2019 in Review
It's been a while since I've written a proper year in review. The last one I wrote was in 2016. This gap bums me out a bit, as I really like going back through my yearly reviews and reflecting on them.
I can't go back and change the past, but I can do a better job moving forward, so let's get into it!
Got married! In January I married the most amazing woman, and I couldn't be happier. Marriage has been quite the adventure so far, but I wouldn't want it any other way. It's hard to express just how thankful I am for Heather. It's so reassuring to have someone who I know will stick with me through thick and thin and will always have my back, just like I have hers.
Visited Japan. This was something that has been on my bucket list for a while, and earlier this month Heather and I spent a little over a week in Tokyo. Japan is a magical place and I can't wait until I can return there (hopefully with some significantly-improved Japanese language skills).
Finally got around to installing NixOS. NixOS has been on my radar for a long time, but I never had the courage to pull the trigger on it. Now that I have, I can confidently say that it is the best Linux environment I have ever had. Full stop.
Received the Gravic Core Award. This award is the highest honor that my employer bestows upon one employee each year who embodies the company's core values. Ever since I started working at Gravic I have wanted to receive it, and this year my wish was granted. This came as a complete surprise to me and when my name was announced I was absolutely stunned.
Wrote a handful of blog posts. I've been consistently terrible at writing blog posts year after year, and this year I've written a whopping nine (including the one you are reading right now). This is a marked improvement, one that I hope to continue in the coming year.
- Stressed too much over work
- Not great work/life balance
- Didn't keep up with friends enough
- A bunch of books are still sitting unread on my shelf
I authored 5,470 commits at work and another 1,183 commits on GitHub, for a grand total of 6,653 commits.
At work I wrote a lot of F# code, which has been great. Despite a few minor shortcomings, F# is a really great language. It's been fun learning all the nuances of it, especially in regards to interop with other .NET languages.
In my spare time I wrote some Rust, some Haskell, and a bit of Elm. These three languages are all a joy to use and I want to spend more timing building stuff with them.
I listen to a lot of music every year, and this year was no different.
These are my top albums of 2019, by play count:
- Death Race For Love - Juice WRLD
- Shadows - The New Division
- Ghetto Lenny's Love Songs - SAINt JHN
- Shadow_Movement (Deluxe Edition) - The Anix
- Even Though You're Gone - Echos
- Ivory - BITWVLF
- Betty - Betty Who
- Ephemeral - Mr.Kitty
- ASYLUM - A R I Z O N A
- River - BITWVLF
- Hollywood's Bleeding - Post Malone
- Figments - Forhill
- JESUS IS KING - Kanye West
- Care Package - Drake
- VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR - HEALTH
- Wide-Eyed - Said the Sky
- Voices - Kamandi
- 'Til the End - MitiS
- A Pill for Loneliness - City and Colour
- Redux - Cushy
Goals for 2020
- Write more Rust
- Finish and publish a game
- Keep a journal
- More home-cooked meals
- Take better care of my body
- Write a newsletter a week
- Continue writing more blog posts
As we enter this next decade I'm excited for all of the possibilities and opportunities that it holds. I will do my best to make the most of the time I have been given. I look forward to seeing what unfolds in my life and in the lives of those around me.