Hey, I’ve got a lot of brags here in the 2018, so let’s go through some of them! In no particular order…
- I launched First Vigil, a resource for tracking white supremacist crime;
- I was named to Bitch Magazine’s Bitch 50;
- I co-wrote a book chapter in Seeking SRE with my good friend Liz Fong-Jones;
- Liz and I also keynoted SRECon EMEA;
- I published an opinion piece in Refinery29;
- I appeared in a documentary on PBS Frontline called Documenting Hate: Charlottesville;
- My assailant pleaded guilty and the nonsensical lawsuit was settled for a mutual release of claims;
- I started a new job as a Lead Consultant Data Scientist;
- I moved to Germany and got a Blue Card;
- I traveled to Asia for the first time when worked in Bangkok for a while for a work project;
- I saw new cities: Köln, Aachen, Düsseldorf, Amsterdam, Paris, กรุงเทพมหานคร (Bangkok);
- Most importantly, I made many friendships and shared many stories.
There were a lot of things I wanted to do in 2018 but fell short. Let’s take a look.
Working on the house
Moving to Berlin did not facilitate progress on this goal in any way… These projects need to get done so this will carry forward.
Working on coding and math
One thing I learned was not to set vague goals like this anymore. I did do a bit of coding for fun, but I didn’t dive into math studies the way I wanted to. So for 2019 I’ll be more clear.
I set a goal for myself here to be at least A1 in German by year’s end. Honestly, I probably am, but my confidence is not there. It’s been a source of frustration that I’ve been unable to dedicate study time to this, so I’m going to work on that in 2019. I did pick up some Thai this year, though!
Big fail here. I did get through one book, The Turmoil, which is a prequel to the starting point of the Modern Library project I want to undertake.
A year in review
All things considered, 2018 was a damn hard year. Healing in the months since the terror attack in Charlottesville was not easy. It is still not easy. 2018 felt a lot like picking up the pieces. But I still managed to do some amazing work amidst the trauma and the terror and the chaos, and if I can do that much good in 2018, it actually leaves me hope for 2019.
Next up, I’ll be writing my 2019 plan.