Having left the property industry behind (for the time-being), I was eager to sink my teeth in to something else. I started producing tenor drum sticks (you know the fluffy sticks that are used in Pipe Bands – ya know bagpipe bands?) – well, long story short – I have played the tenor drum in Pipe Bands on-and-off since I was 11 so I started experimenting with custom tenor sticks that were different from anything on the market.
This took off really well and orders were flying in the door so fast I had to outsource part of the design to another company, I continued to build the business over the next year before the market became saturated with similar products so I fulfilled all pending orders and then called it a day.
At this point in my life, I felt burnt out and needed a break. So I decided to do everything I wanted to do when I was younger (that I missed out on because I was working).
I went on 13 trips in 2012 and only worked occasionally on some small website projects. I visited Australia, Austria, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Ireland, Poland, Spain, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates.