Achievements Unlocked in 2019
Here’s my belated review of last year, 2019. A one sentence summary is “had a baby”: everything else personally or professionally paled into insignificance next to this event! It has been a very challenging year but also incredibly rewarding.
Highs and lows
- I was pregnant for 50% of 2019, and gave birth on the 1st July to my son
- I got made redundant 1 month later on 1st August when my employer, Laterooms.com, went into administration
- I spent the remaining part of the year unemployed/on maternity leave.
- Blog posts published: 17
Pretty good considering I barely wrote any in the second half of the year. I tried to do Blogtober again, where I’d write a post for each day in October, but I just couldn’t muster the enthusiasm.
- Dev Diary posts published: 29
I really like posting a weekly summary containing some links I’ve enjoyed reading and describing what I’ve been up to. I have no idea if anyone reads these but it’s a nice reminder for me.
- Instagram posts published: 111
The Instagram Algorithm dislikes me and I don’t get much new engagement nowadays, but I still enjoy interacting with my digital friends and connecting with other fellow devs on the platform. I had a couple of long breaks from this during maternity leave because I had no energy for social media for a few months.
- Conferences attended: 1
UpFront conference in Manchester. Hoping to attend a couple more this year.
- Meetups attended: 0
All I wanted to do after work was go home and sleep while I was pregnant.
- Countries visited: 2
Dubai, UAE in February, and Palma, Majorca in December. More holidays in 2020 please!
- Seasons of Gilmore Girls watched: 7 plus the awful Netflix special
Looking after a young baby = lots of time to watch TV. I would hate to know how many hours of YouTube and Netflix I watched this year.
The word of the year for me is “balance”: finding a balance between being Mummy and being Claire. Becoming a parent has completely changed my life and there is a lot of discovery to do over the next few months.
I can’t wait to watch my son grow up this year but also I’m looking forward to getting back to work. I want to continue blogging and posting to Instagram, but I’d also like to participate in the tech community more in person, hopefully by volunteering at events, courses or meetups.
I won’t make any concrete goals because I will never follow them and I don’t feel I can possibly plan anything at this point! I can’t imagine what life will be like in 12 months time!!