2016 – 2017
I finally made the time to sit down and review the past year.
The Big Move
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.
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.
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
Looking back, it turns out that I did travel quite a bit, covering a sizable portion of the continent:
- The Winter Roadtrip (Southwest USA)
- Great Smoky Mountains
- Boston, NYC, Washington DC
- Grand Rapids
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..
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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..
- Reading – Let’s try that 20-book target again.
- Writing – 24 posts for the year, attempt fiction, and practice that darn Chinese!
- Speaking – Polish my presentation and conversation skills.No concrete targets here, just practice.
- Health – Repeat 2016. Let’s try again: Weight loss, 5K, and strength.
- Multiply – Be the best unicorn I can be and complete several magical projects. Extend my work authorization.
- 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?