Making the most out of the last days of this incredible 2016.

It is been quiet an exciting year, many things have happened and it is time to recap here :)

Despite of all the political changes (Brexit, Trump presidency ...) that have come to prove polls as a source of distrust, personally I feel like this has been a year of personal growth and development as none before.

I have got my PSPOI (Professional Product Owner Certification) which is something I had been working on for a long time. I definitely see myself taking this role in a near future, maybe 2017.

I have read some good books too, like "The Innovator's dilemma", Hooked: The variable reward or 4-Hour Workweek.

I have finally started up a new hobby "home brewing" which have made me learn more about beer and maker culture. It has also got me into this addictive Untappd app. Sometimes I feel embarrassed when I tell my number of distinct check ins :D. You can find me as XileBurela.

Musically, I have developed my guitar skills to the next level and I feel more comfortable using arpeggios and inversions which has given me more freedom to improvise and to enjoy even more while playing with my friends. This is what I am talking about.

I have fulfilled one of my dreams since I was a child. I have been to Cuba. Yes, it is weird I know but Cuba has always been in my mind since I was a child mainly because of music. Musicians like Compay Segundo, Pablo Milanes or Silvio Rodriguez were part of me since my early childhood. Being a Spanish speaker has made this trip a great experience in many different ways.

I have run Amsterdam Half Marathon, something that seemed unfeasible and crazy a year ago :) I finished it against the odds. I got injured a month before the race however with the support of my girlfriend and my fantastic physiotherapist I managed to finish it in 2 hours and 10 minutes. Anyway the best lesson learnt out of this experience is that unfortunately Bruce, I was not born to run :D

I also crossed out one other thing in my bucket list, SkyDiving :D an awesome experience if you have never done it and you like adrenaline then you must do it.

2017: Time to keep growing

I have already outlined my priorities for 2017 and I am signing here my contract for 2017 :) I have grouped them in different areas:

Professionally:

I am looking for my next challenge. Freelancing is one of the career options I have been considering lately however I would not reject any other option if it is interesting, what I know for sure is that I want to meet passionated people that love learning while having fun.

Brewing:

I plan to start brewing all grain and I have already selected a couple of recipes I would like to try. This year I plan to brew a porter, an IPA and a Dubbel.

I am going to prepare myself for the Beer Judge Certification as I want to expand my knowledge about brewing techniques and beer in general.

Musically:

We are going to have some fun :) myself and some friends are planning to set up a band. We have already found the place to practice and so the idea is to start with a couple of songs and keep developing our repertoire slowly.

I will involve also more time developing my ear and my speed when it comes to improv and notes.

Travel:

I would like to visit Africa this year. We have been thinking of Senegal and Tanzania as potential destinations. I have heard so many good things about Africa that I feel intrigued by that continent.

To finalize

I just want to wish all of you a fantastic 2017, keep looking on the bright side of life and enjoy every minute as it was the last one. Above all I wish you health and happiness. Have a great year!! And enjoy the life!!

I leave you here a song from Kaleo, a band I have discovered this 2016 and that I love, his voice is simply amazing.