2022 has been a year of growth, enrichment, and dedication to my craft. It was one of those years where it’s hard to remember where the year went, but on reflection, quite a lot happened!
Overall, the year was one of growing my knowledge and growing my roots – reading, exploring, and finding confidence in new routines. It ended spectacularly, yet quietly: by a burning fire, underneath a starlit canopy, as we camped beneath a cool Texas sky.
Things that Happened
- I contributed to larger and more important projects as a software engineer at Litmus, from Rails upgrades to Chrome Extensions. And I got to meet my colleagues in person!
- I attended my first Ruby conference, RubyConf Mini, in Providence! I’ll definitely be headed to more tech conferences this year.
- This newsletter launched! Consistently publishing updates on a medium that feels right is a big deal.
- We adopted Tuki, our cat. 🐈⬛
- I started rock climbing in earnest this year, and have enjoyed the progress I’m making.
This year’s travels were considerably more domestic than I would have liked, but this list surprised me, I thought there would be less!
- Tulum, MX
- Denver, CO
- Houston, TX
- Dallas, TX
- Boston, MA
- Holderness, NH
- New York, NY
- Chicago, IL
- Providence, RI
My Favorite Books of 2022
Of the 27 I finished this year, in no particular order:
- The Pragmatic Programmer
- The Shadow of the Wind
- Building a Second Brain
- The Alchemist (re-read)
- The Psychology of Money
- Sacred Economics
- Letting Go
Favorite Technologies of 2022
- Ruby (my daily driver)
- VS Code
- Browser Extensions
Looking Ahead to 2023
While I have my internal 2023 goalsetting process, here’s what’s coming up.
- Get married!
- Continue my path of growth at Litmus and start taking on bigger and bigger projects at work.
- Aim to write beyond my personal updates (I’m fond of the cadence I’ve adopted for this newsletter), publishing thoughts, however half-baked – on technology, economics, and presence.
- Keep hacking away at my string of side projects and playing with new web technologies, regardless of their commercial viability.
- Travel more in ‘23, with a trip already planned for Taiwan.
- Find more awesome people in Austin.
- Feel presence in every moment, and enjoy the ride!
Do you have an annual year in review? If you do, and you’d like to share, I’d love to read it!