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Another Unicorn Year

Looking back

It was a pretty darn eventful year, and looking back I can’t believe this all happened within the span of 365 days. These events feel so long ago now.

The year started off with a weekend in Grand Rapids and Holland, Michigan with Meng Yee and Eric; Meng Yee has since moved back to Malaysia. Bummer. Later that month, I would initiate a break-up with my then-girlfriend and enter singlehood.

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In February, I headed east to Columbus for the SASE Midwest Regional Conference. More SASE shenanigans followed in March, when I visited Chicago to represent at the Lunar Ball.

At the end of March, I began my epic journey home to Malaysia (first visit in four years). Emotionally, it was a simultaneously revitalizing yet draining experience. I don’t regret it one bit, though, and it was great to see the people dear to me once again.

We come now to the summer, which was kinda-pretty social. I got to attend the Indy 500, entertained visits by friends, and went to a few events organized by my landlord. At Multiply, we had our biggest intern group yet. I gave driving lessons to a friend and had a tiny modeling gig. Most of all, I met Olivia and started dating again.

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Perhaps the second-biggest trip of the year also took place during this period, camping in the cool reaches of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. For SASE events/gatherings, I also traveled to St Joseph, MI (I seem to have traveled to Michigan a lot in 2017), Las Vegas, and Chicago.

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Those trips finally culminated in the insanity of National Conference, where I had to coordinate the workshop handlers, coordinate the Giving table (our official launch), and present to a small group. Lesson learned: It’s great to be a leader, but not to the point of overloading yourself.

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The end of National Conference heralded the closing of the year. Most notably, I had the privilege of experiencing true American-family Thanksgiving and Christmas for the first time.

My favorite movie of the year was Blade Runner: 2049. Best shows were Game of Thrones and Westworld (though honestly, I don’t watch many). Favorite books (really hard to pick) were 1984 and American Gods.

State of 2017

Reading – 18 books. Sooooo close to the 20 target.
Writing – Still neglected.
Speaking – Between SASEtalks and all of my other SASE and Multiply projects, I believe I made satisfactory progress here.
Health – 1 step forward, 1 step back. My fitness improved a lot in the summer, but I’m now back where I was due to neglect. Boo.
Multiply – Got the AWard, so mission accomplished here.
SASE – We launched Giving, but I’m still not satisfied with our progress. This year will be better, I hope.

Looking ahead

Here are my goals for 2018 and this time, I’m going to change it up a little.

Reading – 12 English + 1 Chinese.
Writing – 1 post a month + 2 fiction + 1 Chinese.
Speaking – Present at the SASE National Conference.
Health – Return to 75 kg and run a 5K.
Multiply – Complete 3 new major projects.
SASE – Continue elevating Giving and start grooming its next leader.
Volunteering – Start volunteering elsewhere, too.
Education – Apply for grad school.
Travel – Return to Malaysia once and take at least one other major vacation.