So, a lot happened this year.
I graduated from college, ran a Design Show, explored Iceland, Dublin, London, Croatia, Montenegro, New York, and San Francisco. I built a cli, a chrome extension, made a few sass gifs, built a new online portfolio, migrated my blog to Github and my web server to Digital Ocean. <blockquote class="right">I learned to trust strangers half way across the world, canceled all my plans for a week, and joined an impromptu road trip through southeastern Europe. </blockquote> <p> I got a job, bought a car, and drove half way across the country. I moved three times this year, and ended up in Austin, Texas. I gave a quick talk at Sass Conf, spoke at 2 meetups, was on Sass Bites, helped organize SassyDC and start the ATX Sass Meetup (so much Sass!). I participated in hackathons, game jams, open sourced my personal goals, wrote a bunch of blog posts, got pretty good at working with Gulp, used Meteor.js, Express.js, played with a few different templating libraries, and contributed to open source for the first time. I ran two half marathons, learned calligraphy, and learned how to use Vim more effectively.
How am I Doing On My Personal Goals?
These are the Overarching Goals I outlined in October.
- Use Github more often (check)
- Contribute to Open Source (check)
- Blog more (check)
- Increase project efficiency (check)
- Use the command line & keyboard as much as possible (check)
- Up my JS Game (patterns, Angular, Node) (working on it)
- Learn about testing (sort-of)
- Work on fostering designer participation in open source projects (check)
- Make more people smile (hopefully)
- Learn more about WebGL & 3D graphics (nope)
So that’s not too bad, but there’s still a lot to work on. And that’s exactly what I’ll be focusing on next year.
2015: Just Do It.
Just do it. Get up and go. Fuck it, ship it. That’s my plan. Don’t think, just do. I’ve got a lot of ideas and a lot of interests. Here are a few coming down the pipeline, by which I am going to clean up and restructure my public personal goals by (because they got a little messy) after New Years day.
I also want to continue speaking and getting involved in community. This includes the open source design community, being a Sassvocate, making people care about performance, and being a better advocate of STEM for girls (specifically in middle school, but really of all ages). I want to speak at conferences and continue to run ATXSass with a smile. This year I’ll be more organized :)
Projects in the Pipeline
I’m getting an arduino for the holidays (New Years is my family’s holiday) and can’t wait to get started with it. I have a few ideas already. I am also going to reinstate one of my older projects with a new name, Heiroglyph and try to be as open source about the design and development of that as much as possible. I’m doing some free development and design work for a non-profit called Urban Patchwork that I met at a hackathon.
As of last week, I was sort-of Twitter challenged to start a podcast. And because of my love for auditory learning, and since I don’t see that many out there, I’m going to start Caret Cast early next year. I want to create a typeface and learn about web scraping to improve the Sass Docs CLI I wrote. I’ll continue blogging and playing around with libraries and frameworks as I learn about them.
All of my personal goals center around health and connectivity. I want to get fit again. A way that has worked for me before is to simply start counting my calories, no matter what, for every meal, every day. And since I’m a nerd, to make it more fun, I want to do something with this data. I haven’t decided what that will be yet, but I’m trying to get access to the MyFitnessPal API to be able to extract my realtime info. I want to run another half marathon, so I’d better start running again too :P Oh and I’m going to sign up for a dance class because I really miss dancing and it makes me happy.
I want to be better at staying in touch with some of the incredible people I’ve met over the past few years. I want to pay better attention to their lives and surprise them with random gifts and letters because everyone deserves that.
I also plan on traveling to Asia. I might go to China in February, but its pretty last minute, so I’m more looking to going to Thailand in April. We’ll see what happens when I get there, but I’ll definitely be traveling. A weekend trip to Colorado or a roadtrip to Marfa could be fun, too.
So that’s what my year is looking like right now. But I know that plans change, and I’m going to embrace whatever comes my way in 2015 :) See y’all on the flip side!