Oh that time of year where we sit down and think about how grateful we are for all the things that have happened. This year was an amazing one. Despite a deployment, it was great for our marriage. Because of the deployment (at least in some ways), it was great for my career. I had so many travel experiences, including visiting The Great Wall of China which was on my bucket list.
- January: Brought in the New Year with Kelly and Chad in NC, Went to Rob and Talia’s wedding (solo), Spoke about DataOps at at TechSAV meet up.
- February: Attended PyTN, Took a pasta-making class with C for Valentine’s Day.
- March: Had my sister visit for St. Patrick’s Day, Made homemade everything bagels, Watched sunrise over Tybee Island for the first time.
- April: Went to SF for Women in Analytics and DataCouncil, Delivered “Understanding Data in Your Life” at Geekend.
- May: Went to New Orleans for GitLab Contribute, Watched C and his soldiers drop out of a helicopter into the ocean at Tybee Island
- June: Went to BORA BORA on our honeymoon, visited NYC where we had dinner at Raclette and watched The Book of Mormon, Enjoyed Philippe and Bella’s wedding in Massachusetts, Visited Ohio to visit the in-laws, C deployed, we both turned 26, I went to Shanghai and Beijing (crossing The Great Wall off my bucket list!!!!) and speaking at KubeCon Shanghai.
- July: Visited Ohio again, Cheered on the Savannah Bananas, Grew my own Sprouts, Did my first Escape Room in Sav, Visited Blair in D.C.
- August: Made my own cutting board at The Makers Space downtown, Watched The CrossFit Games, Spent 2 weeks in SF for work (with trips to Vancouver and Vail while there)
- September: Spoke at GitLab Commit on DataOps, Went to Brazil for my Vo’s 80th Birthday.
- October: Handled a cross-town move solo, C came home, Celebrated Halloween as an Insurance Duo (Flo from Progressive and Jake from State Farm).
- November: Visited SF for our e-group offsite, Watched Army Football play at Michie Stadium over Veteran’s Day weekend (and we got to see JCB play!), Established the first annual Cousin’s Weekend in Massachusetts, Attended Meltano Assemble in Denver, Played Settlers of Catan over Friendsgiving.
- December: Claire visited, Visited Hilton Head Island for the first time, PR’d all my lifts.
In a lot of ways, this year feels like a wash when it comes to my physical fitness. I started the new year weighing 2 lbs less than I weighed when 2019 started. Despite little-to-no change in my weight, I made strides in two things related to my physical well being.
First, I rebuilt my fitness habit. Because I strongly disliked the gym I had a contract with for the first half of 2019, I was slowly going to the gym less and less often. In April, one contract terminated and I took the opportunity to shop around for my membership.
Second, I PR’d every single one of the major lifts- the squat, deadlift, press, bench, squat clean, squat snatch. I am the same weight and much stronger than ever before. For example, my bench PR went from 90 lbs to 141 and my squat PR went from 170 to 205.
Money-wise we did okay this year. Because I did well at work, I netted an almost 35% pay raise from the beginning to the end of the year (these were smallish jumps along the way). We both maxed out our Roth IRAs and contributed a lot to our work-related retirement accounts (401K for me TSP for him) and got our full matches. We handled an unexpected 15K expense and rebuilt our emergency fund. We went on an incredible honeymoon to Bora Bora.
All-in, we did really well this year. The problem, though, was that we really let go of budgeting. We made a lot of money which is why all of this was okay, but a little more intentionality could have done a lot more.
I was promoted twice this year. I’m still at a company where I feel incredibly fulfilled. I’m challenged professionally- I’m uncomfortable, but also learning a lot and being stretched.
I didn’t make as many contributions to Open Source as I wish I would have, but I made some- at least 2 contributions to dbt, one to dbt-utils, and 4 to Meltano. Through work, we released the Snowflake Spend package, and I wrote a blog post outlining a framework for Assessing Data Team Maturity that was really well received.
It was a great year for my career.
Fave 5 Blog Posts
- The Magic of Boredom
- Some thoughts on the whole no television thing
- Embracing this Season*
- Sunrise over the Beach
- Planning When to Workout
Honorable Mention: Consolidating Responsibilities
I think these six posts lean into to what I wanted to capture this year- being more present, saying no to things, actively choosing what I say yes to, savoring sunrises, accepting the things I cannot change, and controlling the things I can.
Top 5 Books
- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
- Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
- Atomic Habits by James Clear
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
- Normal People by Sally Rooney
Just going to dive right in…
Read 32 books
Yep! I read 36 books this year! The notably new thing that happened was that I leaned into fiction, reading 14 fiction books. Prior to 2019, I read one fiction book since graduating college.
Stitch Savannah Ornament
I didn’t get it done in July- the deadline for having it in time for Christmas, but I just sent this out to the finished this week! It’s still our ornament for the year!
Hit 100K Combined Net Worth
I shared a bit about our financial progress above, but I think this is mostly true. In a rough outline:
- Cash (savings + bank account) ~ 35K
- Equity in the house ~ 15K
- Cars ~ 10K
- My retirement accounts ~ 25K
- C’s retirement accounts ~ 25K
Well done to us. Last year, my goal was to end the year with a positive net worth. Now we’ve gone from that to 100K. Wow.
Finish Content Audit
As I wrote about in Making this space mine again, I trashed this goal.
Hit a 300 lbs Deadlift
I ended the year with a 250 lbs deadlift. I’m very far from 300 lbs, but 250 is a lifetime PR and even though I had to fight for it, it wasn’t the worst.
2019 in Review
All in all, it was a great 2019. And set a high standard for 2020.