, digital marketing, touch screen technology and the Microsoft phone. Wow! That is all I can say. I am sure there are plenty of detailed reviews about, so go and check them out. All I can say that

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Sunday Column (34)

I know you expect me to say that I had a busy week. But I didn’t πŸ™‚ I had 3 days off, so had a short week and a good break from work! Monday I started the week with a Mobile Networking event after work. Then caught up with a good friend of mine over beers. Having had the man-flu again, I didn’t stay too long and was home before 10 pm. That seems to be early these days. My mother-in-law came to visit for the week, and Tuesday, after a successful meeting at work, I went straight home and saw her. We had a nice take away and a few glasses of wine to properly celebrate her coming to visit us, and for me to celebrate the start of my “holidays”. Wednesday I had a couple of meetings, including another coaching session. Problem with holidays are that you seem to have time to do things you normally don’t have time for. Some of which are meeting people you haven’t seen for a while, working on your website or working on your personal development. Whatever the case, you don’t have more time for your family either. I wonder if I

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Sunday Column (31)

This week was great from a networking perspective. I met a few good old friends from the industry at the annual ad:tech London conference and exhibition. It was great to catch up with so many and see what the next trends in the industry are. We don’t really know what the future brings, but Microsoft’s “looking glass” surely might reveal some inspiration of what is to come. Social Media is definitely a place to be, so is mobile – however, mobile might never take off as much as people were hoping. On Friday I held a workshop at Digipharm, a digital marketing conference for the pharma industry. It is amazing what you can still do with little efforts of PPC and SEO in order to improve the pharma industry’s visibility online. Definitely something the industry needs to catch up with soon. On Saturday I made my own pizza. Four weeks were over and this week, or to be precise on Saturday evening, I got myself a nice bottle of Zinfandel. The 4 weeks were hard at times but overall not a problem. The wine tasted sour but ok, a pleasant drink and I don’t think I go back to not

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Sunday Column (30)

Alright. This week was nothing like the ones before. It started off with a revelation I had seen coming and since, I have been thinking about “the meaning of life”. Funny that every now and then you get thrown off your path and then you start thinking about purposes in life and what you want to achieve. However, maybe I should just sit down and map out life regardless of how it develops. Maybe I should make my own master plan. Tuesday was my first pitch at work. I enjoy it very much and things are going well. Time for things to pick up of course as it is September and budgets are made for 2010. I hope πŸ™‚ On Wednesday I caught up with a good friend who runs a successful business and on Thursday I met with a friend from the CMI who I enjoy meeting, unfortunately not often enough, for a Harvey’s Bitter in the Ole George in Beckenham. So this week was very social. Oh, almost forgot that on Monday I met another friend which works in the same industry and emigrated to London a few years ago from Germany too. So plenty of thoughts and

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Sunday Colum (28)

This week started off with a lazy Monday bank holiday. It was great to have such a long weekend, however I went back to a rather busy week. I am settling in well in my job now (I find anyway) and things are getting momentum. Before I know it, it’s Christmas. By the way Christmas, it feels like autumn already, getting colder everyday and very windy. And no grapes yet on our wine plants πŸ™ My boy is now 3 months. It is amazing to think that it was only yesterday that he arrived and he has grown so much. We spend some great time together this week, so mummy could go to the hairdresser, go out etc. Very enjoyable. However, now that he starts sleeping at night, I got a cold. Just when I thought I got my energy back, it went right down below normal due to the evil man-flu! Hopefully it will be gone again soon. I spent most of the weekend drinking juice, whiskey, lemsip, and eating garlic & chili. Fingers crossed. My efforts to live without wine are going well. I made up with a nice rounds of ales on Wednesday meeting friends. Also, I

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