- Write at least 5 blog posts in a language other than English
- Speak and understand spoken French
- Reach at least $5k in revenue for MEZCLA
- Rollerskate backwards as well as I do forwards
Starting with a Twitter thread, I've been publicly documenting my New Year's Resolutions and my performance in completing them every year since 2018. I'm gonna try to update my progress here as well. Resolutions that have a decided status will have a symbol next to them that tells its result: ✓ means success, ✕ means not reached, ○ means not quite reached, "nullified" means it's been thrown out.
Pulled from the Twitter thread.
So now that the year and subsequently this thread come to a close I'll say that I've changed and learned a lot about myself this year.
I drifted away from writing this year and actually picked up reading a lot more. I found it extremely difficult to muster up courage to draft an article even on paper, but I was happy to get and finish new books and read journals, research papers, whitepapers, and technical specs
This year I've seen myself grow as a developer, as I've started to contribute much more frequently to open source projects with large codebases and communities (even though *every* PR wasn't merged). I've noticed that I enjoy front end development, although idk if its something I want to focus on in the future. I'm drifting toward development on the server side, as I've started taking an interest in backend, security, and systems. I even noticed that I don't particularly like statistics: I enjoy learning computing theory, discrete math, and the like
I've come full circle once again and am into security (the reason I got into computing). This time around, I like applied cryptography and privacy, as opposed to penetration testing and web app security. This is probably another reason why I enjoy blockchain/cryptocurrency since they mix cryptography with two other things I like: economics and finance. I also got some experience running a company and I've definitely learned a lot wrt marketing, accounting, and all the other stuff that entails entrepreneurship. Although I've shut the company down because I wasn't particularly motivated after a while, I now know what I'd appreciate in future ventures and how to keep my own attention in that regard
I've learned so many things that would make this thread even longer than it already is, but I'll close it out saying that 2018 was unexpectedly a year where I learned more about myself. It had ups and downs but every day was surely a day for learning and a day to remember.
Thanks to everyone for making it so enjoyable and I appreciate you all simply for being yourselves. I'll start my 2019 resolution thread tomorrow, but thank you for a wonderful 2018!