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2016 – 2017

I finally made the time to sit down and review the past year.

The Big Move

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By far the biggest change to have happened was the move from West Lafayette to Indianapolis. It was a huge hassle (driving 2 hours each way for an IKEA.. twice!), but I’m enjoying living in the city.

…..Apart from that one time I lost my wallet in the Canal. Now that was the biggest pain point of the year.

Multiply

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My first year as a full-time employee. It was everything I hoped for and more.

I had my fingers dipped in all kinds of projects, from marketing to development to HR to sales. We launched a new website. I received a title: CTO. I managed an intern. We went to multiple networking events. Big development undertakings, both internal and external (the external ones were especially headache-y and challenging) were had. Coordinated a video production. Most of all, we laughed and partied and ate (and drank) together.

I’m proud to be at Multiply. No regrets.

SASE

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Well, SASE is the gift that keeps on giving. I attended the Midwest Regional Conference in Minneapolis, the National Conference in Dallas, and the Marketing Retreat in Cincinnati (plus a meetup in Chicago).

I took on a second year as Midwest RMR, and got a minor gig as a panel moderator at the National Conference.

I was put in charge of leading the Giving team and project (due 2017), which was/is a huge (pleasant) surprise and responsibility that I took on with my classic, “Oh why the hell not?” attitude.

Lastly, I had the incredible privilege of being nominated as a Role Model (and coming in the Top 5). For that, I received formal clothing (including the suit pictured above) from JCPenney. That was truly humbling; My gratitude to SASE for all that it has given me really deserves its own post. #Giving

Travel

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Looking back, it turns out that I did travel quite a bit, covering a sizable portion of the continent:

Where to next? Who knows. Columbus is set for 02/18. Apart from that, anything could happen. Ontario, the Pacific Northwest, and California are the main ‘close’ ones still on the list. But above all, I’d like to spend a couple of weeks in Malaysia. It’s nigh on 4 years since I last stepped foot there..

Politics

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A part of me is still bitter that the Democratic Party pushed for Hillary over Bernie. Nevertheless, it was a pleasure to meet Indy’s progressive side.

Personal

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My favorite thing about 2016 was getting to know and growing closer to plenty of people; none more so than Aaron, Mandy, and Doug. Thanksgiving and Christmas were truly special. Meanwhile, SASE remains my biggest source of new friends.

I went to one concert: Coldplay. Truly magical. 10/10 would recommend.

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Lastly, we won a gold medal in Ultimate Frisbee at the Malaysia Midwest Games! If anything, it should at least count as a consolation prize for my (failed) health resolution.

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2016 Resolutions

I pretty much missed the targets on all of my 2016 resolutions.

  • Reading – I hit exactly half of my goal (10/20), though I achieved my real purpose: Reading more than I had in prior years (put together).
    • The Martian
    • Space
    • I Am Legend
    • The World of Ice & Fire
    • A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
    • Rendezvous with Rama
    • Pride & Prejudice
    • Dancing on Thin Ice
    • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Vol. I & II)
  • Writing – I (obviously) failed to keep updating, and I certainly did not write any fiction nor did I practice my Chinese. I published 3 posts with SASEPrints, though I certainly could’ve (and should’ve) written more if I had greater motivation.
  • Personal – I failed to return to Malaysia. 2017, perhaps..?
  • Health – Let’s not even go there.
  • Multiply & SASE – Well, here are 2 areas I thrived in. Now, I just need to place the same amount of effort in other aspects of my life..

2017 Resolutions

  1. Reading – Let’s try that 20-book target again.
  2. Writing – 24 posts for the year, attempt fiction, and practice that darn Chinese!
  3. Speaking – Polish my presentation and conversation skills.No concrete targets here, just practice.
  4. Health – Repeat 2016. Let’s try again: Weight loss, 5K, and strength.
  5. Multiply – Be the best unicorn I can be and complete several magical projects. Extend my work authorization.
  6. SASE – The Giving program will be the most well-executed program in the history of SASE. We gonn’ make it rain!

I’m turning 25 this year. Would you believe it?