2018: Hawaii, Weekend Trips, & Salesforce.org

I am certainly well overdue to talk about my goals from last year and what I’m aiming to achieve in 2019 now that we’re already more than halfway through the year! Here’s a quick recap…

2018 Review

I accomplished a lot in 2018! The busiest months of the year were in February and March when Tym & I decided to go through a bathroom remodel immediately after returning from a week-long trip in Hawaii.

At the top of Haleakalā on Maui Island

Hawaii had been on our bucket list for quite a while, and it definitely did not disappoint. We had just enough time to drive the road to Hana, drive up Haleakalā, go snorkeling, and relax at our resort. We spent our entire time on Maui island, so if we ever go back I’d want to explore one of the other islands.

The Painted Ladies in San Francisco

The rest of the year was a whirlwind with many smaller trips (including my 10-year high school reunion!). I traveled to San Francisco fairly often for work and finally spent a long weekend there in the late summer. Tym & I also took a short trip to Victoria, Canada on the Victoria Clipper ferry and explored some of the islands around Seattle as well.

Exploring Whidbey Island

Professionally, I took another career leap and joined Salesforce.org in December. I’ve spent the past 6+ years working for two Salesforce ISVs, and I came across an opportunity to work for Salesforce that I absolutely could not let slip past! I’ve always had an interest in both nonprofits and education, and I am ecstatic to be working on a team building software that enables K-12 schools and higher education universities to be more successful.

Goals Review & This Year’s Goals

Though the year was quite busy, I managed to continue running & boxing (no marathons or 50ks this time, but I did start sparring), regularly volunteered at the food bank, and read eight books.

So what’s in store for 2019?

My immediate focus is to excel in my new position and continue my Salesforce career. Tym and I are also hoping to do more traveling this year, potentially to Italy. And for my exercise goals, I’m running my second 50k on August 3rd! I haven’t been training as hard for this race as I did for my 50k in 2017, but I’m still confident that I’ll finish. After the 50k, I’ll probably take a break from long distances and turn my focus again to biking and boxing.

Lastly, Salesforce provides employees with 56 hours of volunteer time per fiscal year, so I’ve made great use of that benefit by volunteering at the food bank and helping with a Salesforce boot camp here in Seattle. I’ve already used 32 hours since February 1st (when the hours reset), so I’m going to attempt to use all 56 by the end of January.

Well, I know I’m crazy late for this year’s post, but I’m looking forward to the rest of the year. Expect more Salesforce-related content coming soon!
— Robert

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