It’s November, on the week of giving thanks. Eleven out of twelve months gone and done; friends are making New Year’s parties plans. Maybe it’s the time of year, but I’ve been reflecting on 2013 a lot in the past few weeks.
I’ve got a lot to be thankful for this year. I’ve had the opportunity to work on some great projects, both successful and not-so-successful. All of them have taught me lessons and given me the opportunity to grow and work with intelligent & dedicated people.
I’ve done eighty or more sessions of yoga. I’m eating healthier and seeing my eczema go away.
I’ve had some new life experiences, including going to burning man and Belize. I’ve created new life goals and shorn away others, which (hopefully) pave my way towards the future. I’ve made stronger relationships with people who want me to succeed, including
@karianika, my family, @stephanieyang, @shame_on_yu, @dmadray, @robsurrency, @CarlNelson, @chriswchang, @koolandthechang, @mayeah, @christophino, @ctakaichi, @beth_lingard, @zachlau, @lorenbaxter
I’m thankful for experiencing frustration and fear, for the lessons they’ve taught me. But I’m also thankful for laughs and fun times, for giving me context and the perspective to realize that where I am is really quite good.
I’ve learned several lessons about work, design and life from the internet, books and other media. Here are the ones from this year that I highly recommend:
Business & productivity
- Getting Things Done
- The Personal MBA
- The E-Myth Revisited
- Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind
- Design is a Job
- Some of Ramit Sethi
- Most of Merlin Mann
Psychology / Health
- The Power of Habit
- Nutrition podcasts: Latest in Paleo, Bulletproof Podcast, Not Just Paleo, Dishing up Nutrition
- Your Brain at Work
Design & Creativity
- Interaction of Color
- Responsive Web Design
- The War of Art
Shows and podcasts
- Daily Show
- Breaking Bad
- Back to Work
- 99% Invisible
It’s been a tremendous year, and a blogpost does it justice. I’ve started to feel an overarching sense of awe and immense gratitude for the experiences, people, and things in my life. I’ve had a fortunate past, the present is full of opportunity, and the future is limitless. I live in San Francisco, an amazing place to be. I’m surrounded by beauty, great food, and intelligent people. And I live in an amazing time. The technologies available today are making it easier to chase whatever dream you might have.
I hope I can make the most of all of it.