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2018 into 2019

As 2018 comes to a close, I was inspired by Tania Rascia to write a year in review. I’m hoping to turn this into an annual opportunity to reflect on the successes, failures, and challenges from the previous year, and set goals for the next.

2018 was probably the most eventful year of my life, edging 2014 in which I graduated from college, married, and received my first teaching position. I’ve attempted to list all of the major events and accomplishments of the past year in mostly chronological order.

2018 in review

Last year, I:

After sitting down and writing it all out, I am impressed with the things that I have accomplished in 2018. Especially considering how uncertain I was about continuing my search for work in the tech industry by the end of 2017.

Last year was a long stretch of giving from God: blessed be the name of the LORD (read Job 1).

Previewing 2019

Looking forward to next year, there are several things that I want to learn and do. I am going to list some general goals, followed by measurable ways that I can accomplish them.

I could go on longer, but twelve seems like a fitting number. I am going to check back on these goals throughout the year and track my progress in a different article.

How was your year?

As I mentioned above, this is not a new or unique idea. But I think it’s a good one, and I encourage you to give it a try. You might be pleasantly surprise (like I was), at how much you’ve accomplished.

If not, then ask yourself: What can I do to help myself accomplish my goals next year? You don’t need to be a super hero; just try to be a little better than you were the day before.

I hope this was half as inspiring to you as it was helpful to me. Happy new year! 🎉

About the author

Sean McPherson is a software engineer for Khan Academy who specializes in web and mobile app development. He lives with his wife, sons, and dog in Pittsburgh, PA.