I haven’t done one of these in a while (*hides in corner*), but 2018 was a pretty insane year for me and I wanted to be able to recap it somewhere – so why not the blog I have for specifically that purpose? I always feel melancholy around the New Year and this year is no exception. 2018, like every year, had some lows and some highs, some of them being, in no particular order:
- Moved to Zurich, Switzerland, transferring to another YouTube team within Google
- Received a prestigious award (Evelyn Kamen Rising Star Award) for my volunteer work with FIRST Robotics, alongside Jeff Bezos! (Check out my acceptance speech to see video evidence of the most nervous I’ve been in my life to-date!)
- Relatedly, I was named a Stellar Alumni for the FIRST Robotics Orlando Regional!
- Presented at the World Usability Day conference in Rapperswil, Switzerland on dark patterns and the Berkeley Innovation Human-Centered Design conference on pair card sorting.
- Chatted with some awesome designers on the Late Night Design Show by Pablo Stanley
- Attended my first CHI conference (Montreal felt like a slice of Europe in North America)
- There was a gun shooting at my workplace and I was lucky enough to walk away unscathed. I now have a renewed drive to inspire changes where outdated practices are preventing common-sense from being enacted.
- Completed a one week ballet workshop, complete with pointe classes and performance!
- I traveled to 8 countries (Canada, Germany, Sweden, Poland, France, Belgium, Switzerland, UK) – highlights included Oktoberfest in Munich and everything about Stockholm, Sweden
- Read 57 books – some faves include “The Fire Next Time” by James Baldwin, “The Calculating Stars” by Mary Robinette Kowal, and “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah
- Attended 4 shows (Cabaret, School of Rock, Anastasia, & Dita von Teese) and 4 concerts (Kendrick Lamar/Incubus, Foo Fighters, Game of Thrones Live with Ramin Djawadi, and Bloc Party)
Not mentioned above is the ongoing sadness about so much in the state of the world, but also the numerous new friends I’ve made around the globe, the encounters with longtime friends that makes the passing time feel like nothing, and those little things that make day-to-day life more enjoyable. Here’s to 2019!