For those that aren't on Twitter, there is a common tweet that goes out around this time of year where people do their best to sum up their year with a emoji led bulleted list. Here is mine for 2018:
That said, let's do a deep dive shall we?
This was a big year for me as it was the one that I finally had my breakthrough and spoke at my first tech conference.*
* More on this later, but I must note that this was a difficult journey leading up to this point. It was not a magical overnight success in any way, shape or form.
You can find all my material online here at my Notist profile. As far as a quick rundown though:
This year has been a ridiculous year as far as travel goes. In terms of placed that I traveled to:
Fun fact: I ended up flying so much that I ended up as an MVP for Alaska Airlines 😅.
2018 was a difficult year for me in this particular aspect. On one hand, it was a big year with a promotion, a lot of new responsibilities, and a new opportunity I could not have forseen. On the other hand, it was fraught with a lot of indecision regarding my own aspirations. If you had asked me in July 2018 whether or not I had any intention of leaving my old job, I would have told you with certainty that I was planning on staying for at least another year to two. After all, I had a lot that I wanted to do before I left. However, life is rarely so predictable and often throws you for a loop when you are most certain of things.
That said, circumstances changed and I was fortunate enough to be offered the opportunity to join the Meltano team at GitLab! It's only been a few weeks, but it's been a lot of fun so far and will be sure to write more on it as time goes on.
Other things that are worth noting in 2018 include:
Though my head is still a little fuzzy from getting sick at the end of the year, here are some high level goals I want to achieve this year:
It's weird, but 2019 seems like the year of preparation for what is to come in 2020. I can't tell you what's coming in 2020, but it seems like a big year and I have much to prepare for if I'm going to be ready for it.
With that said, wishing you all a great 2019. Cheers! 🥂