I’ve been working on a post that sums up my 2013 and looks forward to the year ahead since before Christmas. It’s had a fair few rewrites, but I decided to just post it now as if I wait for it to be perfect it would be 2015 before I ever get to say what I wanted to.
We’re all just doing what we can to get by, and to be the truest to ourselves that we can be. This year was no different, but it has been an incredible journey, and I’ve enjoyed the transformation, even if I often still feel like I have no idea what I’m doing.
2013 saw the first HybridConf. I co-founded Hybrid to try and help improve our industry, and I’m proud to say I think I achieved that, even if just in a small way. I ended up making a difference to some people who came, and it was the first step of many I want to take to help the world in whatever ways I can.
I’m someone who wants to always strive to change the world, so naturally Hybrid is happening again this year. This time in my new city of Stockholm. It’s a great outlet for trying to help in my own small way, and although it’s an incredibly stressful thing to do, it’s also very rewarding. It’s an amazing thing to know that whether I make any money or not (and last year I did not), it still feels like a success to me as I created something which so many people found enjoyable, useful and enlightening.
On a less positive note, I was held back from doing a lot of what I wanted to achieve in 2013 because of an unpleasant incident. I won’t go into too many details, but it involved being thrown under the bus by people I considered friends, which left me talking to lawyers, paranoid, and very much shelled up for a lot of the year. Even now I’m finding it hard to trust people. It was a lesson in many ways. It was very hard to go through, but it cemented my views on some things. I find that often too many people are willing to put money before what they believe to be right, and it saddens me, but it also makes me want to work even harder to change things. Some people prefer to stay neutral and keep their head down to things they don’t agree with, but I’ve always had a more black and white mentality, as I feel like if you aren’t helping to make something better, then you’re part of the problem.
Looking forward, 2014 is shaping up to be a great year. HybridConf 2014 is already coming along nicely. We’ve got most of the speakers lined up ready, and we’re just confirming venues so that we can make the official launch and open up the ticket sales.
What’s great is that this year I have the backing of Jumpstarter, the startup I’m now a part of as Creative Director. I’ll have days and resources that I can use to make Hybrid 2014 even more special. Jumpstarter is already such a positive company. They help others to achieve their dreams more easily by helping them use their time more productively. For the first time in my life, I’m in a company where I can suggest doing events or other things without them asking only what’s in it for them monetarily. It’s a great experience.
My new role here is going really well. The team are a really awesome (and positively odd) group. I’ve already done a complete redesign of the homepage and have more work than I could ask for. It’s really exciting. Stockholm is also an amazing place to live, even if I’m not the biggest fan of the snow. Jag talar svenska lite!
I want to make this year a better year. I want to change the world a little more. And I want to have a lot of fun while doing it.