2018 restrospective

The good

  • FaultFixers has had awesome growth for the last 6 months. I think that by the end of 2019, we will be something very special. Facilities mangement has been ignored by the tech industry – until now. We made a hard pivot that I think will transform the company (actually, it already has).

  • Volunteering for Crisis at Christmas (a homeless charity’s yearly event) was an amazing experience. I finally have something to look forward to for next Christmas, instead of fearing Christmas every year. I can’t wait to do it again next year. This year I did 4 shifts, only in a van role; next year I might do some days/nights in the centers. There have been a few interesting experiences I’d like to write about regarding this volunteering, but I won’t, to avoid mentioning anything that could identify a client (“guest” in Crisis terminology).

  • My skillset is more diverse than ever before. I’m now more confident and capable in all the skills I needed to get better at. Writing code truly took a back seat this year.

  • Work/my career has been going pretty well, which I’ve mostly documented on LinkedIn, and I’m not going to re-document it here.

  • I set myself a target to go to 2-3 networking events a week for 6 months over the summer, and mostly managed this. I met so many great people and will be doing this again in 2019.

  • Not sure if this is good or bad – but I’ve become much more private. I used to happily share everything online. A combination of factors changed that – more publicly about how corporations like Facebook have been abusing our data, and feeling betrayed by people IRL. I deleted my accounts on Facebook, reddit, Instagram, and others. I feel safer knowing that those accounts are gone.

The bad

  • This was – by far – the worst and most stressful year of my life. It has been a non-stop barrage of stress in my personal life.

  • Donald Trump is still President. His chaos and evilness has invaded my mind non-stop this year. I can’t believe I regularly tune in to C-SPAN and House/Senate hearings.

  • I wasn’t able to speak for a month after a surgery. Communicating via whiteboard for that long got frustrating. This also caused a medication change which sent me completely mental for about 2 weeks. During that medication change, someone I never wanted to hear from forced a way to contact me, which drove me into an even more extreme meltdown.

  • I learned to never fully trust people. I’m not a great person, but have been trying to be nicer and kinder. I was trying to make up with “enemies”, but they had other ideas. Now my ability to trust others is at an all-time low.

  • Years of mental health issues, stress and traumas seem to have caught up with me. Basically every night, I get nightmares. I might try moving to a new address to feel safer.

TV I’ve been watching

  • Mr Robot season 3 was amazing.

  • You (Netflix) came out at the very end of the year and I binged it in one sitting. It has a dirty creepy NYC vibe, which I love.

  • Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (Amazon Prime) was good – something to watch while waiting for Homeland to return.

  • I’ve rewatched The Office (US version of course!), It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, and Brooklyn 99 – I have lost count how many times I’ve rewatched these shows.

  • I rewatched Person Of Interest – this has to be one of the most under-rated shows ever. Season 1 is slow, but the show completely re-invents itself in seasons 2-5. Season 5 breaks my heart every time.

  • Big Mouth (Netflix) season 2 came out and was just as good as season 1.

What I’m hopeful for in 2019

  • At FaultFixers, we should continue our fast growth.

  • I’m desperately hoping Brexit is cancelled. If there’s any one thing I want in 2019, it’s this.

  • CityMunch, the worst company I’ve ever been a part of, will hopefully crash and burn. I’m confident it will because everyone who works there leaves. This company destroyed my life.

  • When the Democrats take the US House on January 3rd, I hope they bombard the Trump administration and former officials with subpoenas. I’m sure that Mueller will feel safer after January 3rd, and will begin to indict the administration’s inner circle.

  • I hope Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the new young US House Representatives start kicking ass. AOC has been my hero in 2018.

What I want to learn/improve in 2019

  • After volunteering for Crisis at Christmas, I’ve decided to find other volunteer work during the year. Not exactly sure what I’ll do yet, but it will probably be to help a homelessness charity.

  • I want to repeat 2018’s goal of doing 2-3 networking events a week for 6 months.

  • I want to get more articles published (only got 1 published in 2018 in Housing Technology magazine).

  • My main goal is to just keep growing my company.