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Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014!!

Following the tradition I started last year, I thought it would be a nice idea to write a wrap-up blog post on what I achieved on 2013 and what I am planning to do in 2014. Here it goes:

In 2013 I:

  • had the best year yet with my beloved Malin. This just keeps getting better and better :)
  • have been almost 2 years without smoking
  • started my new job as a software developer at Medius and got to work with much more interesting stuff than in my previous job, mainly building a SPA with knockout and ASP.NET MVC. It feels like I have gone from working with legacy technologies to the latest and greatest (or almost XD)
  • did lots of learning
    • Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8
    • Idiomatic JavaScript and a ton of JavaScript libraries and frameworks: knockout, Durandal, angular, etc
    • Node.js
    • Objective-C, iOS
    • DDD
    • vim
  • wrote 27 blog posts. Less articles than during 2012 but of higher depth and quality
  • read 35 books on the most various topics
  • learnt a lot on personal finance and even took a course on financial accounting
  • went to my first hackathon and built inspirr
  • have improved my Swedish dramatically and use it daily both at work and at home
  • have worked on a small number of personal side projects
  • have improved my weight lifting dramatically without using supplements and just through consistency and smart training

If I were to summarize 2013 with one single sentence I would have to say… it was a year of learning, sharpening the saw and broadening my skillset as a software developer, not so much doing, but a lot of learning indeed.

In 2014 I want to remedy that and find a better balance between learning and doing, specifically I want to:

  • continue investing in my awesome relationship with Malin :)
  • start my own company and build some products
  • write my first book
  • become a more awesome developer
  • invest more in my drawing/design skills
  • continue investing in a healthy lifestyle and get a more herculean body XD

Wish me luck! And to you, I hope you have had a great 2013 and that an even better 2014 awaits you!

Jaime González García

Written by Jaime González García , Dad, Husband, Front-end software engineer, UX designer, amateur pixel artist, tinkerer and master of the arcane arts. You should follow him on Twitter where he shares useful stuff! (and is funny too).Jaime González García