As I’m currently writing this recap during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, it’s hard to think of 2019 as anything but sunshine and roses. Wasn’t life so much better back then?! But unfortunately for me, it had its down moments too.
The good: Over the summer of 2019, Tym and I had the opportunity to upgrade to a bigger house in the Central District neighborhood of Seattle! We’d been casually looking for a few months but weren’t quite certain it was something we’d commit to in 2019. I’m happy to be back close to the Capitol Hill and downtown areas, which is where we lived for our first two and a half years in Seattle.
As far as fitness goals, I continued my fitness regimen of running and boxing. This resulted in a PR in the 10k for the first time in almost 10 years! I also completed another trail marathon, DNF’d a 50k, and started biking to work more often (even during our rainy winter!)
My husband and I’s big adventure last year took us to Italy, which had been on my bucket list for several years. We spent almost two full weeks exploring the beautiful cities of Venice, Rome, and Florence. I enjoyed each city for different reasons, but I certainly wouldn’t mind going back to Venice and spending more time there one day.
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…
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. Continue reading →
2017 certainly flew by, didn’t it? It seems as though just last month I was publishing my goals for the year, yet it’s already time to reflect and think about goals for 2018.
Year of “Firsts”
This year was definitely the year to accomplish new things and push my body to its limit. In August, I completed my first trail marathon in preparation for my first 50k ultra marathon the following month. Not only did I exceed my primary goal of just finishing the damn race, I ran my 50k just slightly under six hours (5:54!) to beat my secondary goal as well. And I actually had fun while competing in both races!
The view at the halfway point of the Middle Fork 50k, September 2017
I also had the opportunity to enjoy the Pacific Northwest nature in other ways besides running. In June, I went with a few friends on a backpacking trip to Annette Lake and slept out under the stars. It was an amazing first-time experience, even if there was still snow!
Wait – don’t worry! Not all changes are bad. In fact, I like to think this is a good change.
Buying my first house and getting engaged wasn’t enough adventure for one year. This past May, I accepted a senior software developer role at Full Circle Insights and decided to leave my position at NimbleUser, where I’d been working for the past four years. Among many other reasons, I am quite excited to be working in the same time zone as all of my coworkers once again. I’m happy for the new opportunity and thrilled that I get to continue contributing as a Salesforce developer.
So, how does change relate to this blog? Well, it’s time for a rebranding. Along with my new position, I am also itching to become more involved in the Salesforce community. One of the easiest ways to connect is to share my expertise, and I think this blog is a good place to start.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be transitioning the web site to highlight only Salesforce and technology-related blog posts on the home page. There will be a separate page that will be a hodgepodge of all posts, personal and professional. Instead of posting every three or four months, I’m hoping this change will also motivate me to start blogging on a more regular and consistent schedule.