kayaker

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I currently have the choice of a selection of new Nokia phones. I have the choice between 5610, 6220, 6300, 6301, 6500.

Anybody got any idea what the best of those is?

Sam
kayaker

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Since I posted about starting my own business I have had so many positive comments from people. I just wanted to thank everyone who offered support or wishes of luck. It's given me a lot of confidence to know that a lot of other people have confidence in my abilities to pull this off.

There are a few people who knew about my plan in advance of me telling the world and they are great, keeping quiet and guiding me back to reality.

Thanks all.

S
kayaker

APIOL

Today I was recognised as an APIOL. This is the outdoor industries equivilent of chartered status. It's taken 6 months, 8000 words of explanation and a 2 hour interview.

Apparently I was a 'strong candidate'.

This pleases me.
kayaker

Next Steps

There must be something in the air. Today I handed in my notice and I leave in mid-september. After four years at Boulder it wasn't an easy thing to do, I love my job here and have a lot to be proud of.

I'm off to start my own company. Based in Wiltshire (which means I can live with Ruth) offering personal development in the outdoors. I've got three months to sort out an office, build a brand, find an accountant and recruit some staff. Then of course I need to find some customers. I also need to rent out our house and and move my stuff. The company will be called "Totem Personal Development" and will provide similar services to that which I do already, but with my spin on them.

I'm pleased I've done it. Like all hard decisions, the answer was obvious but taking the action was hard. I work much better to a deadline and now I have one.

I am certain the next couple of years are likely to be some of the hardest of my life but I am looking forward to them. I have felt the need to get my teeth into a big challenge for a while now and now I have one. I shall, no doubt, pester many of you for favours over the next few months and I want to make it clear now, I will not be offended if you cannot oblige.

Here's to a busy but successful future.

Sam