One year ago today, the first thing I did was to walk into the local Chamber of Commerce and register my business MACHI. A big moment that year, and possibly the biggest as that was the start of a year building, discovering, experimenting, and so on.
Sometimes a plan didn’t work, or it needed more time. But I’ve also been able to do a lot of things that have helped me to build my plans, such as travelling to the CSR Asia conference in September and trips to China & Japan. But also taking time to develop my services and to learn about the boring bits: administration and finances.
With all of those things ready and done, it also feels like this adventure is only now starting for real. Over the past year, I have been lucky enough to work on one major assignment for the National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines, with a few other smaller projects on the side – most of which were initiated on my own. As I write this, I am seeing one of the major parts of that NCP assignment come online. It’s good to see that that is now ready for me successor to take over after the weekend.
It also means that I am on my way to something new. No more regular office to go to or colleagues to have lunch with. Instead, I’m flying to Shanghai for a few weeks tomorrow. These few weeks will be filled with Chinese classes, network meetings, possibly some projects to work on and a lot more. This will also get me started on this new year and should make some project ideas and possible collaborations more concrete to continue with when I’m back.
So, new year’s resolutions? I think I have only one ‘professional’ resolution: to make MACHI a success this year. Somehow… I am not too worried about this.
I hope that 2014 will also bring inspiration and energy for you to realize your goals: Happy 2014!