Like every year before it, 2015 is coming to an end.
It is not difficult for me to say I have had a "good year" because the previous three before it were literal trash bags. So, 2015 was a good year.
Some things I did:
- Got an internship
- Got a full time job
- Did a technical review of a published book
- Became a core contributor of Hoodie and PouchDB
- Started Your First PR
- Gave two talks to crowds of over 60 people.
- Got invited to speak at two conferences
- Wrote some articles for The Pastry Box
- Got interviewed for things
- Wrote a thing about learning to code, which 3000 people read
- Read 33 Books
- Encouraged several events to employ Codes of Conduct
- Made 27 pull requests in December alone
- Helped start the Hood.ie Editorial Team
That is... a lot of stuff. I am under no illusion that it isn't. I am sitting here getting tortilla chip crumbs on my keyboard, trying to remember all the things I did, and I am amazed.
Most importantly, I managed to get out of bed.
Getting out of bed is really hard. I spent half of 2014 in bed. Bed is great, bed will always have a special place in my heart, but I did not want bed to be the thing my world revolved around.
It is no secret that I suffer from a range of mental health problems, have done for at least 12 years, likely will always do. They got really, really, really bad last year and it's going to take a lot of time to work through that stuff.
But I got out of bed this year, and I'm happy with that. I hope next year will be the same.