So what did I do in 2015, anyway?

I prefer retrospectives to New Year’s resolutions, and I’m really proud of what I did last year, so I figured I would write some of it down.

2015 was a busy year for me! I spoke at more tech conferences, wrote a book, started a new job at Twitter, learned Esperanto, began knitting, and joined NYC Resistor. Eep!

I got a ring-tailed possum! http://bit.ly/amlrn

Learning React Native

Writing my first book, Learning React Native, was obviously my largest undertaking. Writing a book had been a dream of mine for a long while (I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo a number of times), and I am so very happy to see this project out in the wild. The final manuscript clocks in at 272 pages and took about seven months to write, start-to-finish. It was a huge learning experience, and really defined my lifestyle for most of the year. I woke up early every morning to write for an hour or two before work. Slow and steady wins the race, etc, etc. So far the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive!

Tech stuff

I also continued speaking at tech conferences, including my first international conference: Joy of Coding, in the Netherlands. Conferences are great; I love the energy, and the new ideas that come out of them. They’re exhausting though. I think I’m going to try and dial back on that for 2016.

Photo from my musical programming workshop at Joy of Coding

And life…

Duolingo released their Esperanto course into beta, and I started learning along with some friends. It’s been a blast, and now I’m conversational in another language. Dreams of becoming a polyglot, inching ever closer to reality…

When you complete a course on Duolingo, you get a really cute trophy. Mi tre ŝatas esperanton, kaj la duolingo-kurso estis bonega.

I joined NYC Resistor, which made me so very happy. I’m lucky to be a part of such an amazing, kind, and interesting group of people.

About a year and a half ago, I moved to NYC, so much of 2015 was spent settling into life here, too. Particularly memorable: exploring the Brooklyn Army Terminal with friends, among other adventures.

Oh, and I read 21 books this year. My favorites:

  • How to Be Both by Ali Smith
  • Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle
  • Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

Now what?

I don’t have any dramatic New Year’s resolutions for 2016. I want to keep improving my Esperanto, as well as my Japanese. I’m still settling into my new job. Now that the book is written, I’ll also have time to get back into my side projects. (Huzzeh.)

Bye, 2015. It’s been fun!