Self-reflection is an important part of my normal routine. Everyone has their own medium of reflection, and for me it's journaling.
I want to share an overview of my year:
2018 spanned across 200 college-ruled pages. Flipping through these pages, I can see that I've traveled, experienced, and achieved a bit more than I would've expected at the beginning of the year -- mostly because I hadn't set any direction for myself that early on.
- Berkeley, CA
- San Francisco, CA
- Italy, France
- Los Angeles, CA
- Studied at UC Berkeley for free
- Ignited a matcha white chocolate chip cookie fundraising trend and made $1000 selling cookies
- Completed 50+ job interviews
- Baked macarons in France
- Ran a 200-mile relay with 12 friends
- Caught a 40-pound lingcod by the Farallon Islands
- Co-founded Codeology
- Certified as a developer for Blockchain at Berkeley
- Started a software engineering role at Samsara
- Created a YouTube channel
I want to highlight: This year wouldn't have been nearly as awesome as it was without some key people influencing my life.
My brother, Alvin, and my parents, have supplied me with infinite amounts of love. My old bosses/mentors, Bhavin, Melanie, and Zack, all taught me more about what it's like to grow up and do useful work in the real world. Codeology, full of youthful, smart, and motivated students inspiring me to be a better role model. Matt, my bromigo, never failing to remind me about staying true to myself and having a good time in life. Steven and Jason, The Hodlers. Jade and Andre both independently called me out for being a bad friend to them, which really helped me reflect on what kind of person I've been shaping myself into. Asumi with the clutch mock interview that landed me 5 jobs. The list goes on and on... And of course, I've saved the best for last. Catherine, has been my dearest, my biggest supporter, and my partner-in-crime for the past 3 years. Without her, I wouldn't have been able to keep my head screwed on straight. She does frustrate me at times, but those times are rare, and ultimately, she inspires me to be a better person than I could've ever been on my own.
Overall, this year was full of exploration and quality family time. I think the next few years will be full of hard-work and career progression. One thing I've learned is that I love surrounding myself with amazing people, and I love to help spread that love.
I'm looking forward to continuing my explorations, consolidating all my learnings, and finding a satisfying long-term life path.