Ballueder Thinks (17) – End of 2021 Thoughts

My annual review is due. I haven’t written a blog post for a while, as I have been flat out, up to my eyeballs in work for the last few months.

I am looking forward to a break. A proper break. No emails, no worries or anything, just chilling, going with the flow, maybe reading a book, spending time with my family and loved ones. Almost 2 weeks is the aim!

My review will be short, apologies. If you haven’t signed up to my newsletter, please do so. Moving forward, you will find more regular content there than on this page. I might even close this page down, I am not sure yet. Focus and energies are shifting massively atm.

I have been reminiscing about what life looks like.
What does great look like?
What do you want to achieve in life?

These are questions I discuss with my coachees regularly. Hence, I got myself a coach to figure some of those questions out for myself.
What drives me on?
What are the next steps?
How could 2022 and beyond look like?

It’s an interesting journey to explore things. I am getting rid of past experiences and making bold decisions for the future, living and enjoying the moment.

The last 2 years melted into one. A big blur of working through video conferencing and not meeting people in person. Hence it has been refreshing to work with people in London again, face to face. The energy and buzz is different. Life is good, and I am full of gratitude.

Two of my contracts end this Christmas, and new ones are starting in January. It’s a good mix, moving away from advertising technology but not away from technology or advertising … it’s complicated, as usual. But I love the complexity and new challenge, having a London based crew again.

This year brought different challenges to 2020. I had Covid, I almost gave it to my parents, and I had to cut things short which I would have really liked to do. But I am now healthy and alive. I bless the vaccine and I still can’t understand how people wouldn’t get it (unless they can’t because of a health condition). I have enough antibodies that should see me through the winter, yet I booked my booster for early January regardless.

After my marathon, it took me a while to run a first 10K again. I learned how to swim front crawl properly and next year will be all about waist and weight loss. Every quarter I am setting myself new goals, new objectives. The 90 day challenges, and quarterly reviews, will keep me on my toes. In the meantime I see how much weight I can put on over Christmas 😉

I also took a counselling course which included CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and learned transcendental mediation. It’s great to have a new tool in my toolbox on my way to enlightenment🙂 My drive to constantly learn and develop myself is key.

Whilst professionally I am not focusing too much on mindfulness and coaching atm, the work I have put into the positioning and development of my interim and fractional CRO consultancy seems to pay off. I truly enjoy helping start- and scale-ups to develop a commercial function and improve their revenue generation.

My podcast is relaunching in January to focus exactly on that space. I believe that the ‘gig economy for the C-Level’ will explode in the coming years. I am not alone, and speaking to other people in the space gives me reassurance that I am well positioned for the change that is due to come to the workplace.

Also, early next year we focus on the garage conversion and extension, rejigging the house a bit. The Omicron variant might give us another blow to a normal life. But so will be it, the main thing is that we stay healthy and safe.

When I say there is less to share from my little corner of the world, then this isn’t true. There is less publicly to share. I once lived a life fully exposed on social media, but nowadays it is less public. I cannot tell you why, but maybe I am just a bit bored of it all.

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Life’s focus is changing.
For the better as far as I can judge.

Have a lovely Christmas and New Year.
Here is to a healthier and safer world in 2022 and beyond.

Best wishes, from my little corner of the world,
Volker