Friday December 23, 2016
Today marks the final day of employment at PikPok. I had been there for almost nine years, and in this final week, I've been too busy with making an awesome game jam game for it to really sink in. But now, sitting at home, packing away my belongings and getting ready to go to Auckland, it's hit me. It's sad! I've made heaps of life-long friends along the way, and dozens of memories that I will cherish. My workmates have been more than just colleagues I work with, they have been like family to me. We've eaten together, gotten drunk together, played badminton, played Pokemon, been white water rafting, kayaking, hiking, sky diving, we've lifted weights together, sung our hearts out at karaoke together and accused each other of being Cylons, werewolves, mafia and fascists. I am so humbled for the opportunity that was given to me, and I will look back on my time here with much gratitude.
It hasn't been all smooth sailing though. There's been some hard projects and some difficult people, but they've added to my experiences and helped shape the person I am today. And though I like having plans to eliminate uncertainty, I'm moving to the UK with no job lined up - which is very uncharacteristic of me! - but I know that it is the right thing to do. It's time to leave everything behind and see what the world has to offer, and that is exciting!